Patronella Nqaba holds a Masters in Politics and International Studies, B. Economics (Hons) in Politics and International Studies and Bachelor of Economics degree, all from Rhodes University. Her Masters research looked at NGOs and the depoliticisation of development: The case of GADRA education in Grahamstown. Petronella has an interest in civil society interaction with the state and its impact on broader societal issues. She has experience in communications and digital marketing.