“Check in where possible with each other as often as we can, we should not underestimate the value of peer support.”

Shakira Choonara, Africa Union Youth Advisory Council
Be inspired by a vibrant research-advocate, active-diplomat and extraordinaire.


  • Award-winning Independent Public Health Practitioner (Research and Advocacy)
  • Activist
  • Operation Smile Ambassador
  • Budding and dynamic social entrepreneur


Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Board Member, Advancing Non-Racialism in South Africa


Mail and Guardian, Top 50 Powerful Woman in South Africa.

100 Most Influential Young Africans, Africa Youth Awards, 2018 & 2019.

Named one of 100 Future Young Mandela’s, News 24, South Africa, 2018.

Listed as the most Powerful Woman under 40 in South Africa, Destiny Magazine, South Africa, 2017.

Woman of the Year, Healthcare – Woman of Stature Network, South Africa, 2017.

National Research Foundation, Next Generation Female Researcher (Top Young Researcher), South Africa, 2017.

Public Health Association South Africa (PHASA) Emerging Practitioner Award, 2017.