Nicole Banister started with TEDxCapeTownWomen in 2019 and moved to TEDxCapeTown in 2020. Nicole is a multicultural, multinational Third Culture Kid. Born in the United States to Black/Persian parents but living in South Africa for over 5 years, she is passionate about leveraging the existing assets and resources of underserved communities to enact sustainable community empowerment initiatives globally. Nicole travels frequently and is responsible for coordinating dynamic youth engagement programs across 15 countries including Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and more. Nicole is a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellow and a StartingBloc Fellow. She is an avid speaker and writer, having spoken at the United Nations and the U.S. Department of State. Her work has been featured in a number of publications including South African Airways and DOCC, and she curates monthly content on Medium. Her favourite TED Talk is “The Danger of a Single Story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and you can follow her travels and stories on Instagram: @theycallmebanz.