Leigh Meinert

Chairperson

Since the first democratic elections when Leigh was fifteen years old, she has committed herself to participating in the transformation of South Africa by working with emerging leaders. So earnest was her passion for working with her peers across diverse backgrounds that she left school halfway through Standard 9 to start an NGO called Youth With Vision, taught herself the last eighteen months of her schooling in four months, and enrolled at Stellenbosch University at the age of sixteen to study a programme in holistic leadership. Whilst studying she ran her own Accelerated Learning Centre, teaching learning and life skills and since then she has convened young people from around the world at the Parliament of the World‘s Religions, worked as a strategic project facilitator in the corporate environment, facilitated the Brightest Young Minds conference for four years, coached local and international leaders and started her own career services company to help young people transition into the working world. In 2002 Leigh pursued her passion to Johannesburg where she coordinated strategic projects for CIDA City Campus, South Africa‘s first virtually free university. Together with three colleagues, she cofounded the Tertiary School in Business Administration and is currently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education Studies at UCT. Her work has been recognised by the President‘s International Marketing Council who invited her to author the chapter on ‚Future Leaders for the book‚ South Africa: More Good News, and the Mail and Guardian newspaper who nominated her as one of the country‘s Top 100 Young People in 2006 and 2007.