Mbali Gushu (Zondi) was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, on the East Coast of South Africa. She was selected to be a part of the inaugural class of the African Leadership Academy for outstanding leadership potential and academic promise. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University in New York studying Economics. Mbali has worked in the media industry abroad at NBC Universal and as a writer for business lifestyle magazine, DESTINY. She believes in the transformative power of social innovation and knows this will make great strides to positively developing the African continent. For the past 5 years Mbali has worked in education in Africa as Country Coordinator for ThinkImpact; heading up South Africa recruitment at Nova Pioneer Schools and as the Africa, Chief of Staff at Teach For All.