About Us

Driving student innovation

Powering youth employment

Who we are

What is GLLI?

Global Leading Light Initiatives (GLLI) is a registered Non-Profit driven by a strong believe that collective prosperity can be achieved in Africa by providing youths with future-proof skills

          Why we exist 

As automation and Information and Communications Technologies continue to disrupt the labour market, many jobs are at risk of disappearing. This would increase unemployment, resulting in  poverty and anchor inequalities in Africa.  

Graduate unemployment in South Africa is on the rise, while there is a skill shortage in fields such as software development, web development, network and information security web (www.advtech.co.za)

GLLI seeks to disrupt the cycle of poverty in disadvantaged communities  by addressing this skills gap right from

Our focus areas

  • Digital Education
  • Youth Entrepreneurship 
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Workforce development

 Our Vision 

 GLLI works to catalyse economic growth in African communities by investing  in its children and youth.  

 Our mission  

   To provide 21st century skills, tools, space and support to young people in Africa to transform their gifts (light), knowledge and creativity into products and services to foster individual and collective prosperity.   


Our goal is to one million young people in Africa to access decent jobs and create better living conditions for themselves and their communities.

Our team

Ms Ningi Sibisi


Chairperson of the Board,  

Lecturer at University of South Africa

Mr Thembinkosi Dyeyi


 Deputy Chairperson of the Board

Lecturer at Walter Sisulu University

Mrs Zakiyya Ismail


Treasurer of the Board

Convener,  Learning Reimagined 

Mr David Wopula


Board Member

Lecturer, Walter Sisulu University

Teresa Graham Brett, JD



Teresa Graham Brett (J.D.)

Assistant Vice Provost for Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement 

Mrs Ntombomzi N. Thabede (AKA Tobo)



Life coach at Talk to Tobo, Author, Social Entrepreneur & community leader

Ms Sharon Ries



Strategic Planning & fundraising Consultant, Johannesburg 

Ms Sisipo Tandeka Ndzamela


Board member 

M. Pharm, Nelson Mandela University

Mr Travis Rejman



Founding Executive Director

Goldin Institute, Chicago - USA

Mr Dieudonne Allo


Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Strategic planning and  Operational Management specialist  

Mrs Cynthia Austin



Award winning social justice Activist

 Founder of Shyne San Diego , USA

Mr Lewis John Mhlanga



Chartered Accountant

Managing Director at Dawn Group Accountants & Business Advisors  

Dr. Nathalie Kangami


Board Member 

Psychiatrist, Mauritius Island 

Mr Muhammad Akram



Research Associate, Eastern Mennonite University

  Highly experienced Researcher and M&E Specialist who has worked with many initiatives funded by USAID, DFID, UNICEF, Norwegian Church Aid in the USA, Pakistan & Nigeria

Mr Emmanuel Anyimadu


Specialist ICT Trainer 

IT Engineer with over 10 years of ICT tutoring and teaching 

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Global Leading Light Initiatives

50 Leeds Road, Norwood, Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Mobile: +27 812 647 144 Fax: +27 86 403 6436 Email: allo@globalleadinglight.org


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