Lidia Rauch is the founder of Bloom Enterprise. After eight years in professional politics, she decided to enter the world of social entrepreneurship.
She obtained her degree in Psychology and Political Science, as well as her postgraduate diploma in HIV/AIDS Management from the University of Stellenbosch. Lidia also holds a master’s degree in Inclusive Innovation from the University of Cape Town. The research topic of her qualitative study was ‘Building an inclusive South African society: The position of young, white Afrikaans speaking women’. She is planning on taking her research further and starting her Ph.D. next year.
Lidia is currently writing a book on her research findings. She is interested in further exploring the idea of white privilege. The question she is grappling with is: “Should white South Africans simply be aware of their privilege or is it something that can be utilised positively in society?”
She has held various leadership positions in her life, locally and globally. From serving as the Primaria of her residence at Stellenbosch University to the International Federation of Liberal Youth’s Regional Bureau member for Africa.