Ndoni Mcunu founder and CEO of BWIS holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science and Geography as well as a Master’s Degree in Science (MSc) in Applied Environmental Science. She is currently pursuing a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) at the Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute at Witwatersrand University under the supervision of Professor Bob Scholes. Her research focuses on climate change and its effects on biodiversity conservation and agricultural production for farmers.
She was selected as the 200 Mail and Guardian Young South Africans, under the education sector 2016. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow 2017, selected for her contribution in Civic Leadership development in Africa for her work in BWIS. Miss Mcunu was selected from a pool of 6700 Africans, 1 of 62 in South Africa. She is also a Greenmatter Fellow for her academic research in climate change and agriculture. She has also been listed as the Inspiring Fifty Women in Technology in South Africa, which was issued by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
Her passion and zeal is poverty alleviation through mechanisms such as sustainable food security, agriculture and education. Her core belief is that any form of education changes one’s perspective, way of thinking and empowers them to better their condition, therefore through her skills and knowledge she aims to give back to younger women and change their mind set.