Meet the team
Chief Executive Officer
Ms Gail Campbell is Chief Executive Officer of the Zenex Foundation, a non-profit, independent donor organisation that supports mathematics and language education. She has been involved in developmental grant making for over 15 years with a particular emphasis on school education.
Ms Campbell has a Social Science background and practiced as a Social Worker working primarily with women and youth. She also lectured in the field of Social Work at the University of Natal for five years before joining ABSA as General Manager of Corporate Social Investment where she was responsible for the ABSA Foundation, pioneering the Employee Involvement Programme.
Gail currently serves on the boards of a number of non-profit organisations including the National Research Foundation, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, the Gauteng Education Development Trust and the KwaZulu-Natal Education Development Trust. She also serves on the recently formed, National Education Council which is part of the National Education Collaboration Trust.
Programme Director: Research and Evaluations
Dr Fatima Adam joined the Zenex Foundation in 2012 after serving as programme director for Open Society Africa and in enrolment planning at the University of Johannesburg.
Fatima provides specialist input into all programme/project evaluations commissioned by the Zenex Foundation, develops the organisation’s research strategy and agenda, and manages its research grants. She also has responsibility for the Foundation’s communication strategy and positioning the organisation as a thought leader.
The holder of a PhD in Higher Education Transformation, Fatima’s academic qualifications include a B.Sc. (Chemistry) and a Master’s degree in Critical Thinking. The prospect of developing solutions to education challenges through the application of systematic project design and rigorous research design principles and practices, is one of the big motivators for Fatima to be part of the Zenex Foundation team.
Director: Finance and Corporate Services
Mr Paresh Govind is the Finance Manager at the Zenex Foundation. He holds a part BCom degree from the University of Witwatersrand and a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Management from MANCOSA.
Paresh has over 20 years’ experience in Financial Administration in the NGO and NPO education sector.
Before joining the Zenex Foundation he was the Financial and Administration Manager at PROTEC and consulted for The Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance, Molteno and SANCA in the capacity of Finance, Human Resource, IT and Administrator.
Mr Khaya Tyatya is Director: Programmes and a member of the Senior Management Team. He is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight and of Zenex’s programmes, contributing to project conceptualisation, programme management and monitoring and evaluation. He also plays a critical role in stakeholder management, supporting collaborative partnerships.
Khaya previously worked for Tshikululu Social Investments where he held numerous roles including Client Relationship Manager and Education Specialist. He worked as education specialist at the National Education Collaboration Trust and JET Education Services. Khaya has been involved in programme design, strategy development and stakeholder engagement amongst others.
Khaya feels privileged to be leading and working with highly competent and engaged colleagues with an exceptional work ethic.
He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Management with a focus on the academic success of students in higher education.
Marion is a Senior Programme Manager at the Zenex Foundation, which she joined in 2018 after working in the private sector.
Marion is an accomplished, well rounded executive professional who has worked in varied industries with diverse professionals. Offering in excess of 30 years’ experience across a range of leadership roles with strategic and operational management responsibilities. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, as well a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from University of Witwatersrand and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management and Sustainability from University of Stellenbosch.
She has a progressive and forward-thinking mind-set developed through living in various countries, and a commitment to building strategic partnerships which includes stakeholder involvement while maintaining ideals of profitability, results and excellence.
Ms Lauren Fok is a Programme Manager at the Zenex Foundation. She completed her Honours in Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, having done her undergraduate studies at the University of Witwatersrand.
Her background and work experience spans 24 years of working in the development sector in the spheres of labour, health, gender, and information and communication technology for development, in a range of capacities including office management and administration, strategic planning, organisational development and project management.
Ms Fundiswa Sayo is a Project Manager at the Zenex Foundation. Her work experiences involve working at the University of Cape Town’s administrative departments and Student Support at False Bay College. She was placed as an exchange staff member at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Canada.
Fundiswa matriculated at Masiyile Secondary School in Khayelitsha. She completed her Social Science Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Management at the University of Cape Town and a two-year Project Management Programme at the University of Johannesburg.
Her interests are in learner and teacher development.
Mr Sam Rametse is a Programme Manager at the Zenex Foundation. He is responsible for designing, monitoring and evaluation of projects. His functions include managing stakeholder relationships and ensuring that the evidence produced through projects is disseminated internally and externally.
He brings with him 14 years of experience working in the field of STEMI education. He has worked at various organisations including the Gauteng Department of Education’s Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, the NRF’s Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) and the Square Kilometre Array Project. Sam holds an Honours degree in Applied Mathematics.
Mr Tshepo Motsepe is Programme Manager of Initial Teacher Education. This programme initiates and supports projects that improve teacher practice, and support foundation phase teachers and schools.
Tshepo holds an Honours Degree in Education and is currently working towards his Masters. He has a long background in education, both as a teacher and activist, committed to the transformation of the education sector. Prior to joining Zenex, Tshepo held a leadership position as Director of Equal Education, where he was responsible for strategy, fundraising, advocacy and operational management of the national office. Tshepo has the advantage of working experience as both grant maker and grantee.
Ms Ruth Rakosa is a Communications Manager at the Zenex Foundation. She is responsible for content development and management of the website and social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn), event and brand management, and content editing.
She has 11 years’ experience in the development sector in the areas of grant management, information management and communications. She held various positions in the financial services sector at Investec Asset Management and Momentum Wealth, prior to joining the Zenex Foundation.
Ruth holds a Masters in Development Planning from the University of the Witwatersrand and Programme in Economics and Public Finance from UNISA.
Information and Knowledge Manager
Ms Thabisile Zuma is a Knowledge and Information Manager at Zenex Foundation. Her role includes enabling and supporting knowledge creation within the Foundation and disseminating this work among educational stakeholders and partners.
She started her career at the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation as a Evaluation and Research intern in May 2012, moving up the ranks to Evaluation Officer in 2013 and then Assistant Director in 2015. The following year Thabisile joined Genesis Analytics, as an analyst in the Evaluation for Development Practice and then joined Zenex Foundation in February 2018.
Thabisile holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, an Honours degree in Politics and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management, majoring in Monitoring and Evaluation. She has completed coursework towards a Master of Public and Development Management (MM). She is passionate about making knowledge accessible and contributing to an improvement in the education system and ultimately the lives of South Africans.
Ms Nompumelelo Nkabinde is Information Officer. She is responsible for the management, maintenance and integrity of all project-related information on Zenex’s Grant Management System. Nompumelelo brings her 10 years prior working experience in Information Management to Zenex. She was previously Grant Administrator at the Foundation for Human Rights, and has worked as a specialist librarian at the University of Johannesburg.
Nompumelelo holds an Honours Degree in Information Science from UNISA.
The Zenex Foundation is powered by a small, dynamic team of skilled professionals who collaborate and partner with government, service providers and school communities to improve teaching and learning outcomes for historically disadvantaged learners and schools across South Africa. We believe that every person and project we invest in builds the foundations for an equitable and just education system that empowers young people to participate in the growth, development and transformation of South Africa.
Receptionist and Office Assistant
Lulama Ndamane is a Receptionist and Office Assistant at Zenex Foundation. She holds Frontline Office with Achievers and Professional Receptionist and PA with Damelin.
Lulama’s responsibilities include: welcoming visitors and answering telephone calls or referring and responding to inquiries. She directs visitors by maintaining employee and department directories and giving instructions. Maintains security by following procedures; monitoring switchboard, monitoring company car logbook; monitoring stationary, monitor dairies; monitoring catering, monitoring office neatness. All procurements required. Lulama joined Zenex Foundation in 2003 and is the epitome of Zenex values and culture.
“I am excited by working at Zenex Foundation, it plays a huge role in education particularly in Maths, Science and Languages in South Africa.”
Nicolette is Executive Assistant and is responsible for the management of the CEO’s office, including secretarial and administrative support. She also provides executive secretariat support in the preparation for Board Meetings and other meetings and she coordinates travel arrangements throughout the organisation.
Nicolette brings to Zenex her extensive administrative experience gained in the Public Sector, gained at the South African Post Office, the National Treasury, the Department of Rural Development and in the Presidency.
She has completed coursework in PC engineering and Project Management. She is currently studying towards a CIS Professional Qualification through CSSA.