Zulaikha Brey

Practice Head: Financial Empowerment and Monitoring & Evaluation

Zulaikha heads the Financial Empowerment and Monitoring and Evaluation Practice (FEM-E) at DNA Economics. She is a development economist with over 15 years of research experience and 12 years of experience in programme design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation for government, multilateral institutions, donors, corporates, and NPOs. Zulaikha possesses a diverse skill set in research and M&E methodologies, allowing her to work across a wide range of sectors such as trade, finance, health, education, entrepreneurship, employment, and socio-economic development. To date, she has completed more than 80 evaluations and research studies. Zulaikha also serves on the board of the South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA), and is on the working groups for Impact Investing and Just Transition. In the financial sector, Zulaikha has been involved in assessing outreach and financial literacy programmes, and undertaken substantive work on consumer protection, financial inclusion, and financial integration across SADC.


Prior to joining DNA, Zulaikha worked as a strategy analyst at African Bank, where she was responsible for monitoring and evaluating the credit behaviour of the Bank’s clients. She has also worked at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, where she was involved in the evaluation and monitoring of the DBSA’s support and assistance to other African countries. Zulaikha holds a BCom Honours in Economics from NMU and a Masters in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch.