Nthabiseng Molefe matriculated from Lenasia Public School and completed a B.Social Sciences degree, majoring in Psychology, at the University of Johannesburg. During her undergraduate studies, she was selected as a member of the university’s prestigious Golden Key International Honour Society. Nthabiseng holds a postgraduate (Honours) degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa and holds certificates for the following programmes:
Nthabiseng began her research career as an intern at Health and Development Africa which exposed her to various research projects across the SADC region focusing on Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Health and Education. She then joined Development and Research Africa and led a team of fieldworkers in the collection and management of data for the Second National Communication Survey in 2009. A year later, she worked as an Independent Research Consultant for Health and Development Africa on the Market Assessment Microbicide Study. The project entailed in-depth interviews and focus group discussions which sought to uncover men and women’s’ perceptions on microbicides, in order to identify the underlying factors which dissuade women from utilising microbicides as a prevention mechanism for HIV.
In 2011, Nthabiseng joined World Vision and gained extensive experience in the Advocacy Team where she was responsible for technical support, research, the documentation of best practice, publications and networking. Nthabiseng also supported World Vision executives in her capacity as Executive Assistant, where she contributed to the effectiveness of the Southern African programmes and projects.
Natasha Dyer is a Research and Communications for Development professional, specialising in the advancement of girls and women in Africa for more than a decade. She attended school in England and received three As at A-Level before completing a BA in Russian and French at the University of Bristol. Natasha taught English in Madagascar and founded a medical scholarship programme in Madagascar during her undergraduate studies.
After starting a career in Corporate Communications in Prague, Natasha worked in South Africa at the Kay Mason Foundation in Cape Town and its sister environmental project, Lulutho, in the Eastern Cape. She returned to the UK to complete an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy (with distinction) at the University of London’s SOAS.
Natasha worked at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York and at DHA Communications in London where her clients included the World Wildlife Fund, Islamic Relief Worldwide and the Esmee Fairburn Foundation, as well as several educational, UK government-funded programmes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria. In 2015, she established a consultancy supporting Peace Direct and The Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme at SOAS.
Natasha is currently reading for a PhD in African Studies and International Development at the University of Edinburgh, examining pan-African women's navigation of xenophobia in South Africa. She is also a visiting researcher at the African Centre for Migration and Society at Wits University.
Natasha has served on the Board of the English Speaking Union, an international educational charity helping young people discover their voice through public speaking, debate and education. She is a keen open water swimmer who completed a successful crossing of Robben Island in 2012. In 2016, Natasha swam in relay teams across the English Channel and Lake Geneva and is one of the top ten women ever to have swum around Robben Island.
Refiloe Seseane is the Founder of 18twenty8®. She attended St. Dominic’s Convent in Boksburg from Grade 1 to 12 and held several leadership positions throughout her schooling, which she completed with distinction in English. She excelled at Drama and Public Speaking and received the school’s top accolades for both.
Refiloe majored in Economics and Finance in her BCom degree at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and graduated with distinction in Economics. She also holds a postgraduate (Honours) degree in Economics from UNISA and a certificate in Media and Marketing strategies for NGOs. She was the top graduate in the Management Advancement Programme (MAP) at Wits Business School before completing a postgraduate certificate in Financial Economics at Cardiff University in Wales. Refiloe has also completed the Being a Director programme at the Institute of Directors Southern Africa and was an auditor for the Economics of Education course at Stellenbosch University.
Her financial services' career includes roles at Allan Gray, BoE Private Clients (now Nedbank Private Wealth), EduLoan (now FUNDI), Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and Alexander Forbes. Refiloe’s on-screen pursuits include lead acting roles on South Africa’s top TV soapies: Generations, Rhythm City and The Wild. She is an accomplished voice-over artist, keynote speaker, events MC, stage, radio and TV personality who has anchored business news on CNBC Africa.
Refiloe participated in U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2011 Young African Women Leaders’ Forum and U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2012 Young African Leaders’ Initiative. In 2013 she met HM Queen Elizabeth II at a royal reception on Youth, Education and the Commonwealth at Buckingham Palace.