Lisa Simelane joins ALA as Head of African Studies. She began her working career in the development field with the Swaziland branches of Lutheran Development Service and Women and Law in Southern Africa. She also spent time working for the National Emergency Response Council on HIV and AIDS. In 2005, Lisa decided to make the move into teaching and discovered true passions: interacting with young people, discussing Literature and contributing to education. Lisa believes in the transformative power of education. She joined ALA because she wanted the opportunity to contribute to the development of an African education that directly impacts Africa’s next generation of leaders and with those students that make a difference across our continent and to the world. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics, Honours in English Studies, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education and a Masters degree in Education.