Lawule Shumane is a University of Cape Town (UCT) graduate who recently completed her masters’ dissertation on assessing the role of school-level stakeholders in improving the provision of services in the basic education sector. As an economics scholar, Lawule’s interests lie at the nexus of politics and economics – understanding how governments, globally, can better service their populations, thus, gradually reducing citizen deprivation. Professionally, Lawule has been actively involved in South Africa’s civic society as she worked for a non-profit labor research organization where she published articles on the behaviour of South African multinationals in other African countries regarding their Community Social Responsibility and Environmental practices, as well as a study of CEO remuneration for listed companies in South Africa. Additionally, Lawule has worked for UCT’s Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice assisting in the research, development and implementation of their inaugural Leading in Public Life Programme. As a student, Lawule was involved in Remember and Give, a student development organization whose aim is to develop and use the capacity of students to raise funds for education projects in disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, through the Student’s Health and Welfare Centres Organisation. At Yale, Lawule focuses on the political economy of development and hopes to apply her learnings to her home continent. She plans remain active in many of the causes she champions such as global access to quality education.