Advisers 2017-04-25T13:39:16+00:00

Dr Stephen Taylor


Dr Stephen Taylor is the Director of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Department of Basic Education.  His work includes impact evaluation of education interventions, measuring educational performance and equity in educational outcomes.  In 2010 he completed a PhD in economics at the University of Stellenbosch, analysing educational outcomes of poor South African children. He is a Research Associate at the Department of Economics and Stellenbosch University.

Dr Sonja Strydom

Dr Sonja Strydom is a knowledgeable educator with extensive work experience that includes all phases from Foundation Phase to Higher Education. She is currently a Senior Adviser at the Centre for Learning Technologies at Stellenbosch University. Sonja is enrolled for her second PhD in Curriculum Studies where she specialises in the role of agency in technology-enhanced curriculum development. She obtained her first PhD in the field of Psychology and after her first teaching position in South Africa, worked in the UK as a lecturer in Psychology at a FE College.

Mike Darby

Mike is the founder and CEO of The Social Project that runs a number of technology based education interventions. He was also the founder and director of Waterstone College south of Johannesburg. He was the college director and oversaw the growth of the school to over 1400 learners. He has been involved in a number of other education initiatives and also taught History and Life Orientation. He holds a B. Comm (Law and Economics), a PGCE and a certificate in Theology.

Johan Olivier

Johan is Director of Ranyaka Community Investment Managers. Their work in the Magaliesburg community has led to an emerging blueprint for transformation and renewal in communities and businesses all across South Africa. He previously served as Assistant Director: Development Planning and Facilitation for the City of Johannesburg and Assistant Chief Town Planner: Strategic Planning for Midrand. He specialises in value and impact creation, land use planning and management, development economics, sustainable development, community-based economic planning and development and integrated development planning. Johan Olivier