Elli Yiannakaris is the Director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA). The Academy was established in 2005 with funding from one of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs, Raymond Ackerman, to afford youth from under-resourced backgrounds an opportunity to pursue tertiary studies and a career in entrepreneurship. Yiannakaris holds a honours in Business Science from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is currently enrolled for a Masters in Commerce at UCT in the field of youth entrepreneurship. Elli is responsible for the management of the RAA Cape Town campus. In the time she has been director of the RAA she has built a respected and credible program with measurable success.