Penny Parenzee is enrolled for a PhD programme at the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, University of Cape Town, where she is one of the Programme Managers working with the School’s Executive Education unit. Her research is focused on examining the capacity to implement integrated policies that address inequality, and with a specific focus on South Africa’s National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy. As a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, she completed two Master programmes at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, United States, over a two-year period: a Master’s in Law and Social Policy, and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work. She has been involved in monitoring the implementation of various laws and examined policy processes related to land, violence against women, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in South Africa, the Southern African Development Community, and East Africa. More recently, she has worked with the Institute of Security Studies, facilitating and conducting research on local level intersectoral interventions to prevent violence.