Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe is currently the CEO of the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign Centre (DTTCC). This organization aims to address the 95million desk shortage in sub-Saharan Africa, by providing 20 million Tutudesks to 20 million children by 2020. The Tutudesk is an environmentally friendly, light portable desk that children can use at school or at home, in regular classrooms or under tree. Thus impacting education & literacy and improving the lives of African children, their communities and countries and making Africa a more globally competitive continent through education. Ms Tutu-Gxashe has lived, worked and been educated in the UK, Swaziland, Botswana and the USA. She is passionate about education and public health, especially in the fight against HIV/AIDS. During her MPH studies at Emory University, Atlanta, she received several fellowships to enhance her academic programme at the Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry, South East AIDS Training Center & the Dekalb County Board of Health. Much of her working life has been in clinical research both in the USA and in South Africa. She undertakes public speaking at universities, schools and community groups in the USA and South Africa. She serves on several Boards including the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Africa’s Children’s Fund & Heifer International (South Africa).