Asonele Kotu has more than 10 years of experience as a public relations and marketing professional. She has worked for local and international companies in community development, charity fundraising, the energy sector and a software development company. She is the founder of FemConnect an award-winning startup that creates digital solutions for period poverty, access to women’s health and digital family planning services. Asonele served as the YouthLead Ambassador for South Africa in 2020 and YouthLead Ambassador advisor to the 2021 ambassadors. She is an alumni of the first AWE cohort in South Africa and a Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Fellow.
Asonele is a recipient of the 2021 Meaningful Business100 award recognised as a leader dedicating her work to tackling the world’s most pressing issues and helping achieve the UN Global Goals. She is passionate about empowering women and adolescent youth by improving accessibility and equality of healthcare leaving no one behind. Her dream is to ensure that through her work she can enable easy access to SRHR services through technology and education to reach 1 million girls in Sub-saharan Africa by 2030.