From Engineering Success to Significant Social Impact: Komala Pillay Named Fellow in NGO Whisperer® Global Programme

From Engineering Success to Significant Social Impact: Komala Pillay Named Fellow in NGO Whisperer® Global Programme
Komala Pillay CEO Citizen Leader Lab

Citizen Leader Lab, a South African Non-Profit committed to leadership development in the public and private sectors, is proud to announce that its CEO, Komala Pillay, has been selected as one of 50 fellows for the 2024 NGO Whisperer® Global Fellowship Programme. Offered by The NGO Whisperer® Centre For Social Impact, this distinguished six-month virtual leadership programme is renowned for its rigorous training and is dedicated to enhancing the capacities of exceptional leaders and founders of NGOs and social enterprises worldwide, particularly those from low and middle-income countries.

Four years ago, Pillay pressed pause on a highly successful career in engineering to join Citizen Leader Lab as its CEO. Her bold move has since motivated her team and the communities that Citizen Leader Lab serves, demonstrating her commitment to driving social change.

Pillay’s journey with Citizen Leader Lab began in 2018 as a participant on its renowned leadership development programme, Leaders for Education (at the time Partners for Possibility). This programme partners school principals of under-resourced schools with leaders from other environments. During her participation, Pillay developed an understanding of the critical need for Citizen Leader Lab’s work and a strengthened belief in the importance of strong local leadership and cross-sector collaboration to address the challenges facing South Africa. She continues to champion the pivotal role of quality education in revitalising the economy and promoting social equity, thus empowering individuals to lead purposeful lives.

As a fellow, Pillay will benefit from one-on-one online tailored mentorship and leadership coaching, participate in masterclasses led by highly skilled faculty and gain an all-access pass to The NGO Whisperer® Global Summit in 2024. Additionally, she will join The NGO Whisperer® Global Community and alumni network and be featured in The NGO Whisperer® Magazine and Podcast.

The NGO Whisperer® Global Fellowship Programme is made possible through a collaboration between Charles Warria, FLOCONSULT Change Leadership Coaching, Nourishment Vitality, The Human Side and The CPD Group.

About Citizen Leader Lab

Founded in 2010, Citizen Leader Lab is dedicated to creating resilient leaders in the public and private sectors. Through leadership development programmes and workshops, the Non-Profit empower individuals to be effective change agents in their communities. With over 13 years of experience, Citizen Leader Lab continues to grow its presence in education and extend its influence into critical public sectors, promoting cross-sector collaboration, active citizenship and social cohesion.

About The NGO Whisperer® Centre For Social Impact

The NGO Whisperer® Centre For Social Impact envisions a world free from social and economic injustice. We work with non-governmental organisations, social enterprises, governments and funding agencies to promote social innovation, investment and impact for a sustainable world now and in the future. The NGO Whisperer® Global Fellowship Programme 2024 is a rigorous six-month virtual leadership initiative designed for outstanding leaders and founders of NGOs and social enterprises worldwide, with a particular focus on those from low and middle-income countries. Its objectives are to enhance the capacity of professionals in leadership roles, offer impactful training and development opportunities, and foster a global community of leaders dedicated to designing and implementing high-impact programmes for sustainable development.