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Belinda van der Vyver – Chair

Belinda is an attorney and keen Bookery volunteer. She believes that basic education is the most important challenge facing South Africa. Our ability to get basic education right will, she believes, be determinative not only of the future of the individual learners but of our communities and our country as a whole. Belinda is passionate about books, reading, libraries and life-long learning.

Yoni Bass

Yoni was born and grew up in Durban. He graduated with a law degree in 2009. He has been a senior leader in Habonim, and spent 2010 working for the Social Justice Coalition. Yoni joined Equal Education at the beginning of 2011 to work on fundraising and development.

Dr Connie Bitso

Dr Connie Bitso is a senior lecturer at the Library and Information Studies Centre, University of Cape Town (UCT). She obtained her PhD in Information Science from the University of Pretoria and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from UCT. She teaches Information Architecture and Metadata, Knowledge Organisation and Management, and Resource Description and Communication. Having started her career as a high school teacher, she has a deep knowledge of the school system and understands the critical role of school libraries. She has grassroots experience of university-school partnerships, which is evident in her publications and contribution to UCT’s School Improvement Initiative. She leads her department in the emerging knowledge and skills domain of teaching and learning for Library and Information Science professionals. Her research interests include guided inquiry design, metadata, information literacy, social media, and at-risk students in higher education.

Lesley Byram

Lesley is the personal assistant to the editor of the Cape Times, a position she has held under the leadership of four editors after spending nine years on the news desk. She became the co-ordinator of the Cape Times' 'A Library In Every School' project when it was launched in 2009, organising and co-ordinating events to raise awareness and funds for libraries in underprivileged schools.

Alide Dasnois

Alide was born in Cape Town and has an Honours degree in Economics from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She worked in the School of Economics at UCT and in the labour movement before leaving South Africa in 1982 to complete a Masters in Economics at the Sorbonne (with distinction). She worked as a journalist in France and then in Reunion Island before returning to South Africa to join the staff of the Cape Argus in 1993. She has been a financial journalist for most of her life. She was the editor of Business Report from 2001 to early 2006. She was appointed editor of the Cape Times in April 2009 after which she started the Cape Times' 'A Library In Every School' project. She is fluent in French and has two extraordinarily interesting and clever sons.

Theresa de Young

Theresa de Young is Coordinator of the School Library Services for the Western Cape Education Department (WCED). A qualified teacher, she worked in the public library sector for several years before taking up her position at the WCED. Theresa was influential in the establishment of IkamvaYouth, a national NPO that ensures wider and freer access to information and resources for previously disadvantaged youth.She is currently the National Chairperson of the School Library and Youth Services Interest Group of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA). She was nominated and shortlisted for the Albie Sachs Freedom Award in 2010 and she received a number of other awards for her outstanding contribution towards library services, the latest one being that of LIASA National Librarian of the Year 2013.

Sean Farrell

Sean is a qualified Chartered Accountant whose career began at Deloitte in 1991. Post articles he took up a position as a project accountant in the corporate finance team at Automakers. His interest in the financial services industry began in his last year at Automakers while he was head of Treasury. In 1998 Sean joined Origin, now RMB Private Bank, and departed as CEO in 2011 after four highly successful years at the helm. Sean is currently an Executive and the Chief Financial Officer of the Hereford Group. Sean was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Seed Investments in 2011 and also sits on the Investment Committee. He is a member of Young Presidents Organisation and served on the Isikolo Committee in 2011, which included a school makeover and establishment of a library at Delta Primary. He also runs the YPO Mentorship Programme in the Cape.

Lwando Mzandisi

Lwando was born in the Eastern Cape, where he attended lower primary school. He attended high school at Kwamfundo High in Khayelitsha. Currently he is studying a B.Ed. at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He has been actively involved with Equal Education since its inception 6 years ago. He was the first head of Equal Education's youth leadership committee. At present he works part-time for Equal Education as the coordinator of a training program for the RCL committees of high schools.