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.
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.
Olmo is Executive Director and co-Founder of Democracy Works Foundation. He has worked as a political networker, analyst, social entrepreneur, development practitioner and innovative manager on issues of human rights and democratisation in both Africa and Europe. He has spearheaded various leadership, democracy building and conflict resolution initiatives, in addition to managing funds dedicated to strengthening the role of civil society, political society and media through cross-sector approaches to deepening democracy.
His key interests lie in civil society sustainability and funding mechanisms for governance, human rights and democracy work in Africa and the global South, conflict management, institutions, leadership development, technology for development and climate and environmental issues.
Olmo leads the DWF Team on a day-to-day basis. Besides DWF's regional board, Olmo also sits on the DWF Malawi board.
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Democracy building is and must be an ongoing process, whether in South Africa or the EU. It is never ‘finished’, as older democracies show. Investing in democracy takes time, vision and long-term commitment. The returns don't necessarily show overnight, perhaps not even in our lifetime. It is a political development process that should involve all sectors of society.
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.
Talent Mathuthu holds a Master of Science and a Post-graduate Diploma in Development Studies, Bachelor of Law (LLB), BA Hons in Sociology and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Sociology and Psychology. She has previously worked for World Vision International, African Institute for Community-Driven Development, African Monitor and Restless Development in South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. She has thirteen years of experience in the development sector and has worked in humanitarian emergency response, participatory governance, youth-led advocacy on Sustainable Development Goals, and youth development with a specific focus on human rights, livelihoods, youth leadership, and governance and accountability.
Talent has experience in programme management, advocacy, research, results-based M&E and is an Evaluation, learning, and programme quality expert with experience within HIV/AIDS, Gender Based Violence, sustainable livelihoods, and governance and accountability projects.
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.
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.
Busi has experience working in the banking and customer service field for 3 years, with an additional 2 years experince working in bookkeeping.
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.
Loreen holds a Diploma in Executive Secretarial.
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.
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.
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.
Sebili is a Political Science and Public Administration scholar, with a passion for governance, youth leadership, and development - based issues. He pioneered initiatives such as AfriYAN- Lesotho Chapter, chairs the Lesotho Youth Federation (LyFE), and is an active member of the African Youth Commission (AYC) for the African Union (AU).
Katiso has successfully coordinated and managed national research project around Lesotho on bulk water supply in rural areas and low voter turn out, commissioned by the Independent Electoral Commission.
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.
In her capacity as DWF Malawi Country Director Ennettie has been appointed Executive Secretary of the DWF Malawi Board of Directors.
Henry holds a degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Malawi. He has over ten years of experience in the field of governance working with political parties, civil society, and strengthening civic spaces for citizen participation in governance. Henry has worked with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) as the Programme Officer responsible for Issue-based civic and voter education, Presidential debates, and local government.
South Africa Office
Mira Dutschke has a master’s degree in Human Rights law and 12 years of international research, advocacy, and teaching experience. The focus of her work is on supporting democratic participation and inclusive decision-making processes. She has also been active as a multi-media producer in Southern Africa and America. Her work has been published in books, in peer-reviewed journals media outlets like the UK Guardian, The Mail and Guardian, LinkTV and numerous other media outlets.
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 two Master's degrees in African and Political Studies, from the University of Oxford and WITS University respectively. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Studies at the University of Cape Town.
Lesego has a background in governance, policy development, and research. He previously worked at the North West University in Student Life, where he focused on student leadership development and training. 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 with a research focus on Legislatures and Democracy in the continent at North West University.
Eric has worked in different Civil Society Organisations in South Africa from the year 2000. He was responsible for programme planning, management, implementation and coordination of different programmes and projects including health, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, enterprise Development and human rights. He holds a BA Degree in Social Sciences from the University of Limpopo, Higher Certificates in Management from Foundation for Professional Development and currently with Post Graduate Certificate in Education at University of South Africa.
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 and she currently serves as the Chairperson of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation Lenasia Youth Club.
Elaine has a background in democracy, governance, and research. She recently completed her Master of Administration in Political Studies at the University of the Western Cape, with her thesis topic on the National Prosecuting Authority – “The State Capture of Independent Institutions: an analysis of the National Prosecuting Authority, 1998-2017”. She has worked at the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC) as a research assistant. Working on projects such as democracy and good governance, economic planning and development, local government and delivery.
eSwatini Country Director
Melusi is a lawyer by profession with a Diploma in Law and LLB from the University of Swaziland (now Eswatini). He is an admitted attorney of the High Court of Eswatini. With a deep desire to work towards the betterment of all people, this has led him to various leadership positions as a student leader, a leader in the community and youth-led organisations.
Human rights are close to his heart which has seen him work in the civil society space where advocacy, community outreach, and civic education have been the highlights of the work he does. Melusi also possesses strong mediation, leadership and public speaking skills which have made him a respected and recognisable person within civil society. He has worked as a legal aid officer and later Head of the Justice, Peace Reconciliation Department as well as Chief Proofreader for the Times of Eswatini Group of Newspapers. Melusi sits as a board member in several non-governmental organisations.
Percy has over 12 years of experience in labour and social research. Percy also conducted research for the trade union movement, including the National Minimum Wage, Collective Bargaining in the Civil Services and Assessing the impact of Illicit Financial Flows on Collective Bargaining. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BASS) at the University of eSwatini (UNESWA) in 2000- majoring in Industrial Sociology & Public Administration.
Percy has volunteer experience as a recruiter and later an Education Officer in the Swaziland Transport & Allied Workers Union (STAWU), now called the Swaziland Transport & Communications and Allied Workers Union (SWATCAWU).
Country Director & Senior Technical Adviser
Fannie joined Democracy Works Foundation (DWF) in 2018 initially as a Master Trainer and Facilitator under Southern Africa Political Parties and Dialogue (SAPP&D) programme and later on as the Interim Country Director for DWF Malawi and Zambia from June 2019 to January 2020. She now serves as the Senior Technical Adviser and Zambia Country Director beginning February 2020. In her position, Fannie provides technical and management backstopping to the SAPP&D programme and provides overall leadership and strategic direction for the Country programme in Zambia. Fannie sits on the DWF Board in Zambia as the Board Secretary.
Fannie has more than 16 years’ experience in governance and programme management. Prior to joining DWF, she worked as Deputy Team Leader/ Head of Operations for a £19 million multi donor pooled grant making facility, Tilitonse Fund ,that awarded a total of 127 grants by end of the programme, worked as a Programme Manager for a $1.7 Million Civil Society Strengthening Programme, implemented by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Malawi. Fannie has also worked as Deputy Country Director/Program Coordinator at the Swedish Organization for Individual Relief (SOIR) and as a Project Manager for the Project on Economic Governance (PEG) that was jointly funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and DFID. Fannie holds a BSc. In Agriculture and Msc in Agriculture Economics from Bunda College of Agriculture, University of Malawi.
Natasha joined the NGO world working for the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) as a Programme Officer. In July 2015, she joined ActionAid as the Campaigns Officer on Tax Justice. Natasha was responsible for developing and delivering activities as part of the European Union Tax Justice campaign project which was being implemented in 23 countries across the world. The project was aimed at lobbying for progressive and equitable tax reform in Zambia. She later progressed to hold the position of Campaign Coordinator while managing the Queen Young Leaders Firestarter Initiative (QYLFI) under Comic Relief. The grant was funding start-up youth organisations working in the areas of Governance, Civic and political space and Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).
Kunda holds a BA degree in Public Administration with Political Science from the University of Zambia. She is currently attending USAID's Youth Lead Project and she is leading a capstone project team focused on curbing the cause and effects of substance abuse by youth of employment age in Zambia.
Kapembwa Sikazwe Kapembwa
Kapembwa has a vested interest in political science. He believes the understanding of basic human interaction and their form of governance is key in promoting the livelihoods of everybody be it through civic engagement or promotion of their rights.