Aaliyah Vayez is currently a Social Science Masters student at the University of Cape Town, majoring in International Relations. She completed her Bachelor of Social Science (Political Studies, History and Sociology) in 2018 and Honours (International Relations) in 2019, both cum laude, at the University of Cape Town. She has represented South Africa in the fields of diplomacy and development at both a national and international level. Her main research interests include European politics, foreign policy and regionalism. She intends to pursue her passion for political engagement through the diplomatic service.