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Meet the team

Dr Glenda Raven - Senior Manager

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Dr Glenda Raven - Senior Manager
The Environmental Leaders Programme is headed up by Dr Glenda Raven. Dr Raven’s experience in education, training and development in the environmental sector spans twenty years and includes a focus on all bands of the South African National Qualifications Framework, including General, Further and Higher Education and Training and associated phases and levels in each band.

Dr Raven’s career in education, training and development started with an initial Bachelor of Commerce degree coupled with a Higher Diploma in Education leading to 8 years in secondary teaching. Through postgraduate studies she then specialised in environmental education, with a particular interest in curriculum and professional development that fosters the development of reflexive practitioners for the environment. This academic interest culminated in the completion of a doctoral degree at Rhodes University focusing on learning processes that enable the development of such professionals.
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Dr Raven’s work and research interest continues to be professional development, however through experience gained over the past five years this interest has expanded into the realm of human capital development. Still focusing on the professional development of individuals, she has developed a keen interest in its link to improved practices in the workplace, enabling work spaces – that is human resource development policies, processes, structures and practices - within which professionals learn, grow and develop as well as the nature, structure and quality of learning programmes that support professional development. Her recent work has therefore focused on exploring in depth a systems approach to human capital development.

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Lameez Eksteen - Skills Development Officer

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Lameez Eksteen - Skills Development Officer (Environmental Leaders Programme)
Lameez joined WWF-SA in 2012 as an intern with an interest in community based environmental education. Through internship took a keen interest in discussions around the recognition of prior learning, and was offered the role of Skills Development Officer with the Environmental Leaders Programme. Her current work focusses on Career Guidance for the biodiversity sector and Work Integrated Learning. Lameez has a Masters degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of the Western Cape. Her research focused on people-centred conservation practices and the influence of these practices on the urban poor.

Lameez Bayat - Administrative Assistant

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Lameez Bayat
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As the Administrative Assistant, Lameez is the glue that holds the Environmental Leaders Programme together. She assists with project management, financial management, stakeholder engagement and general administration for the programme. New to the environmental sector, Lameez has a qualification in Business and Project Management and seven years administrative experience in various organisations.