OUR STORY

Sarina Jordaan

Managing Director

Sarina joined EDRO in 2015 as facilitator after spending seven years in the corporate jungle working for Sasol as a Chemical Engineer and Business Analyst. Her shift in career path came after her realisation that she wanted to work more closely with inspiring young minds and leave a legacy of positive change in South Africa. Working as a part-time facilitator, her involvement and passion for EDRO grew steadily over the past three years until she took over management wholeheartedly in early 2018. She brings a solid foundation of maths, science, engineering and coding to the team as well as a kind and trusting personality that both kids and adults can relate to.

Olwethu Mhlana

Chief Administrator

Olwethu’s journey at EDRO started as the Lead Facilitator for the Little Ones workshops, with a background in Psychology and experience in teaching it was a perfect fit. Her role has since grown into the Chief Administrator with a vast set of responsibilities, all ensuring the smooth management of EDRO’s administrative functions. She is still committed to teaching and continues to inspire future coding geniuses through facilitating academies and workshops.

Ingrid Mpofu

RoboCode Associate

Ingrid joined the team in the middle of 2018. She spent seven years working with young people of all ages, facilitating outdoor programs and activities on a campsite outside Johannesburg. She also studied website design and animation, which makes working with EDRO the perfect place to combine her two passions: experiential learning and coding!

Werner Venter

EDRO Founding Partner

Early in 2014, the idea for EDRO sprouted one rainy Cape Town weekend. Werner Venter, an industrial engineer, was desperate to tear his two boys away from their computer games. Inspiration struck and he offered them the opportunity to build robots together. Hours turned into days and as his children built and programmed away, Werner was bowled over by their excitement and eagerness to learn. Appreciating how much his children learnt about Mathematics and Programming, an idea for EDRO began to take shape in Werner's mind. Soon the ball was put in motion and EDRO was born; now more and more children can receive this inspirational opportunity.

Christina Clucas

Founding Partner and Outreach Champion

Christina Clucas, an industrial psychologist has a passion for growing organisations. Christina was the first person to buy into Werner's vision and has applied herself relentlessly to bring EDRO's unique robotics programmes to all children in South Africa. Christina started up EDRO's Outreach Academy, a partnership with the Bandwidth Barn in which underprivileged learners receive an opportunity to participate in EDRO's world class robotics programme through corporate sponsorship.