Ms. Audrey Elster has over 25 years senior management experience in the NGO sector in South Africa and internationally. She has been the Director of the RAITH Foundation for the past 7 years. RAITH is a private South African Foundation working to promote social justice. RAITH supports a range of initiatives ranging from freedom of expression to anti-corruption initiatives and has established the Social Justice Initiative (SJI), which aims to build local philanthropy for social justice in South Africa.
Prior to working for RAITH, Elster spent 6 years working for the UNFPA in New York and Geneva, providing funding and technical support to a multi-million dollar adolescent SRH programme in four African countries. Elster has led and consulted for both local and international NGOs, has worked for and with a range of different donors and is an experienced NGO Board member.
Elster was educated at Glasgow University, the National University of Mexico (UNAM) and spent a year as a Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health (Centre for Population and Development Studies).