Wanting to see beyond what Mauritius and the Indian Ocean had to offer, Kushmandi Sreekissoon stepped out of her little bubble to join the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in South Africa to finish her last 2 years of high school. She completed her A-Levels while simultaneously completing an Entrepreneurial Leadership and African Studies curriculum during her time at ALA. She later went on an exchange program in Shanghai where she got the opportunity to learn about a rich culture and take up diversified roles from being a student to being a teacher.

Kushmandi is a third-year student, studying MA International Business at the University of Edinburgh through the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. She is currently doing a study abroad at Carleton University in Canada. Her interests lie in understanding and comparing the effects that foreign direct investment and entrepreneurship have on the African economy.