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About Us

We are a dynamic and professional team dedicated to driving change in the education system.

Our History

NLF was founded in 2009 as a grassroots initiative with a mission to create positive futures for South African learners.

We have grown into a dynamic non-profit organisation that has partnered with government and the private sector to drive sustainable change in education in South Africa.

For more than a decade, our dedicated team has focused on building a culture of data-driven decision making through our Data Driven Districts (DDD) programme to improve the quality of interventions in education districts across the country.

Our Values


We are honest, open, ethical and fair. Our clients trust us to adhere to our word.

Courageous Leadership

We are honest about our impact and courageously learn from our successes and failures.


We strive to excel in everything we do. We consistently push our boundaries and measure our delivery.


We boldly confront uncertainty and armed with passion and entrepreneurial spirit we deliver innovative solutions.

Team Spirit

We believe that people working together can create greater impact than any one individual or organisation can accomplish alone.

Meet the Team

Our dynamic team of talented young South Africans is passionate about driving systemic, long-term change in the education sector.

Board of Directors

Marian Hester
Giles Gillett
Krineshen Singh
Humphrey Makoe
Marian Hester / Non-executive Director
Giles Gillett / Founder / Chairperson
Krineshen Singh / Non-executive Director
Humphrey Makoe / Non-executive Director

Senior Management

Andrew Titterton
Catherine Nell
Siphokazi Ntshanga
Mareka Monyokolo
Sophia Dower
Jef Jacobs
Khodani Makatu
Ruth Geyer
Anastasia Kalantzis
Andrew Titterton / Chief Executive Officer
Catherine Nell / Chief Operating Officer
Siphokazi Ntshanga / Finance Manager
Mareka Monyokolo / Stakeholder Manager
Sophia Dower / User Engagement Manager
Jef Jacobs / Innovation & Product Manager
Khodani Makatu / National Implementation Manager
Ruth Geyer / Capability Building Manager
Anastasia Kalantzis / People and Culture Manager

Implementation Team

Monki Gabashane
Bongiwe Hlatshwayo
Anja Grobler
Victor Huni
Jerry Lemekoana
Rinae Sikhwari
Nthabeleng Moekwa
Felicity Moshoeshoe
Nokulunga Nkambule
Sandra Nengovhela
Katlego Ramahala
IK Azubike
Jantjie Lethea
Noluthando Ndukwana
Helen Smith
Rafiah Ebrahim
Andrew Mokale
Phindiwe Mtyobo
Naledi Mahwibila
Kagiso Swarathle
Duduzile Nkosi
Bongekile Hlela
Sibongile Sibanda
Monki Gabashane / Education Specialist
Bongiwe Hlatshwayo / Finance Administrator
Anja Grobler / People and Culture Specialist
Victor Huni / Design Researcher & DBE Liaison
Jerry Lemekoana / Senior Consultant & DDD Helpdesk Coordinator
Rinae Sikhwari / Limpopo Provincial Project Manager
Nthabeleng Moekwa / Communication Support
Felicity Moshoeshoe / Free State Provincial Project Manager
Nokulunga Nkambule / PMO and Fundraising Coordinator
Sandra Nengovhela / Hygiene and Hospitality
Katlego Ramahala / Data Analyst
IK Azubike / Senior Consultant
Jantjie Lethea / Northern Cape Provincial Project Manager
Noluthando Ndukwana / Helpdesk Support
Helen Smith / Communication and Engagement Specialist
Rafiah Ebrahim / Gauteng Provincial Project Manager
Andrew Mokale / Product Services Engineer
Phindiwe Mtyobo / Eastern Cape Provincial Project Manager
Naledi Mahwibila / North West Provincial Project Manager
Kagiso Swarathle / Office and Helpdesk Support
Duduzile Nkosi / District Support and Intervention Consultant
Bongekile Hlela / KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Project Manager
Sibongile Sibanda / KwaZulu Natal Provincial Project Manager