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Coralie Valentyn

Programme Associate

Phone: 021 424 3346
Email: coralie@mrf.org.za

Coralie Valentyn is the recently appointed Programme Associate of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation. Her role pays special attention to alumni relations, aspects of the Foundation’s bespoke leadership development programme, as well as assigned projects and research.

Previously Coralie worked at Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation where she was involved in two projects. The first focused on civic engagement in Cape Town, exposing her to a number of grass root organisations advocating for housing, service delivery and education. The second allowed her to be part of a team using drama as a participatory method to engage the Delft community around TB and other health issues. While studying at the University of the Western Cape, she was both an Anthropology and academic writing tutor. Coralie was also part of organisations such as the Golden Key Honour Society (vice-president and Chapter consultant) and completed two years of leadership training with the Centre for Support Student Services.
Coralie has been a delegate at various leadership events such as the New Hope Summit and UNASA Model United Nations (MUN) at UCT. She was also a panellist at the South Africa-Washington International Programme (SAWIP) Human Rights Day Seminar. Moreover, she has presented academic papers at a number of national and international conferences, most notably the Social Science Research Council Graduate Summer Conference in Atlanta, United States and the Congress of Research in Dance/Society of Dance History Scholars Dance Advocacy conference in Athens, Greece.
Coralie has an article titled ‘Home Styles, Street spaces: contesting power and identity in a South African city’ published in Anthropology Southern Africa, Volume 35 (3&4) 2012 and will be presenting her recent work titled The Politics of Space at the conference Confluences 9 held at the University of Cape Town Dance School later this year.
Coralie recently completed her second MA in Performance Studies (with distinction) at Plymouth University in England as a Chevening scholar. Prior to that, she read for her MA in Anthropology (distinction) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar in the Class of 2014. Her Honours degree in Anthropology (with distinction) was also completed at UWC as a Mellon Mays Fellow. Her research interest is in inclusive dance practice and she advocates making dance and other spaces more accessible.