Project Manager: Kerry Petrie

Kerry has significant experience in project development and management within the NGO/NPO sectors.  She enjoys supporting teams to achieve their goals and has worked with groups around South Africa to support health, human rights, community mobilisation and media interventions.
Her MBA (2008) dissertation focussed on the advantages and disadvantages of for-profit / non-profit alliance and the possibility of self-sustained social enterprise.


Chairperson: Gail Petrie

Gail has had a life-long drive to contribute to the lessening of inequalities in the education system.  Although she now heads a successful IT company, she trained as a teacher, did IT in the classroom as her MBA topic, and was involved in the roll out of IT as part of the Khanye Project.

Her MBA (2001) dissertation reignited her passion for education and planted the seed for NELI.


We also work with a wider range of associates who bring their experience and expertise into our programmes. Our regular associates include:


Frances Eberhard

Frances is a human rights lawyer and a legal researcher. She has a BA LLB from UCT, an LLM from Duke University and is a qualified attorney.  Frances has worked in private practice, clerked at the Constitutional Court, both volunteered and worked for several legal NGOs, and has held positions at UCT and Duke as a research fellow. Her interests lie in increasing democratic participation.

Board Members:

Our small board is currently made up of Mr Martin Mulcahy and Mr Mark Hainsworth. We are looking for additional members, so please contact us if you are interested in joining our organisation.