Willem van der Velden qualified with a BA in Waldorf Education in 1988, after which he taught for 5 years at primary level. He then took on the training of teachers, first in the Gambia (West-Africa) and from 1996 in Cape Town. In 1999 he graduated with an MA in Education through Oxford Brookes University, after a comparative research of the Waldorf curriculum and the then newly introduced Curriculum 2005. He was a project manager for the first seven years of the Zenzeleni School in Khayelitsha. Since 2001, he has been the Centre's Academic Head, but has remained active as a lecturer in the primary Teacher Education programme.