(updated August 2018) Nici earned a Masters in Development Management from the Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum in Germany after obtaining a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management and Human Resources, from the University of Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. She left an award-winning project management career in the tourism and incentives industry, and successfully cross-skilled her organizational and time management skills into the development sector. She has worked with small grass route community organisations to large international organisations throughout East & Southern Africa, as well as on an international platform in the USA and Europe. Her work experiences span across a diversity of sectors, such as refugee livelihoods, peace & conflict studies, health, disabilities & inclusion, education, and all with a constant thread centered around development and volunteerism
(Fellow Bio – January 2013) Nici has two and a half years of full-time experience in the nonprofit sector. She earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, after obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management and Human Resources, from the University of Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa. Nici has been the Program Coordinator for Operation Smile South Africa since October 2011, maintaining the medical and non-medical volunteer base as well as coordinating all the surgical programs in Southern Africa. Prior to that, Nici managed an education project on the Wild Coast of South Africa, where children in rural schools were taught basic end-user computing skills. This change in career came after many years of part-time volunteering and working within the corporate social responsibility sector in the tourism industry. This experience has greatly improved her coordination and time management skills acquired over the years as a Project Manager in the tourism industry, specifically now within the nonprofit sector. Nici is passionate about building a society where everyone actively volunteers and works towards a better future for all, allowing everyone to enjoy at least the basic human rights some often take for granted.
Host Organization : International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI)