Sibongile holds a Master of Science degree and has over 12 years of experience in the non-profit sector, including managing After School programmes, leading organisational operations and heading a youth development organisation. Her responsibilities include overseeing strategy, advocacy and fundraising.
Zoe Mann holds a Bachelor of Honours Degree in International Development and Politics from the University of Leeds, UK. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the past 10 years in four different countries, focusing predominantly on community development and education. In her role, Zoe manages our national grants work.
Communications & Advocacy Officer
Somila holds a Masters Degree in Media & Cultural Studies, with seven years of experience in the NGO Education sector. Her interests lie in developmental writing and creative arts practice. Somila leads the MEL, Advocacy and Communications strategy to demonstrate the importance and impact of After School.
Gabriel has a Business Administration degree, a Diploma in Accounting, and another in Credit Management. He has worked in the public sector as an accountant and auditor for over 15 years. Gabriel’s work focuses on financial accounting and management for The Learning Trust and other non-profits.
Monica holds a BA Degree and over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Her experience over the years has offered her a broad understanding of the complexities of community development work. Monica is based in Makhanda where she is responsible for deepening our work in the Eastern Cape.
Sibulele holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, with a passion for sports and people development. He has over six years of work experience in student support, mentoring and counselling. In his role, Sibulele is responsible for providing ongoing support to our grantees in the Western Cape.
Lerato holds a BA Degree in Psychology & Sociology, with seven years supporting and implementing After School programmes. She has interests in human development by exploring self-management practices for navigating life and work. Lerato is responsible for diversifying and supporting grantees in Gauteng.
Chubeka holds qualifications in Social Science/International Relations and has volunteered and worked in the NPO sector for over six years. Her passion lies in developing youth and seeing impact transcend beyond societal barriers. In her role, Chubeka supports programmes, fundraising, and communications.
Christine V. Downton
Christine is the founding donor and brings considerable skills and experience in academia, central banking, asset management and philanthropy, in an international career over 40 years. Christine has also served on many public and private boards including the Board of Governors of the London School of Economics, The Atlantic Philanthropies and the Drug Policy Alliance and various financial service company and regulatory Boards.
Allan is an education and organisational specialist in South Africa and provides continuous guidance and advice on each stage of The Learning Trust’s development. He has over 20 years’ experience advising senior South African government education officials, and leading Foundations, Trusts and NGOs on education issues. He previously served as CEO to the DG Murray Trust, a leading large education donor.
Nasima is recently retired CEO of the Cape Higher Education Consortium and works part-time with the Institutional Planning Office at the University of the Western Cape. With a career in higher education spanning over 40 years, she has held many leadership positions in the Department of Education and at Universities. Nasima serves on the board of the Human Sciences Research Council and is a council member at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Siphelele is an Executive Leader at EduCo Africa, a youth development organisation that supports young people to live their full potential, with a specific focus on social and environmental wellbeing. An inspired community activist, Siphelele has a deep belief in and love for people. She is a graduate of the Activate! leadership programme and now sits on their board.
Zola spend over 14 years with The Atlantic Philanthropies, heading the Population Health Programme. He holds a Master of Science in Population Studies. Zola serves on a number of committees and boards, including the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Primary Health Care Revitalisation and the Ministerial Steering Committee on Executive Leadership Training in Health.
Sixolile is the Director of Finance & Operations at Africa Resource Centre, with 15 years of experience in financial services, having worked at Deloitte and Absa WIMI. She has also applied her skills to long term impact projects focused on improving the quality of learning outcomes. This includes programmes such as the Data Driven Districts Dashboard and Gradesmatch.
Bongiwe is the CEO of the Social Justice Initiative (SJI) – a South African non-profit organisation that facilitates funding for social justice organisations. Before joining the SJI, Bongi served as communications director at the Graça Machel Trust and was the founding deputy director of Corruption Watch. Bongi holds a Masters of Management degree from the Wits School of Governance.