Yusuf Randera-Rees

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Yusuf Randera-Rees

All Fellows Conference Host Committee, Johannesburg 2015
2011 Fellow
Founder of Awethu Project

Yusuf Randera-Rees 2011 Fellow

Bold Idea 

Activate an entrepreneurship revolution in under-resourced communities across South Africa.


The Awethu Project liberates the world-class entrepreneurial potential lying untapped in South Africa’s under-resourced communities. Aspirations for Awethu entrepreneurs are unprecedented among peer organizations, and its talent identification process is entirely innovative. In only eight months, Awethu's story has captured South Africa's imagination to the extent that founders believe they can inspire an entrepreneurship revolution in a country in which entrepreneurship rates are dangerously low.


Yusuf Randera-Rees was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa to an Indian father and Welsh mother. He attended Harvard College, where he received an AB in Economics, and later graduated from Oxford University with a MSc in Financial Economics and a MSc in African Studies. He is the co-founder of United Against AIDS and the Summit of Africa’s Young Business Leaders, as well as Loxodonta Investments.

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  • 2011
  • Fellow
  • Poverty Alleviation & Economic Development
  • For-Profit
  • Africa
  • South Africa

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