Jonathan Yahya West is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand.  He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, majoring in Law, Accounting, and Marketing, and also a Bachelor of Laws degree. He wishes to pursue a career in activism focused on the environment and environmental justice.
Through his experiences traveling he was able to identify a disconnect between himself and the South African reality. He wishes not only to bridge that gap but also to bring about sustainable change to South Africa. He believes that there are lessons to be learned in every situation and from every individual; we need only listen with an open heart and an open mind. His compassion is matched only by his rationality, a realistic intellect with an optimistic spirit. It is his goal in life to follow in the footsteps of his parents by dedicating his life to helping others.