Frances is a qualified attorney - holding a BA LLB from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and a LLM from Duke University School of Law (cum laude) - with 16 years’ experience of public policy, regulatory affairs and government relations in South Africa and the U.S. She was the recipient of the Ismail Mohammed Fellowship and a scholarship from Duke University. Frances has clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, worked in private practice, the non-profit and government sectors, and has held positions at UCT and Duke Law as a research fellow. She is also the co-founder and director of an education-focused non profit, NELI, based in Cape Town.
Her background in law and non-profit advocacy give her an in-depth knowledge of policy, law and regulatory frameworks in both the US and South Africa. Her experience has also generated deep relationships with local, provincial and national government, thought leaders, think tanks, media, advocacy groups and non-profits.
She has extensive experience in mapping, strategising and managing stakeholder engagement for clients, as well as providing client support in securing meetings and generating dialogues with key influencers in government and elsewhere. This experience is particularly deep in the tech and innovation space due to her work with two keys clients: Airbnb (around the sharing economy) and the V&A Waterfront (in helping set up an innovation hub in their precinct).