Founder and Executive Director
As an American of Jamaican heritage, Scott grew up aware of the generational inequities wrought by discriminatory policies and systems in both countries. Both his academic and professional career have accordingly focused on overcoming the effects of such inequities. He founded Amandla Development in response to the need in South Africa for local capacity development ensuring that populations previously oppressed by apartheid have the opportunity to participate in the growing economy on equal footing.
His interest in education’s ability to provide upliftment out of poverty led to work in education policy research and education reform, having worked for Yale University Admissions, the International Leadership Charter School’s startup team, and later with Life Choices Peer Education Programme in Cape Town, South Africa. Scott has also served with ABAFAOILSS, a consortium dedicated to increasing the presence of underrepresented students on Ivy League campuses.
He received his BA in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Government and East Asian Languages from Yale University and holds an MPA from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service where he completed his Master’s in public and non-profit management with a specialization in Public Policy Analysis. He has also studied and speaks Spanish, French, and Mandarin, Portuguese, and is currently studying Afrikaans and isiXhosa.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Eliada Wosu Griffin-EL
Dr Griffin-EL received her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (Pennsylvania, USA), where she specialised in International Development (Economics) and Global Political Economics. Prior to this she had completed her bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Yale University (Connecticut, USA), before going on to study her Masters in International Development at the University of Pittsburgh.
Griffin-EL’s research examines both how social structure (networks) informs African entrepreneurial development, and the role of entrepreneurship in facilitating local economic and social development within African communities. Her current research specifically explores the structure of black South Africans’ entrepreneurial social networks and the value derived and perceived to contribute to their small businesses’ development. She looks to expand the study to other African countries. At UCT’s Graduate School of Business, Griffin-EL will be contributing research and teaching to the arenas of Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship in emerging African markets.
Prior to UCT, Griffin-EL has conducted qualitative research on international development in other African countries and served as a Research Intern at the African Institute of South Africa (Pretoria, SA). Griffin-EL additionally brings experience in experiential, innovative, and community-oriented teaching in multicultural settings through her work as Coordinator of International Programming at the Office of Cross Cultural and Leadership Development (University of Pittsburgh) and former Program Director of the InterCultural House of Pittsburgh.
Passionate about developing female entrepreneurs across the African continent, Nwabisa founded nNfinity, focused on delivering knowledge and insights to multi-national corporations and globally-minded education institutions on social entrepreneurship and female-specific enterprise development.
Prior to nNfinity Nwabisa was Director of The Collective Genius, a black and youth-owned company with an 11-year track record in designing and implementing some of South Africa’s most successful youth projects. The Collective Genius’ team is made up entirely of young individuals who are dedicated to contributing to the sustainable development of young South Africans.
Nwabisa grew up in the small town of Bisho in Eastern Cape and was awarded the Ernst Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship and registered at the University of Cape Town and graduated with a Bachelor of Social Science in Politics and Public Administration.
Ayanda has worked in the social justice space since 2011 – concerned mainly with issues of socio-economic justice, in particular with respect to young people in South Africa. Prior to this, she worked in public service for six years in a business analysis and applications development environment and left to pursue a career in a social justice. She’s also a co-founder of Masifunde, a children’s book club that exists to increase literacy in isiXhosa and promote the joy of reading. She’s also actively involved in her church community and runs a girls club for girls between the ages 13 – 18.
Ayanda is a 2008 alumna of the US exchange programme Study of the U.S Institutes for Student Leaders (SUSI) and holds a BA Honours in Political Science from the University of Cape Town.
Tamburai Chirume is the Managing Director and Co-founder of ONEOFEACH, a mother and daughter African Luxury Brand that focuses on handbags designed in Cape Town but available to the world. ONEOFEACH has gained much recognition within the international space, supplying 15 outlets worldwide. Tamburai comes from a strong retail and asset management background having worked in banking for many year. Recently because of her love for business growth and entrepreneurship, Tamburai has embarked on a new business venture, TENACITY Consultancy, with designer Isabel de Villiers. The consulting firm focuses on mentoring design visions into profitable businesses. Tamburai also serves as a board member for WECBOF -Western Cape Business Opportunities Forum, in addition to Amandla Development.
Dr. Heather Wathington
Heather Wathington is an assistant professor of education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. Her research focuses on the academic achievement of low-income students and students of color in higher education, with a specific focus on understanding the educational contexts, levers, and practices that promote greater academic success for these students. She also examines, more broadly, issues of access and equity for underserved students in higher education.
Prior to her appointment at the University of Virginia, Wathington served as senior research officer at Lumina Foundation for Education. In this role, she conducted research related to access and success in postsecondary education and commissioned and managed a portion of the Foundation’s research grant portfolio. In addition, she was an integral part of the Foundation’s Achieving the Dream Initiative, an effort committed to improving student success rates in community colleges.
Before joining the Lumina Foundation, she served as director of programs in the office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C. Wathington is an honors graduate of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and earned a master’s degree in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She has her doctorate from the University of Michigan in Higher and Postsecondary Education.
Dr. Danielle Moss-Lee
Dr. Moss Lee joined HEAF in 2002 after many years of working in the field of education and youth development. She previously served as Assistant Principal of the Grace Lutheran School, Assistant Executive Director of the Morningside Area Alliance, Director for Community and Parent Partnerships at The After-School Corporation, and most recently as Director of the CTY Goldman Sachs Scholars Program of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She has significant experience in curriculum development and program design and a commitment to expanding educational enrichment opportunities for underserved students.
Dr. Moss Lee served on the board of the Grace Lutheran School, was a founding trustee and lead applicant for Sisulu-Walker Children’s Academy – Harlem Charter School, and has served on the board of the Dodge YMCA, Teachers College Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation Advisory Board and the National Advisory Board of The Next Generation Venture Fund, a partnership between Johns Hopkins and Duke Universities. She received her B.A. in English Literature and History with a concentration in Black Studies from Swarthmore College and holds M.A. and Ed.M. degrees from Teachers College Columbia University where she completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership. Dr. Moss Lee is a graduate of the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management’s Executive Level Program at Columbia Business School, received her Certificate in Fund Raising Management from The Fund Raising School at Indiana University and more recently participated in the Harvard Business School SPNM program for non-profit. executives.
In 2007, Dr. Moss Lee was elected to the Community Education Council for District 3 in New York City where she lives with her husband and daughter.
Dr. Akwasi Aidoo
Dr. Aidoo, executive director of TrustAfrica, has extensive experience in philanthropy in Africa. His positions have included IDRC Program Officer for Health and Development in West and Central Africa and head of the Ford Foundation’s offices in Senegal and Nigeria from 1993 to 2001. He serves as a director on boards of several nonprofit organizations, including Oxfam America, the Crime Prevention Centre of South Africa, the Soros Foundation’s AfriMAP initiative, and the Global Network Committee of the Ash Institute at Harvard University. He also chairs the executive committee of the Africa Grantmakers’ Affinity Group.
Dr. Aidoo has taught at universities in Ghana, Tanzania, and the United States. He was educated in Ghana and the United States and received a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Connecticut in 1984. He writes poetry and short stories in his spare time.
Teboho Moja – Professor, NYU Steinhardt School of Education
Teboho Moja has authored articles on higher education reform issues in areas such as the governance of higher education, policy processes, and impact of globalization on higher education. She is a co-author of a book on educational change in South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1994.
Her teaching experience includes high school and university levels. Moja has held key positions at several South African universities including being appointed chair of the Board of Trustees to the largest university in South Africa, the University of South Africa. She was instrumental in setting up the Center for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) in South Africa to monitor and stimulate debates on change issues. Moja has also served on the boards of international bodies such as the UNESCO-Institute for international Education Planning and the World Education Market. Her course topics include Current Research in Higher Education, International Perspectives on reform, and Globalization and Higher Education.
Moja has been a policy researcher and policy analyst for higher education in South Africa. She was appointed the Executive Director and Commissioner to the National Commission on Higher Education appointed by President Mandela. The Commission produced a national report that provided a framework for higher education reform in South Africa. Before coming to NYU, Teboho Moja served as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Education and again in 2005 -2006.