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Sisonke Msimang

Sisonke Msimang is a South African writer, speaker and political analyst in issues related to race, gender and democracy. With her successful debut Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home, she has established herself as one of the most exciting new contemporary voices in literature. Born to parents living in political exile, Sisonke Msimang was raised in Zambia, Kenya and Canada, before going to the U.S. as an undergraduate. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Macalester College. She has held fellowships at Yale University and the Aspen Institute and was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). She has worked for the United Nations and as an Executive Director of George Soros’ Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. Now based in Perth, Australia, she is Program Director for the Centre for Stories, a social enterprise organization, from where she travels regularly to the U.S., South Africa and other countries. She contributes to publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian and Huffington Post, and has over 20,000 followers on Twitter (@Sisonkemsimang). Her TED Talk "If a story moves you, act on it" has been viewed over a million times.