Prof Musawenkosi Saurombe


University of Johannesburg


Prof Saurombe is a young academic who became a Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Psychology in 2017, breaking an astounding academic record of becoming the youngest female PhD. graduate in Africa, at the age of 23.

She worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the North-West University Mafikeng from 2017 and then got appointed as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Free State Bloemfontein in 2019.

She later got appointed as a Senior Lecturer, at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2021 and was promoted to Associate Professor at the UJ in 2022.

In 2017, she received the best Doctoral student in SA award for 2016 from the South African Board for People's Practices and the Emerging Psychologist of the Year award from the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa. Prof Saurombe was featured in the 2018 List of Top 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the Africa Youth Awards and was subsequently endowed by the Institute of People Management with the CEO's Special Award for being the 2018 Young Leader of the Year through her various distinguishable contributions in her respective field.

She was also acknowledged by the SADC Top 100, The Young Independents in 2018 and by the Mail & Guardian as one of the 200 Young South Africans in 2019.

She also received an honourary award from the Golden Key International Honour Society, both in 2019 and in 2020, for her continuous contributions in the education sector and society at large.



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