A life-long learner, Uduak Jesuthasan, recently completed certificate courses in Ethical Leadership, Project Management and improving health care delivery. She completed her primary and secondary schooling in Nigeria and holds a Bachelor of Environmental Health degree from Tshwane University of Technology as well as a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of Liverpool.
As a reproductive health expert with over a decade’s experience implementing programmes in East, West and Southern Africa, Uduak has worked for organisations and clients within the United Nations including UNESCO and UNFPA, various civil society organisations globally and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation.
Uduak commits her professional and personal efforts to the elimination of all barriers to the health and well-being of girls and women. She has led advocacy campaigns to end child marriage; ensure that teenage girls who fall pregnant are able to return to school after pregnancy; end female genital mutilation and develop leadership capabilities in girls.
Uduak is the co-founder of Nnete Consulting, an Africa-based, impact-driven and female-led consultancy that focuses on women and youth in Africa. She is currently the Vice Chairperson of Tai Tanzania and has volunteered with Global Girl Project UK.
Natasha Dyer is a Research and Communications for Development professional, specialising in the advancement of girls and women in Africa for more than a decade. She attended school in England and received three As at A-Level before completing a BA in Russian and French at the University of Bristol. Natasha taught English in Madagascar and founded a medical scholarship programme in Madagascar during her undergraduate studies.
After starting a career in Corporate Communications in Prague, Natasha worked in South Africa at the Kay Mason Foundation in Cape Town and its sister environmental project, Lulutho, in the Eastern Cape. She returned to the UK to complete an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy (with distinction) at the University of London’s SOAS.
Natasha worked at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York and at DHA Communications in London where her clients included the World Wildlife Fund, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Esmee Fairburn Foundation, as well as several educational, UK government-funded programmes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria. In 2015, she established a consultancy supporting Peace Direct and The Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme at SOAS.
Natasha is currently reading for a PhD in African Studies and International Development at the University of Edinburgh, examining pan-African women's navigation of xenophobia in South Africa. She is also a visiting researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society at Wits University.
Natasha has served on the Board of the English Speaking Union, an international educational charity helping young people discover their voice through public speaking, debate and education. She is a keen open water swimmer who completed a successful crossing of Robben Island in 2012. In 2016, Natasha swam in relay teams across the English Channel and Lake Geneva and is one of the top ten women ever to have swum around Robben Island.
Refiloe Seseane is the Founder of 18twenty8®. She attended St. Dominic’s Convent in Boksburg from Grade 1 to 12 and held several leadership positions throughout her schooling, which she completed with distinction in English and full colours for Drama and Public Speaking.
Refiloe majored in Economics and Finance in her BCom degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and graduated with distinction in Economics before completing her Hons BCom (Economics) degree at UNISA. She was the top graduate in the Management Advancement Programme (MAP) at Wits Business School and completed a postgraduate certificate in Financial Economics at Cardiff University in Wales. Refiloe has also completed the Being a Director programme at the Institute of Directors Southern Africa and was an auditor for the Economics of Education course at Stellenbosch University.
Her financial services' career includes roles at Alexander Forbes, Allan Gray, BoE Private Clients (now Nedbank Private Wealth), EduLoan (now FUNDI) and Allan Gray Orbis Foundation. Refiloe has had lead acting roles on South Africa’s top TV soapies: Generations, Rhythm City and The Wild. She is an accomplished voice-over artist, keynote speaker, events MC and TV personality who has anchored business news on CNBC Africa.
Refiloe’s list of achievements includes: serving on the Independent Schools’ Association of Southern Africa’s (ISASA) Mathematics and English Board; chairing the Carl and Emily Fuchs Foundation’s 2019 adjudication panel; being a 2017 Honorary Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society - University of Pretoria Chapter; meeting HM Queen Elizabeth II at a 2013 royal reception on Youth, Education and the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace; participating in U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 Young African Leaders’ Initiative and U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2011 Young African Women Leaders’ Forum; winning the 2010 Inyathelo Philanthropy Award and the 2010 CEO Magazine South Africa’s Most Influential Women Award.