Meet the Team

Julian Hewitt

Julian is passionate about the transformative power of entrepreneurship and education. With a commerce degree from Stellenbosch behind his name, Julian has applied this knowledge in founding several social enterprises. He previously headed up Allan Gray Orbis Foundation’s Fellowship Programme and currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the Royal Bafokeng Nation’s flagship school, Lebone II College.

Jeremy Gibbon

With over 20 years’ experience, Jeremy has a deep understanding of the South African educational context. He was Principal of Pinelands High School, a vibrant, diverse, co-educational high school in Cape Town and draws on research knowledge from his Masters Degree in Education at the University of Cambridge. Jeremy carries a fervent belief in the potential of all children and a burning desire to see this potential realised across South Africa.

Mpho Motloung

Mpho is passionate about driving change through education. She says that our dream of a just and “woke” South Africa is dependent on an education system that strives to nurture and develop potential in every citizen, young and old. She believes that a good education can change anyone but a good teacher can change everything. Her role in the Fellowship gives her an opportunity to proactively contribute towards preparing young people to becoming competent citizens of the 21st century.

Carla Watson

Carla’s passion is to improve the self-development skills of new teachers entering diverse contexts of South African schools. Carla is currently completing her Masters at UCT , following completed studies in educational management and pedagogy in Finland. She is a qualified Integral Coach (UCT, GSB) and Associate Strengths Finder Coach (Strengths Institute). She also sits on the Advisory Board for the UCT Newly Qualified Teacher's Project and volunteers as a leadership and entrepreneurial mentor for women at Wedu based in South East Asia. She is excited about improving teachers' experiences and the wider impact on South African education.

Nkgopoleng Moloi

Nkgopoleng has been responsible for running the World Knowledge Olympiad this year, but has now moved into a permanent role as executive assistant & special projects officer. Nkgopoleng is an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow and current President for the Association of Allan Gray Fellows. She studied at the University of Cape Town and later qualified as a chartered accountant. Nkgopoleng is passionate about teaching & learning, storytelling as well as art and history.

Zolani Metu

Zolani Metu is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar with a passion for promoting mental health & well-being, as well as leadership development. His passion for servant leadership and african development saw him into the prestigious South Africa Washington International Program (SAWIP) in 2016. His work experience ranges from public health consultancy in the USA, mental health program development in Kigutu, Burundi; and also working as a research & teaching assistant at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. In 2015 Zolani was awarded with the Investec-UCT Leadership Award for excellence in leadership, and later partook in an Investec Funded Study Tour to Germany & Poland, exploring how the Post-Holocaust Societies negotiate issues of Trauma, Memory, Justice & Nation Building.

In 2017 Natasha joined the Endowment as Head of Finance and Operations in Cape Town. Natasha is a South African qualified Chartered Accountant with 18 years post qualification experience, in senior finance positions at international organizations and in the development and corporate sector in South Africa and the United Kingdom. Her experience covers a variety of management and financial accounting, planning, performance management, and Controller roles in both smaller and larger businesses, and more recently held the position of Director of Finance and Operations at ActionAid International at the International Secretariat in South Africa.

Sinesipho Mdingi

Sinesipho is an ambitious young person trying to find his distinctiveness in this multi-faceted society we live in. He Joined Allan Gray Orbis Foundation in December 2018 from MMI Health Pty Ltd where he worked as a Finance Assistant. Sinesipho holds a Bachelor of Technology in Financial Information Systems from Tshwane University of Technology. He is currently pursuing his CIMA qualification. Sinesipho is not just a number crusher. He is also interested in software development and is currently pursuing this in his spare time.