Gabrielle Wills

Gabrielle Wills

Researcher


 

Gabrielle is an education economist and a post-doctoral fellow with ReSEP in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University. She enrolled for a PhD in Economics at Stellenbosch University in 2013, specifically focusing on school principals and union effects on learning outcomes in South African schools. She was awarded her PhD in March 2016. She is also the founder of Micah6, a volunteer-based non-profit organisation which facilitates access to quality schooling for vulnerable and orphaned girls. As a representative parent for some of the Micah6 beneficiaries she became the chairperson of a School Governing Body of a struggling school in 2009 after only seven parents in a school of 1000 students showed up at a SGB election. Her experiences in this school and first-hand evidence of the dire state of service delivery in basic education motivated her to adopt a wider view of the problem. Through her work with Micah6, she was awarded the Mail and Guardian Young South African’s Award in 2014. Gabrielle also holds a master’s degree in Economics (completed summa cum laude) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Business Science Degree (completed summa cum laude).