Our Team


Kaathima Ebrahim

Chief Executive Officer

Kaathima is an Early Childhood Development strategist - she has worked as a management consultant to the public and social sectors, and worked directly in the social sector in various strategic, programmatic and implementation roles.


Sakhile Zungu

Programmes Manager

Sakhile Zungu has a backgrouud in Childhood development with a specific focus on Early Education programmes, SRHR & Child safeguarding initiatives. Previously worked for ACFS, ActionAid SA, Lovelife Trust & Soul City Institute at various levels.

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Puseletso Mofokeng

Training Coordinator

Puseletso is a trainer, project manager, and researcher. She previously worked for Save the Children South Africa and the Medical Research Council, and the Perinatal HIV Research Unit.

Board of Directors

Advisory Board


Mdebuka Mtwazi (Chairperson of the Board)

Mdebuka is the Executive Director of Sikhula Sonke Early Childhood Development, and has led the organisation for more than 10 years.


Fatima Abba

Fatima is a partner in the Accounting and Auditing Technical department at Deloitte and has been in the division for eight years. In this role, she supports both the audit practice as well as clients in interpreting and applying IFRS and GRAP. She also served on the board of a national South African NGO called SANZAF.

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Pulane Kingston

Pulane is a Partner at Webber Wentzel. She was formerly a Managing Principal of Absa Capital, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Sphere Equity Holdings, and a Fellow of the African Leadership Institute. 


Linda Biersteeker

Linda is a developmental psychologist and adult educator with nearly 40 years of research, training and programming experience in the early childhood development sector.  She has undertaken extensive research on ECD policy, programming and training strategies in South Africa, the Eastern and Southern African region and internationally.


Nafeesa Rahbeeni

Nafeesa is Operations Manager at the Foundation for Community Work.  She is a social worker by profession, and was formerly a Projects Manager and Foster Care Worker at the Cape Flats Development Association. 


John Smelcer

John is a Business Development Director at Globeleq. He was formerly a Director at Webber Wentzel and National Programme Director of the Public Policy Partnership in South Africa.


Tebogo Skwambane

Tebogo is a Partner at McKinsey & Company. She was formerly a Managing Partner at Monitor South Africa, and a Director at North Road Consulting. Tebogo is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a Fellow of the African Leadership Institute.


David Jeffery

David is a Senior Public Policy Consultant. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of the Mikhulu Trust, and previously worked as a regional coordinator for the Nali’bali Trust.


Lynne Murray

Lynne is Research Professor in Developmental Psychology at the University of Reading in the UK, with an honorary professorship at the University of Cape Town. She is a Fellow of the British Academy.