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Professor Eric Atmore

Professor Eric Atmore Title: Director of the Centre for Early Childhood Development; Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Social Development of UCT Company: Centre for Early Childhood Development Sector/s: Early Childhood Development Eric was a member of major ECD policy development initiatives, including the National Education Policy Investigation and the South African Preschool Study, which contributed to the new government ECD policies. Eric wrote the 2006 national ECD guidelines for the Department of Social Development, and ECD policy for several municipalities. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Development at the University of Cape Town.

Dr Jaco Deacon

Dr Jaco Deacon Title: Deputy CEO Company: FEDSAS Sector/s: Basic Education Jaco Deacon is Deputy Chief Executive of FEDSAS (the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools) and trustee of the South African Educational Development Trust. He holds an LLB, LLM and a doctorate (LLD) in Labour Law and is an admitted attorney. Jaco is a research fellow at the University of the Free State and serves on the South African Council for Educators and n the Ethics Committee. He the Editor the Juta Education Law and Policy Handbook and he published a number of accredited journal articles.

Ms Jaye Richards-Hill

Ms Jaye Richards-Hill Title: Business Development Manager Company: – Microsoft World-Wide Education Team Sector/s: Tech & Basic Education Jaye is the Founder and Managing Director of Tablet Academy Africa, part of the global Tablet Academy organization and supports national and regional governments across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India in transforming education in technology and device deployment programs in schools across the region. Jaye has nearly thirty years of experience in training and teaching, as a science teacher and as a learning community principal teacher involved in disseminating good practice on ICT in the classroom. She has worked at government level on projects, including the recent Operation Phakisa Education lab for the Office of the President in South Africa.

Mrs Rianette Leibowitz

Mrs Rianette Leibowitz Title: Managing Director Company: SaveTNet Cyber Safety NPC Sector/s: Basic Education Rianette Leibowitz is a professional communicator, as TV and Radio presenter, Activist for SaveTNet, Author of: Not for Sale - Relationships of Influence, Entrepreneur and Accredited Public Relations Professional. Rianette is the founder and spokesperson for SaveTNet, which aims to save lives by creating awareness for responsible digital engagement with an emphasis on relationship management. She presents the Cyber Health Feature on and is on a mission to share the cyber safety message

Carleen King

Carleen King Title: Project Consultant for EDI GUINEA PROJECT Company: United Nations Sector/s: Higher Education Carleen King is an International Advisor and Independent Business and Writing Consultant. Ms. King has owned and operated her own consulting business for eighteen years in the areas of strategic business management, independent paralegal services, event planning/management and fundraising.

Ms Thembikile Ndlovu

Ms Thembikile Ndlovu Title: President Company: SAPA Sector/s: Basic Education & Inclusive Education Thembekile Ndlovu, the principal of Khanyanjalo School in KZN for the past 15 years. The present Chairperson and the President of the South African Principals Association. Have won Gold in the service excellence awards in KZN and Silver Kadar Asmal Excellence Award in the National Teaching Awards in 2013. One of the Adjudicators of the National Teaching Awards for 2015/2016. Presented at the EduWeek Conference in 2015.

Norman Mphake

Norman Mphake Founder: PEISA Norman Mphake is the Founding Director of the Physical Education Institute of South Africa (PEISA) an organisation committed to advocating for active engagement, skills development, debate, research, innovation, knowledge sharing and setting the foundation for a healthy, active and physically literate South Africa. Mr. Mphake’s academic expertise is in the areas of Physical Education, sport coaching, administration and talent identification with a higher degree from La Escuela Internacional de Educación Física y Deporte (International School of Physical Education and Sport) – in Cuba.

Gizelle McIntyre

Gizelle McIntyre is a director of The Institute of People Development (IPD). Within this role, Gizelle’s responsibilities include designing Leadership, ETD, Talent Management and Management programmes, curricula and processes for organisations and managing a diverse team of L&D Associates and professionals in the design, delivery and evaluation of customised learning, CPD and RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) solutions. Gizelle’s career spans 19 years of learning and development, consulting and management and graduate development. Gizelle received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the SABPP in 2015 for exceptional contributions in the HRD space. She has experience in corporate and National, Provincial and Local Government, in non-government organisations, public service and private corporates throughout all the sectors. Clients serviced by Gizelle include VWSA, SADC, BMW, Assmang Chrome, De Beers, NAMDEB, Standard Bank, FNB, EOH, Nestlé, and many Provincial departments, Indwe Risk, Liberty Life and the South African Revenue Services (SARS). These organisations, to name a few, utilise her for consulting and action learning assignments and have enabled her to facilitate learning experiences and strategies in challenging environments and innovative ways. With post-graduate qualifications in Psychology and Education, Training and Development, Chartered Professional Designation at SABPP and COMENSA, and a passion for public speaking to sell the skills development message, Gizelle brings innovation to design and energy to partnerships.

Heleen Johnson

Heleen has more than 30 years’ experience as an Occupational Therapist. She has worked locally and abroad in the education and health sectors. She currently works full time for Educanda assisting with the development of new products and doing training workshops.

Danai Nhando

Danai Nhando is a Human Rights Lawyer and equitable education advocate with a passion for advancing equitable education in Africa through technology. She has extensive experience in the Sub-Saharan African education sector, leading teams in the design and delivery of technology-enabled learning solutions tailored for African markets. Notably she led the development of Ruzivo Digital Learning, the first locally developed online interactive digital learning platform for primary and high school students in Zimbabwe and Edubuntu, a digital learning platform that delivers interactive online learning in South Africa. Danai is the Co-Founder of Ampli5yd, a Learning and Development consultancy that designs, develops and delivers technology-based learning solutions for corporates and academic institutions. She is also a consultant with eLearn Africa a marketplace of educational and professional development courses from world-class sources and acts as the Regional Specialist for Southern Africa. Danai holds a Bachelor Of Commerce Degree in Law and Economics and an LLB from Rhodes University in South Africa, as well as an MBA in International Management and Sustainability from Royal Holloway University Of London in Surrey, UK.

Dylan Busa

Dylan Busa is a high school Mathematics and Science teacher by training. He left full time teaching to join Mindset Network, a South African non-profit organization that supports the formal education and health sectors through technology mediated student and patient support and professional development services. There he worked in various capacities including as Technology Executive, Strategic and Organisational Development Executive and Schooling Executive, a role in which he was responsible for all student and teacher support and development activities. In 2015, he joined FHI360 as the Southern African Programme Manager for Design Squad Global. In this capacity, he played an integral part in developing and piloting the DSG model in partnership with 6 organisations in South Africa, Swaziland and Botswana. Subsequent to this, Dylan has worked to introduce the program to youth development organizations and schools throughout Southern Africa and has trained and supported numerous youth development facilitators and teachers in implementing DSG in their contexts. Since September 2016, the DSG program has been run by over 360 organisations in 27 countries. Dylan also works as an independent education consultant focusing on educational policy and strategy, curriculum and materials design, technology integration and e-learning design and development. His current and recent projects include an evaluation of an ANA based primary school Mathematics teacher development programme for the DBE, the development of an online numeracy and literacy diagnostic and support system for TVET college students, an online professional development support service for nurses for the DoH and the development of online courses for Grade 8 – 12 Mathematics and Mathematical Literacy.

Lennox Tapera

• 33 years of age • Holder of an Honours degree in English and Communication • Post Graduate Certificate in Education • 120 hour certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) • 7 years teaching experience • 3 years experience in Training Facilitation

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Minize Grobler

Mineze holds a B.A. Hons. Development Communication degree (NWU: Potchefstroom). She started her career at Think Ahead in 2014. Mineze focuses on bringing “future school” programmes to Think Ahead partner schools. These programmes are in line with global education trends. Mineze co-ordinates student and teacher training for CodeSpace (bring coding literacy to schools) and MakerSpace (setting up MakerSpace environments to encourage design and discovery).

Phuti Ragophala

Phuti Ragophala,multi award winner , nominated by Varkey foundation in United Kingdom,as TOP 50 Global Teacher Prize 2017, got honoured in DUBAI MARCH 2017 during GESF.Im (VTA) Varkey Teacher Ambassador where I am in the fore front of encouraging young and upcoming educators about teaching as a career hence shortage of educators Im Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer through Microsoft In Education where I train and workshop educators on (CPTD) Continuous Professional Teacher Development based on digital teaching and learning through Webinars and Skype teaching. Im nominated by Fellowship of the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) to receive a Fellowship award at University of South Africa on the 23 May 2017. The resolution was unanimous following my nomination by the South African delegation and popular endorsement as a professional teacher who has made monumental impact on the teaching profession in my country and Africa in general. I do free community work ; techno- reading clubs and offering ICT skills to community learners on Saturdays . I am ambassador to various teaching organisations: Centre for Public Service Innovation nationally, SACE nationally , Microsoft IN Education inter nationally, Varkey Teacher Ambassador internationally Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. My blog is

René Testa

I have been involved in ECD for the past 35 years, and furthered my studies in psychology when my kids were grown up. I was in fulltime ministry for a few years, as head of the Counseling centre of the theological semenarium in Aucklandpark, Jhb, after completing a Masters in Counseling. I left fulltime ministry in 2001, running my own practise from home for a few years, and started a Home for abandoned children in 2009. I qualified as a nutritional therapist in 2012, because we saw great success in children with special needs overcoming their delays with dietary interventions. In 2015 Swift Academy was born, catering for children on the autistic spectrum, with cerebral palsy, HIV, fetal alcohol syndrome and other developmental delays. Focusing very strongly on diet, we believe that a chemical free environment contributes greatly to our success in getting the children to overcome their delays and become healthy, contributing members of society.

Norman Gwangwava

Dr. Norman Gwangwava: PhD in Industrial Engineering, with proficiency in Industrial and Product Design, Concurrent Engineering, and e-Manufacturing. LECTURER at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. Has presented and published over 20 research papers at conferences and refereed journals. Research interests are in; Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems (RMS), Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPS), Collaborative Product Design, and Additive Manufacturing. Delivers short training programs and offer consultancy in areas of Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Systems, Lean Manufacturing, Modular Product Design and Computer Based Applications in Engineering.

Lisa Ellis

Lisa Ellis has worked in the Assistive Technology industry in South Africa, the UK and Europe for over 13 years and is an expert in the use of high tech products for people with complex disabilities. She has extensive experience in training and sharing her passion and knowledge with audiences around the country. Lisa is Director of Inclusive Solutions, a company which specialises in technologies for disability, early education, alternative computer controls, sensory rooms, autism, augmentative & alternative communication (AAC) and inclusive education training. She has an academic background in Linguistics. Keeping informed about the latest global and local assistive technologies is a key area of focus for her team, so that local beneficiaries are ensured access to the best options

Paula Barnard-Ashton

Paula Barnard-Ashton is an occupational therapist who practiced in the field of paediatric learning difficulties and sensory integration before becoming a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. She attained a Masters degree in 2009 and was awarded a fellowship in the Sub-Saharan African FAIMER Regional Institute 2011-2012. In 2009, Paula was appointed to the role of manager of the School of Therapeutic Sciences eLearning Project, with the objective of driving the integration of blended learning and educational technologies into the undergraduate curricula. She is currently in the final stages of her PhD, researching the integration of blended learning into the occupational therapy curriculum

Nirmala Sankaran

Nirmala Sankaran is one of the Founders of HeyMath! ( – a global leader in Mathematics education with users in over 50 countries. Developed in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, UK, HeyMath’s mission is to support the work of teachers and make Mathematics engaging and enjoyable for learners. Quoted as an example of Globalization in Education in Thomas L. Friedman’s ‘The World is Flat’, Friedman wrote this in the New York Times “HeyMath’s vision is to be the Math Google - to establish a platform that enables every student and teacher to learn from the ‘best teachers in the world’ and to also be able to benchmark themselves against their peers globally.” HeyMath’s core competencies are curriculum expertise, rich pedagogy, creative use of technology and strong domain in teacher training. Since 2000, HeyMath! has established a strong footprint in Singapore, India, South Africa and Latin America. The program has consistently produced results and positively impacted half a million learners and 4000 teachers globally. Nirmala Sankaran is the Chief Evangelist and leads product design, innovation and talent management at HeyMath! She is committed to building excellence in Maths Education by constantly synthesizing best practices from high performing systems around the world, drawing insights from pedagogical research and staying on top of the latest in Educational Technology. She has extensive grassroots experience in South Africa having implemented HeyMath! in provincial schools since 2009.

Dr. Steven McKee

Dr. McKee is the President and founder of Labtech International Ltd., which he created to meet the needs of Technical and Vocational Education in developing and industrializing nations with a particular emphasis on skills development for employable skills. In 25 years, Labtech has grown to be one of the largest technical education solutions providers in Asia with clients in over 75 countries using their specialized training equipment and systems. Labtech has factories and offices in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India and Jordan (Middle East) He has recently served on the Senior Advisory Board for the Employer Driven Skills Development Project in Jordan which is supported by the World Bank with the aim at revising and updating the vocational education and skills training in the Kingdom of Jordan. He also serves on the Executive board of World Didac ( and is actively involved promoting dialogue and seeking solutions to the issues facing global education today. Dr. McKee has been involved in International educational development continuously since 1974. He started his career with some of the first International educational development projects funded by the World Bank in Africa. His career has included extensive consultant work, educational planning and development, Development project implementation, educational marketing, educational system design, international business development, international finance and educational technology development. Dr. McKee has been based full time in Asia since 1984 and is extremely familiar with all phases of education within the Asian Region. He has a personal interest, passion and commitment to the development of education world-wide. A recent interest over the past decade concerns the limited use or lack of use of ICT in education for instructional learning purposes in both Academic studies and in Technical and Vocational Education. Many countries have been struggling with these issues and often the impact has been less than optimal due to outdated planning tools and by not addressing all the issues involved such as sustainability and constant change. He believes that a broad based approach which addresses the main issues of teaching technologies, blending of e-learning with practical hands on skills, teacher development and student centric programs can contribute to the impact and success in this area, especially in the TVET area. Labtech is increasingly becoming a leader in finding solutions for the infusion ICT technology into the educational process by creating platforms to infuse 21st century skills into teaching and learning programs thereby transforming education to meet the needs of the future. The latest development at Labtech is to create new 2D and 3D virtual learning modules featuring engineering, modeling and animations that are designed to teach core subjects in Vocational and Technical Education. These new learning tools and simulation systems have the potential to revolutionize TVET by lowering the delivery costs while improving educational outcomes and student throughput. The goal is to make TVET more economically and educationally efficient. Labtech has active partnerships with many Universities for research and implementing projects as well as technology organizations such as ISTE, CompTIA, Intel, HP, Microsoft, World Didac. Over the past five years he has published in many articles on 21st century Learning in various academic and educational publications in the USA, Europe and Asia on innovations in teaching and learning. Labtech is an appointed collaboration partner for ISTE in S.E. Asia and he is also an advisor to the Malaysia government on implementation of new ICT programs. LinkedIn Profile:

Brian Wafawarowa

Brian Wafawarowa is the Executive Director for Learning Services. In his career, he has had an opportunity to work with government and different education and book sectors, giving him a comprehensive understanding of the industry through small and large operations. He is the current chair of the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA) and serves on the board of the International Publishers Association (IPA). Brian has taken a keen interest in the broad publishing industry and its policy environment. He has had the privilege of representing the publishing industry at UNESCO, WIPO, WTO, The World Bank, the European Chamber of Commerce and the African Union. He has also chaired the ministerial committee that developed the draft South African book policy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in English, Literature, Language and Film from the University of Zimbabwe; Master of Literature, African Literature in English from the University of Witwatersrand; and Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town.

Dr. Nhlanhla Thwala

Dr. Nhlanhla Thwala is the Academic Director for Pearson Institute of Higher Education (PI). In this role he oversees the Academic teams, Student Affairs and Employability across its 12 campuses nationally. Nhlanhla has over 20 years’ experience in the field of education in South Africa, Swaziland, United States of America and United Kingdom. He has a highly developed understanding of academic conditions locally and internationally. Nhlanhla is a passionate linguist who believes in empowering people with the language skills they need for personal, academic or professional development. He served as the lead language consultant and researcher to Gold Fields in their New Way of Communication project which seeks to phase out the use of Fanakalo in the workplace and replace it with Zulu and Sotho. Nhlanhla holds a Diploma in Education and a BA degree, both from the University of Swaziland, an MA degree from Syracuse University in New York, United States, and a PhD degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, United States of America.

Shakira Akabor

Shakira Akabor has taught in a mainstream classroom since 2003. In 2012 she left the profession to further her studies. She is currently a PhD candidate in Inclusive Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. Shakira’s research interests are on pedagogies for diverse learners and the ways in which teachers include rather than exclude learners in the classroom. At present, she is working at UNISA as an external marker. Shakira lives in Centurion, Gauteng.

Francisco Zagallo Saraiva

Francisco as Master of Science in Decisional Systems Engineering, several post-graduation courses, and currently he’s taking coursework towards International Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (iPgCE) and the MA Advanced Educational practice, with Cambridge University and UCL – Institute of Education. His professional career has been divided in several continents, Europe, Middle East, and more recently 9 years in Africa (3 years in Morocco and 6 years in Angola). With 4 years’ experience as a Founding Headmaster, 3 years as CEO of a eLearning and Blended Education company and 15 years in teaching (mainly post-graduation and corporate). Currently, he’s the Headmaster of CAT – Colégio Angolano de Talatona (a Cambridge International School) with of 720 students from 15 nationalities, 75 teachers and 140 non-teachers. He oversaw the school project and construction, working directly with the owners, architects and engineers, as well of being responsible for hiring the entire staff for the start-up.

Claire Mawisa

At only fifteen year old she won the prestigious model competition Cosmopolitan Model of the Year 1994 – she became the youngest and the second black South African beauty to be featured on the cover of the local Cosmopolitan magazine. This tremendous accomplishment catapulted her into the limelight: she travelled many exotic destinations for her work assignments and she has graced many magazine covers. Modelling lead her host various televisions on across several channels. Claire’s also had radio career both on and off the microphone at stations such as YFM, Metro FM, Radio 2000 and Kaya FM. Toward the end of 2014, Claire left Kaya FM to pursue her business interest and focus on her passion of empowering young women. As a qualified Life Skills coach is continuously pursuing her passion of helping women; she hosts various empowerment workshops through her Code Teen initiative ( and the Me Only, Better Workshop aimed at professional women. She and her partner, Karen Burt, facilitate workshops nationally and 2016 year they interacted with over 28 000 young females across different tertiary and corporate environments. In 2015 Claire joined the Carte Blanche team as an investigative journalist. She remains active in the TV, radio and print sectors. Claire has facilitated and hosted events for organisations such as Sasol, Public Investment Corporation, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Thebe Investments, Kimberly-Clark, Black Management Forum, Multichoice South Africa and the Department of International Relations & Cooperation and others.

Jeanette Viljoen

With 10 years of teaching experience in both Arts and Technology, cluster leadership and national exam marking and moderation, Jeanette Viljoen is no stranger in the world of EdTech integration and is passionate about curriculum and technology integration, pedagogy and making both teaching and learning transparent, visible, exciting and engaging. She is a BA graduate with specialisation in Multimedia and Visual Communication. Jeanette holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Senior Phase and Further Education and Training) with Cum Laude and a certificate for Teaching with Technology (Strategic Implementation of ICT Integration in Education) with Summa Cum Laude. With 10 years of teaching experience in both Arts and Technology, cluster leadership and national exam marking and moderation. She has spent six years as Head of Curriculum and Technology Integration. Not only was she tasked to complete extensive research on the use of ICT in the classroom, but she also had to develop and implement an Education Technology programme by integrating the use of iPads and other interactive technologies with the current academic curriculum. She is a certified APD (Apple Professional Developer). Jeanette is the Professional Development Manager at Think Ahead - responsible for ensuring teacher training support to our partner schools - to infuse all aspects of 21st century learning into your classroom. Follow her on Twitter: @JeanetteViljoen

Jesse Sunkel

STEM is such a buzz word now – but what is it really all about? Why is it so important and should we bring complex subjects into early education? STEM not only contributes to educational development but also to important early childhood developmental milestones. Young Engineers IS the solution to bringing STEM, EDUCATION and development to Early Childhood development in a fun and accessible way

Douglas Hoernle

Doug is the founding director of Rethink Education and Karri School Payments. He has founded and built a number of innovative technology companies focusing on both the education and corporate market. He is a dynamic, fast-moving entrepreneur and creative thinker, and is committed to improving education across Africa using mobile technology. He has been featured as one of Africa's most promising entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine, and has recently been awarded the Growth, Innovation and Leadership award by Frost and Sullivan. Over the past few years he has lead the development of innovative technology to allow students to access educational content specifically tailored for mobile devices. He started his first business at the age of sixteen and was named an Allan Gray Fellow for his entrepreneurial and charity work throughout high school. He holds an honours degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town. He have spoken and presented at conferences and universities across Africa, Israel, Singapore, Dubai and the United States on a number of topics including education, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Miquette Temlett

Miquette completed her Bachelors degree in Human and Social Sciences with specialization in psychological counselling through UNISA. She has done additional training in therapeutic counselling, trauma counselling and HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling. Miquette is also a registered counsellor and in the process of completing a post-graduate specialization in art therapy accredited by the George Washington University in Nebraska. She is experienced in developing and offering presentations and talks to groups on many social, psychological and educational topics. She also does some freelance writing and journalism. Miquette has extensive experience in remedial teaching and her keen interest in neuroscience and learning stems from these experiences.

Marlena Kruger

Marlena Kruger obtained her Doctorate in Education from the University of Johannesburg in 1999. She worked for more than 25 years at public higher education institutions, i.e. as a lecturer, Instructional Designer and Director of Technology-assisted Learning at University of Johannesburg. In August 2012 she was appointed as Dean of Faculties at CTI Education Group, a private higher education institution that is now fully owned by Pearson. During these years she was actively involved in the roll-out and distribution of computer tablets, training and development of lecturers and students and the development of best practices for blended learning solutions – distributed over 12 campuses in South Africa.

Margaret Tracey

Margaret Tracey began her career in IT software and WAN support and from there began her 20 year career in secondary education. Her teaching experience has been in both independent and state schools in South Africa and Australia. Due to her background in IT, she has always been mindful of the role technology can play in engaging students and enhancing teaching and learning. It was while teaching in Australia, that she developed a passion for pedagogy per se and the manner in which technology can transform education. Her experience in e-learning began with her involvement in a 1-1 Apple laptop project in a secondary school in Sydney, Australia. On returning to South Africa in 2011, Margaret introduced and administered Obami and utilised Google Classrooms in her teaching. As Technology Integrator at Hillcrest High School in KZN, Margaret is particularly interested in developing a blended learning approach through the use of the LMS, Moodle. In 2016, Hillcrest High was selected to be one of three schools to pilot the DBE Cloud solution that makes use of Moodle as its platform. Margaret was placed second in the 2017 KZN National Teachers Award – ICT division, in which she demonstrated her passion for e-learning at Hillcrest High and in the community to support Operation Phakisa. Margaret believes that it is the paradigm shift facing teachers that is the real challenge facing effective e-learning in schools. It is for this reason that Margaret promotes the professional benefits to be derived from being a part of the Microsoft Educator Community to the teachers at Hillcrest High. We live in exciting times and technology as a tool is prompting teachers to re-evaluate and modernise their teaching strategies to harness 21st century skills.

Louise van Rhyn

Louise van Rhyn is a social entrepreneur. She believes the worlds' huge intractable problems can be solved through cross-sector collaboration and a solid understanding of complex social change. Her approach to change is shaped by 30 years of working as an Organisational Change and Leadership Development practitioner. She holds a Doctorate in Complex Social Change and has founded a few entrepreneurial organisations. Having worked in the UK, US and many countries around Europe, she returned to South Africa in 2004 to help make democracy work ‘at home’. In 2008 she started a social enterprise with a purpose to mobilise active citizenship around the significant social issues facing the country. In 2010 she launched Partners for Possibility, an innovative leadership development process for business and school leaders. Business leaders develop their capacity to lead in a complex and unfamiliar environment by becoming a co-learning and co-action partner to a school principal. The focus of their partnership is to lead positive change in an under-resourced school. So far more than 1,300 leaders across South Africa have benefited from the programme and they’ve won many national and international awards for their innovative approach to enable business leaders to make a significant contribution in education while developing their leadership skills. Leaders report that they learn more about leadership from working with a school in an under-resourced community than attending a course at a business school.

Justin Reilly

Justin Reilly joined Mwabu as CEO in 2014 to lead it’s expansion across the African continent. He has a track record taking educational technology companies to scale and exit. Before Mwabu, he was CEO of Fronter, an ed-tech company he led from start-up stage through to sale to Pearson. There he was Vice President responsible for global educational technology delivery. Justin is a chartered mathematician.

Johnson Mdluli

My name is Johnson Mdluli I was born in 1960, completed my high school in 1980, went to the college of Orientation and Mobility training in 1987. Worked at Rivoni Society for the Blind as Orientation and Mobility practitioner for about eleven years. I joined the South African Council for the Blind and worked as development co coordinator for eight years. I Started doing my own business in 2003 and I was in business for five years that was until 2010. I joined the Blind and deaf society in Pietermaritzburg 1n 2010 until 2012 and I finally joined Blind SA in 2012 until to date.

Mothepane Ledicia Seolonyana

Mrs Mothepane Seolonyana is the Deputy-Chairperson of the Board of the Higher Education Transformation Network (HETN). Mrs Seolonyana is an experienced financial management practitioner, accountant, auditor and financial management practitioner across the public & private sectors in various capacities. Mrs. Seolonyana has worked as a Senior Forensic Auditor, Accountant, and Finance Manager at amongst others the North West Provincial Council on Aids and the North West Provincial Legislature (NWPL) and a Lecturer at North West University (NWU) and currently, a Research Supervisor for MBA students at Mancosa. She holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in finance; a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) with the North West University as well as a National Diploma (ND) in Financial Management from Taletso FET College. She is currently undertaking her PhD Degree in Business Administration at North West University. As researcher, she has authored several studies and are as follows : • The relationship between compliance of internal controls and corporate governance system in the South African public sector (2012) • Effectiveness of internal controls in the Department of Finance Supply Chain Management system (2008) and is currently completing her PHD Doctoral thesis with the North-West University (NWU) Mafikeng Campus on Authentic Leadership in the Public Finance performance: In the Provincial Government Sector Research supervised. Lebotsa P- “Investigation Into The Effectiveness Of Lesotho Government Support To SMEs” (MBA) 2014 Ramokhele K- An Analysis on the Effectiveness of Succession Planning at Metropolitan Lesotho (MBA) 2014 Malata M- A study on the impact of transformational change on employee and organizational performance: A case of Ministry of Public Service(MBA) 2015 Makute M- An exploratory Study to investigate the impact of possible strategy changes to support the local agricultural market at hotel Mount Maloti in Mohale’shoek (MBA) 2015

Nomsa Dlamini

Dr Nomsa Dlamini’s workplace experience begins as a Science and a Mathematics teacher at various high schools. She then moved to lecturing Mathematics and Science Education at the University of Zululand after which she took up a position at the University of Durban-Westville firstly as the Science and Mathematics Education academic development co-ordinator, then as senior researcher of the University Policy Unit. After six years in these positions, she moved to strategic planning unit in the same university. She worked as the Director of the Upward Bound Project which was aimed at enriching high school and university students in the fields of Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology. After three years in Upward Bound she left the university and started her own consulting business. During 2001-2002, she consulted for Mchunu Mashinini & Associates (Management Consulting for KwaZulu Natal Department of Education & Culture) as a consultant of the Strategic Planning, Organization Design & Demarcation of the Province. Dr. Dlamini is currently the CEO of Sahkiwo Health and Infrastructure Solutions, a consultant on Maths, Science and Technology Projects, Project Management, Strategic Planning and Education Training and Development in general. She also manages her own businesses; Masifundisane Training and Development College (Consulting), Masifundisane FET College (Private College).Dr Dlamini has also been appointed Ambassador for the Mathematics and Sciences Program by the KZN Department of Education and will be responsible for opening up Mathematics and Science centres throughout KZN.


Firstly I am a husband and a father. I have been in education and organised labour for quite some time. I hold a BA(Ed) degree and am the principal of Vuli-Valley Senior Secondary School in Butterworth, Eastern Cape. I have held this position since June 2008. I have also held various positions in teacher labour unionism. I rose through the ranks of the then Cape African Teachers' Union (CATU) which later became the Union of South African Professional Educators (USAPE). It was where I ultimately became the National Secretary for Conditions of Service, a position which became vacant after the passing away of Mr. MS Nohesi. May his soul rest in peace. After the amalgamation of the federated NAPTOSA, I became the National Chairperson for Conditions of Service Portfolio Committee. In 2008 to 2012, I was the Chairperson of NAPTOSA Eastern Cape province. I became the Vice President of NAPTOSA until 2016 and was elected as the president of NAPTOSA for the term 2016 to 2019. I am very passionate about education and the teaching profession. I believe that NAPTOSA is the vehicle by which quality public education will be effectively and efficiently delivered to the South African children. I believe education is a public good and thus NAPTOSA must hold the state accountable for its delivery as well as contribute constructively in shaping education.

Ofentse Manyane

Ofentse Manyane braille instructor at Blind SA accredited ETDP-SETA Facilitator, Assessor and Moderator. 12 years experience in teaching braille to blind learners and teachers in special schools.

Peter Oloo

I am senior teacher and Head of Department –Humanities at Joyland special secondary school where I have taught for the last 13 years. I have extensive experience in teaching ranging to 29 years learners with special needs. My recent activities include teaching learners who are physically challenged. I received B.Ed (special needs) as a major, with religion and literature as minors. Currently am candidate of masters in Special Needs Education from Maseno University. I am heavily involved in teaching children with disabilities in inclusive set up. I am also involved in training of special needs education and early childhood trainees on part time basis; facilitator in various fora educational for learners with disabilities, educational research methodology and educational assessment of learners with disability. Besides, I have attended a number of workshops on inclusive education, integration of ICT in teaching and learning, I am also an active in the community and has served as the chairman of staff welfare. In my personal life, I play football and listening to music.

Akiva Beebe

Akiva is an expert on the topic of change. He is redefining outdated industry practices in: strategy, innovation, and leadership development. He calls this the "new playbook" for creating industry breakthroughs. He uses it to enable large organizations succeed in disruptive markets, engage their customers, organize their workforce, and attract, develop, and retain tomorrow’s leaders today. He cautions executive decision-makers: "Strategies are no longer plans, but rather a hypothesis to be tested daily against reality". He has been growing businesses, from Fortune 500s to tech startups, for over 20 years in emerging markets He is a regular writer and keynote speaker. In 2016 he presented in Asia, Europe, North America and concluded with a TED Talks in South Africa titled “Embracing the Inevitable Future”. Driven by a sense of urgency and purpose to turn Africa’s biggest challenges into profitable opportunities, fuels his personal mantra: “Think like a scientist, act like an entrepreneur and live into a bold vision that changes our planet." He is director of business development for Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) in Sub-Saharan Africa, ranked #4 globally developing executive leaders at Google, Coke, NASA, Barclays, Gates Foundation, and more. He enables leaders and their teams to embrace change, developing their ability to thrive in times of radical uncertainty and make better decisions about the future. He is working toward a PhD titled “Antifragile Leaders”: a new playbook for extreme risk and unpredictable events. Favourite quote: “The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” His 2016 article "radical outsiders" encapsulates his outlook on creativity and change.

Professor Andrew M Crouch

Professor Andrew M Crouch was appointed to his current position as Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic at the University of the Witwatersrand in May 2013. He wass also the Vice Principal of the University for the period 2013 – 2016. Prior to this he served as the Dean of the Faculty of Science at WITS for a period of four years. He is a member of the Senior Executive Team of the University who advises the Vice Chancellor on broad institutional leadership and management. Prior to his appointment at WITS he was Professor of Chemistry and Associate Dean: Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Stellenbosch. He has extensive teaching experience in Chemistry at all levels, having taught at the Peninsula Technikon (now Cape Peninsula University of Technology), University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University and various Universities abroad. He has more than 20 years research experience in environmental electrochemistry and its applications, being the author/co-author of more than 140 research papers, conference proceedings and presentations and one patent in the area of Electrochemistry and Analytical Chemistry. During the past 20 years Prof Crouch supervised and trained 23 Masters, 13 PhD and 6 Post - Doctoral students in Chemistry. He established a Center for Electrochemistry at the University of the Western Cape with the assistance of the private sector. This Centre has since become the S A Institute for Advanced Materials Chemistry. As Coordinator of the Centre he was awarded a SASOL grant to establish an Endowed CHAIR in Analytical/Applied Chemistry. He received awards as Distinguished Administrator (1996) from the University of the Western Cape, largely for his management of the Chemistry Department, the establishment of a research ethos and his general contribution to Faculty Management. He was also awarded the Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fellowship and Gold Medal (1998) from the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund. At the University of Stellenbosch he served as Associate Dean of Science, chaired the Natural Sciences, Engineering and Health Sciences Equity Forum and was a member of the University Forum tasked with the drafting of the University Equity Policy. He also served on various Senate Committees. Within the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science he was responsible for the Applied Chemistry Programme. At the University of the Witwatersrand, he championed the acceptance of “Global Change and Sustainability” as a Research Trust at the university and was instrumental in the formation of the “Global Change and Sustainability Research Institute” at WITS. He also served as its first Director until October 2012. He was a member of the Government Commission of Enquiry into Toxic Mercury Waste (THOR Commission). He also served as a NRF Committee member on the National Biosphere-Geosphere Program. With his extensive experience in teaching, research and administration, he has served in review panels or in an advisory capacity to a number of Universities and industry. He served as a Corporate Consultant for ESKOM for 8 years, is a founding member of the Electrochemical Society of South Africa and a past member of the executive of the Western Province Branch of the South African Chemical Institute (SACI). He is also a lifetime member of SACI. In April 2013, he was recognized with the Excellence in Teaching and Research Award from the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE) for his contribution to the field of Environmental Electrochemistry in South Africa.

Diptesh Soni

Diptesh is an experienced management consultant and development professional with deep contextual experience at the intersection of education, employment, inclusive growth and technology. At Dalberg, Diptesh advised multinational corporations, foundations, and development finance institutions through strategy development, research, and evaluation. Most recently, as part of his work with MasterCard Foundation, he led research and analysis on the landscape of technology-enabled solutions for secondary education in Africa. He also recently helped a small US based fund design and launch a pan-African peer learning network of youth employment organizations, and is now supporting ongoing research and coordination with the network. Prior engagements include an assessment of the demand for digital jobs in Gauteng for the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, a youth employment strategy for MasterCard Foundation's Rwanda Initiative, a digital education and jobs strategy for the Mozilla Foundation, and research support for an assessment of youth employment opportunities for UNCDFs YouthStart Global programme in Mozambique and Zambia. He also currently leads and facilitates monthly education discussions, called Jozi-EDGE, with young education leaders in the greater Johannesburg area. Prior to arriving at Dalberg, Diptesh worked at UNICEF HQ supporting public advocacy efforts in education. He previously led the creation of a smartphone-based data monitoring system for the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) project in northern Nigeria and has also worked as a research consultant for the Millennium Villages Project examining the bridge between Koranic and formal schooling in Senegal. He has interned for organizations such as Human Rights Watch and the Council on Foreign Relations, and written for the Africa Business Magazine, Ventures Africa, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Christian Science Monitor, and PolicyMic among other publications. Diptesh has also had numerous teaching and instructional positions: Diptesh worked as a teaching assistant in a low-income Catholic school in San Francisco, as an English instructor at a high school in France, and has held various other roles in museum education, charter schooling, and after-school programming in Boston and Connecticut. Diptesh holds a Master's degree in economic development from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a Bachelor's degree in Social Anthropology and International Relations from Boston University. He is professionally proficient in French.

Danny Gauch

Danny Gauch is the Director General of Worlddidac Association, the global trade association for companies providing products and solutions for all levels of education affiliated with over 150 companies and organizations in more than 35 countries. Born to Swiss parents in Montreal, Canada, he completed his basic education in Montreal before moving to Switzerland in the late 80’s, here he qualified as a Mechatronics Engineer. He then completed further studies in Marketing and also Sales and Administration. His career history spans more than 25 years, holding various positions in Industry, ranging from Global Product Manager (EDS); Regional Sales Manager Asia & Pacific; Didactic Sales Manager; Head of Consulting and Strategic Development; CSO; Head of Marketing & Sales; Sales Representative; Sales Consultant. Danny has won the respect of business by his determined approach to navigate a diverse and complicated world of people and technology. His fluency in English, German, French and Italian has no doubt supported his need to communicate and collaborate with like-minded and interested parties. Danny has been a key part of important international projects, his most recent involvement being the development of the curricula and skills of Aquatronics to improve the capacity of the water sector worldwide. His passion is the field of education, the use of new technologies to create new ways of teaching, to define improved training and skills development methodologies and state of the art training equipment. He is in his element when collaborating and networking with local and international stakeholders to achieve mutually beneficial goals, creating better experiences, deeper relationships, embracing ongoing change and development, striving for continuous improvement.

Danie Heymans

Danie Heymans has been the Manager/Trainer Robotics for Hands on Technologies, the LEGO Education partner in South Africa and CFE Care for Education, an NPO which is the LEGO Foundation SA partner. His role includes LEGO Mindstorms and WeDo 2.0 Robotics training for teachers and learners in house and around the country. He is also involved in compiling resource material and manuals for use in schools. He manages Robotics outreach projects in Townships schools, guiding learners to participate in competitions. He designs and runs Robotics competitions for schools around South Africa leading to participation in the WRO World Robot Olympiad. He is also a part of the ASTEMI (Association for STEMI Olympiads and Competitions) steering committee, where he participates in a community of practice driven by SAASTA/NRF (SA Association for Science and Technology advancement) Danie sits on the WRO World Robot Olympiad organising committee for South Africa, runs the Regional to National competitions and advises and trains in the Open Category. He is a lead Judge and part of the Judging Panel for WRO International. He is at his happiest in an environment where he can help learners and find different ways for them to achieve results plus enhance their development.

Clement Awanfe Ngueto

I am a 32 years old Cameroonian: Peace building consultant, Founder-President of Global Compassion a local NGO operating since five (05) years and Advisor at The Pollination Project Foundation (USA). I have gained significant knowledge from countries like Morocco, Italy, Nigeria and Senegal in the fields of Social Inclusion, Non-formal Education and Peace Building with nine (09) years’ experience in social work. As a young leader I am passionate to draw successful future of children in Cameroon with innovative approach of learning using non formal systems.

Claire Margaret Nicholson

Dr Claire M. Nicholson is the immediate past head of the field of study, Physical Education, Sport and Human Movement Science, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Her research, teaching and professional contributions have been concerned with the performance enhancing advantage of exercise and physical activity in the context of education, therapy, leisure and high performance sport. Claire is an amazing social entrepreneur. She has inspired the development of “Move-It, Moving Matters™” for school children, the talent harvesting programme, GASP™ (the “Get Ahead Sports Programme”) which departs from the former programme and the SIP-UP (Sport Intern Training for unemployed Persons) initiative. Move-It, Moving Matters™ is a learner-driven, physical activity programme designed for application in in the core curriculum as the Physical Education alternative for Intermediate Phase (8-12 years) learners. The GASP™ is an extra-curricular, sport enrichment concept which advances motorically talented children, from within a region/local district, into sport systems and structures thereby enabling young athletes gain access to the national “talent” network. The SIT-UP initiative selects and recruits young unemployed persons with a passion in sport and with a grant from CATHSSETA immerses the Interns into monitored, stipend-based work related experiences. These programmes are unique concepts and apply sustainable models of delivery which are currently enjoying support from corporate sponsors. Our partnerships with Education, National Sport Federations, Cities and an accredited training provider, HFPA enable these programmes scale into districts and regions. The goal is to “level the playing fields” using movement, play, sport and trained champions as the agent of change. These initiatives have already significantly increased access to and participation in regular, quality physical activity within schools and communities. Advances in the health-protection and the motor-physical competence of children, is being achieved. Claire’s academic expertise lies in the areas of: Neuromotor Control; Motor Skill Acquisition; Motor Development across the Lifespan; Exercise Prescription for the Elderly, and Management Practice for Professionals in the Exercise Science, Sport, Physical Education and Recreation Industries. She also teaches the Functional Assessment component in the Geriatrics module of the Family Medicine (Masters in Medicine) and the Age and Health module in the Graduate Education Medical Programme.

Christo de Klerk

Christo attended the School for the Blind in Worcester, now known as the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired, where he matriculated in 1967. He attended the University of Stellenbosch from 1968 to 1972 where he obtained a BA (Law) degree in 1970 and an LL.B degree in 1972. From 1973 to the end of May, 1979 he had a private practice as an advocate at the Cape Town Bar. From July, 1979 to June, 1985 he worked as a computer programmer at Standard Bank in Johannesburg. He was one of the first class of three blind computer programmers to be trained at Standard Bank. This training was a joint venture of the SA National Council for the Blind and Standard Bank. From July, 1985 to December, 1988 I worked at the Pioneer School for the Visually Impaired in Worcester. His job there had two major components, namely: He had to initiate computerised braille production and develop a braille translation table for Afrikaans braille and he taught various computer subjects for learners from standard 5 up to post matric, mercantile law for standards 8 to 10 and braille for some of the lower standards. I was also instrumental in setting up an agreement with Sanlam for the joint training of computer programmers and their employment at Sanlam. January 1989 he joined the then United Bank (now part of Absa Bank) as a computer programmer and have gone on retirement at the end of October, 2012. He was a founding member and the first chairman of the Peninsula branch of the S A Blind Workers Organisation (now Blind SA) and also at various stages served as chairman of the Western Cape, Witwatersrand and Egoli Blind branches. He served a term as vice president of Blind SA and has served on its executive and head committees for extended periods. Currently he holds the portfolio for Braille. He has also served periods on the national executive of the SA National Council for the Blind. He is currently the deputy president of the South African Braille Authority which is the braille authority and standard setting body for braille in South Africa. He is also the president of and also serve on various committees of the International Council on English Braille (ICEB) where I am mainly involved with the development and implementation of the new Unified English Braille Code (UEBC). He is the chair of ICEB’s Braille Technology Committee.

Bongani Mabaso

Bongani is an engineer by training. He is the chairman of an ECD and the executive research manager at Transnet Engineering. His interests include ECD, learning theory, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Siraj Ghoor

Siraj Ghoor runs Open Minds Campus, a school that is building a community of self-directed learners and is also an importer and distributor of Singapore Maths, Science, English and Classical Comics.

Shane Smit

Shane Smit, Group Head Chef: Jamie’s Italian The highly anticipated Jamie’s Italian restaurant has appointed a Group Head Chef, Shane Smit. Alongside Shane and his team, Jamie’s Italian, which was founded by celebrity chef and healthy food campaigner, Jamie Oliver, will bring a menu full of local flavour and rustic Italian-inspiration. Shane spent the best part of a decade travelling the world and falling in love with the flavour, freshness and honesty that is synonymous with Italian cuisine. Hailing from Springs, Gauteng, Smit gave up the chance to become a lawyer to pursue his passion for food. He spent a year working at the first Jamie’s Italian restaurant in Oxford, which opened in 2008, learning about Italian cooking from Jamie and his team. It was just the beginning of Smit’s career and his eventual growth within the business. On his return to South Africa, Shane worked in numerous leading international five-star establishments and consulted for a variety of restaurants across the country. It was while working as Executive Chef for the illustrious Mount Edgecombe Country Club that he was offered the opportunity to bring Jamie’s Italian to South Africa.

Catherine Wangeci Thuoc

Ms. Wangeci, a Kenyan National, is an Educationist working as the Country Head of Whizz Education in Kenya. Whizz Education is an innovative education company whose interventions are premised on the believe that every child deserves a learning experience that caters to their individual needs, style and pace of learning. She has worked in the education sector and particularly with ICT-in-Education for the last 13years. Prior to joining Whizz Education, Wangeci worked with the African Virtual University (AVU) for 11 years as a Manager of Education Projects funded by the World Bank and the Africa Development Bank in 21 countries in Africa. The AVU is an Intergovernmental Organization whose mission is to facilitate the use of effective Open Distance and eLearning in African institutions of tertiary education with the overall objective of expanding access to quality, relevant, and affordable education and training programs in Africa. Wangeci has a passion for the use of ICT in education and is convinced that the effective use of these technologies in education will leapfrog Africa into a position of fair competition in the global economy.

Ntsako Mathye

I’m Ntsako Mathye and Dietetics was a career I fell into more than one I chose. But on the first day of class I realised how important food was to our overall health and I had found my calling. I completed my B.Sc. Dietetics Honours in 2008. I then did my community service at Rustenburg Provincial hospital then started a four year long clinical career at Leratong hospital in 2010. At Leratong Hospital I feel in love with Paediatric nutrition and community based nutritional education. I found that the community lacked education on the importance of nutrition in connection to healthy lifestyle, so it became my passion to educate the community on nutrition from birth throughout the life cycle. Like in all things you have to grow, so I left the public sector in 2014 to grow my knowledge base. I worked for one of the biggest international infant feeding companies for a few months and then opened a private practise. In January 2015 I found my niche and a new home at FUTURELIFE ®. I look forward to continue my passion of educating and feeding the community healthy food that leads to a healthy nation.

David Brown

David is the Managing Director at JAM South Africa and he holds B.Sc. (Building) and MBL degrees. He commenced his career as an Industrial Engineer. He gained experience in the FMCG and food processing industries and spent a number of years in strategic and operational consulting, both locally and internationally in a wide range of sectors. David considers it a privilege to be able to be involved in the important work that JAM does serving the beneficiaries and people of Africa

Vusi Maseko

Vusi Maseko is the eLearning Manager at South West Gauteng TVET College (SWGC). He lead the SWGC to be the first TVET college in Gauteng to introduce eLearning. Before now he has lectured Electronics for many years. Vusi recently obtained a summa cum laude for his master’s in Education from Concordia University, USA. He established the ICT Department at George Tabor Campus, SWGC in 2007. In 2009, Vusi went on an ICT Study Visit to South Korea and in 2010 he was seconded to Holland to share best practices currently used in vocational education. He is currently conducting research on the following: “How to inspire learners”, Teaching and Learning Beyond 2030 and Technology Enhanced Learning in TVET colleges. He is researching Continuous Professional Development for TVET lecturers using Professional Learning Communities.

Susan Bam

MEMBER OF BLIND SA: From 1995 I was a member of Blind SA. I was first a member of the Witwatersrand branch and later of Egoli Blind. For both branches I was, secretary of the branch. From 2008 I am the chairperson of the Education and Early Childhood Development Committee of Blind SA. I am also a member of the South African Braille Authority delegation and I served on the Training and Implementation Materials Committee of the International Council on English Braille.

Unathi Sihlahla

Mr. Unathi Sihlahla is the Program Director for INMED South Africa, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to transform children’s lives, inspiring and preparing communities to build brighter futures. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Development as well as a Masters in Social Change and Development from the University of Newcastle in Australia. With a reliable knowledge of integrated food security, nutrition, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and corporate sustainability, he has managed a number of multi stakeholder community development programs over the past fifteen years including time within the Department of Basic Educations’ National School Nutrition Programme. With his team of specialists from INMED South Africa, they help design and rollout climate smart innovations and community nutrition programmes including the Health in Action Programme.