Safiya Umar is an Honours graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) Johannesburg. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Johannesburg. Safiya was awarded a Post Graduate Merit Scholarship at WITS to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Business Science and Human Resource Management. While at WITS, she served as a research assistant at the School of Economics and Business Science (SEBS). Her greatest achievement within academia was winning First Runner-Up in her third year Information Knowledge Management class. Another significant accomplishment was being awarded the Best Presentation Award for her research paper, which was a case study of the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg General Hospital. Safiya has formally served as the Temporary Lead Generator at Platinum Life Insurance Company, where her focus was to grow the Platinum Life enterprise through telephone marketing. She has also served her community at the Ahmed Kathrada Lenmed Hospital Surgical Ward. Her aspirations for the ASRI Future Leaders Programme are to uphold the mission and founding principles of ASRI and to be noble and to embody the spirit of justice, equality, freedom, peace and truth.