Board of Directors


Hafiza Fakier: The Chairperson of ELF MTT, is a business consultant who also has a Montessori Pre-Primary Diploma. She is very passionate about promoting quality ECD in marginalised communities.

Shamiemah Jassiem: The secretary of the ELF MTT board, became involved in the Montessori Philosophy while completing her undergraduate degree. She completed her Montessori Pre-Primary Diploma before completing her Masters in Education. She now works as a lecturer in the organisation, and in 2012 was awarded the ABSA/UNICEF Award for Best ECD Trainer of the year in South Africa.

Berenice Daniels: A board member of ELF MTT, is the Provincial Head of Specialised Learner Educational Support. As an Educational Psychologist her interest in ECD and promoting quality ECD in Cape Town and surrounding areas deepened after she worked at the Mitchell’s Plain School Clinic and as the Chief Education Specialist for the Metro South Education District.

Zaida Asmal: A board member of ELF MTT, comes with a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Education and over 22 years of teaching experience in community schools.

Hawa Tayob: A board member and programme director of ELF MTT has over 10 years of Montessori teaching experience in toddler, pre-primary and primary environments both internationally (USA, Netherlands) and locally. Her qualifications include a Masters in Educational Psychology, and a Montessori Diploma (AERCO Montessori USA).

Nokuthula Shabalala: The treasurer of ELF MTT, Nokuthula is a member of the Humanities faculty at UCT and supervises the clinical psychology students at the UCT Child Guidance clinic. She has been involved in the 2004 ECD audit undertaken in the country and has several publications on HIV/AIDS to her credit.

Najmah Mallick: A board member and CEO of Meezan Building Services. She has Diplomas in Sales Marketing Management as well as Business Management. Najma is passionate about the support and advancement of women in business.