Nompumelelo is an academic and researcher in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) with extensive experience in training and research. She holds a PhD in Education. Her research has been presented at local and international conferences and published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Her experience in the YMCA includes: Durban Student YMCA board member (2010 – 2016); Chairperson (2017 – present); South Africa YMCA executive member (2014 – present); World Alliance executive member (2018 – present). Nompumelelo brings not only the research and leadership experience, but also understanding of current approaches to youth development.