Nizenande Machi

Nizenande Machi, 28


Nizenande Machi is the Managing Director of Karani Leadership. It was her enduring passion for people development and unwavering commitment to building young African leaders that inspired her to found the company.

Nizenande earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree in Management Studies from the University of Cape Town, and a certificate on Thought Leadership for Africa’s Renewal from the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute. She is a Gallup International Strengths coach, and holds a Fundamentals to Organisational and Relationship System Coaching Certificate.

Formerly, Nizenande was the Deputy Curator for the Johannesburg Hub of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. She has been published as a featured author alongside former South African Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel, and former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, in a book titled: Inspired: Remarkable South Africans share their stories. She is a member of the Eminent Persons Group for Transformation in South African sport.

Nizenande loves to read, cook and run; taking particularly great pleasure in spending time with family. One of her many daring dreams is to repurpose dilapidated government schools into charter schools that uses African epistemology and skills development pedagogies to grow young African leaders.

Fun Fact: I like to make handmade cards and individually customised gifts!