Co-Founder & CEO

About David


Project Management


David Oliphant loves to see humans grow and develop. He believes that is the reason for his passion to be part of the process to launch the organisation Since 2017 to fulfill the dream of laying the foundation to fight the problems associated with education inequity in South Africa.

He is currently completing his Masters in Project Management at the University of Cape Town. Since 2017 he has been employed at Old Mutual Impact Investing as a property investor related to affordable schools and housing.

He’s family has a culture of teachers and the professional goes back three generations. The philosophy that teaching is able to reorientate your destiny in life was reinforced when it helped direct his path to a greater calling. Since 2017, he has committed himself to fulfill the dream of laying the foundation to fight the problems associated with education inequity in South Africa.


Co-Founder & Head of Operations

About Emillie


Project Management


Emillie has harnessed a strong and heartfelt passion in contributing towards uplifting vulnerable communities that have been unfairly discriminated against because of their background. Through this, she is able to offer herself to create opportunities for sustainable and dignified livelihoods. She has worked as a fishermen federation manager and a UNDP funded project writer and manager that promotes sustainable livelihoods for the fisher women community of her island.

She is completing her masters in Climate change and development and has been volunteering for Teach the nation as a founding member, following her heart in uplifting the most vulnerable, wherever her endeavour is needed.



Executive MBA Director | Associate Professor Graduate School of Business University of Cape Town

About Sewchurran

Leadership-as-Practice | Strategy-as-Practice | Philosophy of Practice


As a scholar Associate Professor Kosheek Sewchurran is primarily interested in organizing practices and research that acknowledge the realities of a lived-experience.  This scholarship finds expression in the conversation he convenes related to Business Model Innovation, Strategy-as-practice and Leadership-as-practice. This scholarship also finds expression in his role as the program director of the Executive MBA which he has curated since December 2013.  His responsibilities on the Executive MBA include designing the program conversations, interventions and pedagogical outcomes to nurture the development of executives who are able to, in their actions and their being, lead authentically in the societal context humanity experiences.

Before he joined the GSB, he was Assoc Prof and HOD of the Department of Information Systems at University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Commerce. Prior to entering academia, he spent a little over a decade on manufacturing projects, working as a Systems Engineer optimizing plant automation and designing and implementing enterprise information systems.

Associate Prof Kosheek Sewchurran holds a doctorate in Project Organising (PhD) from UCT; a Master of Science in Systems Thinking (MSc) from UKZN; a Bachelor of Science Honours in Computer Science (CompSci) from UKZN; and a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering and Operations Research (BSc) from UNISA.


Regional Director of Ashoka Southern Africa

About Mbali


Leadership, Social Development, Mentoring.


Mbali Gushu (Zondi) was born and raised in Pietermaritzburg, on the East Coast of South Africa. She was selected to be a part of the inaugural class of the African Leadership Academy for outstanding leadership potential and academic promise. She attended Barnard College of Columbia University in New York studying Economics. Mbali has worked in the media industry abroad at NBC Universal and as a writer for business lifestyle magazine, DESTINY. She believes in the transformative power of social innovation and knows this will make great strides to positively developing the African continent. For the past 5 years Mbali has worked in education in Africa as Country Coordinator for ThinkImpact; heading up South Africa recruitment at Nova Pioneer Schools and as the Africa, Chief of Staff at Teach For All.


Producer UNISA Radio AND Co-founder Hear My voice

About Muriel


Public relation, Influencer ,Leadership


Muriel Mokgathi-Mvubu known as MoAfrika wa Mokgathi is a Mamelodi born, South African based multifaceted artist. She is a Writer, Poet, Performer, cultural activist, teaching artist, Arts codes adjudicator, Curator, award-winning Radio broadcaster and a serial civic leader amongst many in her talent hat.

MoAfrika is a Co-founder of Hear My Voice an NGO that uses poetry as catalyst to address social issues (Uncensored) and curates’ international cultural exchanges. She seats on the Airco (Association of independent Record Companies) as an Executive director and Board member advocating for indies in the country. She is host and producer at Trans Africa Radio (Dstv 872) covering arts content and jazz music from the African continent.


Impact specialist & Finance expert

About Mbulelo


Impact specialist, Finance expert


Mbulelo Gushu, Director AFRI HOUSE
Professional Quantity Surveyor (PrQS) registered with the SACQSP, Mbulelo is a highly efficient,  self-motivated and attentive built environment  professional experienced in cost management of infrastructure projects. Mbulelo’s roles are underpinned in enhancing value for money through effective management and controlling of costs throughout all development implementation phases. Mbulelo have a long felt passion for social development and supports innovative, inspiring and impactful organisation like Teach the Nation through his highly respected expertise in effective finance, sustainable and impactful organisation modelling.



Director of Training and Support

About Glen

Glen was at a primary school education with holy cross nuns and high school education with Christian brothers. After graduation from. University started teaching Mathematics and physical sciences in 1983 at Groenvlei High School in Hanover park/Lansdowne. He Left the school in 1996 to join the post-apartheid western cape education department at senior subject advisor for physical sciences. Towards Glen pursuit for Education development, he was appointed as Curriculum Manager in 2001 in metro South education district based in Mitchell’s Plain. His impact in the Education sector continued to expand as a District South director in 2012. After a rich Journey of impacts, leadership, and development in the Education sector, Glen Retired from the WCED in 2018.  His passion for education development drove him again in the sector as a lecturer and joined the PGCE lecturing staff at CPUT IN 2019 UNTIL 2020.In 2020, Glen finally met the path of Teach the Nation and is committed more than ever to diligently do what he is mostly passionate about, innovatively developing, and empowering leaders in South Africa Education Sector.


Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

About Warda

Warda is motivated towards working in the education sector because of the impact it has on all other domains development. This crucial positionality of the education equity cause made her take up the Teach for India fellowship, which not only gave her the opportunity to teach but also provided a perfect support and learning environment as a new teacher; learning from others in the movement and being part of a movement that was larger than the classroom. She is committed to the Teaching as Leadership model because of its long-term and far-reaching impact (beyond the confines of a single classroom which extends to the community and nation as a whole). This is the reason she chose to work as an Impact and Evaluation Specialist at Teach The Nation and is excited with the opportunity to design frameworks and structures that track the success and reach of the impactful organisation Teach the Nation is.


Leadership Development Coach

About Simonne

Simonne graduated from the University of the Western Cape with a
Masters Degree in Trade Law preceded by an Honours Degree in
Finance and a BCom General Management Degree. Simonne is a self-proclaimed lifelong learner, enjoys a challenge and supporting causes that serves a social need. Simonne started her career journey at WWF-SA as an intern in the Finance Department. Simonne not confined by one passion had a yearning to work with people and help them unlock their own potential and this saw her positively contribute to various roles with organisations such as Milpark Education, GetSmarter and Taudata. Simonne also fulfilled roles within Santam’s Strategy Unit and Old Mutual’s Underwriting R&D Unit. Simonne has
since resigned from the corporate world to commit and immerse herself fully following her true passion to create social change through education, as a change agent in her Leadership Development Coach role at Teach the Nation.


Leadership Development Coach

About Bruce

Bruce is deeply curious and interested in how humans grow and develop to reach their potential. He is motivated by positive values such as love, contribution and service and would like to see everyone, irrespective of their background or circumstance, do well. With over 20 years work experience in environmental management, teaching and government communications, Bruce studied to become a Professional Certified Coach through the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business to learn the tools to best support others on their journey into their best selves. In his free time, he likes walking dogs in nature, running, connected friendships and relationships, delicious food, good books, travelling and a fine laugh. Bruce also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Geochemistry from UCT.


HR and Recruitment Coordinator

About Mercia

Mericia come from a rich background of Human Resource and Development. Her vision has always been to help others achieve their personal and career goal. She enjoys being of service to others and her current work experience she firmly believe is align with her greater servant leadership vision. Her passion and skills align with the vision of impacting education and personal life coaching. She is currently pursuing her further studies in Human Resource management, an area she is willing to develop herself, especially in people development. In her spare time, she enjoys sharing her uplifting experiences and support another woman growth path. Joining Teach the Nation has for sure allowed her to be her best authentic self and continuing to be of service to others, developing and uplifting people as she grows in her Journey of Servant Leadership.


Leadership Development Coach

About Ismael

Ismael is a Business Management and Education Graduate with extensive experience as Business Studies lecturer and Intermediate Phase Educator. His Teaching experience in high need schools exposed him to understand closely the South Africa context of Education Inequity and motivates his passion to change these narratives through mentorship and coaching. Education has afforded Ismael the opportunity to see a world beyond my poverty-stricken community. A world where every child can shine despite their circumstances. Ismael is a fun and loving family man, who loves the outdoors, and enjoys the simpler things in life. He is very passionate about the development of the youth in South Africa through Teach the Nation.