Born in the Eastern Cape, Aya moved to Cape Town to pursue an undergraduate degree in Actuarial Science. He has since worked as an analyst, a financial reporting specialist and more recently in the world of higher education as a project manager. He is passionate about empowering people with the tools they need to succeed – particularly the underserved youth of South Africa. When he isn’t working on solving the significant achievement gaps or low throughput rates for students in South African universities, you’ll find him running, boxing, writing or pitching friends on problem-solving through collaboration. His favourite TED Talk is Everyday Leadership by Drew Dudley.