Surika started her career as a journalist and has since gained over 10 years experience in project management in the non- and for-profit sector. Her social impact projects include starting an education centre for impoverished children in the inner-city of Pretoria and rolling out ECD reading programmes at disadvantaged schools. Since she moved to Cape Town in 2015 she worked as a Business Associate at the global start-up accelerator TechStars and as Corporate Matchmaking Manager at the SA Innovation Summit.
Surika’s academic background includes a BA Hons in Journalism & Corporate Communications at Northwest University (2005); a diploma in “Development for Development Practitioners” at UNISA (2011) and obtaining the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme at GIBS (2014). Surika was a regional winner at the “Vodacom Journalist of the Year” awards in 2008 with her collection of feature articles titled “Where Have all the Farmers Gone?” Surika joined Social Enterprise Academy Africa in 2017 to fulfil her passion to support social entrepreneurs on their journey towards creating sustainable social impact. She is excited to work towards the Academy’s quest to make social enterprise the mainstream way of doing business in South Africa.