Founder and director of the Trust, Leigh is a Science graduate who has taught in Kenya, the United Kingdom and South Africa. Her own family has a long and intimate historical association with the region and its people. She was the founding Head of Ridgeway College and served as the College’s Director until 2014.
Mike has over forty years’ experience in education as a teacher and school administrator. His career has included work as a director of outreach programmes in Swaziland, teacher and project director of a programme for young offenders in the United Kingdom, head of an international school in Tanzania and rector of a College of Education in Limpopo Province. He has a Masters degree in Community Education from the University of East Anglia, UK.
Andy studied politics at the University of Cambridge in the UK. He now resides in Cape Town and works as a financial consultant. He worked with our partners Marwyn Investment (London) from the start of Sumbandila and has been actively involved. He brings contacts, experience and financial and accounting expertise.
Doug is a director of a number of innovative technology ventures operating from Cape Town, South Africa. Doug 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 has been immersed in the education technology space for the past few years founding two successful ventures, Rethink Education and Bambisa Schools Communication. He is a dynamic, fast-moving entrepreneur and creative thinker, and is committed to improving education across Africa using mobile technology. He was recently profiled by Forbes as one of the top 30 African Entrepreneurs under the age of 30.
Takalani Muloiwa is a former pupil of Ridgeway College and a graduate student in Demography and Population Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She is a Mellon Mays Research Fellow and has conducted her research training in Brunswicke in the United States. Takalani was selected and served as a task team member for the textbook delivery investigation in the Limpopo Province during 2012. She is currently a research assistant at the Centre for Researching Education and Labour at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Hangwani, a former pupil of Ridgeway College, is now completing her Master in Business Administration at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Prior to this, she spent two years as an investment banking and corporate finance analyst at Deutsche Bank in Johannesburg, followed by another two years on the deal-making team of a social venture capital fund.