Melanie trained as a human rights lawyer and has been passionate about new approaches to South African education since university where she devoted her free time to being involved in, directing and founding a number of education non-profits. In 2011, she moved to India to work as a curriculum developer, teacher, and teacher trainer in a school in Uttar Pradesh, India. Inspired by the experience, she founded Streetlight Schools in 2013, starting in a small store-room with nothing but a few of her own childhood books.
David (call him 'Fu') helps Streetlight build a dynamic central organization team, as well as supports building excellent operational capacity at the schools. He manages aspects of strategy, human capital, finance, operations, communications for Streetlight Schools. He helped Streetlight on the side as part of the U.S. Fundraising & Advisory Team for nearly ~3 years before joining full time.
He was previously Manager of Community Development for 4.0 Schools, a U.S. education incubator for early-stage innovative schools, edtech companies and education nonprofits, where he led 4.0’s work to develop education entrepreneurship communities across the country (and leading 4.0’s expansion into NYC). Before 4.0, he worked for Barclays as an investment banker in Global Finance Structuring & Advisory. He gives back by helping community builders cultivate their education innovation ecosystems and never turns down an offer to show off over 20 years of piano playing.
Tinashe Chipwanya - Head of HR and Administration
Tinashe Chipwanya is a game changer, motivator very passionate about playing a role in the development of young minds. She believes that transformation in our communities can only be realised by empowering children through education as they play, learn and invent.
Her education background is in social sciences; she completed a BA Honours in Development Studies and a BA in Political Science and International Relations at the Witwatersrand University. Currently she is pursuing National Diploma in Financial Accounting with the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers.
She has been involved in women, children and health rights since 2011 under the auspices of NGOs like Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. She comes to Streetlight schools from Hope School with a wealth of knowledge in project administration, planning and coordinating routine operational and financial activities.
Jabulile Sibeko - Assistant to the CEO
Jabulile believes that with an education you're always a step ahead. Being educated doesn't mean you can be everything, but simply means you can be anything. She is currently in her third and final year of study at the University of Johannesburg, majoring in Industrial Psychology and Human Resources Management.