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Yusuf Randera-Rees

CEO, Awethu Project

Biography

Yusuf Randera-Rees was born in South Africa and studied at Harvard and as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. Struck by the number of poor South Africans with entrepreneurial flair yet hindered by lack of formal training and resources, Yusuf set up the Awethu Project, which identifies and develops high-potential young entrepreneurs and invests in businesses alongside them. The goal is to replicate this model across Africa, creating a generation of entrepreneurial leaders from poor backgrounds to drive the continent’s development. Yusuf was selected as an Echoing Green Fellow in 2011.