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Dr. Nobs Mwanda is a mother, wife, social entrepreneur and the CEO of Community-based Prevention and Empowerment Strategies in South Africa (COPES-SA), a social profit organisation that focuses on the building of safe, secure and caring communities for the children. She founded COPES-SA in Soweto in 2004 after a very short stint in private practice. Born in the rural Eastern Cape, she qualified as a medical practitioner from Wits University, in 1988 and subsequently did her Master of Science degree in Community Paediatrics, from the same university. Having worked for most of her life in the child abuse arena, she has received recognition for her scholarly contributions, from her peers, both nationally and internationally. Her major passion is community development. She is a Fellow of the fourth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.