I am deeply committed to playing a meaningful role in helping our partner organisations and inspired individuals grow and contribute to community development and social upliftment. I am inspired by what is possible and finding new innovative and authentic ways of creating change.
CEO and Founder
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Martin Luther King, civil rights activist.
The fearless leader, the innovator, and the visionary! Lindy has 25 years of professional experience in strategic planning and management, evaluation oversight, policy and governance, organisational development, marketing and communication. As the Founder of what was previously Creative Consulting & Development Works, and now this new venture, Development Works Changemakers, she is the driving force responsible for business development, oversight and strategic vision. She is also constantly identifying opportunities, creating new products, courses and training offerings. She also leads if i could… an internship and volunteer travel immersion programme. She is a writer, social entrepreneur and committed social justice advocate. This is why DWC can hold its own in the evolving development landscape.
Lindy holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Politics, Public Administration and Development and is currently completing a Masters in Community Development at the University of Stellenbosch.
“fall down seven times, stand up eight”
I believe in the proverb, “fall down seven times, stand up eight” which relates to our attitude towards failure. One shouldn’t be bogged down by failure but rather welcome it and retry. No matter how many times one fails, persevere through the trials and obstacles and keep on trying your best to succeed.
Our finance stalwart, Nuraan steers the financial side of things with her diligent accounting skills and methodical administration. Her main focuses are invoicing, completing monthly management accounts, age analysis, statutory returns and preparation of the monthly financial statements. And she makes it look so easy with her calm ways and gentle spirit.
Nuraan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance and Accounting from the University of Western Cape.
Fia van Rensburg
Evaluation is about people. People’s lives, their needs, their aspirations and their achievements. As an Evaluator I have the opportunity to learn things about amazing people and their unique circumstances, challenges and victories. It is an honour to get an intimate glimpse of people’s lives, and an immense responsibility to do justice to the data we collect. I strive for evaluation to be an opportunity for evaluation participants to make their voices heard, to reflect on their experiences and to ignite change.
With 21 years’ experience in the development sector, Fia’s core skills include monitoring and evaluation. Her current focus is on public sector evaluations, capacity building and relationship building.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from North West University in Psychology and Sociology, Masters Certificates in Advanced Social Research Methodology and Social Impact Assessment, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation Management.
Dr Andrew Hartnack
I am inspired by the resilience and skill of ordinary people I have met in the various African countries I have visited, their ability to survive, adapt and innovate under pressure. They are leaders in every sphere doing amazing things which we don’t hear about because we see leadership through the narrow prism of politics. My dream is that young innovative leaders in Africa can be enabled to truly contribute to and change their countries for the better.
Andrew has 18 years’ experience as a development researcher and evaluator in Southern Africa. Trained as a social scientist, he holds a PhD in social anthropology from the University of Cape Town. His academic research and a book he’s published focuses on land reform impacts in Zimbabwe, from where he originally comes.
As a skilled and experienced development consultant, Andrew’s research and evaluation projects look at livelihood development, the informal sector, health, environment, rural development, migrancy and displacement, youth empowerment and education. He has worked closely with many nonprofits and is interested in the complexities of development and the role local nonprofits play in contributing to society.
I believe in the power of education and embracing one’s own unique talents. I embrace diversity and authenticity and believe that everyone can contribute to making the world a better place.
Tamarin is passionate about youth and child development. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Theology, she went on to do an Honours in Missiology focusing on ‘exploring the church’s role in the intervention of orphaned and vulnerable children’. Having worked with vulnerable youth in churches, she felt that she needed to gain more skills to help the youth effectively. This led to her completing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. She loves to see people grow and tap into their hidden potential. She believes in creative interventions and dynamic research and hopes to further her studies to continue to help where she can.
Business Development Associate
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Albert Schweitzer, theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher and physician.
With years of project management experience including business strategies, creative input, implementation and sourcing to mention a few things, Michaela shines light on the business aspects of all Development Works Changemakers projects while also guiding the if I could… team. Her methodical ways, problem-solving skills and calm manner provide immeasurable value.
She holds an Honours Degree in Business Studies from the University of Applied Sciences.
Digital Content Creator and Coordinator
I believe that everyone deserves a second chance. This belief and my hope to see lives changed translates into my passion and interest in criminal justice and rehabilitation.
Candice is based in Cape Town but considers herself a global citizen. She has all-around marketing experience in both digital and traditional formats. Her skills include basic web design, SEO writing, communication with influencers, social media management and writing in various formats. With a passion for writing, she believes words, along with images, have the power to tell life-changing stories. Candice is an adventure-seeker and she has a passion for travel, exploration, fitness and pushing the limits.
Candice has an Undergraduate Degree in Film Production (Screenwriting) and an Honours Degree in Advanced Film and Television from the University of Cape Town.
Jacques van Niekerk
Jacques has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry – in positions ranging from developer, to architect to CTO and CEO. He has led the technology teams at Takealot, Mr Delivery, Prodigy Finance and Click2Sure as CTO. He led the technical M&A team for Naspers and performed technical assessments of more than 75 companies including some of the group’s largest acquisitions.
Jacques is currently a partner and co-founder at Rosewood Due Diligence, as well as an Associate at Development Works Changemakers. Jacques’ expertise contribution to Development Works Changeamkers can be seen in the development of M&E platforms and products to solve both monitoring and evaluation challenges as well as increase programme efficiencies. Jacques provides technical IT input on evaluation studies, most recently in the Department of Economic Development and Tourisms (DEDAT) Design Evaluation of their Software@Schools Programme.
Jacques’s global experience and hands-on knowledge of software architecture and due diligence combines to form a unique combination of skills and experience in the IT and development sectors.
“Everything can be explained to the people, on the single condition that you really want them to understand.” ― Frantz Fanon
Sarah Osman is a cognitive psychologist and global development specialist with 15 years of experience working in Europe, Africa and Asia. Her main focus is applying behavioural science principles to address development challenges. Her Oslo-based consultancy firm helps organisations explore new perspectives and ways to design their projects and understand the groups they work with.
While Sarah takes an evidence-based approach to each task, she believes that creativity and combining knowledge across disciplines are essential to innovation. Sarah uses her skills to address challenges in many areas including health, migration and development, peacebuilding, sexual and reproductive health and rights, children’s rights, inclusive education and business and human rights.
“Never doubt that a small group of concerned committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”. Margaret Mead
Carol has been actively involved in protecting the rights of women and children throughout her professional career, from 1976, as one of the first members of Rape Crisis Cape Town. Since 2000, she has focused on children’s rights, specifically the prohibition of corporal punishment by parents/care-givers.
She was one of the initial (as the Peace Centre, with Children’s Institute and Sonke, represented by the Centre for Child Law) amici in the matter which ultimately lead to the Constitutional Court finding that the common-law defence of reasonable chastisement, open to parents and only parents was unconstitutional.
Carol has extensive experience in the development of law and policy related to the protection of children. She worked intensively on the 2005 Children’s Act and the First Amendment to the Act, passed in 2007. She has also been involved in developing text which prohibits corporal punishment in the home, for the Third Amendment to the Children’s Act.
She remains actively involved in the development, writing and coordination of civil society reports to a several UN and AU treaty bodies, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, the African Committee on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and the Universal Periodic Review.
She is especially committed to protecting children from violence of all kinds, especially sexual violence and harsh discipline. Since setting up her own consultancy, Carol has been involved in projects ranging from desk reviews and evaluations to advocacy and materials development.