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About IYF

IYF established roots in South Africa more than 15 years ago. At IYF, we believe that educated, employed and engaged young people possess the power to solve the world’s toughest problems. At the heart of IYF’s efforts is building partnerships, initiatives and curricular that prepares young people to succeed as citizens, learners, employees, entrepreneurs and change-makers.
In the South African context, IYF collaborates with government, industry, and civil society to strengthen TVET training systems that contribute towards making the school to work transition a smooth journey for young people.


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Consider all perspectives equally and honestly.

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Honor the best in ourselves and others.

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Move people to believe in better.

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Make a difference differently.

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Create change that matters.

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IYF envisions a world where all young people are inspired and equipped to realize the future they want.

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IF connects young people with opportunities to transform
their lives

Meet the Team

Anusha Naicker

Anusha Naicker

Country Director, IYF South Africa

Her background and family history has allowed her to understand the barriers to youth empowerment and ultimately drives her commitment to want to make a substantive contribution to moving the needle on youth employability.

 Khalil Patel

Khalil Patel

Programme Director, High Gear

He is a qualified Education, Training and Development Practitioner and has previously worked at Discovery Holdings as a corporate trainer and the South African Broadcasting Corporation where he managed the Skills Development function.

 Joy-lynn de Kock

Joy-lynn de Kock

Project Manager, Skills for Success, South Africa

Joy-lynn is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of experience in project management, strategic development and marketing & sales. She previously worked for South African Broadcasting Corporation where she supported sales teams with developing strategies to drive sales opportunities to manage operational goals and training and development initiatives.

Deborah Kennerley

Deborah Kennerley

Programme Manager, Skills For Life, South Africa

With an extensive background in several operational roles in the legal, finance and training arenas, Deborah’s experience, knowledge and skills have led to her employment at IYF as Programme Lead for the Skills for Life Programme since April 2023.

 Kerrin Odendaal

Kerrin Odendaal

Programme Manager, Risk and Planning, High Gear, South Africa

Kerrin has worked in the field of health consulting with more than ten years’ experience working with large-scale US and UK-funded initiatives in South Africa, including leading collaborations with key stakeholders and clients both internationally and at national, provincial and district levels within South Africa.  She is skilled at project management, operations, budgeting and forecasting and reporting.

 Angelina Govindsamy

Angelina Govindsamy

Employer Partnership Officer, South Africa

She is a qualified Education, Training and Development Practitioner who has worked in both the public & private sectors providing technical advisory services, quality assurance of skills development providers and project managed SETA-funded learning programmes primarily targeted at youth from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

 Simphiwe Nkosi

Simphiwe Nkosi

MERL Officer, South Africa

In 2020, Simphiwe joined the IYF South Africa Team. With over seven years of monitoring and assessment experience, Simphiwe has expertise in the design and execution of M&E systems, performance metrics, and monitoring plans for projects. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to develop his craft in numerous contexts and fields within the sector. Before joining IYF, he worked as an M&E consultant for organizations such as Singizi Consulting Africa and The Aurum Institute, where he provided technical support for all M&E processes, including quality assessments and ensuring appropriate quality-assurance frameworks for programs.