Tshegofatso Dimpho Lesenyego was born in the Free State in Bloemfontein. She did her undergraduate degree in Public Governance and Politics with Law subject, and her Honours in Political Science from North-West University. Her passion for human development through progressive policies was ignited during her honours studies, which led her to pursue a Maters degree in Migration and Displacement at the University of Witwatersrand. She became drawn to know more about push and pull factors behind migration patterns as well as the policies that assist migrants with settling in their host environments. her research interests are in migration and refugees, policies for human development, corruption, humanitarianism and gender equality.