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Meet the Team

Our founding team is comprised of a diverse mix of highly qualified, professional and ambitious young African women. The collective passion that our group holds is the desire to empower ourselves and our global community of young African women.



Education: M.Phil Politics, Philosophy & Economics; Honours in Politics, Philosophy & Economics; B.Com Politics, Philosophy and Economics (University of Cape Town).

About: Our Chief Exec, ensures that Mbewu Movement delivers on its missions to help young African women become authentic leaders. Magcino is also a speaker, writer and thought leader on young women in the workplace. In fact, you may have read her recent articles in Destiny Magazine.


Nswana Mwangu

Education: M.Sc Investment Management (Heriot-Watt University); Honours in Investment Management; B.Com Finance (University of Johannesburg)

About: An investment banker by trade, who is passionate about creating a sustainable impact on the continent. Nswana is in our community events team and manages our investment portfolio. She loves debating everything from pop culture trends, fashion to financial markets.


Thabisa Wanjohi

Education: M.A International Development Management (University of Westminster); Honours in Development Studies; B.A Development Studies (University of the Western Cape)

About: Thabisa is an ICT public policy specialist who coordinates Mbewu’s strategic projects. She is passionate about using technology to grow the reach of Mbewu Movement.


Lilitha Mahlati

Education: Masters in International Business (Hult International Business School, Shanghai); B.Bus.Sci Finance (University of Cape Town)

About: A financier, Lilitha heads up Mbewu’s newly formed investment portfolio. She is a transformation and gender activist at heart and is especially passionate about helping young African women become wealth creators.


Lindelwa Skenjana

Education: M.Sc ICT for Development (University of Manchester); Honours in Brand Management (Vega); B.Soc.Sci (University of Cape Town)

About: Our marketing and content guru, Lindelwa is another one of the smart creatives in the team and is the glue that brought our different personalities together around a common desire- women empowerment, African continental impact and authentic leadership.


Ntyatyambo Ntloko

Education: Honours in Economics; B.Bus.Sci Economics (University of Cape Town)

About: Ntyatyambo leads our famous Mbewu Movement community events and mentorship team. A queen of many talents including film and a remarkable African literature book collection.


Ayanda Ballensiefen

Education: Executive Development Programme (Stellenbosch University Business School); Chartered Accountant (SA); Honours in Accounting (University of Johannesburg), B.Com Accounting (University of Cape Town)

About: Ayanda is our Chief Financial Officer. But, not only is she a ‘numbers girl’, she’s also an influential young businesswoman, Harvard University Centre for African Studies Council Member and a ‘German Makoti’.