CDE STAFF

 

CDE STAFF

Ann Bernstein heads the Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa. CDE is regarded by many including the London Financial Times as the country’s leading policy centre for social and economic development. In addition, CDE has a special focus on the role of business and its contribution to development. Ann was a member of the Transition Team and then the Board of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (1994 – 2001). In 2005 she was a Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC. In 2007 she joined the Board of the Brenthurst Foundation. In 2008 and 2009 she was an invited faculty member at the World Economic Forum in Davos and participates in their Global Agenda Council’s Initiative.Her book, The Case for Business in Developing Economies was published by Penguin in 2010. She is a regular public speaker and has been published by newspapers around the country, often appearing on radio and TV. Her many other publications and books include Migration and Refugee Policies (with M. Weiner, London, 1999), Business and Democracy: Cohabitation or Contradiction? (with P.L. Berger, London, 1998), and Policy Making in A New Democracy: South Africa’s Challenges for the 21st century (CDE,1999).
Mpona has been with CDE for two years now. She Holds a BA degree (majoring in Industrial Psychology and English) from Wits University. Her responsibilities include liaising with stakeholders, research and general administrative duties.
Refiloe Benjamin joined the CDE as a communications intern in March 2016, assisting with media and communications related affairs. She has obtained an Honours degree in Journalism at the University of Johannesburg. Throughout her four years spent at University, Refiloe gained practical experience through internships and freelance writing. With a background in online journalism and feature-writing, she enjoys conducting research and discovering new facts. Her future endeavours include studying towards her Master’s degree or tackling Public Relations as a second degree.
Michelle Breytenbach joined CDE in November 2015 and is a highly experienced and resourceful PA/Administrator with more than 20 year’s experience in Executive Assistant and Project Manager positions working for CEO’s and Board Members of Blue Chip South African companies
Alison Contardo is the Financial Manager of CDE. She obtained her CA(SA) qualification in 2008.
Prior to joining CDE in January 2017, she completed her articles at one of the big four accounting firms and worked as a Financial Manager for a leading company in the paint and automotive industry.
Heather Dawson is a seasoned executive assistant. She has extensive experience with all administrative tasks, having held positions in finance, engineering and local municipality service fields. Heather has assisted Ann Bernstein since 2008.
Michelle Gunter is the Financial Manager of CDE. She obtained her CA (SA) qualification in 2002. Besides having worked as a business analyst for the IDC, she has also been accountant for manufacturing firms, and has spent time teaching accounting. She joined the CDE in 2012.
Buhle Hlatshwayo is a Stakeholder Specialist and Researcher, prior to joining the Centre for Development and Enterprise she worked in London as a journalist while completing her Masters degree in International Studies and Diplomacy.
Over the course of her career Buhle has acquired significant expertise in journalism, strategic communication management, research and policy analysis. She has worked for various reputable national and international media houses, she has also worked for the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) which equipped her with in-depth knowledge of policy-making processes and policy development.
Buhle holds a BA in Journalism degree and a Masters in International Studies and Diplomacy from London University, School of African and Oriental Studies (SOAS).

Glynnis joined CDE in February 2014 as the Fundraising Coordinator. She has more than twenty years’ experience working in the non-profit sector on projects in skills development and education, and in corporate services. She holds a bachelors degree in English and Social Anthropology from the University of Witwatersrand and a Diploma in the Fundamentals of Project Management from Damelin.
After studying at Rand Afrikaans Universiteit , she joined a financial institution and occupied various roles within the marketing department prior joining the CDE. Currently is responsible for the management of all local and international events across all projects.
Prince Makitla is the CDE Intern. His responsibilities include research and information analysis for communication team, maintenance of CDE relationship management system, support with media liaison and website maintenance. He currently hold a BBA degree in Marketing Management and next year he intends on enrolling for his Bachelor of philosophy.
Mxolisi Mathe is a Multimedia Designer at the Centre for Development and Enterprise. He attained an advertising certificate in 2008, at the Imagination Lab [Vega, the Brand Communication School] and went on to complete his BA degree in Brand Communication in 2012, specialising in Multimedia Design at Vega, the Brand Communication School. He has previously worked at digital agencies in Durban and Johannesburg, focusing on digital design and branding.
He comes from a background of creative writing and his passions also include installation art and photography.

Sibongile Nkomana is currently a Junior Researcher at the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE). She has obtained a BCom (PPE-Politics, Philosophy and Economics) degree at St Augustine College of South Africa in 2014. She majored in Politics and Economics. She was also a Mathematics Tutor at this institution for the year 2013. She is currently doing a BCom Honours degree in Economics at the University of Johannesburg. She is doing this qualification part-time.
Lydia van den Bergh joined CDE in 2008. As the General Manager she is responsible for the day to day operations of CDE. Previously she worked as the Managing Director of the Thembalitsha Foundation a non-profit organisation based in the Western Cape that focussed on HIV/AIDS in-patient and home based care mainly for children, a school for age on appropriate learners and early childhood Development.
Ian Steuart has a strong background in economic policy making and research, and extensive senior management experience at a well-known international development consultancy in London, where he worked from 2005 to January 2015. Before moving to the UK in 2005, Ian spent three years at the University of Witwatersrand, lecturing and undertaking research, and three years at the Department of Trade and Industry where he was primarily involved in international trade negotiations. Ian has a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Evelien Storme is a research and programme coordinator on Jobs and Growth, at the Centre for Development and Enterprise. She has co-authored a number of publications on youth unemployment and urbanisation, analysing the current barriers to higher and more inclusive economic growth in these areas and proposing policy reform.
Before starting at CDE in 2012, Evelien worked in the Brussels and London branches of one of Europe’s largest political consultancies, working together with EU member states in putting particular topics on the policy agenda. Evelien holds a Masters degree in Political Philosophy from Catholic University in Leuven (Belgium) and a Masters degree in International Relations from the University from Stellenbosch.
Tessa Yeowart is CDE’s project manager for education. She joined CDE in August 2008 where she has been responsible for managing the design and implementation of a strategic intervention in the schooling sector. Her prior experience comprises almost ten years spent in various operations and planning positions for the organization representing South Africa’s higher education institutions, Higher Education SA (previously the SA Universities Vice-Chancellors Association.) This gave her a solid grounding in higher education policy, programme design and implementation, resource allocation and the day to day management of a medium size organisation. She has also spent time in a senior position at a financial communications firm and has previous experience in education policy analysis. Tessa has an MBA (University of Cape Town), a BA with honours in Economics and a Higher Diploma in Education (both from the University of Natal, now UKZN). Her interests include development issues and economic and social policy.