Thulile Khanyile

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Thulile Khanyile
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Thulile Khanyile. Image retrieved from University of Witwatersrand on 18 June, 2021.
Born
South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of Witwatersrand
OccupationEntrepreneur
Known forCo-Founding and being the Co-Executive Director of Nka'Thuto EduPropeller
WebsiteLinkedIn

Editor: Charissa Cassels

Thulile Khanyile is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Nka'Thuto EduPropeller programme, which she co-founded with Thandeka Mhlanga. This programme is a non-profit organisation that aims to advance innovation, science and creativity in previously disadvantaged areas.[1]

She is also a lecturer and a PhD candidate at the University of Witwatersrand. She lectures in the Department of haematology and molecular medicine[2] and has occupied this position since January 2016. Khanyile is a molecular biologist.[3]

She is a social entrepreneur[4] who also aims to conduct research that will have a social impact. Khanyile is a speaker and writer who enjoys blogging. She has participated in various panel discussions as a panellist and panel facilitator. Khanyile has given talks and public lectures as a young thought leader in the iSTEM field, focusing on the role of iSTEM in socio-economic growth and development.[5]

She is a natural creative and visual artist.[6]

Education

Khanyile was a Master’s Candidate Researcher from August 2012 to July 2015 with her research titled "Photo-translocation of antiretroviral drugs into HIV-1 permissive cell lines.” She holds a Master of Science degree in Medicine, which she obtained from the University of Witwatersrand from 2013 to 2015. During her master’s degree, she worked in the field of biophotonics and examined the use of lasers for the precision delivery of antiretroviral drugs in cell culture.

Her PhD research focuses on finding an HIV vaccine.[7]

She has a certificate in bio-innovation and entrepreneurship from Stanford University’s SPARK programme.[8]

Khanyile is part of the Golden Key Honours Society and SOLVE MIT.[9]

Career

Khanyile was an in-service trainee at the CSIR biosciences business unit from January 2011 to July 2011. In that same year, she completed her internship from August 2011 to July 2012 at the CSIR biosciences business unit.[10]

Khanyile is part of the HIV Pathogenesis Research Unit[11] and supervises a Masters student.[12]

The idea to start the Non-Profit organisation stemmed from when she was doing her in-service training at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.[13] Khanyile worked on a project titled SPARK Bio-Innovation in August 2016. This project stemmed from a two-week intensive programme, that brought postgraduate students together from various countries around the world, to provide them with education and mentorship to advance research discoveries. SPARK provided access to specialised knowledge and technical expertise. Participants are required to formulate a business based on a STEM principle that solves an unmet clinical need.[14]

She serves on the Executive Board of BSTEP, (Black, Scientists, Technologists and Engineering Specialists) a non-profit organisation.

Awards and Achievements

In August 2015, she was the recipient of the Department of Science and Technology and Tata International Women in Science award.[15]

Khanyile was a Nedbank Igniter in 2016 and is a recipient of the National Youth Development Agency Award for the South African Youth Award, for Academic Excellence in March 2017. In that same month, she placed 2nd at the South African Youth Awards on the 30th, in the Academic Excellence category, hosted by the National Youth Development Agency at the St George’s Hotel and Conference Venue in Pretoria, South Africa.[16]

She received the KZN Young Achievers Award in the academic development category in August 2017 and has co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Biophotonics and also co-authored an article in Quest, a popular science magazine. Her research findings have been presented at local and international conferences.

Khanyile has received research grants such as the NRF Thuthuka, WITS Faculty of Health Sciences seed funding and the Medical Research Council - Soweto Matlosana Collaborating Centre for HIV/ AIDS and TB (SoMCHAT) research grants.[17]

She was a National Development Plan (NDP) Ambassador in 2017/2018 and was an Altron Mentorship Business Mentee during that same period.[18]

She is an Obama Africa Leader 2018. Obama African Leaders are changemakers who are committed to advancing the common good within their spheres of influence and who have clear potential for impact and commitment to integrity.[19]

Khanyile was listed as a MaSisulu Woman of Fortitude on 22 November, 2018. The Women of Fortitude campaign seeks to drive the conversation of how women from all ages and backgrounds, can continue Albertina Sisulu’s legacy and ignite passion in South African women to commit themselves to her values and principles.[20]

She was a speaker at Breaking Down Border’s conference summit in 2018.[21] The following year, Unisa, in collaboration with the Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke Institute, awarded Khanyile and Mhlanga the Astounding in STEM award at the "Bring Her Up: Women of Firsts Awards" on 27 August, 2019.[22]

She presented at an International Conference in Hawaii.[23]

Jambo Africa hosted the BIASHARA Services & Products Africa Conference & Exhibition (BiSPA) 2020 virtual summit. Khanyile was a speaker at the conference and spoke about ‘A case study on developing a pipeline of innovators through STEM.’[24] She was also a speaker at the South African Women In Science Awards Webinar Series on the topic ‘Covid-19 and its implications on women’ on 26 August, 2020.[25]

Recognition

Khanyile was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Young People in South Africa for 2018, placing 39th on the list. The ranking is organised by Avance Media in partnership with 1000 African voices and VIPI State.[26]

She has been featured in local and international print, online, radio and television programmes addressing issues of leadership, socio-economic growth and diversity in iSTEM.[27]

References

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