Zuki is a well-rounded professional with more than 20 years’ experience in the education, training and development sectors, as a teacher, lecturer, trainer, project manager and learning material designer. She also has got a strong background in business leadership with Change Management as her area of specialisation. She is currently doing research to complete Master in Business Leadership (MBL) with UNISA.
Before joining ELMI, Zuki was employed for more than 8 years at the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in the Science Advisory Programme as a Programme and Study Director responsible for Education and Humanities. While at ASSAf, Zuki lead multi-national projects and her role included ensuring that all countries involved in the projects adhered to their deliverables. As part of her success in her previous employment Zuki directed 2 major studies i.e.” The PhD Study: Evidence Based Study on How to meet the Demands for High-Level Skills in an Emerging Economy” www.assaf.org.za/files/2010/11/40696-Boldesign-PHD-small.pdf and “Consensus Study on the State of the Humanities Study in South Africa: Status, Prospects and Strategies” www.assaf.org.za/files/2011/09/2011-Humanity-final-proof-11-August-2011.pdf. Both studies were implemented by major Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in South Africa and formed part of policy reform as could be seen in the National Development Plan (NDP).
Zuki is very passionate about education and mentoring people, and her desire is to see businesses invest into education as part of their Corporate Social Investment (CSI) which will assist in increasing the skills level amongst the youth and help in alleviating poverty in our society.
Head of Academics
With a wealth of both academic and business experience under his belt, Gareth Nash is a recent acquisition to the ELMI team. He has joined ELMI as the new Head of Academics.
Having worked in academia both nationally and internationally, Gareth’s experience encompasses working with undergraduate and postgraduate students within multiple disciplines, including Commerce, Science, Law, Education and the Humanities. His focus within these disciplines has been on the design and development of curricula with a view to ensuring that students receive the most up-to-date and appropriate education. Most recently, Gareth was the head of the Academic Literacy programme for Commerce Foundation students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal – a programme he designed and initiated in 2007.
A graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Gareth is keenly aware of the role that education plays in the South African landscape. This, coupled with extensive business experience, means that he has the best interests of the students at heart and is driven by two questions: what more can we do for our students and how can we do it better?
Sales and Tender Manager
Nicole has worked in a corporate and academic environment. She has extensive experience in Marketing activities which includes project management, brand management, strategic marketing and events management. She is newly certified tender Ninja as she has 8 years experience in tender management.
Mark is our secret IT weapon – although not-so-secret is more accurate! Because of his status and credentials, ELMI is a Silver MICROSOFT Learning Partner and offers training opportunities that no other Eastern Cape provider is able to. He also keeps us up to date with the latest and greatest; offerings like COBIT and ITIL through our affiliation with FOXITSM. Mark is an MCT (Microsoft Certified trainer) and has been in the classroom for 6 years. Mark is also the reason we have fibre internet and wi-fi on campus for staff and students! As IT Manager, he ensures that our computers, network and general IT facilities always perform at optimum. If only he wasn’t in such demand in the classroom, he would take over the world!
Senior Lecturer IT
ELMI’s Senior IT Full Time Lecturer and a Qualified Microsoft Certified Trainer. Having trained at various of the biggest colleges in East London, he has made ELMI his home for the past 4 years. Specializing in Technical and MCSA/MCSE training, he looks forwards too seeing you in class next year.
Sales and Student Liaison
Nimz Naran is a familiar face to all the ELMI students. She has been welcoming our students to the campus for many years now and still feels as passionately about them as she always has. Every student feels like the most important one with Nimz – which is true, because that’s how she views each one. Nimz joined ELMI in the administration office, but her genuine love for people soon took her across the passage where she spends her time ensuring that her students enjoy the very best experience we can possibly offer and that all the classes are full of eager students ready to embark on their journeys.
Sales and Student Liaison / SRC
Front Of House Receptionist
Werner Breytenbach is a Graphic Designer, Web Developer and Illustrator under his freelance name ‘Krowh’. He’s also the co-founder of a Photography and Video Production business called ‘Ferret and Fire’. Furthermore, he lectures Animation, Web Development and Drawing & Illustration at ELMI during the week.
Having gone through school learning nothing but the fundamentals of converting notebooks into sketchbooks, he also further built his imagination with a passion for music, song and story writing. His Graphic Design career (freelance) started in 2013 during his gap year, where he delved into art, design and animation as he travelled and experienced the beauty of South Africa with his bare feet and some sketchbooks. He finally decided to study Graphic Design in 2015 , working as a Graphics Intern during the afternoons and Freelancer by night.