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

Senior Management

Siphokazi Ntshanga
Mareka Monyokolo
Sophia Dower
Jef Jacobs
Catherine Nell
Anastasia Kalantzis
Siphokazi Ntshanga / Finance Manager
Mareka Monyokolo / Stakeholder Manager
Sophia Dower / User Engagement Manager
Jef Jacobs / Insights & Innovation Manager
Catherine Nell / Interim Chief Operating Officer
Anastasia Kalantzis / Human Capital Manager

Implementation Team

Monki Gabashane
Bongiwe Hlatshwayo
Anja Grobler
Khodani Makatu
Rinae Sikhwari
Ruth Geyer
Victor Huni
Jerry Lemekoana
Nthabeleng Moekwa
Felicity Moshoeshoe
Nokulunga Nkambule
Sandra Nengovhela
Yolisa Shugu
Katlego Ramahala
IK Azubike
Noluthando Ndukwana
Helen Smith
Rafiah Ebrahim
Andrew Mokale
Phindiwe Mtyobo
Naledi Mahwibila
Bongekile Hlela
Sibongile Sibanda
Jantjie Lethea
Rita Selesho
Monki Gabashane / Education Specialist
Bongiwe Hlatshwayo / Finance Administrator
Anja Grobler / Human Capital Consultant
Khodani Makatu / Provincial Lead
Rinae Sikhwari / Limpopo Provincial Project Manager
Ruth Geyer / Capability Building Manager
Victor Huni / Design Researcher & DBE Liaison
Jerry Lemekoana / Senior Consultant & DDD Helpdesk Coordinator
Nthabeleng Moekwa / Communication Support
Felicity Moshoeshoe / Free State Provincial Project Manager
Nokulunga Nkambule / Programme Coordinator
Sandra Nengovhela / Hygiene and Hospitality
Yolisa Shugu / Project Manager
Katlego Ramahala / Data Analyst
IK Azubike / Senior Consultant
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
Bongekile Hlela / KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Project Manager
Sibongile Sibanda / KwaZulu Natal Provincial Project Manager
Jantjie Lethea / Northern Cape Project Manager
Rita Selesho / Office Manager