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.
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 and as agribusiness expert in the Board of Directors of Centre for Coordination of Agricultural Research in Southern Africa (CCARDESA). 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 M'buka is Democracy Works Foundation's Malawi Country Director. Ennettie has extensive knowledge and experience in democratic governance; development and coordination of donor-funded interventions and monitoring program plans. Prior to joining DWF, Ennettie was a Program Officer for Tilitonse Fund responsible for a portfolio of 22 CBO projects. She was responsible for guiding the implementation of the projects, from supervising the proposal development, capacity building of the organizations, monitoring the implementation both technically and financially to evaluating the projects. She has also worked as a Program Analyst for Elections and Social Cohesion for UNDP Malawi responsible for elections processes and social cohesion governance projects. She has also 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 in the United Kingdom.
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 Bernhardt has significant experience in programme management, leadership and youth development, curriculum design and strategic management. He previously served as the Program Director at the South Africa-Washington International Program (SAWIP), a non-profit development program that aims to support students from the Universities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape to become servant leaders and engaged citizens in their communities. Prior to this, Shannon worked at the University of Cape Town as a student development co-ordinator; responsible for oversight student organisations and development agencies, grant making and skills development. He is also an experienced civic skills facilitator and coach. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Social Science Honours in Political Communication and is currently pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Higher Education. His research interests include civic education, democratic consolidation and youth participation in politics.
Sonia is the SAPP&D programme Project Manager, Swaziland. She 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.
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.
Connie works primarily in the field of Television Production and Media and Communications. Her focus and interest lie in media work with a strong social justice and advocacy approach. She is a seasoned media professional with almost 20 years working in broadcast media as a TV and documentary producer, production manager, and content producer for largely current affairs and factual programmes as well as documentaries for local and international broadcasters.
Her media and communications work has been focused on managing the media and public relations campaigns for various government and civil society organisations, both local and international. Some of these include international conferences like COP17, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), World Conference against Racism (WCAR), INSITE, IUCN 5th World Parks Congress amongst many others. Her specialities range from media and stakeholder relations, Marketing and Branding to Social Media and Media Management.
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 councilors, 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.
councilors, 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.
Faith is an alumnus of Stellenbosch University where she completed a degree in Viticulture and Oenology and postgraduate studies in Marketing. Previously she worked as a Project Coordinator at the Institutional Transformation Office at Stellenbosch University. Outside of work, Faith facilitates leadership development workshops for students in the post school environment across the country. She is an Abe Bailey Fellow and an alumnus of the South African Washington International Program; a leadership development program dedicated to community engagement and the deepening of a democracy in South Africa. Faith is the project lead for Integrity Idol South Africa, a partnership project with Accountability Lab.
Bonolo is a star international debater and the London Young Diplomat candidate for 2017 and studied for a BA in Social Sciences at the University of Botswana. She was selected to be the 2018 Chief Adjudicator at the Southern African Universities Debating Championship. She was also selected to represent Botswana in numerous international conferences including the Preparing Global Leaders Summit in Russia 2015, G200 Youth Summit 2016 & 2017 and Africa Young Leader Summit 2017 and the Young Diplomats Forum. 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.