Ayanda Vana, Lawyer and COO of Khula App

woman of color in leadership position - Ayanda Vana

Ayanda Vana, Lawyer and COO of Khula App

Meet Ayanda Vana.

Ayanda Vana is the Chief Operating Officer at KHULA App a tech startup which is a fast-growing B2B e-commerce marketplace for farmers in Africa. Ayanda attained her Bachelor of Social Science and LLB from the Rhodes University, thereafter she completed her articles at a law firm. She is currently reading for her Masters in Law at the University of the Witwatersrand.

In Grade 11, Ayanda co-founded an initiative ClayPots Youth Against Social Injustices which tackled social injustices in society. Ayanda has spent her days working with organisations that aim to tackle issues faced by young people and women. In 2016, Ayanda co-founded a student carpooling app business known as Ubuntu Ride.

Her personal mission statement is: To unlock, foster and cultivate structural development in Africa through her passion for innovation, leadership and women empowerment.

woman of color in leadership position - Ayanda Vana

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Get to know Ayanda Vana

What are the 3 words you would use to describe yourself?

Faith, purposeful and ambitious.

What is your biggest fear about the future?

In the past, I used to be so fearful about a lot of things which use imprison me and my ability to step into my purpose. As a result, I have learned not to be consumed by fear of the future or any type of fear but to take tackle each obstacle as it comes. Most importantly, I have learned there is so much beauty in being present and to enjoy the journey.

What would be the title of your memoir and why?

My memoir would be “Her Purpose”.

I hope through sharing my journey, it would inspire women to step into their purpose, unlock their potential and redefine success in their terms.

What gets you out of bed every morning?

Well, besides a good cup of coffee, I get up every morning because I know I have been given the blessing by God to find and fully live my purpose. I aim to use every day as an opportunity to learn, create, uplift and inspire. Also, my motivation for Africa, women advancement and innovation fuels my need to actively work hard towards having an impact on the continent.

What is your definition of success?

My definition of success is knowing that everything I do has a positive impact on the lives of people by uplifting, helping and inspiring them to lead better and healthier lives. Most importantly, living out my God-given purpose which translates into me taking hold of my life and consistently defining success in my own terms during every season of my life.

One fun fact about you?

I am an absolute movie fanatic especially 1940s-1960s films.


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