Head Office


Sandra Mutyambizi

Finance Manager

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 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.

Olmo von MeijenfeldtTwitterLinkedIn

Executive Director

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.

To read publications by Olmo von Meijenfeldt on our website please click here. To view his tags please click here.

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.

Liz LetebeleLinkedIn

HR & Administration 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.

Lerato Maloka

Communications Coordinator

Lerato is a multi-disciplinary professional with over 10 years of experience in strategic communications, developing comprehensive strategies and plans to meet marketing and engagement goals.

She also has agency experience overseeing strategic planning, public relations, and content creation forB2B, Corporate Social Investment (CSI), and FMCG brands - Tiger Brands CSI food security programme and South African National Blood Service (SANBS).

She describes herself as a digital media early adopter.

Ujen DookieTwitter

Executive Assistant

Has over 15 years of experience in the finance, education, and INGO sector, both globally and in South Africa. With experience working in the UK, China, India, and Uganda, he has worked in business development, leadership and organizational development, capacity building, and governance. Ujen holds an Honours Degree in Social Development Studies with a specialisation in HIV/AIDS. He also is a certified English Teacher, through Cambridge University. With a passion for writing, Ujen is a published poet and is the co-author and editor of a Vegetarian Cookbook.

Asanda QotyanaLinkedIn

Finance Officer

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.

Zamayirha PeterTwitterLinkedInURL

Digital Communications Officer

Zamayirha is a multi-faceted and diverse multimedia reporter. She has a well-rounded skill set that includes first-rate communication and research abilities, content strategy, and development for different platforms. First internationally published at the age of 16, she has over 5 years of experience in Media and Journalism. Having worked in two newsrooms and two radio stations and two television productions. Her work is published and shared in several publications including City Press, News24, Huffington Post, Wits Vuvuzela, and Rapport. She has also been featured in Power FM’s, Power Perspective, as a resident news contributor.

Highlights of her career include coverage of Oprah Winfrey’s Nelson Mandela Century address, interviews with Tyler Perry, former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Mosenke, Commissioner Terry Tselane, artivists Caiphius Semenya and Letta Mbulu.

She holds a (BA) degree in Psychology, Media studies, Statistics, and Sociology and an Honors degree in Media and Journalism all from the University of the Witwatersrand. She also has SETA accredited corporate communications and leadership certificate. As well as an Internationally accredited TEFL certificate.

Beverley Davies

HR & Administration Officer

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.

Busisiwe Masha

Finance Assistant

Busisiwe is a seasoned professional with 6 years of working experience in the banking industry and customer liaising roles. She has long-standing experience working as a finance consultant in the bank and began her career as an officer front line and progressed to customer consultant. She also has bookkeeping as well as finance assistant experience.

She holds a National Diploma in Auditing and a Certificate in Accounting from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Her interests include early childhood development as well as creating safe spaces for young women and other underserved minorities in educational institutes.

Loreen Mpofu

Office Assistant

Loreen holds a Diploma in Executive Secretarial.


Regional Office


Dr Augustine TwitterLinkedIn

Chief of Party

Augustine has over twenty years experience in international development cooperation particularly in the fields of governance, democracy, human rights, with most 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.

Talent Mathuthu

Programme Manager

Talent 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.

She 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.

Nompumelelo RunjiTwitter

Project Manager

Nompumelelo is a seasoned political analyst, thought leader, and author. She has worked as a researcher at think tanks including the Institute for Security Studies and The Forum for Public Dialogue and has worked as a part-time lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Pretoria. She has experience in grant-making and project management, having worked as programme manager at the Frederich Ebert Stiftung South Africa and worked at the Sowetan as convener of the Sowetan Dialogues as well as coordinator and editor of the letters and opinion pages. She is also an experienced communicator with a strong track record in event moderation, facilitation and training, and stakeholder management. She holds an MPhil in Multidisciplinary Human Rights, a BA (Honours) in Political Science, and a BSocSci in Industrial Sociology and Labour Studies all from the University of Pretoria.

To read publications by Nompumelelo on our website please click here.

Fannie NthakomwaTwitterLinkedIn

Country Director & Senior Technical Adviser

Fannie 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 of 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.

Tadala Chumachiyenda

Regional Program Officer

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.


Angola Office


Augusto Santana

Country Director

Augusto Santana is a former Angolan army captain, journalist, and teacher. Enthusiast, scholar, trainer, and activist on issues related to democracy and governance, especially in the areas of elections, political parties, human rights, and gender, he has worked in these areas for over 23 years. In the field of ​​elections, has engaged and observed electoral processes in more than 50 countries in Africa and abroad. During that period, he has worked with several electoral institutions including National Electoral Bodies in SADC and beyond.

He has published books on elections and political parties and cooperated with some specialised magazines and newspapers. Before joining DWF he worked with the Norwegian Peoples Aids, National Democratic Institute, Electoral Institute of Southern African, and the United Nation Development Program. During the Angola 2017 elections was the main advisor to the National Electoral Commission president.

Augusto holds a BA in Public Policy, from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Liverpool as well as postgraduate degrees in Human Rights from the Universities of Sao Paulo, and Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo, both from Brazil and Columbia, USA.


Botswana Office


Yvonne Kgwarae

Projects Officer

Yvonne has over 14 years of experience in designing and implementing communication programs with various non-governmental organizations in Botswana. Specifically, in communication strategies, developing communication materials, and designing public education, public outreach strategies, and policy advocacy strategies. Her experience extends to Program Management including capacity building in Governance, Communications, Strategic Planning, Policy, Human Resources, and Monitoring and Evaluation. Previously Yvonne has worked for the Johns Hopkins University- Centre for Communication Programs (JHU-CCP), Botswana Network of AIDS Service Organizations (BONASO), Botswana Family Welfare Association (BOFWA), Human Resources Development Council (HRDC), Population Services International (PSI) and the North-West University. She holds a BA in Social Sciences from the North-West University and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Research and Public Policy through the University of Botswana.

Ntlogeleng Modise

Project Manager

Ntlogeleng is seasoned Social Scientist boasting of 29 years work experience, spanning in both the Botswana Civil society and public sector. She has extensive knowledge in Non – Governmental Organisation management, particularly in the areas of managing projects, financial management   as well as resource mobilisation for organisational and   project sustainability. Her stakeholder engagement and management skills are above par. Her experience on Governance matters are further harnessed by her involvement in various boards such as  Botswana Network of AIDS Service Organizations (BONASO), Botswana Football Association (BFA) Electoral Committee and  Scripture Union (S U) Botswana.

She holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Botswana.

She is a certified Relationship Model Governance Consultant, who devotes much of her spare time to community work.

Mpho Noah

Mpho has over 10 years experience working In the Accounting Landscape, she also has a solid understanding of donor funded Projects.
Previously she has worked for Tebelopele and FHI 360 which are donor driven organizations.

She holds a Diploma in Accounting (AAT) and Advanced Tax (AAT) from the Botswana Accountancy College.

Masego Joseph

Office Assistant

Masego holds a BSc (Hons) in Computing from Botho University. To further her expertise in the IT industry, she held a temporary teaching position at Goldmine C. J. S.S as an IT Officer and Computer Awareness teacher.

Her roles were to configure, troubleshoot and maintain computers, school network and printers.

She previously worked as an Intern- System Support in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (Office of the Accountant General) and Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport & Culture Development for rolling out SWIMS (Supply Warehouse & Inventory Management System), setting up organizational access for various responsibilities for governmental organizations.

Dr Charity Kruger

Country Director

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 MagoweLinkedIn

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 a 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 to further regional integration. She holds a BA in Social Sciences from the University of Botswana.


Eswatini Office


Melusi MatsenjwaTwitterLinkedIn

eSwatini Country Director

Melusi is a lawyer who has worked in the civil society space in Eswatini for over 15 years. He is a seasoned facilitator in human rights, constitutional law, and a number of laws in Eswatini. He has also worked in the media space, faith-based sector and has vast experience in mediation, advocacy, programme design, research, and leadership. He sits in several non-governmental organizations in Eswatini.  He is passionate about social justice, human rights, public speaking, nature conservation, and imparting knowledge on issues of law and democracy. He possesses a Diploma in Law and LLB obtained from the University of Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) and is an admitted attorney of the High Court having been admitted in 2014

Percy Masuku

Programme Co-ordinator

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).


Lesotho Office


Letlotlo Koele

Communications Assistant

Letlotlo has eight years of experience working in the field of information communications technology, teaching, and for the Lesotho Communications Department, he also has experience in the private sector as a communicator.

He holds a Bsc Degree in Business Information Technology obtained from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Lesotho.

He is passionate about working hard within a team setting and outside the office enjoys a good game of volleyball.

Kahisano Kolobe

Project Manager

Kahisano has 10 years of experience in the development sector where she has served as a Human Rights activist and youth development worker. She also has experience in projects of governance, enterprise development, civic education, leadership, youth development, health, public policy and education.

The highlights of her work include being a member of the Local Education Group, a National educational planning team, co founding the Accessible Education, Development and Leadership – an organisation that promotes access and equity to health and education. She also won the 2020 SADC Gender Protocol Barometer by Genderlinks Barometer awards and serves as the Secretary General for the Common Wealth Young Women in Local Government Network Lesotho Chapter.

Kahisano’s key interests lie in youth development and access to education for marginalised groups.

Kholu TsumaneTwitterLinkedIn

Country Director

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 Mohale

Programme Co-ordinator

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 Mosoeunyane

Programme Intern

Katiso has over 4 years of experience working in civil society organizations his involvement has included research and electoral management. Mentorship, enterprise, and community development, as well as capacity-building interventions for political parties, governance, democracy around water and energy issues.

He has contributed to national studies in Lesotho aimed at poverty alleviation and participated and in the China-Lesotho bi-lateral relations on trade, culture, and technology and written work published by the Chinese Embassy. He also has experience in marine aquaculture and a passion for entrepreneurship and innovation.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration from the National University of Lesotho.


Malawi Office


Ennettie M'buka

Country Director

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.

Tryphena Milos

Office assistant

Tryphena has over 7 years of experience in the NGOs sector. She is highly organized, productive, skilled, and experienced in the administrative field with excellent interpersonal and communication skills. In 2014 she joined Goal Malawi, a humanitarian organization that was funded by Irish Aid as an office assistant.

She is trained as a Peer Educator, motivating peers to adapt and adopt positive behavior change, and has worked as a data entry Conducting field assessment and surveys.

In 2017 she Joined Nation Registration Bureau (NRB) which was funded by UNDP as a registration officer during the Malawi mass citizen registration by explaining the process and helping the applicants to fill the form, conduct interviews with the respondent.

She holds a Malawian Certificate of Education and a certificate of a peer educator.


South Africa Office


Mira Dutschke

Programme Manager

Mira has 15 years of research, advocacy, capacity building, media production, and programme management experience and has worked across Southern Africa, in Northern Ireland, and the United States. Her work is focused on good governance and community-driven accountability and has covered areas such as children’s rights, human rights-based budgeting, and government spending, extractive industries and environmental rights as well as fundraising and grant. Her work has been published in books, peer-reviewed journals, and popular media outlets. LinkTV, MNet, the UK Guardian, the Mail&Guardian, and others have published her media work. She has an LL.B (bachelor of law) and an LL.M - Masters in International Human Rights law. Mira is passionate about social justice, human rights, and sustainable development and continues to explore new and innovative approaches to bring about positive change.

Lesego MoreTwitterLinkedIn

Project Coordinator

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.

Elaine PypersTwitterLinkedIn

Project Coordinator

Elaine has a background in democracy, governance, social justice, and gender-based violence. She has worked as a Research Assistant at the Parliamentary Liaison Office of the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference (SACBC). Her role included working on projects such as Democracy and Good Governance, Economic Planning and Development, Local Government, and Delivery.

At present, Elaine is an Apolitical Academy Public Service Fellow for the 2021 cohort and an ambassador for SA Women Fight Back, advocating for gender-based violence and femicide-free South Africa. In her free time, she writes opinion pieces on gender-based violence advocating for the rights of women and children in South Africa.

Elaine holds a Master’s Degree in Political Studies from 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”.


Zambia Office


Fannie NthakomwaTwitterLinkedIn

Country Director & Senior Technical Adviser

Fannie 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 of 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 MutumbaLinkedIn

Programme Co-ordinator

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 Bulaya

Project Assistant

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.