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Jessica Ilunga

Congo (DRC) & University of Cape Town, 2018

Degree of study:
Masters in City and Regional Planning

Jessica has been a facilitator with the Global Citizenship Program at the University of Cape Town, doing work in social justice education. She recently completed her master’s degree in City and Regional Planning as a 2018 Mandela Rhodes Scholar. Her research focused on the role of radical planning in achieving urban justice. Her undergraduate was in Civil Engineering.

Her passion for human-centred innovation led Jessica to recently complete a design thinking foundation course at UCT’s Hasso Plattner Institute for Design thinking.

Jessica’s mission is to help create more socially-conscious and wholehearted professionals and leaders in Africa who work towards the betterment of the continent through transdisciplinary collaboration and experiential learning.

Jessica was born in Tsu, a small town in Japan and grew up in Likasi, DRC and East London, South Africa. Her hobbies include her passion for writing personal essays and poetry; and photography.