Neels van der Westhuizen

Director and CFO | Siyavula Education

Speaker Profile

Neels is a co-founder and Director at Siyavula Education, a social enterprise focused on the accessbility of high-quality eduction. Siyavula’s primary commercial offering is an adaptive practice service for mathematics, physics and chemistry in high school. Siyavula has developed a catalogue of openly-licensed textbooks in collaboration with educators, sponsors and the Department of Basic Education that has been endorsed and printed for all government schools.

Neels manages Siyavula’s growing business front, managing and pursuing new relationships, partnerships and opportunities, both locally and internationally. With a wealth of experience in diverse contexts, he is focused on making Siyavula a sustainable company with a global impact. Amongst his prior endeavours before working at Siyavula he was a co-founder and Director of Brightest Young Minds, founded in 2000 with the vision to create a platform that showcased the potential of South Africa’s brightest young minds in order to fast track their development for the benefit of country, and a Director of the Rossum Robotics Academy, an academy aiming to create a new generation of engineers, designers and inventors by giving students the opportunity to understand science, technology and engineering through exploration aimed at children from 6 – 18.

Neels has a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), Accounting and Finance, from Stellenbosch University.

My Sessions

STEM Education for Social Change

King Shaka