The EASTER Action directors are all in their own way passionate about nature and about people, determined to find ways to meet the needs of all living things, so that we can all share this planet with each other and with the generations to come.
Chief Executive Officer
Marlies has a passion for both people and the natural world. After working for fifteen years in malaria research, during which time she coordinated an Africa-wide collaboration to produce an atlas of this disease (called MARA), she turned to full-time parenting, homeschooling, consulting and self-publishing. Back in the formal working world she was employed for a while as research mentor at the School of Clinical Medicine (University of KwaZulu-Natal), and now works as Science Officer in the Durban office of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a United Nations organization) Working Group II Technical Support Unit.
Anwen runs a private Educational Psychology practice, has worked for many years in remedial schools and continues to consult with children in mainstream education. The challenge of addressing learning in a second language has been a consistent interest of hers. Anwen believes that teachers play a pivotal role in shaping children. Educators who show care for their learners can increase their resilience, a significant contribution to uplifting a community. Anwen holds a Master of Social Science degree in Educational Psychology. Her postgraduate research paper focused on the psychological stress of students from rural Eastern Cape attending Rhodes University.
Nina Hunter has a BA Honours in Psychology and a Masters in Development Studies from the University of Natal, a Masters in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a PhD in Development Studies from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Measuring and valuing unpaid care work: Assessing the gendered implications of South Africa’s home-based care policy). For a number of years she undertook research in the School of Development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal focussing on social policy issues, and more recently consultancy research and editing work outside of academia. She is currently post-doctoral fellow with a social science focus, attached to the Durban office of the IPCC Working Group II Technical Support Unit.