Established in 2000, the NBA team brings a diversity of skills and expertise to help realize our vision.

Neil Butcher NEIL BUTCHER is based in South Africa, from where he has provided policy and technical advice and support to a range of national and international clients in educational planning, use of educational technology and distance education, both as a full-time employee at the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE) from 1993 to 2001 and as Director of Neil Butcher & Associates. He has worked with various educational institutions, assisting transformation efforts and managing numerous projects that focus on effectively harnessing the potential of distance education methods, educational technology, and OER. Neil has travelled extensively throughout the developing world conducting research and providing advisory support on higher education, distance education, and educational technology for a range of organizations, governments, and donors. Amongst other organizations, he consults regularly to the World Bank, UNESCO, Commonwealth of Learning, and other global organizations. He is also currently working with SAIDE on its OER Africa Initiative, which is funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
Monge Tlaka MONGE TLAKA is the database, website, and IT project manager at NBA. She has a National Diploma in Technology-based Education and Training, and a Diploma in Information Technology Project Management. She is based in South Africa, and joined Neil Butcher & Associates in 2002. Over the past 16 years, Monge has gained experience managing large-scale, multifaceted projects and a range of online database and web development projects for various organizations, including the Association of African Universities (AAU), Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), SAIDE’s African Storybook Project and OER Africa, and South African Regional Universities Association (SARUA). She has acquired extensive experience in publishing content online, developing interactive tutorials, and implementing online social media strategies. She has travelled widely in Africa, providing support and training using a range of educational technologies and learning management systems (LMS). Monge is currently managing the National Department of Health’s Knowledge Hub, which aims to support leaders, managers and clinical professionals at all levels of the health system in order to strengthen the health system and promote equitable universal access to quality health care for all. Monge is also leading the development and implementation of the e-commerce website for Molteno Institute of Language and Literacy’s Vula Bula programme.  
Andrew Moore ANDREW MOORE completed a Master of Education degree specializing in Computer Assisted Education at the University of Pretoria in 2002. He also has 14 years’ experience teaching secondary education at Westerford High School (Cape Town), Kearsney College (Durban) and St Stithian’s College (Johannesburg) where he was appointed Director of IT (Academic). Andrew has worked at Neil Butcher & Associates since 2003, where he has worked as an author, materials developer, instructional designer, web interface designer, and educational technology trainer. He has also facilitated the development of ICT in Education policies at both national and institutional levels. He is currently managing several projects designed to provide capacity to staff at African ministries of education and higher education institutions to design, develop and deploy e-learning solutions using open resources.  He has also helped others use the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers to design professional development courses for teachers in Kenya, Rwanda, Togo, South Africa, Oman, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and the Philippines.
Cathy MacDonald CATHY MACDONALD attained a BSc Ed (Hons) ICT from the University of Durham in England. In 2009, she completed a Master’s degree in Computer-integrated Education at the University of Pretoria. Over the past 17 years, Cathy has developed experience managing large-scale, multifaceted projects such as the Partnership in Higher Education in Africa (PHEA) Educational Technology Initiative (ETI) involving capacity-building workshops/events/meetings at seven African Higher Education Institutions supporting institutions implement ICT projects to improve the quality of education. She has substantial experience in the management and coordination of curriculum and materials development projects and has managed the development of various occupational programmes for the National Institute for the Deaf in Worcester, South Africa, as well as the development of diagnostic tests and accompanying MOOCs for FET colleges in South Africa, in collaboration with Information Multimedia Communication (IMC) in Germany. Cathy has been responsible for the implementation of a three-year impact evaluation study, using a regression discontinuity design, of the Project Sankoré initiative implemented by the Senegalese Ministry of Education. Cathy is currently managing the implementation of a business model based on open licensing at the Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy as well as the development of curriculum content and open learning materials for the Occupational Certificate: Electrician Programme (OCEP) for the South African Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).  
Sarah Hoosen SARAH HOOSEN has a Master’s Degree in Social Science in Counselling Psychology and started her career as a counselling psychologist. Since 2006, Sarah has worked as a researcher and project manager at Neil Butcher & Associates. She has worked on several projects in higher education, prepared policy briefs and guides to provide information and analysis resources for policy makers and those involved in policy debates in the area of ICT in Education, and has been involved in evaluating several projects in the area of education and technology. Sarah has also published widely on issues related to distance education and open educational resources.
James Swash JAMES SWASH has practical experience in IT, ranging from database/website development and design, to providing technical advice and training to a range of clients on the use of educational technology. James worked as a full-time employee at Blue Matrix Software from January 2008, and joined Neil Butcher & Associates in June 2011. James has led small teams of developers, and manages external development resources regularly. James has a thorough knowledge of Java Programming, Visual Basic. Net, VB Script, PHP, SQL/MySQL, Database Design, C++ Programming, HTML Programming, Software Engineering, Advanced Data Structures in Java Programming and C# Programming. He has developed C# and PHP websites and Applications in the education sector on DNN, Drupal and Moodle platforms. As well as building and maintaining SQL/MySQL data driven websites, he has over eight years’ experience in installing and maintaining Windows and Linux servers and hosting environments.
BENITA GOMES obtained her BA degree in English Literature and her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Rhodes University. Benita has worked as a teacher and trainer, both in South Africa and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was responsible for the instructional design and delivery of educational materials. In addition, Benita has experience in the corporate sector as an instructional design consultant, and marketing and communications manager for a travel management company. Benita joined Neil Butcher & Associates as an instructional designer and project coordinator in 2016, and specializes in instructional design, course development and training. Benita has developed curriculum content, courseware and training materials, facilitated training, and designed websites for a variety of projects and clients. Clients include the National Institute for the Deaf, Scripture Union South Africa, the Law Society of South Africa, the World Bank and the Government of India Ministry of Human Resource Development, Matthew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance, the National Department of Health, and the Department of Higher Education and Training. Projects include the UNCESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers and the Kenyan ICT Competency Framework for Teachers Course.
KIRSTY VON GOGH obtained her BSocSc degree from the University of Cape Town and her BA (Hons) in Publishing Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Before joining Neil Butcher & Associates, Kirsty worked in educational publishing for twelve years, producing titles for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia. She has extensive experience publishing print textbooks and resource materials for the schools’ curricula across all grades and subjects. Kirsty has worked on the commissioning and project management of titles for the South African Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS) since its implementation. Kirsty has also commissioned and produced digital assessment materials and interactive content for the South African schools’ market. Since joining Neil Butcher & Associates as a project manager in 2016, Kirsty’s work has focused on early literacy and open licensing for a project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She has done research, editing and content development for the Global e-Schools and Communities Initiative (GESCI), the National Department of Health, and the 2017 update of the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers.
MOHINI BAIJINATH obtained her BSocSc (Hons) in Social Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Cape Town. Her Master’s dissertation examined conceptions of decolonization and academic freedom, and their impact on South Africa’s higher education landscape. She is currently a researcher at Neil Butcher & Associates, and has gained experience in the development of learning materials on Learner Management Systems such as Moodle, as well as research for both national and international education-orientated institutions and government departments.
     MERRIDY WILSON-STRYDOM holds an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University and a PhD in Higher Education Studies from the University of the Free State. After a short term as a lecturer/researcher at the University of Witwatersrand, Merridy worked at NBA as a researcher from 2003 to 2008. She was involved in numerous research and evaluation projects during this time. Merridy joined the University of the Free State in 2009 and worked in various capacities, including as Director: Monitoring and Institutional Research in the Directorate for Institutional Research and Academic Planning (DIRAP). From 2014 to 2018, Merridy was a Senior Lecturer and later Associate Professor in the Higher Education and Human Development research group at the UFS. She has published widely in national and international journals, has published two scholarly books and was an Associate Editor (Education and Social Sciences) for the South African Journal of Science from 2015-2017. Merridy holds a C2 rating from the National Research Foundation (NRF).