Meet Our Team

Khanya Matlala, Non Executive Director and Programme Advisor.
Khanya is the Founder of Mindful Impact CC, is an InnerLifeSkills Master Coach & Trainer and Accredited iEQ9 Enneagram Practitioner with, 15 years’ experience in Learning and development. Her experience has taught her that the very first step towards igniting and sustaining behavioural change in individuals, teams and organisations, is an honest self- assessment. She helps her clients clearly define what a meaningful and rewarding life looks like for them, then supports them to achieve goals that are aligned to who they want to be, and the impact they want to have on the world.

Khanya has partnered with Up To Me to provide women and young girls with tools to empower them to transform the relationship they have with themselves, their families and the world.

Siphokazi Enhlisombi, Non Executive Director and youth programme advisor.
Siphokazi is a 23 year old, aspiring laywer, was born and raised in Khayelitsha . She is currently employed at a legal company whilst doing her studies through Unisa. Siphokazi has from an extremely young age shown her desire to plow back into her community and while she is currently doing that as a role model, she certainly has much more to give.

“Words fail me when it comes to explaining how excited I am to be a part of this organisation and to work with powerful and strong women, where we are given the opportunity to not only give back to our communities, but also show individuals within our communities that there are people who are rooting for them. People who want to seem them prosper and rise above all odds.”

Debbie Engelbrecht, Executive Operations Director.
Debbie has been an entrepreneur and business owner since 1990. Staff Training is a leadership and soft skills development company and has fueled Debbie’s passion for sharing skills and knowledge. Debbie is an accredited IEQ9 Enneagram practitioner, an accredited assessor and moderator and currently MD of Staff Training. She has served on the executive of SA Women Fight Back and been on the steering committee of Operation Shoebox. Debbie’s love for community work started in her youth where she was affiliated with Bellville Round Table 65.

“I am so excited to be part of this initiative that is placing the power of education with support in the hands of those who are most in need of it!  We live in a beautiful country it’s high time that all our citizens get to enjoy it and that is only going to happen through economic freedom and power!”

Shamshad Ahmed, Non Executive Director and Programme advisor.

Shamshad is the owner and Director of Smart Training Solutions, is a qualified Executive Coach and Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach. She draws extensively from EQ fundamentals and NLP suppositions to ensure that her programmes create a meaningful and measurable shift in people’s ways of being, seeing and doing.

“I am excited to be in a position to equip female entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge and networks they need to thrive, to empower and inspire young girls and women to actualise their potential!”


Lize Testa, Executive Director of Finance and Compliance.

Lize is the Operations Manager at Staff Training, is passionate about adult education and digital literacy training.  She is currently studying towards her Occupationally Directed Education Training and Development Practices Diploma. An avid activist and community contributor, Lize brings with her a large network of contacts, who like her, are keen to support their communities.

“We can only change our future by changing ourselves.  South Africa has so many adults who never had the privilege to even receive basic education, let alone receive the tools to build a sustainable business and income for themselves and their families.  Assisting these adults, and in particular women, is changing not only their lives, but the lives of their whole family.  I cannot think of a more exciting project to be part of!”