Our Team

Team Work Makes The Dream Work

Management

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Sherwin Phekun
BTech: Mechanical Engineering
MBA – Masters of Business Administrators
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Kimosha Phekun
BTech: Human Resources Management /
PGCE: Senior & FET phase (Commerce)

Online Tuition Team

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Kumaran Govender
Bachelor of Science (BSc) /
PGCE: Senior & FET phase (Maths & Science)
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Kimosha Phekun
BTech: Human Resources Management /
PGCE: Senior & FET phase (Commerce)
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Llewellyn Naidoo
Bachelor of Science- Electronic engineering /
Master of Science- Electronic Engineering
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Nevlin Govender
Bachelor of Education: Intermediate &
Senior phase (English & Science)

Career Development Team

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Sherwin Phekun

BTech: Mechanical Engineering 
MBA – Masters of Business Administration

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Lazola Dipha

BCom- Marketing (Honours) /
MBA

Sherwin Phekun

CEO & Co-Founder of We Live & We Learn

Biography

“I am a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur with an MBA and approximately 10 years of working experience in various segments and industries. My experience is broad and includes that of business development, engineering, logistics and supply chain development, marketing and product management. I have worked for global organisations which allowed me to expand my skill set and developed my career to reach elevated levels of success. I have also worked with emerging markets and have successfully developed business in key markets across Africa with exposure in over 25 countries world-wide.”

Career Achievements

I have developed and grown a brand from new entrant to a point of leadership in an emerging market. Now leading at 1 market share beating the likes of global giants Samsung and LG to name a few.

Qualifications

BTech Mechanical Engineering
MBA - Masters of Business Administration

Years of Experience

10 years of work experience

Key positions held

Project Manager / Production Engineer/ Product Manager/ Regional Export

Kimosha Phekun

C.O.O and Co-founder of We Live and We Learn

Biography

“My passion for helping others has led me into career paths where I found myself using my superior interpersonal and communication skills to foster meaningful relationships with students and parents in the schooling environment and with employees in the working environment. I am a professional and caring educator with a solid commitment to the social and academic growth of every student. My aim is to ensure that all learners become successful at what they choose to pursue. I am committed to creating a classroom atmosphere that is stimulating, encouraging and adaptive to the varied needs of students.”

Career Achievements

I have fostered the culture of entrepreneurship through a program I headed, which was funded by the Jumpstart foundation, in which many of my students who were entered into the foundation’s competition, went on to start their own businesses which were funded with the prize money, many of which have grown and are still successfully trading today.

Qualifications

BTech: Human Resources Management &
PGCE: Senior/FET phase

Years of Experience

12 years of work experience

Key positions held

Senior admin clerk/ Human resources officer/ Educator

Nevlin Govender

Educator /Tutor – Primary school

Biography

“Specialist language teacher with 8 years of experience teaching in the Intermediate and Senior Phases. Skills have been honed focusing on teaching students, who do not have English as a mother tongue. However, I am qualified to teach English in the FET phase and I am capable of teaching advanced content.

I also have 8 years of experience as an educator in Natural Sciences and Technology for Grade 4 to 6 and Natural Sciences in Grade 7. I conduct extra training sessions and coordinate learners who excel and participate in the SAASTA Natural Science Olympiads and Astronomy Quiz.”

Career Achievements

I have been the Cluster Coordinator/ Lead teacher for Natural Sciences in my local circuit since the beginning of 2019.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Education: Intermediate and Senior phase (English major)

Years of Experience

8 years of work experience

Key positions held

PL1 Educator Lakeside Park Primary School/ PL1 Educator Hibiscus Primary School

Kumaran Govender

Educator/ Tutor – High school

Biography

“I am an educator with experience in secondary and tertiary education. My knowledge of the CAPS curriculum has been strengthened through appointments as a sub-examiner/marker for the NSC examinations as well as a subject facilitator for curriculum development. I have dedicated myself to becoming a life-long educator and learner, and I strive to instill a similar desire in all my students. My teaching strategy of the mathematics curriculum is using a problem-solving contextual approach to develop understanding, reasoning and relation to reality thus revolving around a quote by Albert Einstein, “Pure Mathematics is in its way the poetry of logical ideas.”

Career Achievements

I achieved the best results in the matric NSC examination 2010 in the Umzinyathi District.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science
PGCE: SENIOR AND FET PHASE

Years of Experience

12 years of work experience

Key positions held

Educator

Lazola Dipha

Subject Matter Expert

Biography

“I am a marketing and MBA graduate with 13 years of applied working experience from a variety of global multinational organizations. My diverse experience covers FMCG, alcohol and home appliance industries. I have a wealth of knowledge especially in starting, harnessing and growing category businesses across diverse markets. I have established and built formidable businesses in complex Sub-Sahara African countries such as Angola, DRC, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Mauritius. Travelling around the world has exposed me to some of the ‘best in class’ knowledge and enabled me to increase my competence in international business. My skill set includes core competence in other business functions such as product development, brand marketing, digital marketing, trade marketing, business development, supply chain development, logistics and general business operations.”

Career Achievements

I have developed and launched a multi-million rand Small Domestic Appliance business; generating a new source of revenue for the organization. I have also launched a global brand of home appliance with differentiated global technologies in South Africa.

Qualifications

BCom Honours (Marketing) / BCom (Marketing)
MBA

Years of Experience

13 years of work experience

Key positions held

Marketing Intern Graduate / Product Specialist / Account Manager / Brand Builder Officer / Product Manager/ Marketing Manager / Outsource Product Manager / Category Marketing & Sales Development Manager

Koshantini Naidoo

Subject Matter Expert

Biography

“I am a qualified CA(SA) with 10 years of working experience in Finance and Auditing (3 years).  I have experience in various industries, namely Retail, FMCG, Marketing, Sales and Banking. I am skilled in effective leadership, management and the direction of large-scale projects. I have highly developed administration skills and the ability to transfer skills and effectively communicate ideas. I am confident in establishing, building and sustaining relationships as I have immense respect for diversity and teamwork. My core expertise lies in analytical problem solving.”

Career Achievements

I was awarded the 2019 Finance Stars/Mark of Excellence Award, for my Treasury cash reconciliations responsibility in discovering an enormous error and for the swift recovery of funds.

Qualifications

Chartered Accountant CA(SA)

Years of Experience

10 years of work experience

Key positions held

Standard Bank of South Africa Ltd
Product Control Treasury - Specialist/ Financial Manager

The Really Great Brand Company (Pty) Ltd
Management Accountant

KPMG Inc.
Auditor

Rishern Rambakus

Subject Matter Expert

Biography

“As a qualified mechanical engineer with a flare for product packaging design, it was only natural that I would assume a role where I was given full control of a product, from inception, formulation, packaging design, costing leading all the way to the consumer’s hand.  I have been given the opportunity to learn from the best in the industry which helped further bolster my academic knowledge.”

Career Achievements

I have created and launched a host of automotive products that have successfully displaced multinational brands.

Qualifications

BTech Mechanical Engineering
PG.Dip. Entrepreneurship

Years of Experience

10 years of work experience

Key positions held

Project Manager / Product & Brand Manager
Sales & Marketing Director at Klenz Chemicals

Darian Govender

Subject Matter Expert

Biography

“I am a sales and marketing professional with 12 years of experience in business development, marketing, and sales management.  My core expertise lies in key account management, distribution channel development, implementing marketing strategies, and product development in the Sub-Saharan Africa market. “

Career Achievements

I successfully developed a turn-around and growth sales strategy in East-Africa resulting in a 250% increase in sales over a 18 month period, and achieved consistent growth over a 3 year period of managing the region.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce: Marketing Management

Years of Experience

12 years of work experience in Sales and Marketing

Key positions held

Ansell Healthcare (current)
Area Sales Manager: Sub-Saharan Africa/ National Account Manager: South & East Africa/ Territory Sales Manager: South & East Africa
Uvex Safety (previous)
Coastal Sales Manager/ Product Consultant

Llewellyn Naidoo

Educator/ Tutor – High school

Biography

“I received my BSc and MSc Electronic Engineering degrees from UKZN in 2017 and 2019. The latter was achieved with a Cum Laude pass. I achieved distinctions in both mathematics and physical sciences in my matric year. In addition, I was placed in the top 100 in South Africa in the South African Harmony Mathematics Olympiad. My passion for numbers led me to pursue an engineering degree. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with several different companies related to my field and I’ve gained knowledge in optimizing network performance for 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G network technologies. During my time at university and for the past 3 years, I’ve tutored High School students in both Mathematics and Physical Sciences, all of whom have achieved excellent results.”

Career Achievements

I was a Team Leader on an International Project that brought 4G to the country’s national mobile operator for the first time. Network performance was improved and was better compared to other mobile operators.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science- Electronic engineering
Master of Science- Electronic Engineering

Years of Experience

2 years of work experience

Key positions held

Team Leader/
Radio-frequency Engineer- Huawei

Ushir Shah

Subject Matter Expert

Biography

“I always had that entrepreneurial spirit from my school days as I would find products to sell to my friends and teachers. 

Completed my Bcom Degree in Marketing & Management in 2009. 

After many years in the family business I branched out and started two businesses in December 2012, BellMe & Hashtagweb. 

Both businesses have grown well over the years. Client satisfaction is of utmost importance when it comes to business as well as creating an environment your team enjoys coming to work in. 

 

Career Achievements

BellMe

Starting a business with almost no resources and going on supplying one of a largest pharmacies in South Africa (160 of their stores nationwide) in just 2 years.

Having agents in almost every city in South Africa 

Wakefields

I took a dive into Real Estate in 2019 and ended up being the highest earning Realtor for that financial year in the branch 

Hashtagweb

Creating an online booking website in 2020 which connects Tutors and Student throughout South Africa. 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Commerce: Marketing & Management
Google Adwords Certification
Dale Carnegie's Course Gold Medal.

Years of Experience

8 Years Experience in Entrepreneurship and Digital Marketing.

Key positions held

Direcctor of BellMe (Pty) Ltd
Director of Hashtagweb