Bhongolwethu Sonti

VC, Project Manager, and Public Speaker in Cape Town, South Africa

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Bhongolwethu is a social impact practitioner passionate about sustainable development. He is Sustainability Ventures Lead for Africa at Plug and Play, the world's largest innovation platform, working with startups and corporate partners to accelerate tech innovation in sustainability. He is also a member of the Commonwealth Youth Gender Equality Network, working to improve the position of young people and advocate for increased youth engagement and participation in existing structures, processes, and governance.

Bhongo is a former Campus Manager and Senior Learning Coach at Valenture Institute's Dunkeld Boutique campus. He's also previously been the international online school's Sustainability Expert, helping them build their SDG Labs learning component.

Bhongolwethu has served as the Secretary-General and National Chairperson (South Africa) for the Organization of African Youth, he is a former Director of Programmes for Tore's Africa Foundation. He has also volunteered for TEDx Cape Town's Community Engagement team and he was previously a member of the United Nations Population Fund’s (UNFPA) Youth Advisory Panel bridging the gap between the sustainable development goals, policy, and youth empowerment.

Bhongolwethu has been named a Global Citizen Young Global Leader by Johnson & Johnson, awarded an Associate Fellowship by the Royal Commonwealth Society, and named in The Young Independents 2017 Top 100 South Africans. He is also an Aspen Ideas - Spotlight Health Global Voices Scholar. Bhongolwethu has been a UNLEASH SDG innovation lab talent and facilitator. He has also been named one of the Most Influential Young South Africans of 2018 by Avance Media and nominated for the Africa Youth Awards as Leader & Man of the Year.