Helene Perold is the director of Helene Perold & Associates, a South Africa-based consultancy established in 1993. An evaluator, researcher, publisher and strategist, Helene has worked in the fields of education, communication, youth development, volunteering, community service and public health.
In 2003, Helene founded VOSESA (Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa), a non-profit research organisation that for 10 years worked to build an evidence base about volunteering and civic service in Southern Africa. VOSESA published two books and conducted 16 studies on different aspects of local, regional and international volunteering as well as youth service and civic engagement in Southern and East Africa, and was recognised regionally and internationally as a knowledge leader in the field.
Helene has also served as a research fellow at the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, St Louis, USA, and as a senior research fellow at the Center for Social Development in Africa, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.