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Co Founder and CEO at LÜLA
"Velani is the CEO & Co-Founder of , a disruptive tech-company in South Africa focusing on transforming the way people commute by leveraging on the shared economy and mobile technology. LÜLA has been recognized as one of five innovations shaping Africa by the African Union at the 2017 African Economic Platform in Mauritius. Within LÜLA he has partnered with Busmark and the Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to build the iBus – Africa’s first fully integrated and intelligent bus that comes in a hydrogen, electric or diesel drivetrain made of 97% local materials. He has worked in South Africa and the United States of America across industries including financial services, chemicals, payments and the social sector. He co-founded the social venture, Phambili Mzansi to connect young and old with resources and a network to solve Africa’s pertinent issues. Furthermore, He is a 2014 Alumni of the South Africa-Washington International Program and as one of the world’s top entrepreneurs under 25, Velani is a Global Fellow at The Kairos Society (San Francisco, CA). His interests lie in technology, transport, IoT and social entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Cape Town and PDBA from Wits Business School. As of 2017, he serves as the Commissioner for HR, Science, Technology & Innovation at the African Youth Commission."