Originally from Zimbabwe, Lydia has been residing in Cape Town for nearly twenty years. She spent 8 years of her life in London with her husband who was completing his PhD in Civil Engineering. Whilst there, Lydia, a University of Zimbabwe graduate in Economic History, she worked as an Information Management Specialist in a range of positions in the United Kingdom, and also completed a Masters in Library and Information Science. Her studies were sponsored by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Along with their two girls, born in London, Lydia and her husband returned to Harare in the early 1990s, where she joined the University of Zimbabwe as one of the Senior Librarians, while her husband took up the post of Dean of Engineering at the University of Zimbabwe. In 1998, when her husband was offered a professorship at UCT, the family relocated again to South Africa. Once in Cape Town, she completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing at UCT. Following that she was offered the post of Senior Librarian at CPUT where she subsequently became Library Director.
She is passionate about empowering young people to have access to the tools they need, both academic and practical, in order to grow and prosper. It is as a result of this passion of creating information roadmaps for young people that the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation originated. Lydia is a woman on a mission. She is of the strong view that young people should be asking questions about business and economic independence at a much earlier stage of their lives than university, and that high schools should be harnessing this interest.