Rushka Ely


Project Lead

Rushka is a Project Lead at the EDP with a focus on providing partnering solutions and collaborative processes to address challenges at local, town and city levels. She oversees the Garden Route Development Partnership project.

Rushka has over eight years’ experience in working with local and regional governments, as well as the private and non-governmental sectors and has worked on a range of developmental challenges such as economic development, regional collaboration, housing, urban development, and governance. She brings her experience of working within the South African government, specifically as part of the green economy team at the Western Cape Government to her role at the EDP.

Rushka is currently pursuing her Masters degree in Development Policy and Practice, and is particularly interested in the role of public governance innovation as a mechanism for systems change.

Rushka can be contacted at, or on
+27 (0) 21 832 0200.