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SA innovator Koketso Moeti joins 2018 Obama Foundation Fellowship Class

Innovator, community activist and author Koketso Moeti has been selected as a member of the 2018 Obama Foundation Fellowship Class.

The only Fellow from South Africa, she joins 19 other civic leaders from 11 countries around the world who have been recognised for creating transformational change.

Moetsi is the Executive Director of amandla.mobi, a community advocacy organisation that seeks to build a more just and people-powered Mzansi.

The two-year Obama Foundation Fellowship programme will offer hands-on training, leadership development, and a powerful network for Fellows to amplify the impact of their work and inspire a wave of civic innovation.

The 2018 Obama Foundation Fellows come from a variety of disciplines, including healthcare, community organising, technology, and the arts. These leaders apply their talents to a range of missions, such as empowering parents and teachers to improve our schools, ensuring deaf children have equal access to literacy tools, and working across the healthcare system to treat addiction.

Over the course of the two-year program, Obama Foundation Fellows will participate in four multi-day gatherings to collaborate with one another, connect with potential partners, and break down silos to advance their work. The first Fellows gathering will be in Chicago in May," the Foundation announced.

Each Fellow will also develop and pursue with the Foundation a personalised plan to leverage the fellowship and Obama Foundation resources to take their work to the next level. As Fellows put their plans into action, the Obama Foundation will assist with access to mentors, coaches, and additional resources.

“The 2018 Obama Foundation Fellows come from diverse backgrounds but share a common desire to make positive change and create the world as it should be,” says David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation.

“By bringing these individuals together to work with the Obama Foundation, we hope to help amplify the work of our Fellows so it has a widespread impact. On behalf of President and Mrs Obama and the Obama Foundation family, I congratulate our new Fellows and look forward to working with them.”

In September 2017, the Obama Foundation announced the Fellowship program and began accepting applications. More than 20 000 people from 191 countries applied. The Obama Foundation weighed a variety of factors when selecting the 20 members of its 2018 Fellows class. Geographic diversity, commitment to the Obama Foundation’s values, and existing work all factored into the selection process.

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