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Shamiso Kumbirai

Leaders Africa 2018


South Africa



Shamiso is a water engineer with experience in bulk water supply and hydropower engineering across Africa. She works with the fundamental belief that the removal of water as a development constraint and the ability to harness this resource as a tool to help power Africa will positively change the lives of millions. She is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and is spearheading the Sani4Schools campaign aiming to upgrade the water and sanitation infrastructure at a no-fee school with over 1200 learners. Through her work, she was invited to attend and speak at the 2018 WEF Annual Meeting in Davos. Shamiso is also passionate about advancing women in STEM. Since 2011, she has been involved with WomEng, an organization aimed at empowering the next generation of women in engineering where she served as the Development Director in 2015. She holds a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Cape Town, which focused on participatory planning of water and sanitation projects.