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Chantel King

2023 Fellow

Member of Parliament, South Africa

South Africa

Chantel King is a Member of the South African parliament in the National Assembly. Representing the official opposition, the Democratic Alliance in the Higher education science and innovation portfolio. She was an educator for 15 years focusing on accountancy and business studies. Chantel also started a community project on entrepreneurship with grade 12 learners to allow them to grasp the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and self-sustainability to break the cycle of poverty. In 2014, Chantel joined active politics as a local government Councilor in the Finance and economic development portfolios. She started Virtuous Women’s community-based organization to empower women with self-sustainable projects for skills development in return for poverty alleviation.  In 2016, she became a Member of Parliament, has been in the Basic education portfolio, and currently serves as the DA’s Shadow Minister for higher education science and innovation. Chantel holds a B.Com (General) degree in Industrial Relations and Industrial Psychology and National Professional Diploma in Education majors in mathematics and learner behavior. She also completed a mediation program through the Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).