Team

The Mikhulu Trust is registered in South Africa as a NPC, and as a charity in the United Kingdom. The South African NPC focuses exclusively on implementation in South Africa, while the British charity operates in the UK and internationally.

 

South Africa

 

David Jeffery is the Chief Executive Officer for the Mikhulu Trust in South Africa. He is an education specialist with qualifications from both the University of Cape Town and Oxford University, and previously worked as a regional coordinator for a national literacy campaign.

 

Kaathima Ebrahim is the Chief Operations Officer for the Mikhulu Trust in South Africa. She was previously a public sector consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she worked as a senior analyst in the Africa Delivery Hub.

 

Phumza Gqwaka is the Master Trainer for the Mikhulu Trust in South Africa. She previously worked for Stellenbosch University and Lifeline, and has extensive experience in delivering book-sharing training as well as in data collection. She is a qualified counselor.

 

David, Kaathima, and Phumza are assisted by an active board, including Prof. Mark Tomlinson of Stellenbosch University,  Prof. Peter Cooper and Prof. Lynne Murray of the University of Reading, , Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Mdebuka Mtwazi of Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development, and John Smelcer of Webber Wentzel.

 

United Kingdom

 

Peter Cooper is co-Director of the Mikhulu Trust in the UK. He is Professor of Psychopathology at the University of Reading in the UK and holds Honorary Professorships at both Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. He has extensive experience of carrying out research on the development and evaluation of intervention programmes, including ones concerning parenting. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

 

Lynne Murray is co-Director of the Mikhulu Trust in the UK. She is Professor of Developmental Psychology at the University of Reading in the UK and hold s Honorary Professorships at both Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town. She is an international expert on early child development and, in addition to her prolific academic output, she has published two popular books for parents, ‘The Social Baby’, and “The Psychology of Babies”. Lynne is a Fellow of the British Academy.

 

In the UK, Peter and Lynne are assisted by three Trustees: Cathy Creswell, Nova Robinson, and Nicholas Dowdall.

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