Mr Godwin Khosa

Mr Godwin Khosa is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), appointed in 2013. He was previously CEO and Programme Director respectively at JET Education Services. The early 2000s (2001-2003) saw Mr Khosa honing his research skills as research manager of the Human Sciences Research Council. Prior to this, he served as policy analyst and senior manager as the Centre for Education Policy Development (CEPD).

Mr Khosa holds a Masters of Management, specialising in Public and Development Management (Wits); a post-graduate diploma in Public Policy and Administration (Wits); BA Honours in Geography (UNISA) and BA Education (UNIN). Mr Khosa is a PhD candidate with the University of Sussex.

Dr. Deva Govender

Dr Deva Govender is the National Education Programme Manager at the NECT. He has worked in several large-scale multi-year district development programmes across four provinces. He has served as director in the national department of education and as chief director in the Limpopo provincial department. His PhD focused on the use of national assessments by provinces and districts for policy, planning and practice.

Deva currently leads the implementation of the school and district improvement programme at the NECT, in collaboration with unions, provinces and the Department of Basic Education.

Mr. Jaco van Zyl

Jaco van Zyl has more than 40 years of professional experience in the financial domain, of which 35 years are in the Public Sector.

Mr. Duncan Hindle

Duncan is a teacher by training, and taught at both primary and secondary levels. He lectured in Education Technology at the Edgewood College of Education, and Sociology of Education at the University of Natal. He was elected President of SADTU in 1995, and in 1996 joined the Department of Education. In 2005 he was appointed Director General of the Department, where he served until 2010.

Prof. Anil Kanjee

Anil Kanjee is a Research Professor at the Tshwane University of Technology whose work focuses on addressing the challenge of equity and quality in education. He is the head of the Assessment for Learning Research Niche Area within the Faulty of Humanities, and coordinator of the Postgraduate and Research Programme in the Department of Primary Education.

He also serves as a Research Fellow at the Oxford University Centre for Educational Assessment, and at the Centre for International Teacher Education (Cape Peninsula University of Technology). Currently he is supporting the DBE to implement the Assessment for Learning Pedagogical Strategy in South African schools.

Mr. Sandile Mkhonto CA (SA)

Sandile Mkhonto is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than nine years’ finance experience and is currently employed as a Chief Financial Officer of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT). Sandile begin his career as the Auditor in Big four accounting firms, wherein he serviced various public institutions including forensic audit of financial irregularities in various Gauteng Schools.

Dr Muavia Gallie (PhD)

Dr Gallie can best be described as a School and District Turnaround Strategist and education activist, was identified by Professor Jonathan Jansen as one of the “10 Most Impressive Public Leaders for 2015”. His aim is to re-engineer approaches and strategies in education systems and, by using this newly-devised ‘School of Excellence Methodology’ (SEM), to transform functional schools into institutions of excellence. Dr Gallie has migrated through the ranks in education with more than 35 years of experience as teacher, HOD, principal, lecturer, education activist and consultant.

He was also the Head of Operations, Human Resources and Information and Communication Technology at the South African Council for Educators (SACE), a position he held for seven years until March 2008. Since then, he has designed the innovative Executive Leadership Programme for University of Witwatersrand, consulted for Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance, and an extra-ordinary senior lecturer at University of Pretoria. He also consults with UNICEF (Ethiopia), Commonwealth Secretariat (London), Sasol Inzalo Foundation, Join Education Trust (JET), National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) and numerous other educational organisations.

He was co-founder of the School Turnaround Foundation (an NPO) to focus on turning around schools in challenging communities, and the recent co-founding director of the ‘School Intelligence System – Open technology’ (SISOPEN - an NPO), in order to stabilize, implement and sustain the operations and pro-active strategies (projection and forecasting) in educational districts and schools of excellence. As seen during the COVID-19 pandemic, SISOPEN has positively ‘disrupting’ the current to future operations and strategies of both educational districts and schools in a revolutionary way.

Mr. Mzamani Mdaka

Mzamani Mdaka is the Deputy National Education Programme Manager in the NECT responsible for District Improvement Programme known as Programme One, which focuses on strengthening the education system through conceptualisation, design and implementation of initiatives in collaboration with teacher unions, provinces and Department of Basic Education. He has worked as a mathematics teacher, school principal in Limpopo and a Project Manager in the private sector.

Mr Mdaka is an educationist who holds a Masters of Education, specialising in Mathematics (Wits); Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Wits); Bachelor of Education in Mathematics (Wits); Further Diploma in Education specialising in Mathematics (Wits) and Senior Primary Teachers Diploma (Lemana College). Mr Mdaka is a PhD candidate with the University of Johannesburg.

Mr. Ayanda Mtanyana

Ayanda Mtanyana is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Data Innovators. He is a social entrepreneur, strategist, and data technologist. He holds BBusSci Actuarial Science (University of Cape Town). Prior to establishing Data Innovators, Ayanda was instrumental in pioneering Data Driven Districts, a national data programme serving all South African districts and schools. Committed to the transformation of the South African education system, Ayanda uses his skills in data and technology, as well as monitoring and evaluation, to push data boundaries for positive futures. He also serves as a board member of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA).

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