Meet the Team
Jayne believes research in healthcare needs better funding and strong minds. As the Chief Operating Officer of The Noakes Foundation, she established Eat Better South Africa alongside inspiring colleagues and Prof Noakes and believes in building stronger collaboration in the nutrition and science game. After realizing the dichotomy between brand research budgets and human health research, she decided to leave the formal research world, committed to bringing her global experience in big biz research, systems, and policy change expertise into new areas to affect change to human health.
Jayne is an MBA Chevening Scholar, High Dip in Marketing and International Relations graduate. In her MBA at Leeds University, she focussed on the regulation of marketing to children in the food and fast food categories, later conducting Pan European media research and strategy evaluation in this area for various global health bodies and brands.
As an extension of her collaborative vision for the future of human health and better healthcare systems, she co-founded Nutrition Network and has been its Managing Director since it was founded in 2018.
Chief Medical Director
Prof Noakes studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT), obtaining an MBChB degree and an MD and DSc (Med) in Exercise Science. He is now an Adjunct Professor at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), following his retirement from the Research Unit of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. In 1995 he was a co-founder of the now prestigious Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). He has been rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of SA (NRF) for a third 5-year term. In 2008 he received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise”. Prof Noakes has published more than 750 scientific books and articles. He has been cited more than 21 000 times in scientific literature and has an H-index of 77. He has won numerous awards over the years and made himself available on many editorial boards.
Following the publication of the best-selling book, The Real Meal Revolution, he founded The Noakes Foundation, the focus of which is to raise funding to support high-quality research of the eating plan described in the book. He is now the co-founder and Chief Medical Director of the Nutrition Network and devotes a majority of his time to promoting the low carbohydrate high-fat diet, especially for those with insulin resistance, and on raising funds for Eat Better South Africa! and research through The Noakes Foundation.
Candice is a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Social Sciences UCT graduate, but her true passion lies in all things health and nutrition-related. She is a keen foodie and is knowledgeable about the LCHF / Keto environment. Candice was The Noakes Foundations Communications Executive for 3 years and is now the Project Director of the Nutrition Network. She is thrilled to be a part of a team that is changing the way people around the world think about food and nutrition.
Tamzyn is a registered dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Physiology (Dist.) in which she investigated Low Carbohydrate High Fat Diets and Type 2 Diabetes. Tamzyn’s special interest and experience in LCHF / Keto diets make her a key member of the Nutrition Network team. Tamzyn is also co-founder of Real Food Dietitians, a private dietetics practice focusing on Keto diets, where she consults with patients and runs Low Carbohydrate Challenges. Tamzyn has work experience in the community, supplement industry, nutrition writing, and editing for the media, as well as in low carbohydrate research.
Dr Hassina Kajee specialised as an Internist and then landed her dream job heading up the High Care Unit of a teaching hospital in South Africa. As her patient population became younger and more patients were being admitted with chronic disease, some under the age of 30, she realized she needed to evolve her practice. She embarked on a journey to empower patients and health care providers alike with nutrition and lifestyle education in order to transform their health. Thus it was that she co-founded Nutrition Network, an educational platform that was instrumental in bringing Keto education to thousands of health care practitioners and nutrition advisors across the globe. Through this initiative, Nutrition Network has also become largest the affiliate of the Eat Better South Africa campaign in South Africa that brings nutrition interventions to under-resourced communities in South Africa. Dr Kajee also sees patients in private practice and is a mum to two low carb kiddies and wife to one low carb emergency physician. Her message of compassion and understanding is a lesson for us all!
Dr Neville Wellington is a GP and managing practitioner at Kenilworth Medicross, as an associate with 12 other GP’s. He has been in practice for over 27 years now. He completed a two-year Postgraduate Diploma in Diabetes in 2012, through the University of Cardiff and now runs a Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology (CDE), with a diabetes educator. Following the completion of the Diploma, Neville became interested in the science behind low carbohydrate lifestyles, especially when patients started following this lifestyle and were experiencing some profound benefits. At the time Prof Noakes was starting to advocate for a low carbohydrate lifestyle, and this helped Neville to investigate the science more fully, and ultimately led to him using the lifestyle for his patients with diabetes and other Non-communicable diseases. He has seen patients reverse their diabetes, and has recently been the lead physician in a lifestyle trial attempting to find novel methods to reverse diabetes in patients. He is a lifelong learner and continues to research methods and lifestyles which would help his patients treat their chronic diseases with minimal medication. He is a staunch advocate of low carbohydrate lifestyles as well as the use of effective monitoring in patients.
Marketing and Customer Manager
Masoodha is the Marketing and Customer Manager at Nutrition Network. Having obtained a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing Management as well as a Life Coaching Accreditation, she is thrilled to combine her passions for optimal health, digital marketing, and people, within the dynamic world of online learning. Being part of the incredible team at Nutrition Network serves as a constant source of inspiration and growth, and she is both humbled and honoured to be part of an organisation changing the course of human health forever.
Sabrina Van Dieman
Sabrina has a background in digital marketing and campaign assistance with an appreciation for brand strategy. She obtained her BTech in Marketing and believes in putting customers first. Through gaining knowledge about LCHF / Keto nutrition, she has become enthusiastic about the positive impact it has had on the health industry and on educating the global community. Sabrina is the Marketing Coordinator at Nutrition Network and is excited to see what the future holds for world health and Keto through growth and innovation. Contact Sabrina at [email protected]
Vandana Morar Chirkoot
Marketing and Customer Manager – Temporary
Vandana has always put health and wellness at the forefront of her wellbeing and is passionate to change her own life and the lives of others through education. With a Bachelor of Social science in marketing and psychology plus a professional diploma in digital marketing. She also studied Touch for Health Kinesiology – this coupled with 12 years marketing manager and specialist roles in various industries one of which was the health and wellness industry. Vandana is both inspired and humbled by joining this dynamic team at Nutrition Network.