No stranger to South Africa’s Tourism Sector, and a champion for transformation, women’s rights and education, CEO of Jurni, Dr. Nomvuselelo Songelwa, has a natural ability to inspire others.
As one of the founding members of ‘Education is our Heritage’, an initiative that affords access to education in the Tsilithwa village of Qumbu, Dr. Songelwa has dedicated her career to creating conducive workplace environments where women are able to achieve their full potential.
Furthermore, Dr. Songelwa has fulfilled several critical roles throughout her career, including the roles of Chief Operations Officer at Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency, as well as Senior General Manager of Operations at South African National Parks (SANParks).
In addition to holding a PhD in Land and Agrarian Reform, Dr. Songelwa received the Women in Science award from the South African National Department of Science and Technology for her gender-focused research in 2004. In 2000, she was awarded the H. H. Humphrey Fellowship for Professional Development at Cornell University in New York.