Vuyolwethu Dubese

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22 year old  Ecosystem Manager for Innovation, Thomson Reuters

A young woman in Media and Technology exploring Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Intelligence and Business Development across Africa, Vuyolwethu Dubese, intends to be a part of the ecosystem that is driven to develop African lives and the narratives that are shape shifters in how Africans and the world perceive the continent. From serving on the board of GirlHYPE (an NPC teaching black girls how to code across SA) to being a Social Media Consultant through a creative startup she runs – that intersects her passion for communications and technology working with corporates and startups – she enjoys bringing value as a dot connector.

My greatest achievements thus far include,
  • Launching my website www.vdubese.com which is a platform where I document my thoughts on technology, innovation, intelligence and entrepreneurship/business development. This is also an opportunity to be transparent about the industry, and an excuse to dress up and have tons of pictures ready for content.
  • Joining Thomson Reuters’ Data and Innovation Labs has to be one of my best achievements thus far. Connecting to a global network and working with corporates, startups and universities across sub-Saharan Africa has been such an exciting opportunity.
  • Having the grace to be able to let my paychecks be the efforts of passions.
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Inspiration for me comes from the daily devotionals that I have next to my bedside and on my phone, in believing the great being that God says I am. I love watching sermons on Youtube (where my data depletes) and reading spiritual books. Two other motivators are women who are excelling in their careers who are in my network circle and I admire from afar, and I think my past and milestones are even greater motivators – showing me that I can go even beyond than what I dreamed of.
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I would like to be known as a millennial maven and dynamic woman who is kicking arse in bringing more young women into the technology ecosystem, and to continue pushing the envelope in strategically engaging with the technology and innovation ecosystem across sub-Saharan Africa.
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I will further push boundaries by continuing to have my personal board of directors to advise me and engage with me in my decisions. Also, creating more content that is globally contextualised and Africa relevant through the creative startup I run. The bulk of all work in pushing boundaries is collaboration, and I’d love to have more of that, especially with more young black women in technology from across the globe.
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I would tell my 16 year old self to stay in school and away from boys, ‘coz girl you’ll only get your first kiss at 18 anyway. Your focus regarding your career is on the right path, continue to network and embrace those leadership opportunities. Listen to your parents, and educate them as well on your choices, the transparency in your relationship is coming along. Don’t lose your faith in God, He’s coming through for you.
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Images by Anthea Adams
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