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Lillian Masebenza

About Me: 

LILLIAN PATRICIA MASEBENZA: Founding Director: Mhani Gingi Social Entrepreneurship: www.mhanigingi.co / is also an Ashoka Fellow: www.ashoka.org. She hosted Women’s Innovation Trade Fair in March 6th – 8th March 2014: www.witf.co.za. The most recent of Lillian’s achievements is that she was a semi-finalist in the Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2014/15 and was also a Speaker on 26th July at the TEDxUFS: The Theme of which was “Change tomorrow today”
Contact Details: 17 C J Langenhoven Street, Parow North, Cape Town, South Africa Email: lillian@mhanigingi.com / +27824654687 / +27215318577 (o)
Lillian was born in Mpumalanga, Bushbuckridge, South Africa, 65 years ago. She is married with three children and three adorable grandchildren.
Qualifications: Lillian holds a UNISA B.A. Honours Degree, 1981 in Communications and Marketing. She also obtained a number of Diplomas and Certificates from various Financial and Educational Institutions, including an Advanced Certificate in Leadership from UCT Graduate School of Business in 2003.
Work Experience: Lillian has worked both in the private and public sectors:
• Private Sector: Worked as PR for Barclays Bank, Giyani, Regional Marketing Manager for Justine Cosmetic 
Company, Sandton, part time radio announcer on women’s programmes for Radio Tsonga and Radio Thohoyandu as well as being Financial Advisor/Trainee District Manager for Giyani Old Mutual Branch and as Marketing & Sponsorship Manager for Old Mutual Head Office, Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa
• Public Sector and Educational Institutions: Worked for a number of government departments including Parliament as Communications Director for Ministry of Health. She also worked for University of Venda in Limpopo province.
• Trustee past & present: Limpopo government Bursary Board (past), WHEAT (Women’s Hope Education and Training) Trust (past), UnLtd South Africa – (Supporting Social Entrepreneurs (present), ASEN (African Social Entrepreneurs Network) (present) and Mhani Gingi Trust (present) 
Self-Employed as Social Entrepreneur: Lillian founded Mhani Gingi (literally means an Industrious Woman) Social Entrepreneurial Networks in 2004 and launched the organization in 2006, www.mhanigingi.com.. The aim being to encourage women not to wait for something or somebody but use what they have to Create Wealth economically and by leveraging human capital - The organisation empowers women and youth through tailor-made skills training as well as linking their emerging businesses to markets and finance, thus helping them to improve both their livelihoods and that of their communities. Lillian also supports vulnerable groups as her social responsibility. For this innovative work she was awarded an Ashoka Fellowship in 2008. www.ashoka.org. 
Awards and Honourable Mentions. Lillian has led Mhani Gingi to new heights earning tons of media coverage locally and internationally. Amongst others, the organisation was a finalist in the curvetted Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year in association with Schwab Foundation and FNB for 2010. During previous Women’s Month celebrations, Mhani Gingi was one of the organisations recognised by Hilary Clinton, the then USA Secretary of state in 2009 and in Parliament in August 2010 by Hon. Denise Robinson, MP, Shadow Minister for Women. 
Locally and Globally: Lillian has been a speaker at several international Social Entrepreneurial Conferences, where her model is sort after by those who are fighting poverty. She was a speaker at the Global Summit of Black Business Women Leaders, London, UK in 2005; Blantyre in Malawi 2008, Social Enterprise World Forum, Melbourne, Australia 2009; Social Entrepreneur Conference in Germany, Iserlohn 2009, Women Entrepreneurs in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2010; Guest Speaker at Women’s Parliament, 2010, St Petersburg in Russia in 2011, Chicago in the USA, 2011 and Women’s Economic Empowerment Summit in Stockholm, Sweden, 2012. Speaker at Calgary, Canada on Social Enterprise World Forum. Also as a Speaker in July 2014 for TEDxUFS has also been a speaker/facilitator at number of local events and featured on number of local and international radio, magazines, new papers, social media and TV programmes. 
Lillian will be speaking at Social Enterprise World Forum, Calgary Canada on the 4th October 2013: “Inclusive Economies are Ending the Poverty Cycle”. Out of the 60 speakers for the conference, she was chosen as one of the 9 that that conference oranizers decided to profile: www.socialenterpriseworldforum.org. She will also be a speaker in St. Petersberg, Russia at a Conference “Women changing the World” in early November 2013 and also in Botswana towards end of 2013. 
Hobbies: Lillian enjoys reading, hiking – especially when the Disa Orchids are in bloom on Table Mountain, - watching cricket, singing (including singing in a church choir) and listening to classical music and watching the spectacular Cape Town sunset over the sea at Blouberg Strand!

My Passions: 
Social Entrepreneurship: Empowering others to improve their Liivelihoods and those of other through Tailor-made Skills training which they implement in their work. It is about helping them to become creators of wealth economic and human through social
My Challenges: 
To help people think differently and innovatively - use what they have - the first being themselves rather than waiting for others or something!
My Vision for the Future: 
To use the the Power of the Collaborative Collective - be it skills, financial, human skills, etc So that they are not continuously consumers of goods ands services and providers of labour but creators of wealth so as to break chronic poverty
My Areas of Expertise: 
Marketing, Finance, Communication, networking
My Languages: 
English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Shangaan

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