Siyabonga graduated from Macalester College in 2015 with a BA in Economics, double concentrations in Global Health and International Development and double minors in Statistics and Geography. He is passionate about the intersectionality of Business, Health Economics, International Development and Public Health.
As a SUMR scholar at UPenn's Perelman School of Medicine and The Wharton School of Business, Siyabonga researched insurer incentives in covering cost-effective care as well as the impact of personalized medicine on cancer prevention and treatment.
In 2014 He won the Macalester Winter Mann-Hill Fellowship to study the impact of The Global Fund's financing models on HIV/AIDS epidemiology in select countries at Curatio International Foundation in Tbilisi, Georgia. Currently, Siyabonga works at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) as Health Financing Analyst.
He previously worked at the Urban Institute where he provided technical assistance in modelling the American health system's response to various health insurance policies and their fiscal implications. His work has been published in Health Affairs, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Urban Institute Policy Briefs.
Siyabonga was part of the first group of mentors for the Swaziland Young Leaders Fellowship Program in 2013 and now serves as our Data and Research Coordinator.
Siyabonga enjoys singing and listening to music, especially Opera and Gospel music. If not singing or at work, he is most likely doing photography or catching up with friends.