People of the Institute

Amelia Pretorius
Communication Officer

Amelia joined the Institute in December 2016 and is responsible for communication and marketing at the SI. She holds a BTech in Public Relations Management and has more than 12 years experience in the communication field.

Angela Coetzee
Lead Research Consultant

As Lead Research Consultant Angela oversees the research and consulting projects at the Sustainability Institute. Angela also focuses heavily on entrepreneurial education and social innovation for sustainability and leads on the entrepreneurship programmes for the Stellenbosch University Diploma Programme.

Ashleigh Seals
Assistant Youth & Community Coordinator

Ashleigh has been involved in community work since 2010. She finds great satisfaction doing this work, and it also gives her newfound appreciation for her own life.

Beatrix Steenkamp
Academic Programme Administrator - Master's Programme (Stellenbosch University)

Beatrix has been the Administrator of the Master's Programme in Sustainable Development since end 2010.

Candice Kelly
Lecturer and Researcher: Food Systems

Candice coordinates the Sustainable Food Systems research and heads the sustainable food systems modules within the PGDip and MPhil degrees.

Christelle Jansen
Facilitator - Early Learning

Christelle Janse is a Facilitator in baby centre (0 - 3 years).

Cisomo Banda
Installation Coordinator

Cisomo is the Installation Coordinator for the iShack project. 

Colleen Erasmus
Coordinator - Early Learning

Colleen Erasmus is the programme coordinator for the Lynedoch Children's House. 

Damian Conway
Director: SILL

In 2012 Damian joined the iShack Project which has now matured into a state-subsidised solar electricity utility for off-grid informal settlements. He is the Director of SIIL (Pty) Ltd which is the social enterprise that runs the iShack Project.

David Hees
Solar Utility Manager

David has been a Project Manager and Consultant for the last 10 years working in the fields of renewable energy, eco-building techniques and energy efficiency.

Devy-Leigh Roberts
Green Cafè cook

Devy-Leigh is the cook in the Green Cafè.

Eduardo Shimahara
Facilitator (Stellenbosch University)

Shima was born in São Paulo, Brazil. A mechanical engineer for 10 years, he led teams in France and Spain before leaving his career to co-found and work in the 6th largest group of private universities in Brazil. He is a former student at the SI, where he did his Masters in Food Systems.

Etai Even-Zahav
Research Consultant: Food Systems

Tai joined the team in 2016 and has a BA in history and politics from Rhodes University and an MPhil in Sustainable Development from Stellenbosch University.

Eve Annecke
Founder, teacher and writer

Eve Annecke’s masters level teaching is in transitions, ecology, spirituality and facilitation.

Fiona Dunbar
Creatives Project Coordinator

Fiona rejoined the Sustainability Institute in 2019, bringing her energy, enthusiasm, and can do attitude to all creative aspects within the SI. 

Fumanekile Qhinga

Fumanekile is silent force of nature in the Woodland, tending to the growing needs of a family of indigenous trees and shrubs which require tending to survive and flourish the rigours of our seasonal wet-land and the Stellenbosch summer.

Jeffrey Kock

Jeff looks after the grounds at the SI and contributes towards our beautiful environment.

Jess Schulschenk

Jess is the Director of the Sustainability Institute. She is an extraordinary lecturer with the School of Public Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch, coordinating the Corporate Governance and Sustainable Enterprise module for the PGD and MPhil programmes. Jess is also Research Director for the Embedding Project, a global public-benefit research project that helps companies embed sustainability across their operations and decision-making.


Jessica Eley
Student Development

Jessica Eley is a qualified teacher, specialising in learner support and special educational needs. 

Josephine Musango
MPhil Coordinator and Lecturer (Stellenbosch University)

Prof Josephine Kaviti Musango holds bachelor degree in Agribusiness Management; master degree in Agricultural Economics; and a Transdisciplinary Doctoral in Sustainable Development. She is currently appointed as an Associate Professor with the School of Public Leadership (SPL).

Julia Jansen
Facilitator - Early Learning

Julia Jansen is a Facilitator in Lynedoch Early Learning (3-6 years).

June Stone
Facilities Officer

June is the Facilities Officer for the building and facilities team. She obtained a BA degree and Higher Diploma in Education from the University of the Western Cape and been a firm member of the team since 2005.

Kerneels Claasen

Kerneels is the driver at the Sustainability Institute.

Lisa Plaatjies
Facilitator - Early Learning

Lisa is a Facilitator in Lynedoch Early Learning (3-6 years).

Litha Magida
Operations Officer

Litha is the Operations Officer and has a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development Planning and Management from Stellenbosch University.