Picture: The University of Cape Town's master’s candidate in the Department of Information Systems, Shamiso Kumbirai will represent Southern Africa at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018. (Twitter).

CAPE TOWN - The prestigious World Economic Forum set to take place in Davos in 2018 will see University of Cape Town Master's student, Shamiso Kumbirai representing Southern Africa. 

Kumbirai, a master’s candidate in the Department of Information Systems has been selected to be the voice of the South African youth at the 2018 forum. 

The Master's student is part of  the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. It is a network of inspiring young people under the age of 30 working together to address local, regional and global challenges. 

"This is a wonderful opportunity to raise the need for infrastructure development on the African continent and advocate for the advancement of African women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)", says Kumbirai. 

Comprising of more than 6 000 members, the Global Shapers Community is spread in over 378 city-based hubs, in 160 countries. 

Kumbirai is one of 50 Shapers that are selected from across the world to showcase the work they are doing to add change to their local and international communities. 

Her philanthropic journey began in 2011 when she joined multi-award winning social enterprise WomenEng. Four year later, she served as Director of the women leading engineers operation. 

This later advanced to Kumbirai being invited to host proceedings at the African Sustainability Summit. She is also leading a Sani4Schools project aimed at improving the water and sanitation facilities for a no-fee school in the Mamelodi area with over 1200 learners.

The water engineer's rudimentary belief is that ' the removal of water as a development constraint and the ability to harness this resource as a tool to help power Africa will positively change the lives of millions who call it home'. 

31 days, 31 stories. Be Inspired! Shamiso Kumbirai is a civil engineer who is using her skills to make a difference pic.twitter.com/5Y8buqU7Cv

— WomEng (@_WomEng) August 27, 2016