Jade Jacobsohn is responsible for the scale-up phase of the Nal’ibali campaign, working with the management team to provide strategic direction for campaign partnerships and growth. She is a seasoned anthropologist with research experience in South Africa, Uganda and Malawi, and has a solid grassroots background in the Eastern Cape as founder and Programme Manager of the Sophakama Community Partnership. She has managed various educational projects, specifically focused on early childhood development and environmental education within economically deprived areas, and has worked closely with Anglo American, Takalani Sesame and Food for Development. Her academic qualifications include a BSocSci (Hons) in Anthropology and Environmental Science from Rhodes University, and an MSc in Anthropology, Environment and Development from University College London.
Meet the team behind the Nal’ibali magic! Based across the country, each one of these individuals works to bring the power of stories to as many South Africans as possible. From the Communications gurus, to the Programmes heroes and Operations wizards, we’re a diverse team of passionate people - from all walks of life, and with all kinds of stories.
Meet the team
- Managing Director
- Programmes Team
- Communications Team
- Finance & Corporate Team
- Research & Innovation Team
- Content & Learning Team
Sandra Mpume Prusent
Nompumelelo Prusent has a multiform career journey sprouting from humble beginnings and different industry sectors including corporate, community development, education and training. Her career path has footprints, influenced by her work experience and academic achievements in different fields of study to mention a few (Diploma Labour Relations; Diploma Government Studies; Diploma Marketing Management (IMM); BBA Degree (Preston University); MBA (MANCOSA).
Ben joined the Nal'ibali team in June 2016. He has a BA degree from Stellenbosch University, a postgraduate diploma in Account Management from AAA School of Advertising and a qualification in Business Management from the Chartered Institute of Business Management. He has 17 years in the marketing and communications arena, five of which were spent living and working in Australia. His integrated 360° marketing skill set includes CRM, direct marketing, through-and-below-the-line advertising, design and digital. An avid reader, Ben also enjoys running, travel and socialising.
Finance & Corporate Team
Saleem Mukuddem, joined Nal’ibali as our first Chief Financial Officer in March 2019. He is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in finance and operations which he gained across many industries both locally and internationally. He has worked for global brands like Ernst and Young (Bermuda), Harley-Davidson and the Open Society Foundation. Saleem embraces technology and has a keen interest in leadership and team development. Saleem is a keen sportsmen and loves movies and reading.
Research & Innovation Team
Katie Huston is Nal’ibali’s Chief Operating Officer. She previously established and led Nal’ibali’s Research & Innovation department, building its ability to use data and research to strengthen its work and tell its story. Before joining Nal’ibali, she was the education strategy lead at the DG Murray Trust (DGMT), a private South African foundation, and worked at the South African Education Project (SAEP). She’s also co-authored two ‘economics for dummies’ books, and represented South Africa at the Ultimate Frisbee world championships. A Marshall Scholar, she has a BA in Journalism (University of Massachusetts Amherst), an MA in Global Political Economy (University of Sussex), and an MSc in Social Anthropology (London School of Economics).
Content & Learning Team
Vanashree joined the team in January 2019. She is responsible for Content and Learning at Nal’ibali. She has extensive experience in book production and training design, having worked in the adult literacy space, schools textbook publishing and a large HIV awareness campaign. She has worked previously at NGOs including Project Literacy and the New loveLife Trust. She brings to the team her insights in working within the SETA environment. Her academic qualifications include a BA degree, Honours and Higher Diploma in Education.