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Mavis Braga Elias

Mavis Braga Elias

Mavis is a young philanthropist who is committed to helping underprivileged people in her community, and a 2018 Queen’s Young Leader.

She holds an honours degree in Civil Engineering from the Namibia University of Science and Technology. 

She is the founder of the EM Love Foundation, whose work ranges from providing donated food and clothing to low-income families, to hosting fundraisers to children from disadvantaged backgrounds. And she is the co-founder of Genesi Events – an events company which focuses on women’s empowerment and helping people and businesses realise their full potential. 

Mavis now leads a team of seven directors, and has more than 40 volunteers working with her. She and her team have hosted a charity pop-up shop in collaboration with Street Store, a pop-up store that can be created in any community to enable the homeless to shop for free.

In recognition of her community work, the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia invited Mavis to serve on her One Economy Foundation, which works to promote inclusivity between different communities, via programmes focused on education, violence and health.