Shannon is the digital portfolio manager at Afrobarometer
Shannon van Wyk is a Digital Communications Strategist specialising in socio-political communications. She started her career in the Advertising Industry before moving into the Social Impact Sector where she has worked in behaviour change communications and now occupies the role of Afrobarometer’s Digital Portfolio
Shannon holds an undergraduate degree in Film and Media specialising in Online Media Production from the University of Cape Town and a postgraduate degree in Strategic Communications from Vega School. She’s currently completing a Master of Philosophy in Inclusive Innovation at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB). Her research focuses on the impact of Digital Democracy in governance processes and the role that digital tools play in extending democratic processes in society.
In 2020 Shannon was awarded the Bertha Scholarship by The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the UCT Graduate School of Business. In the following year, Shannon was selected as a member of the 2021, Futurelect cohort (formerly the Apolitical Academy Southern Africa) and graduated from the program as a Public Service Fellow.