Nolizwe Mhlaba

Expert in Residence, Entrepreneurial Leadership

Nolizwe provides technical expertise to drive the Anzisha Prize’s work which strengthens the youth entrepreneurship ecosystem in Africa.

Nolizwe creates resources and designs and facilitates capacity training and information sharing workshops. Through this work, she develops communities of practice in entrepreneurship education among educators and parents across the continent.

Nolizwe has worked in international development and education for more than a decade. Prior to joining ALA in 2010, she worked in advocacy and policy analysis, focusing on social and economic justice, conflict prevention, and conflict resolution. Nolizwe’s teaching experiences cut across different school levels as well as various institutional and program types. As managing editor for an international education journal, she supported scholars and practitioners to get their work ready for publication. Nolizwe is a 2016 Education Pioneers Fellow and a former research fellow for Save the Children.
Through ALA’s advisory, wellness, and extracurricular program, Nolizwe has mentored many students over the years. She also previously coached the women’s basketball team and served as a student enterprise board member.


Capacity Building
Content Creation
Relationship Management
Project Management


BA, Economics – McGill University
MA, International Studies and Diplomacy – School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
MA, International Education – University of Massachusetts Amherst

Speaking Engagements

Anzisha Prize Tours (April 2019, June 2019)
Anzisha Scenario Workshops (March 2019, April 2019, October 2019)


How to Develop Entrepreneurial Behaviour Through Entrepreneurship Practice (2019)
Documenting the Challenges and Strengths of Youth Entrepreneurship Education (2016)
EMASA (Education Management Association of South Africa) 20th Annual International Conference, Sept 12-15

Nolizwe Mhlaba