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).
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
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.
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.
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.