Sihle TshabalalaCEO at Quirky30
Sihle Tshabalala (Co-founder and CEO Quirky 30 NPC and Quirky Innovations Pty Ltd) is an ex-offender. During his time in prison, he became a key member of the Group of Hope programme (a prisoner-initiated project that changed prison rehabilitation in SA), where he decided to spend his life helping others avoid the mistakes he had made. Since leaving prison, he co-founded Brothers for All, taught himself how to code and has become a key voice in his community and a game changer in teaching high school dropouts, teenage moms, unemployed youth, ex-offenders and offenders Computer Programming/Coding, Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing.
He’s spoken widely on TV and radio, presented at the Durban AIDS conference, was awarded the 2014 LeadSA’s Hero, Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans award, 2015 Spark Changemaker award, 2016 WSA International Speaker, Juror and Mentor, 2016 TEDx Fellow, 2018 Africa Social Innovation Leadership Award, 2018 Rotary Vocational Award, 2018 VivaTech Conference International Speaker, Redbull Amaphiko Academy seasoned Mentor/Speaker and Levi's Pioneer Nation Mentor/Speaker. 2018 Nominee for the World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. 2018 Nominee for the US State International Visitor Leadership Program. 2018 Google Impact South Africa Challenge Finalists.