Mnothowandile Cele is an Engagement Intern at CANRAD and an Honours student in Political Science at Nelson Mandela University. She completed an Advanced Diploma in Project and Risk Management at the University of Johannesburg (2014) and her BA in Law and Political Sciences at Nelson Mandela University (2022). In 2022, she also completed a Justice qualification through Harvard University’s Department of Government. She is a former vice-president of the International Law Students Association at Nelson Mandela University,  and presently serves as a facilitator in the university’s Social Consciousness and Sustainable Futures programme and as an engagement coordinator for various departments. Mnothowandile has been recognised nationally for her efforts in fighting gender-based challenges affecting women and children. Her accolades include a Johannesburg mayoral recognition award for her work with the Gauteng MEC of Safety and Security (2015), a Forbes 30 under 30 nomination (2019), selection to the Civil Society category of the Mail and Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans (2021), finalist in the Young Achievers category of the Standard Bank Top Women in Leadership list (2021), and an Avance Media Top 100 Most Influential Young South Africans nomination (2022), among others.