Lovelyn Nwadeyi is a young and vibrant Nigerian-South African woman who hails from Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. She is an established socio-economic and political voice in the land and is particularly outspoken regarding matters of social justice. She was named among the Mzansi 100 Influencers in 2017 and named by lauded Elle Magazine as one of the foremost Women to Watch in 2016. She is also a Fellow of the prestigious USA State Department International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) for premier emerging foreign leaders. Lovelyn is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity 2019/2020 cohort, coordinated by Columbia University in New York and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in South Africa.
Her academic qualifications include a BA International Studies degree from Stellenbosch University, an MSc in Peace and Conflict Resolution (cum laude) from Uppsala University in Sweden as well as a professional certification in Telecommunications Policy and Regulation Management (TPRM) from Wits University.
Lovelyn has played a strategic role in facilitating interventions and hosting critical conversations with stakeholders that have varying interests in the Mining, Financial Services, Media, Education and Telecommunications sectors. The interventions have taken the form of organisational and talent management, sales and research activity as well as targeted workplace inclusion initiatives. Most recently, Lovelyn worked in the regulatory and public policy space in the telecommunications sector for Africa’s largest telecoms business supporting several strategic and crisis interventions in markets across Africa and the Middle East.
She has been involved in multiple roles related to student and worker activism during the first wave (2015) of the movements of #FeesMustFall and #EndOutsourcing in South Africa. Lovelyn has worked as a volunteer in diverse capacities and most of this entailed engaging with young people for leadership development, public speaking and debating skills training.
Complementing her professional efforts, Lovelyn is guided by a strong sense of social justice especially as it pertains to the realms of business, religion, and education. She is often afforded international and local platforms on which to engage about such issues. Lovelyn regularly speaks on matters related to education, socio-economic justice, and gender justice.
Lovelyn Nwadeyi is currently the Founder and Director of L&N Advisors, a consulting practice whose sole purpose is to see social justice normalised and embedded in both businesses, academic and religious spaces.
Between what she is paid to do and what she does pro-bono, Lovelyn loves to read stories, tell stories, enjoy good food and make music.