Our People

Nigel Richard – Managing Director
Nigel graduated in 2008 from Beloit College with a BA in Education and Youth Studies. He joined LEAP in 2011 as a classroom and Life Orientation teacher and taught for three years. He was also a member of the school management team and led several trips to the United States with young South African teachers on teacher-training internships. In 2014, he became manager of the Future Leaders Programme where he began working on the development of teacher-training programs.

David Jacobs – Business Development Manager 
David helps build the Global Teachers Institute into an independent social enterprise which involves fundraising, financial planning and the establishment of GTI into a social franchise. David comes to LEAP with 15 years business experience in product management, software development and technical sales with multi-national clients such as Safeway, Kroger Foods and British Petroleum. The sale of a business in 2009 he had a stake in has allowed him to pursue work within the non-profit sector for the past six years at the South Africa Education Project (SAEP), FoodBank South Africa and Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa.

Tuksie Nkwinti – Training & Facilitation Manager 
Tuksie grew up in a farm called Salem in Grahamstown and personally experienced the many educational barriers South African students often face. She worked as a teacher for over twenty years, a head of the department for eleven years, and as a principal for LEAP for three years. But her passion has grown more when she began leading the Champion Teachers Programme. Tuksie sees herself in the teachers she works with. She’s excited to carry out the GTI’s vision of giving teachers a space for growth and reflection, helping them unlock change within themselves, and enabling them to become ambassadors of their own communities.

Xolani Majola – Advocacy & Partnerships Manager 
Xolani received his initial training as a teacher and moved in project management in the education sector, first as manager of the Toyota Teach Primary Schools Project and later at the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa (ISASA) as a Policy Analyst and Programme Manager for the Maths & English Teacher Development Programme. A critical thinker, his passion is in creating networks of like-minded stakeholders and encouraging collaborative dialogues in order to achieve maximum impact. He holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Zonke Mpotulo – Future Leaders Programme Manager 
Zonke is one of the founding teachers at Ga Rankuwa campus (LEAP 6) of the LEAP Science and Maths School in South Africa. She attributes growing up amid the pressures and challenges placed on women in disadvantaged communities to becoming a model for leadership and an agent of change for young people. Her passion for education and social change has led her to become a teacher that activates leadership in other young people and guiding them to see that as a young person who comes from a disadvantaged community you can live a different life to the unhealthy patterns that surround them. She took over the running of GTI’s Future Leaders programme in 2016.

Tatenda Zimano – Operations Manager  

Tatenda manages the operations within GTI and has the responsibility of engaging with the organisation’s vision and values to develop and maintain effective processes for the organisation. Born and bred with both parents in the education space, she has a special passion for leadership empowerment across all ages. She believes in the potent value of every individual regardless of their level or title. With over 10 years experience, she holds an Honours Degree in Marketing Management and a Certificate in SMME Management.