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Pearl Pillay

Johannesburg-based Youth Research & Policy Worker


Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 30-09-1991 in Durban South Africa

Currently Director at Youth Lab, a non-partisan youth policy think tank which aims to bridge the gap between policy-makers and youth in South Africa. Pursuing a Master's Degree in Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mandela Washington Fellow 2015. Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans 2015.


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Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2000


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Current Position(s)

Director | Youth Lab
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2014 - present

Social Development and Community Services

Youth Lab aims to create spaces for young people to significantly increase their understanding and engagement on policy and socio-economic issues that directly affect them, with the objective of increasing the Youth’s voice and participation, and the nation’s consideration of youth efforts, in policy definition and implementation.


Student | University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2010 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Currently finishing a MA in Political Studies.


Previous Position(s)

Vice Chairperson | School of Social Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand | Wits School of Social Sciences Council
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2012 - 2013

Other

Dealing with issues and concerns by Social Science students at the university.



Wits Branch President | Campus Branches | Amnesty International
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2011 - 2013

Social Development and Community Services

Organised and coordinated campaigns around human rights, both globally and locally. Liaised with National Office for national and international campaigns.


Activist | Greenpeace
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2011 - 2013

Environment and Conservation

Fighting for the preservation of our environment. Part of a global movement.


Student Employee | Footsoldiers
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2011 - 2012

Arts, Culture and Entertainment

We offer assistance at different events, such as ushering, registrations and call-downs.


Tutor | Attitution
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2011 - 2013

Academia, Education and Training

I tutor high school and primary school pupils in a range of subjects that they may have difficulty in.


Youth Ambassador | Parliament of South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa | 2010 - 2013

Social Development and Community Services

Working with youth, and engaging with Parliament on issues that affect all South Africans. Ambassador for Gauteng and KZN.

Educational history

Secondary

Southlands Secondary School, Durban, South Africa (2009)

Tertiary

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2014 - present

MA - Political Studies

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2013 - 2014

Bachelor of Arts Honours - Political Studies

University of the Witwatersrand

Johannesburg, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Bachelor of Arts - Political Studies

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US News | 2015

The Daily Vox | 2015

Activate | 2015

Wits Vuvuzela | 2014

Power FM | 2014

IREX | 2015

Mail & Guardian | 2012

Article about hunger strike at Wits

Wits Vuvuzela | 2012

Article about residence traditions at Wits University.

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