Zanele Twala currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of The Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation. Prior to this position, she has held government positions, including Deputy Director of the Department of Education: Education Policy and Director/ Sector Expert Early Childhood Development at the Presidency, Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation. She has also held the positions of Executive Director of Bridge Innovation in Learning; Country Director of Action Aid International South Africa, and Director of Junior Achievement South Africa for 5 years.

Zanele holds a B.Ed (honors) Degree from the University of Wolverhampton, England; a Master’s Degree in Education (International Management and Policy in Education, Education Management) from the University of Birmingham, England; a Certificate in Education Policy Analysis from Harvard University, USA and a Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in NPO Management from Harvard Business School.

She has sat on a number of boards including Junior Achievement South Africa, Junior Achievement International, the Youth Development Network, the Education Foundation and the Centre for Policy Studies. She has also contributed her expertise to various education publications and reports