Shamillah Wilson

Life Coach and Founder of Project Ignition, Shamillah Wilson, is the recipient of the 2015 Inyathelo Award for Women in Philanthropy.

Shamillah established the project three years ago to provide leadership training to disadvantaged youngsters between the ages of 16 and 22 in the Western Cape. Her programme aims to help unleash the passion, potential and power of young people who live with the daily realities of hunger, drugs, gangsterism, poverty and violence.  

Shamillah uses coaching principles and mentorship as part of her annual skills development programme aimed at giving young people the necessary knowledge and confidence to make a success of their lives. She funds the programme through her own private business coaching consultancy.

Shamillah is also a founding Board Member of the Youth Against AIDS Network, Founding Chairperson of Sonke Gender Justice Network and has been an Advisor to the Global Fund for Women and the African Women’s Development Fund for almost 10 years.

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