Mr. Patson Malisa
LLB (Bachelor of Laws - UNISA)
President of the Organisation of Africa Youth (OAYouth Continental Executive Committee), Chairman of the International Youth Council, Board Associate for the United Nations Association of South Africa (UN-ASA; Sustainable Development Goals & Policy), Country Coordinator for the Network of African Youths for Development
Mr. Patson Malisa is the President of the Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth Continental Executive Committee). Mr. Malisa is also the Chairman of the International Youth Council, and Board Associate for the United Nations Association of South Africa (UN-ASA; Sustainable Development Goals & Policy). He is also the Country Coordinator for the Network of African Youths for Development in South Africa Mr. Malisa also participated at the United Nations Committee Member for the April 2015 Stakeholder Steering Committee for the post-2015 development agenda negotiations at the United Nations Headquarters. He also worked as Program Coordinator for the Regent University from 2012 – 2013, and as a Research and Administrative Consultant for Brandsense in 2009.
Patson Malisa is a Youth Advocate, Thought Leader, Executive and Facilitator. He has served in national and continental youth platforms since the age of 18, advocating the convening of government and civil society to the dialogue forum for the advancing of policy for the Upliftment of youth. He has experience as Chairman for South Africa at the Organization of African Youth, the Country Coordinator for Network of African Youth for Development as well as the Chairman for South Africa at the International Youth Council. He has also served as Organizing Secretary, Secretary for Information and Publicity at the Organization of African Youth.
Patson was a Youth Delegate for South Africa at the World Conference on Youth for 2014. He has also chaired the committee of rapporteurs at the 2014 High Level Youth Policy Dialogue on Sustainable Development Goals hosted at the United Nations Plaza in Nairobi, Kenya. The Outcome Document of this conference has been a well celebrated lobbying tool amongst youth in the continent towards the advocating of Youth mainstreaming in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. Most recently, he has served in the steering committee for the Post-2015 Development Agenda Stakeholder negotiations which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in April 2015. He was also the Chair of Rapporteurs at the 2015 Parliament and Youth Summit on SDGs hosted by the Parliament of South Africa.
In April 2015, Patson Chaired a Commission of youth leaders for Social Cohesion that convened to address the issues of both xenophobic and racial tensions that were prevalent in South Africa at the time. The aim of the commission was to create a mechanism which would bring together the progressive views which the majority of South Africans have with regards to Social Cohesion. With these views, they would therefore draft a tool to be used for the implementation of long standing and effective programs that will address the key areas of which need urgent intervention, and leadership. The Social Cohesion Charter was born from this process, and has been embraced by several platforms in the country and beyond.