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Rejection 101 Webinar 

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Speakers Bios


Delivering Session 1: Creating a life plan

Seno Namwandi is an enthusiastic pioneer of Intellectual Property (IP) in Namibia. Seno is employed full time at the International University of Management (IUM) where she serves as the Director of Innovation and IP. She is also the youngest director on the board of the Business Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) in Namibia. One of her achievements was being selected as a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow. Seno is currently pursuing her MBA with the University of Cape Town (UCT), which will be her second Master’s. She has a Masters degree in IP from Africa University, Zimbabwe and other postgraduate certifications in IP. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In her spare time she enjoys strength training, baking and reading in no particular order.

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Delivering Session 2: Shoot your Shot & Apply

Known for her razor-sharp eloquence, unyielding drive and professional versatility, international award winning speaker, MC and youth leader Bertha Tobias has wide-reaching experiencing strategic socio-political relations and youth development. Bertha, who lives by applying herself fully to every learning opportunity, is deeply driven by her desire to use her education to propel her community forward, while blazing new trails and shattering new ceilings for everyone who is to follow after her. She is a graduate of the United World College Changshu China, and is currently pursuing her post-secondary education at Claremont Mckenna College in California, a highly selective leading private institution ranked in the top 10 Best National Colleges in the United States.


Delivering Session 3: Creating a winning resume

Known for her tenacity in driving social change and development, mentorship and branding, Mavis Elias is a multi-faceted youth leader. She is a qualified civil engineer, practicing branding and marketing expert, founder of EM Love Foundation and Ehaveco Events. Mavis is an internationally acclaimed public speaker, award-winning blogger, and philanthropist. She is presently a Chevening scholarship scholar studying at the University of Sussex in England, pursuing a Master’s degree in Globalisation, Business and Development. Ranked as a young African trailblazer and leader, Mavis was awarded the Vivid Philanthropist of the year award 2015, the Queens Young Leader Award 2018 by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II and the Pan African Award for Women in Business and Governance in the Social Welfare Sector 2019.


Delivering Session 4: Mental Health & Career

Shinelle is the founder and president of the Wellness Center-Guyana. As a committed advocate for mental health and well-being, she started the organisation in 2019 and has been positively contributing to her fellow Guyanese's mental well-being. 


She is the recipient of a 2020 Chevening scholarship and is currently a student at the University of Sussex reading for a master's degree in Globalisation, Business and Development. Her aim and the organisation's aim are to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and raise awareness by proposing that we move away from the traditional monocular view of health.


Delivering Session 5: Resilience after rejection

Kris Prasad is a queer activist from Fiji with a decade of experience in the human rights and pro-democracy movements. As part of his organizing and activism, Kris has worked with various human rights groups such as the Drodrolagi Movement, Fiji Youth for Democracy, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and the Fiji NGO Coalition on Human Rights. Kris is a graduate of the University of the South Pacific and is the recipient of the 2020 Vice-Chancellor & President’s All-Rounder Gold Medal and Prize for the male graduate with the best combined academic performance and record of service to the community. He is currently a Chevening Scholar, undertaking the Master of Arts- Sexual Dissidence, an interdisciplinary MA in queer studies at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.


Delivering Session 6: Time management & Goals

Emsie Erastus is a media practitioner and researcher who has worked with the media in Namibia, South Africa and Europe.


Erastus graduated (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science LSE with an MSc Media and Communications.


The MSc aimed to provide a broad-based understanding of the development and forms of media and communications in relation to political economy, regulation and power, processes of mediation and influence.


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