We are guided by our professional Board of Directors, which includes some previous programme participants and volunteers and ensures good governance and wise spending. The board is made up of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and eight general members.
The board approves the budget and sets various goals and targets for the organisation every year. These targets are evaluated annually, sometimes internally and sometimes by external parties.

Dr Gemma Oberth
Dr Gemma OberthChairperson
Gemma holds a PhD in Political Studies from the University of Cape Town (2013), for a thesis which developed a new way of measuring HIV/AIDS governance in Southern Africa. She is currently an independent consultant, working with large international organizations such as UNAIDS and The International HIV/AIDS Alliance. She was a volunteer at SAEP for 9 months in 2009-2010, working on fundraising and institutional development. Gemma is currently a volunteer mentor in SAEP’s Tertiary Support Programme, and is actively involved in many other SAEP activities. Gemma is passionate about health, human rights and education, and is committed to working towards a brighter future for all young South Africans.
Leanne Allison
Leanne AllisonMember
Leanne graduated with a Bachelor of Business Science (with Honours in Economics) from the University of Cape Town. She has 12 years’ experience working in finance, and spent the majority of this time working in the City of London. Leanne became involved in charitable work whilst working part-time in Corporate Relocation and joined the SAEP Board in 2011. Leanne is a member of the Fundraising actions team and actively assists SAEP in their fundraising activities. Leanne is passionate about Equality.
Gina Leinberger
Gina LeinbergerSecretary
Gina voluntarily serves as the Secretary for the SAEP Board of Directors and also assists in various SAEP fundraising efforts. Gina graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Cape Town and continues to work as an architect in Cape Town. After collecting and delivering donations to one of SAEP’s Educares in 2007, she realised the overwhelming need for valuable education in the Philippi community and started assisting SAEP wherever she could, becoming a member of the board in 2013. Gina’s degree also allowed her to draw up building plans for a number of Early Childhood Development Centres associated with SAEP.
Isabel Essen
Isabel EssenMember
Isabel grew up in Germany and completed her Master’s in Education, Business Economics and German Literature / Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart. Through her studies, Isabel developed a great interest in the African continent and development work and was ultimately drawn to South Africa. From July 2007 to March 2011, Isabel worked at SAEP as the Early Childhood Development Manager and has been on SAEP’s Board of Directors ever since. After gaining further work experience in non-profit and organisational management, fundraising, database development and more, she now runs her own business, working as independent Development Consultant with non-profit organisations and small business alike as well as following her other passion as Yoga & Acrobatics Instructor in Cape Town.
Danielle Becker
Danielle BeckerMember
Danielle completed her undergraduate studies at UCT in Fine Art. In 2008 and 2009 she worked for SAEP as the Arts Programme Coordinator and became involved in various High School programmes. Danielle completed a Masters in Art History at the University of Manchester and is currently engaged in research towards a PhD at UCT. Since working for SAEP Danielle has lectured Art History and Visual Studies at Stellenbosch Academy, UCT and the University of Stellenbosch.
Mogie Dass
Mogie DassMember
Mogie Dass has been an educator for the past 37 years. She graduated with B. Paed. Arts (degree in Education) from the University of Durban-Westville and started teaching in KZN in 1980. She came to Cape Town in 1989 and taught in Cravenby Secondary School where she was promoted to HOD for Afrikaans and then Deputy Principal. In 2001 she moved to Plumstead High School where she now serves as Deputy Principal. Mogie also has a B.Ed (Honours in Education) through UNISA, a Diploma in Management in Education, through RAU, an Advanced Certificate in Education from UCT, and has completed numerous other courses and education workshops over the years.
Mogie’s interests, apart from education, are to serve the community. She has served on the Board of the Temple committee and has been involved with the Vadhini Indian Arts Academy for over 25 years, currently as Operations Manager. She joined the board of SAEP in June 2016.
Jane Keen
Jane KeenDirector
Jane began working as a volunteer for SAEP in 2003 and has remained a dedicated supporter ever since. She is a graduate of the University of Cape Town and a social worker with 30 years’ experience working with street children, farm workers’ children, and the victims of domestic violence. She helped to establish and run some of the first shelters for street children in Cape Town while working at the Child Welfare Society, including: The Homestead, Ons Plek, Margaret’s House, Patrick’s House and others. She then co-founded the NICRO Women’s Support Centre in downtown Cape Town, and managed the domestic violence programme for 7 years. She has served on the Management Committee of St. Anne’s Homes for a number of years, and provides supervision to a number of social workers and lay counsellors through Catholic Welfare and Development and other organisations.

SAEP and the Independent Code of Governance

SAEP’s npocodelogobigBoard of Directors and staff have signed the Independent Code of Governance for Non-Profits in South Africa. The Code lays out a set of principles, values and responsibilities to guide and inform the way in which non-profit organisations are managed and conduct their affairs. In 2014 we renewed our ongoing commitment to sound and ethical governance and management.

To find out more about the code, please visit http://www.governance.org.za/the-independent-code/