Scientist Social Entrepreneur Global Speaker

Thulile Khanyile, is an award-winning academic in the sciences, a social entrepreneur and speaker. She is the co-founder and co-director of Nka’Thuto EduPropeller NPO and Nka’Thuto TechnoPropeller PTY(Ltd). The organisation brings technology and innovation to the playgrounds of schools situated in marginalised communities.

Thulile Khanyile is a lecturer and doctoral candidate at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS). Her study is investigating preventative vaccine strategies against HIV-1. Her highest qualification is a Master of Science in Medicine MSc(Med) where she specialised in Molecular Medicine and Haematology.

About Thulile

I want African girls to see themselves as global players not limited by, but proud of where they come from.


  • The Sunday World Unsung Heroes award (2021)
  • Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans (2020)
  • The Avance Media 100 Most Influential Young South Africans (2019)
    Obama Africa leaders’ fellow (2018)
  • KZN Young achievers Award recipient (2017)
    The NYDA Youth award (2017)
  • The Golden Key International Honours Society