Chief of Party
Augustine has over twenty years’ experience in international development co-operation particularly in the fields of governance, democracy, human rights, with the majority of these years spent in the field of political parties’ strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa. Previously he worked with the Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy (NIMD) as the Africa Regional Representative. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science focusing on democratisation aid and development cooperation and an MA in Development Management from the Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany.
HR & Operations Manager
Liz has worked at ActionAid South Africa (AASA), at Australia Awards for Africa (AAA) program, with nine years at the Department for International Development (DFID-SA). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA), a Pan-African and feminist led initiative that aims to contribute to the development of jurisprudence on sexual rights and women’s human rights on the continent by providing expertise on strategic litigation.
Sandra has over 15 years of experience working in finance. She was previously Finance Manager for Southern Africa Trust working with the business development team and also led a philanthropy project to raise funds for local community organisations. She holds a Post Graduate Certificate in International Accounting and Finance from the University of Liverpool as well as a BA (Hons) from the University of the West of England, Bristol.
Ujen has worked in the finance, education and NGO sector both globally and in South Africa. He was previously an Inspirator at Action Aid, Uganda and Leadership Development Officer at Action Aid International. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Psychology and Sociology and a certificate in Community Journalism from UNISA and is a certified English Teacher through Cambridge University. He is a published poet and has also co-published and edited a vegetarian cookbook.
Dr Charity Kruger
Dr Kruger's expertise looks at development policy analysis and advocacy with a focus on sustainable livelihoods, poverty, agriculture, natural resources management and biodiversity conservation. She has served as Executive Director of the Botswana Long term Development Strategy/Vision 2016, Managing Director of the National Food Technology Research Centre, and Country Manager for the World Bank programme on Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystems. She previously served as chairperson of the Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa. She is currently SADC Regional Representative for African Agricultural Incubation Network, Chair of Centre for Environment, Agricultural Research and Advocacy and deputy Chair Kweneng Commercial Farmers Botswana. She holds a B.A in Economics and Statistics from the University of Botswana, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University, USA and a PhD in Environmental Economics and Management from University of York, UK.
Ennettie has extensive knowledge and experience in democratic governance; development and coordination of donor-funded interventions and monitoring program plans. She was previously a Program Officer for Tilitonse Fund responsible for a portfolio of 22 CBO projects and responsible for guiding the implementation, proposal development, capacity building and monitoring of projects. She has worked as a Program Analyst for Elections and Social Cohesion at UNDP Malawi. Prior to this, she worked for Malawi Parliament and Guys and St Thomas Hospital in London. She holds a Bachelors from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa and a Master of Business Administration from Hull University, UK.
Kholu is a policy analyst with over 14 years’ experience in civil society engagement, particularly in Lesotho. Her experience spans from working with different political parties to having a keen interest in issues of democracy, human rights and good governance. She holds a BA in Economics and Geography from the National University of Lesotho and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Flinders University, Australia.
Shannon has significant experience in programme management, leadership and youth development, curriculum design and strategic management. He was previously Programme Director at the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) and worked at the University of Cape Town as a student development co-ordinator being responsible for oversight student organisations and development agencies, grant making and skills development. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Political Communication and is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Higher Education.
Sonia has vast experience working with South African and international NGOs on issues of human rights, good governance and democracy. She was previously Head of Operations in the Secretariat for the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU). Thereafter, she was Regional Programs Manager in Mozambique for the Belgian NGO, FOS Socialist Solidarity. Most recently she worked as the Programmes Manager South Africa at the International Republican Institute (IRI). Sonia holds a BA in Social Sciences, an Honours in Public Management and Governance from the University of Johannesburg and currently pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also an active member of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI).
With an academic background in Demography and Population studies, Goitseone’s research interests focus on social determinants of health amongst marginalised populations living in urban informal areas of Johannesburg. She has worked in the NGO sector for five years primarily with vulnerable women and in HIV advocacy. From her previous work with Doctors Without Borders, as a Data Quality Manager, she generated statistics which were used as evidence for better availability of essential medicines in South African public healthcare facilities. Her previous work experience has primarily focused on working with and representing marginalised groups in the health sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Demography and Population Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Noxolo was part of the founding class of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and an alumnus of the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP) where she interned at the United States Congress in Washington, D.C. She holds an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford where she also served as co-chair of the 2018 Oxford Africa Conference. She is currently pursuing a second Master’s degree in Politics from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Asanda comes with a wealth of financial reporting experience. Having previously worked for Voluntary Services Overseas as a Senior Finance Officer, after being a Finance Assistant with USAID Southern Africa Trade Hub assisting with finance and accounting procedures. She was Admin Manager for the Phakamani Foundation where she managed the administration department team. She holds a BTech Cost and Management Accounting and National Diploma in Accounting from the Durban University of Technology.
Denise has over a decade experience working as a bookkeeper in both the corporate and NPO sectors including the Nelson Mandela Foundation, JAM International and Harith General Partners, a PAN African Fund management and private equity firm. She is currently completing a Diploma in Management Accounting.
Media and Communications Co-ordinator
Connie is a seasoned media professional with over 18 years experience working in the field of Development Communications and Television Production. Her extensive media and communications work include managing communication and media programmes, and campaigns for various local and international NGOs and government. She has worked in broadcast media as a TV and documentary producer and production manager for current affairs, factual programmes and documentaries for local and global broadcasters. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Drama and English, a Certificate in Media and Communications from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and a Certificate in Copyright from the Thompson Foundation.
Lipuo has previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Lesotho as Project Officer under Lesotho Foresight and Scenarios Project of the Governance and Peacebuilding. She has worked with communities and the authorities in the southern districts on various projects around construction, water harvesting and capacity development for Ministry of Local Government districts’ staff, community councillors, chiefs, youth, and women. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration, Development Studies and Politics from the National University of Lesotho and an Advanced Diploma in Project Management from the International Commercial Management Institute.
Nabeelah has an academic background in governance and democracy. She has conducted research writing at the Media Review Network and the Auwal Socio-Economic Research Institute (ASRI). In 2017 she completed an ASRI fellowship as part of their Future Leaders programme and where she subsequently worked as a project co-ordinator. She holds a BA degree in Public Management and Governance.
Interim Programme Co-ordinator
Bonolo is a star international debater and the London Young Diplomat candidate for 2017. She was selected to represent Botswana in numerous international conferences including the Preparing Global Leaders Summit in Russia 2015. She was one of the founders and organisers of SADC Open which is policy analysis and debating tournament that aims to promote and propagate meaningful dialogue on the state of democracy and development policies in the Southern African Region in an effort to further regional integration. She holds a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Botswana.
HR & Operations Administrator
Beverly previously worked in the banking and IT sector as a branch operations administrator and office manager with vast experience in financial administration, HR administration and Operations Management. She has worked in the NGO sector as an office manager at HiDSA. She has studied Industrial and Organisational Psychology and currently Human Resource Management at UNISA.
Tadala has previously worked under USAID Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats Project with Pact Malawi and Emmanuel International. She has experience in project implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation. Working with local communities in governance, livelihoods and climate change adaptation interventions she was responsible for managing M&E systems, capacity building of local governance structures and reporting. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from the University of Malawi and has undergone training in gender mainstreaming for project planning and implementation.
Lesego has a background in governance and policy development and research. He is former chair of the Student Representative Council at the North West University (NWU). His academic highlights include being part of the Linnaeus Palme International Exchange Programme in Sweden. He holds a BA Law and BA Honours in Political Studies and is currently studying towards his MA in Legislatures and Democracy at North West University.