Having completed her undergraduate studies at Stellenbosch in 2005, Debra passed both her Bcomm Honours and Mcomm degrees Cum Laude in 2007 and 2009 respectively. Debra was employed as a junior lecturer and researcher in the Economics Department at Stellenbosch from 2008 to 2011, and is currently a researcher at the African Micro Economic Research Unit based at the University of Witwatersrand. She is also a VU-NRF Desmond Tutu Doctoral Scholarship candidate, and is completing a PhD in Development Economics through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Stellenbosch University. Her thesis focuses on analysing efficiency and effectiveness within the South African education system. Her research interests include applied microeconometrics, economics of education and labour economics.