Nokwanda Ndlovu Grava, Research Director
Nokwanda was born in KwaMashu, South Africa and has always had a passion for community work. Fluent in isiZulu, isiXhosa, Afrikaans, siSwati, and English, Nokwanda works fluidly between cultures and brings deep empathy to her work. Nokwanda graduated from the University of South Africa in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology, and she has a certificate in HIV Counseling. Nokwanda recently completed her master’s degree in Child Development at Michigan State University, and will begin her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Purdue University in 2019. She also recently presented at the 16th Annual World Association for Infant Mental Health in Rome, Italy.
Nick Grava, Co-Founder & Program Director
Nick has lived in South Africa since 2012, when he began working with the local staff of a struggling Home of Safety in Khayelitsha. Nick worked full time at the Home of Safety for over 2 years as Managing Director, where he worked directly with the South African Department of Social Development and a variety of local and international NGOs. Nick was also working with an entirely local team and spending nearly all of his time in Khayelitsha, both inside and outside of work, as he immersed himself in the culture and history of South Africa. Nick graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Psychology.
Chris Grava, Co-Founder & President
Chris first came to South Africa in 2012 to study Economics & African Literature at the University of Cape Town. In 2014 after completing his studies, Chris returned to South Africa to start Intsikelelo with Nick and Nokwanda. Chris serves as the President of Intsikelelo and has been responsible for directing our organization’s growth, producing our multimedia content alongside community collaborators, and organizing fundraising events & campaigns around the world. Chris graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Corporate Strategy and English.