Réjane Woodroffe is Director and co-founder of the award-winning Bulungula Incubator, which addresses the challenges of rural poverty through interventions in education, health and sustainable livelihoods. Working in the most marginalised communities of South Africa, for the last ten years Réjane has led a team that has reduced child mortality rates, improved access to education, and helped develop the local economy.

"I feel enormously privileged to do the work of the Bulungula Incubator. For this work to be celebrated on a global platform is just overwhelming. A platform with the reach of the Study UK Award catapults us onto a global stage. This can provide the essential leverage needed to access a wider range of organisations, thereby broadening the potential impact for our communities.”

Réjane Woodroffe, Director and co-founder of the Bulungula Incubator


Réjane’s work is directly improving the lives of 6,000 people within the immediate community, and thousands more through contributing to the South African government’s development interventions. Réjane had a successful career in Finance, but her decision to study in the UK proved to be a life-changing one that supported her to change paths and return to her earlier work on poverty alleviation, with a broader understanding of the context. Réjane won the prestigious John P. McNulty Award for her work at the Bulungula Incubator. Rejane obtained an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.

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