Sizo is a young critical thinker that will be attending Duke University in the fall of 2017. There, he hopes to merge his passions for entrepreneurship, finance and the investment space in his country by double-majoring in Statistical Science and Economics with finance. His ultimate goal? To use his entrepreneurial and tertiary education to design mechanisms to assist individuals, communities as well as small and medium enterprises to scale through investments, savings and the thorough risk assessments associated with the actuarial science space. Before attending the African Leadership Academy, he boasted numerous academic and cultural achievements: having obtained one of the best results in his country in the 2013 Cambridge IGCSE Examinations, being ranked as one the country’s top five debaters, Deputy Junior Mayor of his City Council, President of his Toastmasters’ Society, honors student, amongst many others.
His most cherished accomplishments however, came as an ALA student. Sizo served a Student Ambassador and interned at the Strategic Relations Department in his first year. He was a Writing and Mathematics tutor for his classmates. Moreover, Sizo was recognized and awarded the prize for 'Excellence' at the African Leadership Academy and served in the band ‘Tomisin and the Hotshots’ as a drummer – this is a role he thoroughly enjoyed. He was a member of Alapella in his first year and part of ‘Cloud 9’, a boys' acapella group on campus. As mentioned before, Sizo is a passionate debater, and was the best delegate in the Ad-Hoc Committee on Political Instability at the ALA Model United Nations Conference in 2016. He developed his leadership skills as Academic Representative of the ALA Student Government as well in his first year. One of his passions has always been helping individuals improve their personal branding, etiquette and mannerisms. As he was the Chairman of the Toastmasters’ Society prior to ALA, he extended this mission in being an ACN Peer Coach.
At the academy, Sizo discovered his love for entrepreneurship and has since been involved in multiple entrepreneurial ventures – both for profit and on the social scene. He co-directed the launching of the Circle of Influence Projects Society, an initiative that hopes to identify the most promising leaders in Southern Africa and introduce them to the world of entrepreneurship through a uniquely designed curriculum that is developed and taught by members of the CIPS team. He is most excited about his venture, coincidentally named ‘Sizo’ that, as a web platform, will collect investment-focused data from private African companies and startups, centralize the insights, and allow investors to make decisions faster. He has already achieved immense traction with this innovative, flagship product and is scaling the profits of his initiative by utilizing institutional partnerships, the ALA network and the skills and networks he has developed at the academy.