Ms Marthie van Niekerk manages all operational aspects, including financial forecasting and budget oversight, bursary administration, grants management and reporting. As part of the management group she contributes to the strategic oversight and core functions by supporting the Director. Marthie also develops and maintains significant stakeholder engagement with the numerous collaborating universities and other relevant stakeholders. She obtained a B.Ed degree in Home Economics from Stellenbosch University in 1994. Marthie is enrolled for a M.Phil in Science and Technology Studies and is conducting research on research output in the higher education sector, focusing op predatory open access journals.