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Palesa Ngwenya

Development Coordinator, Maboneng Township Arts Experience, Cape Town, South Africa

Palesa Ngwenya began working with Maboneng Township Arts Experience as a project researcher in 2011, then progressed to her current role in the organization as development coordinator. In executing her work, Palesa has enabled the Maboneng Township Experience to extend its programs across three South African provinces and establish two Community Creative Districts in Kayamandi (Stellenbosch) and Soweto. The Maboneng Township Arts Experience's has an emphasis on transformation, job creation, sustainability, and inclusion of peripheral under resourced spaces. The organization's ceative innovation has been globally recognized, by accolades including: Business Arts South Africa 2013 Finalist at Innovation Awards; 2014 Second best project to visit in the world; 2014 World Design Capital project; 2015 Top 32 Arts Project in the World; 2015 Winner Global Fine Art Awards; 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards - Best for Engaging People & Culture. Before joining the Maboneng Township Arts Experience, Palesa launched her professional career as a legal researcher at Absa Bank from 2009 to 2011. She then found more meaningful work as a researcher in the South African NGO space, rendering her services to the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, for which she produced numerous publications. Palesa holds a B.A. in law and international relations from Rhodes University.