Emma Dicks, founder and director of Code4CT has been chosen alongside fellow South Africans Patrice Madurai and Nosipho Bele to receive the Queen’s Young Leader Award. The award is presented in June 2015 in London by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace to 60 young leaders between the ages 18 and 28 from across the Commonwealth. The awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional young individuals from across the Commonwealth who have proved themselves to be inspiring leaders in their communities. Over the next 12 months each Award winner will receive an exclusive package of mentoring and support including a weeklong residential in the UK which will enable them to make their visions of a better society a reality.

“I know I am going to learn so much during the program: from the other award recipients, the residential program at Cambridge and the mentorship offered through the program. I’m excited to see the work of Innovate South Africa and Code4CT elevated to a global stage. Innovate South Africa is entering its third year, and Code4CT its second; we’re poised for growth, so this opportunity has come at a critical time and I believe it will have a huge impact.”

Emma is passionate about seeing South Africans creating sustainable solutions to problems faced in South Africa. She is passionate about education and is deeply committed to leaving a legacy in the South African education system. She believes entrepreneurship is a powerful tool to make a change in South Africa. “I want more South Africans to be in the position of being able to say “I have a business and I can run it in such a way that I contribute to making South Africa closer to my ideals.