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Steering Committee

Jennifer Glennie, Founding Director, Saide
is the founding director of Saide, a non-profit organization committed to increasing meaningful access to quality lifelong education, especially for more marginalized groups. Under her leadership, Saide has earned respect in sub-Saharan Africa for its contribution to policy formulation and capacity building in distance education, educational technology and open educational resources (OER). Major initiatives include the OER Africa Initiative in higher education, the Siyaphumelela Initiative (where Saide works with five South African universities to systematically address issues around student success), and the African StoryBook (which seeks to make available, as OER, large numbers of storybooks in local languages and reflecting local contexts).
 
Catherine Ngugi, Project Director at OER Africa.
Catherine has overseen the development of OER Africa, from a project seeded by a single donor, to an initiative within Saide comprised of several projects and attracting funding from several sources. She is a strong spokesperson for OER Africa and for OER more generally. Catherine is responsible for maintaining several partnerships and for supporting all team members on an individual basis and through administrative structures. She is accountable for donor reports and preparation ofOER Africa related information provided to the Saide Trustees. Catherine has oversight of the Communications Strategy and shares fiduciary responsibility for OER Africa with the Saide Director.
 
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 regarding educational planning, uses of educational technology and distance education. He works with OER Africa as the project's OER Stategist, and is the Institutional Lead at the University of the Free State in South Africa. Neil is also supporting South Africa's Council for Higher Education in revising its organizational processes and structures.
Dr Peter da Costa
Dr. Peter da Costa based in Nairobi, Kenya is a member of OER Africa’s Steering Committee. Dr da Costa’s work has focussed on African as well as global issues and initiatives for more than two decades. His areas of expertise include Research Uptake; Communication for Social Change; and Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation. 
Professor Ken Harley
Prof. Ken Harley based in Pietzmaritsburg, South Africa is a member of OER Africa’s Steering Committee. Prof Harley holds an Emeritus Professorship at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa.  As Head of the School of Education, and later as Dean, he led and managed teacher education programmes, research and curriculum developments.Dr Harley has played an important role in evaluating the work of the African OER Health Network and more recently conducted a mid-term evaluation of the OER Africa PAR grant.
 
Lisbeth Levey

Lisbeth Levey based in Jerusalem, Israel is a member of OER Africa’s Steering Committee. Ms Levey is a consultant on information and communications technologies (ICT) for development.  She works on ICT in Africa, particularly on improving information access and on enhancing dissemination of African information through technology.

Ms. Levey is currently a senior advisor to the Hewlett Foundation education program, where she assists program staff in their international OER grant making activities, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.  She also consults for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as a part of its support for the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture.  

Professor Olive Mugenda
Prof. Olive Mugenda is a member of OER Africa’s Steering Committee and a Kenyan academicresearcher and academic administrator. She was the first woman to lead a public university in East Africa and served as Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor for ten years until March, 2016. Prof. Olive Mugenda obtained a Bachelor of Education from the University of Nairobi. Her masters and PhD degrees in Family Studies and Consumer Economics were obtained from Iowa State University.