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MPhil participants 2017

  • Ntandokazi Cenge (South Africa)

    Ntandokazi Cenge (South Africa) Content Advisor: Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) – Parliament

    Highest Qualification: MPhil in Development Finance, University of Cape Town

    Ms. Cenge responsibilities as Content Advisor includes strategic planning, operational planning, budget analysis of departments against service outcomes as well as quality assurance.

    Prior to her position as Advisor, she was a Researcher responsible for conducting research work and background information on the financial performance of national departments and national public entities.

    Ms. Cenge would like to broaden her knowledge in public policy development and believes that it is relevant to her current and future work environment.

  • Ringisai Chikohomero (Zimbabwe)

    Ringisai Chikohomero (Zimbabwe) Development Advisor: Independent

    Highest Qualification: MA in Development Management, Institute of Development Research and Development Policy, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany

    Mr. Chikohomero is responsible for grant management and to strengthen the capacity of national water, sanitation and hygiene governance structures through advisory support, capacity building training and coaching for improved performance and accountability. He is also responsible for the establishment of a reliable information and data management system for WASH in the country.

    His previous position was as Graduate Intern at SNV in South Sudan where he was providing programme support and doing feasibility assessment on impact investment and private sector participation on water, sanitation and hygiene.

    Mr. Chikohomero believes that the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice will develop his skills and improve his capacities to engage with policy issues. It would provide him with the knowledge and skills to build capacity of the government structures and civil society organisation the he works with.

  • Alexander Chileshe (Zambia)

    Alexander Chileshe (Zambia) National Technical Advisor – United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat)

    Highest Qualification: MA in Urban Management, Erasmus University and Institute for Housing & Urban Management Studies (IHS), Rotterdam, Netherlands.

    Mr Chileshe is responsible for UN Habitat operations in Zambia, providing technical advice to the United Nationals Country Team (UNCT) and technical support and policy advice to the Ministry of Local Government and Housing & Ministry of National Planning on housing. He is also involved in the planning and support review of spatial planning legislation, rural-urban linkages and local economic development as well as promoting the inclusion of urban disaster risk reduction and shelter issues in the National Development Planning process.

    As previous Executive Director of the Economics Association of Zambia, he was responsible for the review and analysis of impact of various government economic and social policies on poverty reduction.

    Mr. Chileshe believes the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice will strengthen his capacity to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia in policy review and development.

  • John Chipeta (Malawi)

    John Chipeta (Malawi) National Policy and Advocacy Coordinator – National Smallholder Association of Malawi (NASFAM)

    Highest Qualification: BA Political Philosophy & Public Administration, University of Malawi.

    Mr. Chipeta leads and supports NASFAM staff, associations and partners in carrying out policy analyses for the identification of key policy issues and gaps in public policy change. He is also responsible for coordinating evidence gathering and the use of data for policy influencing, preparing tools for policy engagements and the preparation and presentation of the NASFAM policy platform to the Board of Directors and other stakeholders.

    He has over 12 years’ experience in the public, semi-private (farmer organisation), International Organisations and NGO sector.

    Mr. Chenga sees the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice as a good fit for his career aspirations.

  • Kamesh Flynn (South Africa)

    Kamesh Flynn (South Africa) Deputy Director in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Directorate in the Western Cape Department of Social Development and Special ECD projects manager.

    Mrs Flynn is responsible for managing one of the Provinces special projects focused on better preparing children for school to improve their educational outcomes and opportunities for youth development. The ECD Quality focused 100 Site pilot is in Year 2 of implementation, making use of innovative mobile technology to bring quality educational resources and create access to new services for underprivileged communities to improve literacy, numeracy and cognitive abilities early in the life of our children.

    She studied social work and her career then followed the path of education as she worked in schools and served as the Director of a volunteer driven NGO, providing remedial support services into underperforming primary schools. Her greatest passion lies in closing the achievement gap earlier in the life of young children in South Africa, in order that they may be able to contribute towards the growth of our country, and a more equal society. 

    The MPhil course has been perfectly timed as she builds the economic case for ECD in South Africa.

  • Pamla Gopaul (South Africa)

    Pamla Gopaul (South Africa) Policy and Governance Officer and Coordinator – NEPAD Agency

    Highest Qualification: BCom Honours in Business Management, University of South Africa.

    Ms. Gopaul conducts research and analysis and provides policy support to the CEO’s office on political and socio-economic developments relating to NEPAD implementation. She supports the development and maintenance of institutional relations with key partners at the bilateral and multilateral level, in particular through the G8, G20, BRICS, TICAD and the Presidential Infrastructure Initiative process.

    Prior to her role at NEPAD Agency, Ms. Gopaul was an Analytical Coordinator and Statistical Database Administrator at the Enriched Management Studies programme, under the Faculty of Economics at the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

    Ms. Gopaul is inspired by the pioneering work that is done at the Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice and decided to pursue an MPhil because it fits her career in policy development.

  • Ayanda Keka (South Africa)

    Ayanda Keka (South Africa) Coordinator: Agriculture and Forestry – Joe Gqabi District Municipality

    Highest Qualification: Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, University of the Free State.

    Mr. Keka is responsible for socio-economic development under the supervision and control of the Chief Operations Officer. His tasks consist of building relationships between various local government departments and to assist in the development and implementation of Agricultural and Forestry programmes for the District Municipality area of jurisdiction.  He also participates in the District Land Reform Committee with an objective of addressing land issues.

    His previous job as Agricultural Development Technician involved the rendering of technical advice to farmers and to ensure sustainable utilisation of resources.

    Mr. Keka feels the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice will empower him to positively contribute to the public sector development.

  • Mulingoni Lambani (South Africa)

    Mulingoni Lambani (South Africa) Snr Manager (Director): Policy Planning and Research – Office of the Premier, Eastern Cape Provincial Administration.

    Highest Qualification: Masters in Public Administration, University of South Africa.

    Mr. Lambani’s current position involves policy development and research coordination.  He also provides support and advice to provincial departments on policies and practices, conducts policy research activities on sector specific programmes and maintain the repository of policy research products and facilitate dissemination of research results.

    He was previously employed as Deputy Director, Strategic Support at the Office of the Deputy Director–General for International Water Cooperation. In this position he was responsible for the overall management of the office of the DDG and to provide high level executive/strategic support to the DDG.

    Mr. Lambani is confident that the course content of the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice will provide him with the knowledge on the impact of policies in various areas.  

  • Oratile Madisa (Botswana)

    Oratile Madisa (Botswana) Sector Analyst – Human Resource Development Council (HRDC)

    Highest Qualification: BA in Economics and Population Studies, University of Botswana.

    Ms. Madisa is a Sector Analyst and is responsible for the technical analysis and forecasting on data and information relevant to the national and sector plans. She is also responsible for the review and edit of the draft sector HRD Plans and to recommend changes where necessary to the Sector Committee. The facilitation and implementation of approved Sector Plans is part of her portfolio.

    Prior to her current job, she was a support Assistant responsible for compiling and preparation of files, meeting documents, statistics and reports for the Sector Committee members.

    Ms. Madisa believes that the MPhil will provide her with the tools to play a leading role in advancing the quality and utilisation of research, knowledge creation and innovation in Botswana.

  • Loyiwe Mbuzi (Zambia)

    Loyiwe Mbuzi (Zambia) Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer – Anti-Corruption Commission

    Highest Qualification: BA in Development Studies and Public Administration, University of Zambia.

    Ms. Mbuzi’s job entails spearheading research, monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the programmes of the Anti-Corruption Commission in order to provide relevant and timely information to management, relative to achievement of strategic objectives outlined in the institutional Strategic Plan and National Anti-Corruption Policy (NACP). She is also involved in the engagement with high ranking Government Officials in order to obtain key Governance information as well as give feedback on the performance of key government institutions relative to objectives of the NACP.

    Her previous job as Corruption and Prevention Officer entailed the facilitation, design and execution of research programmes on the occurrence of corruption in private and public sector.

    Ms. Mbuzi is confident that the MPhil will enhance her skills in public policy research and design and strategic leadership in the public sector which are key in the effective execution of her duties.

  • Phindile Mkwanazi

    Phindile Mkwanazi, Chief Financial Officer – National School of Government (previously PALAMA)

    Highest Qualification: BCompt Honours, University of South Africa

    Ms. Mkwanazi’s job is to ensure the establishment and implementation of sound financial management and administration in compliance with relevant legislation, ensure that financial resources are allocated and utilised, development and monitoring of internal control systems, ensure procurement of services in compliance with relevant legislative requirements and to report accurate financial results in a clear and understandable manner.

    In her previous job as Senior Consultant, she was responsible for managing the financial processes of the company, corporate governance, taxation and statutory compliance in the organisation and to support and assist the CEO in the execution of functions.

    Ms. Mkwanazi has strong leadership and communication skills and believes the MPhil will enhance these skills.  

  • Colleta Ndunguru (Tanzania)

    Colleta Ndunguru (Tanzania) Principal Officer: Business Development – TIB Development Bank Limited

    Highest Qualification: BSc in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, University of Cape Town.

    Ms. Ndunguru is responsible for originating and motivating the implementation national development projects. Business development is part of the Directorate of Strategic Planning and Corporate Affairs.

    In her previous job she was responsible for managing, maintaining and growing banking relationships between Citibank and other Corporate clients across a wide sector (namely mining, telecoms, gas, public sector, brewery and manufacturing) by providing appropriate banking solutions.

    Ms. Ndunguru believes that the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice will help her to address pressing issues in her sector and will provide guidance to execute her duties.

  • Sibongumusa Ngidi (South Africa)

    Sibongumusa Ngidi (South Africa) Chief Director – National Department of Tourism

    Highest Qualification: BProc, University of Natal.

    Ms. Ngidi is responsible for Policy Development and Evaluation in the National Department of Tourism. Her key performance areas include leading the development of Tourism Sector Policies, Developing the Chief Directorate Business Plan. She is also involved in managing the implementation of the National Tourism Sector Strategy and Stakeholder relations and facilitating intergovernmental coordination. On top of this she also provides technical support to top management.

    Prior to her position as Chief Director, she was the Senior Manager in the office of the CEO which involved the management and coordination of the office of the CEO functions.

    Ms Ngidi believes that the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice will give her the necessary grounding in policy development in the public sector.

  • Henry Nkhoma (Zambia)

    Henry Nkhoma (Zambia) Director: Social Welfare – Ministry of Community Development and Social Welfare

    Highest Qualification: MBA, Edith Cowan University, Australia.

    Mr. Nkhoma is responsible for Policy formulation and review, review of legislation on children and juveniles, family and child welfare, juvenile justice, public welfare assistance, monitoring and evaluation and the implementation of the disability policy. He is also responsible for the overall management of human, financial and other resources in accordance with national policies.

    His responsibilities in his previous job was very similar to his current job, but included community based training and managing the implementation of literacy programmes to illiterate people.

    Mr. Nkhoma would like to use his skills obtained in the MPhil Development Policy and Practice to enhance various policy processes in the Ministry and to promote social development and poverty reduction.

  • Chris Nkwatsibwe (Uganda)

    Chris Nkwatsibwe (Uganda) Resource Person – Uganda National NGO Forum

    Highest Qualification: BSc Honours in Economics, Makerere University, Uganda.

    Mr Nkwatsibwe is the resource person for the Uganda National NGO forum and is responsible for developing ideas, managing, coordinating and executing programmes and campaigns under the Citizen Manifesto Initiative including monitoring the NGO Operating Environment in Uganda.

    He was a Training Associate at the Centre for Constitutional Governance prior to his job at the NGO forum and was responsible for Capacity building training in policy advocacy and club development.

    Mr. Nkwatsibwe views the content of the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice as great inspiration to expand the knowledge and experience in development practices.

  • Nhlahla Sebola (South Africa)

    Nhlahla Sebola (South Africa) Group Executive: Strategic Asset Development in Corporate Office – PRASA

    Highest Qualification: Masters in Public Management, Tshwane University

    Mr. Sebola is responsible for the acquisition of the Rolling Stock Fleet Renewal Programme, the implementation of the Signalling Programme and the prioritisation of PRASA’s capital programme. He is also responsible for the evaluation of capital projects and programmes, determining the capital programme outlook, reporting on key strategic projects and monitoring and reporting on the performance of the capital programme.

    He was previously the Head of the Enterprise Programme Management Office of PRASA and was responsible for ensuring the effective execution of PRASA’s capital programme with the key focus on strategic projects.

    Mr. Sebola sees the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice as an opportunity to deepen his knowledge and understanding of policy development. He is also looking forward to the unique opportunity to network with other senior government leaders and executives.

  • Sizonqoba Sonny (South Africa)

    Sizonqoba Sonny (South Africa) Trainee: Communications – Presidency

    Highest Qualification: Masters in Security Studies, University of Pretoria.

    Ms. Sonny is responsible for the drafting and speechwriting for the Deputy President and for providing research support. She is also responsible for media monitoring and to assist with logistical preparations for official event organised by the Office of the President and Deputy President.

    She was previously employed as Junior Researcher at the University of Pretoria where she was conducting primary and secondary research of food security in Africa.

    Ms. Sonny believes the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice is the ideal fit to enhance her professional and personal development.

  • Jonathan Timm

    Jonathan Timm, Acting Head: Presidential Frontline Service Delivery and Monitoring & Evaluation – Department of Monitoring and Evaluation

    Highest Qualification: Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism, Rhodes University

    Mr. Timm’s key responsibility in his position as Acting Head is to provide strategic leadership and oversight of the Presidential Hotline, the Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring and Citizen-Based Monitoring programmes at DPME. Other responsibilities include consultation, research, design for Citizen-Based Monitoring including consultation and partnership building and managing the development and updating of the CBM framework and implementation plan.

    His previous position as Manager of Special Projects at The Mvula Trust entailed developing new areas of work and influence for The Mvula Trust in areas of water, sanitation and livelihoods as well as developing and implementing a strategy for Mvula to work in informal settlements.

    Mr. Timm would value the opportunity to learn and share through a structure programme such as the MPhil and is looking forward to engaging with other participants.

  • Mbofholowo Tsedu (South Africa)

    Mbofholowo Tsedu (South Africa) Assistant Programme Manager – Trade and Industry Policy Strategies (TIPS)

    Highest Qualification: MSc in Economic Management and Policy, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland.

    As Assistant Programme Manager, Mr. Tsedu is responsible for providing research support to TIPS, focussing on trade and industrial policy development; fundraising, financial management and reporting. He is also involved in project planning and management as well as stakeholder engagement.

    In his previous position, also at TIPS, he was a researcher and was providing research assistance to TIPS, focussing trade research. He was also the project assistance on AusAid’s African Governance Project.

    Mr. Tsedu is excited about the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice and is particularly attracted to the focus on public leadership, the role of institutions, policy analysis and the impact and assessment.

  • Vincent Tumusiime (Uganda)

    Vincent Tumusiime (Uganda) Commissioner / AG Director – Directorate of Economic Affairs and Research Office of the President

    Highest Qualification: MBA in Banking and Finance, University of Birmingham, UK

    Mr. Tumusiime is responsible for the provision of Leadership to the Directorate and to provide macro-economic advice to the political leadership. He is also responsible for the formulation of annual activities and budgets, the execution of performance targets as projected, providing technical support to the Minister of State in the Office of the President responsible for Economic Monitoring.

    Prior to his current position, he was the Chief Business Officer at Global Trust Bank and was responsible for the growth of the Bank Assets and the overall business performance targets.

    Mr. Tumusiime find the MPhil in Development Policy and Practice ideal to gain knowledge and expertise on how to undertake applied research in public policy and use evidence in reporting.

  • Dominique Vincent (South Africa)

    Dominique Vincent (South Africa) Acting Chief Director: Policy Research and Legislation – National Government

    Highest Qualification: BTech Public Management, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

    Ms. Vincent’s key responsibilities are to develop a comprehensive view of the ecosystem that SMME’s and co-operatives operate in; develop benchmarks to measure intended impacts by SMME’s and co-operatives on the economy in order to demonstrate the Department overall impact; to identify, action and implement international growth opportunities for SMME’s and co-operatives.

    At her previous position she was involved in research and analysing information for planning, development, interpretation and review of Small Business Development policies and support strategies.

    Ms. Vincent is looking forward to be part of the sophisticated and professional MPhil degree programme. She believes the interdisciplinary nature of the programme is ideal for an exciting policy and practice and research career.

MPhil participants 2016

  • Kaputo Chenga-Bwalya (Zambia)

    Kaputo Chenga-Bwalya (Zambia) Governance Adviser: Department for International Development (DFID), Zambia

    Highest Qualification: MSc Poverty Reduction & Development Management, 2004, University of Birmingham, UK

    Ms Chenga is the lead adviser on the Zambia Accountability Programme (ZAP). As lead adviser she ensures that the programme is managed within two approaches to improving accountability and so better matching government services with peoples’ needs. She also works closely with colleagues across DFID teams and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in analysing and understanding the political economy of Zambia in general and in the context of bilateral support. Prior to joining DFIDZ, she worked for various bilateral aid programmes, specifically on governance, poverty reduction, development policy related assistance to state and non-state actors.

  • Kathryn Grammer (South Africa)

    Kathryn Grammer (South Africa) Director: Southern Western Sub-structure/District Health Services Manager

    Highest Qualification: MBChB, University of Cape Town

    Dr. Grammer is accountable for strategic and operational oversight of quality, comprehensive district health service provision within a quarter of the City of Cape Town District. She is one of four directors reporting to the Chief Director: Metro District Health Services who is accountable for the most populous health district in Western Cape with 70% of the provincial population. She also has management and financial accountability responsibility for overall expenditure and audit compliance and supply chain management is vested within her role as a de-centralised district manager. Over the years she has been fortunate enough to have planned and commissioned health infrastructure projects in collaboration with infrastructure colleagues in DOH and Implementing Agent, DTPW.

    Dr. Grammer was the institutional head of a small district hospital of 70 beds located in Cape Town Health District from 2002 to 2008. This involved line managerial accountability for all strategic and operational planning and implementation, inclusive of clinical service commissioning, people management, financial and supply chain management, quality assurance and clinical governance.

  • Kabelo Mabalane (South Africa)

    Kabelo Mabalane (South Africa) Analyst

    Highest Qualification: Masters in Management (2013), University of Witwatersrand

    Mr. Mabalane is currently working as an Analyst. He was previously a Lecturer at the School of Information Technology at the University of Pretoria. He lectured computer and information literacy to first year students. He also worked at the Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria where he worked as an Information Specialist assisting and guiding Masters and PhD students on research on databases and other study materials.

  • Constantine Malama (Zambia)

    Constantine Malama (Zambia) Public Health Specialist: Centre for Disease Control and Prevention – Ministry of Health, Zambia

    Highest Degree: Master of Science (MS)

    Dr Malama manages a cooperative agreement with the Zambian Ministry of Health to establish a national influenza surveillance system, complete with laboratories and a National Influenza Centre that reports regularly to regional laboratories. He is attached to the Ministry of Health as infection surveillance and control technical expert. He also provides technical support to the Ministry of Health in the establishment of the Field Epidemiology training programme and a National Public Health Institute with US government funding.

    He was a Public Health specialist, focusing on HIV Prevention. He was also the lead advisor to USAID/Zambia on HIV prevention and provided technical support to four HIV prevention programmes across Zambia. He helped design HIV prevention programmes for funding by USAID.

  • Mandla Mbusi (South Africa)

    Mandla Mbusi (South Africa) Senior Advisor: Stakeholder management and communication – Eskom

    Highest Degree: Masters Degree in Public Relations Management, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

    Mr. Mbusi serves as a strategic advisor to Eskom executive leadership regarding public and stakeholder relations strategies and tactics and is responsible for developing long term stakeholder relations programmes with the government affairs team. His duties also include strategic counsel to the corporate affairs team and to develop and execute strategic communication programmes that effectively promote Eskom, its values and mandate to key external stakeholders and influencers. Prior to joining Eskom, he was part of the Phoenix Green Energy team where he identified, monitored and assessed legislative and regulatory issues that are pertinent, or have the potential to impact the wind energy business objectives.

  • Madrine Mbuta

    Madrine Mbuta, Acting Director - Policy, Planning and Information: Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs

    Highest Degree: Master of Comparative Social Work - 2006, Bodoe University Norway

    Ms. Mbuta is responsible for assignments relating to: Policy Designing and Review; Research; Budget Co-ordination: Preparation of Annual Work Plans; Monitoring and Evaluation; coordination of Cooperating Partners as well as Parliamentary and Cabinet Business Coordination.

  • Deprose Muchena

    Deprose Muchena, Regional Director: Amnesty International

    Highest Degree: Masters Degree

    Mr. Muchena, as Regional Director, leads the Southern Regional Office of Amnesty International on all aspects of human rights and organisational strategy development, implementation and communication. As part of his strategic management function he also leads all aspects of strategic recruiting, supporting and managing a dedicated team of country experts, campaign and advocacy experts, communication and research professionals to drive the regional strategy and the implementation and communications plan to achieve social change and human rights impact.

    In his previous position as Deputy Director of Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) he was managing and overseeing all the 12 thematic programme managers, including country team, leading programme implementation, supporting the executive director and ensuring that all aspects of grant making are aligned and linked to the strategy in coherent fashion.

  • Denis Muganga (Kenya)

    Denis Muganga (Kenya) Principal Economist: Kenya Ports Authority
    Highest Degree: Master of Science in Economics, Microfinance Regulation and Supervision. 2010, University of Bergamo, Italy

    Mr Muganga is involved with the development of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Projects. As secretary to the PPP Node for the Authority, he is responsible for the feasibility, coordination, planning, negotiation, implementation, oversight and evaluation of all PPP Projects of the Authority. He also evaluates and engages the required technical assistance towards PPP support.

    Furthermore he is responsible for Strategic Plan Development and Implementation having oversight for the development and implementation of KPA’s key planning documents. He coordinates and implements KPA’s Performance Contract, Business Plan and Corporate Work Plans as well as the Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting for all Projects and Programmes of the Authority. Previously he was the Senior Economic Policy Analyst in the Department of Economic Affairs at The National Treasury - Government of Kenya. He was responsible for Financial Sector Regulation and Development – secondary Regulation and Supervision of Kenya’s financial services sector.

  • Gibson Masumbu (Zambia)

    Gibson Masumbu (Zambia) Research Fellow - Human Development: Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR)

    Highest Degree: Master of Arts in Economic Policy Management, 2009

    Mr. Masumbu is a Research Fellow at the Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research (ZIPAR). As Head of the Unit, he is responsible for planning and execution of research projects under the human development realm. His research interests lie in the area of human development particularly; poverty analysis, employment and unemployment, rural development and rural finance. His recent research work has been on topics such as youth labour demand constraints, multidimensional poverty analysis, first order dominance analysis of welfare, self-employment, energy poverty and employment projection models.

    Mr. Masumbu has also worked for the Zambia Business Forum, a think tank that was established to champion cross-cutting policy and regulatory issues affecting the private sector. He worked as a Policy Specialist and was responsible for leading analytical work of public policy as it related to the operations of businesses in Zambia. He has also worked for the European Union-funded Private Sector Development Project (PSDP) which was providing a basket of capacity building support to the private sector in Zambia. His roles included project management, monitoring and evaluation and business planning.

  • Ruweida Naina (South Africa)

    Ruweida Naina (South Africa) Key Strategic Investments& Developments Manager: Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality

    Highest Degree: MBA, 2002

    As the Strategic Investments & Development manager, Mrs. Naina is responsible for key strategic projects, advice and support to the Office of the City Manager. She is also responsible for co-ordination of multi-directorate technical teams to fast-track delivery of projects and also acts as strategic liaison between the private sector and the Office of the City Manager. She works closely with National Treasury, DBSA and local economic development agencies to fast-track the implementation of strategic projects in the metro.

    Mrs Naina previously worked as the Marketing and Communications Manager for Old Mutual Properties, and her key duties included the management of the objectives of the Marketing, Communications and Public Relations function as well as managing two budgets, the management of human resources function within the marketing department as well the formulation and delivery of the marketing strategies for Old Mutual Properties.

  • Toivo Ndjembela (Namibia)

    Toivo Ndjembela (Namibia) Managing Editor: New Era Publication Corporation

    Highest Degree: BA (Media Studies) 2006, University of Namibia

    Mr. Ndjembela’s position sets the tone, editorial direction and policies for the publications and he has to ensure every issue is consistent on these measures. He is involved in budgeting and strategic planning and represents the corporation at many social and business events. He was previously the Editor at the Namibian Sun and supervised the day-to-day operations of the publication. He was also responsible for hiring and overseeing associate and assistant editors.

  • Phumelele Ngcobo (South Africa)

    Phumelele Ngcobo (South Africa) Project Manager: National Treasury - Jobs Fund
    Highest Degree: BSc Agribusiness (4 year degree), 2009, University of KwaZulu/Natal

    The Jobs Fund was launched in 2011 by the Minister of Finance to co-finance projects by public, private and non-governmental organisations that will significantly contribute to job creation. In her job as project manager her responsibilities include: conducting appraisals for projects applying for funding to the Jobs Fund, making recommendations and motivating for the approval of projects meeting Jobs Fund criteria. She also facilitates contracting processes for all projects approved by the investment committee and plays a role of oversight for the implementation of the projects.

    Previously she was the Programmes Manager and Assistant Manager at Lima responsible for oversight on all community development projects implemented in the Gauteng, Limpopo, and Free State provinces. She provided support to Site Managers and Facilitators, Stakeholders and was involved in piloting research projects such as the study of “Linking people from poor households to economic opportunities” in partnership with the Department of Social development and SASSA. Her last involvement was on Livelihood promotion, partnering with organizations from Southern, Western and Eastern Africa to share best practices on livelihoods promotion strategies.

  • Destelia Ngwenya (Zimbabwe)

    Destelia Ngwenya (Zimbabwe) Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Adviser: Oxfam

    Highest Degree: Bsc Honours in Sociology, 2006, University of Zimbabwe

    Ms. Ngwenya is responsible for the design and implementation of systems for monitoring and evaluation of Oxfam programs, especially in large scale humanitarian responses. In the last two years, she supported large scale humanitarian responses following natural disasters in the Philippines and the Nepal earthquake. She also supported protracted relief efforts in the drought prone areas of Zimbabwe. She is also responsible for ensuring program quality in Oxfam interventions, with a specific mandate for impact at scale.

    She was previously involved in monitoring and evaluation for Catholic Relief Services in Zimbabwe and her responsibilities included designing and implementing systems for monitoring and evaluation, collecting and analysing monitoring data and feeding that back to programme managers and decision makers within the organization.

  • Dennis Onyango (Kenya)

    Dennis Onyango (Kenya) Managing Partner: Uwazi Consulting

    Highest Degree: BST. Electronics

    Mr. Onyango is the Founder and Managing Partner at Uwazi, a technology consulting firm working with the public and private sector to strengthen the impact of technology and open innovation in essential services. He has a keen interest in technology, innovation policy and well-being. He works with clients to profile, plan, implement and finance the development of highly scalable technology, innovation policy and open innovations that address critical development issues such as poverty, health, education and financial services across Africa.

    He has previously worked for Sanergy and The BOMA Project, leading teams in product definition, design and engineering. Mr. Onyango was a fellow at the inaugural Leading in Public Life project, a GSDPP/Building Bridges Young African Leaders programme. 

  • Pieter Pretorius (South Africa)

    Pieter Pretorius (South Africa) Chief Financial Officer: Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

    Highest Degree: BA Hons 1994, B.Com 2006, University of Pretoria

    Mr. Pretorius is responsible for management accounting, financial accounting, supply chain management and general support services functions of the Department. He informs the development of the departmental strategic plan, annual performance plan, business processes and associated risk management functions and ensures alignment between strategic and operational plans and budget. He is responsible for the compilation of the annual three-year rolling budget, estimates of national expenditure and annual financial statements

    From 1992 to 2009 he worked in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation - Diplomatic Service: Political and Economic Analysis and Policy development. He reported on economic developments and the possible implications for the South African economy and was responsible for investment promotion programmes and government aid projects.

  • Matilda Skosana (South Africa)

    Matilda Skosana (South Africa) Chief Director: Department of Environmental Affairs

    Highest Degree: Masters in Rural Systems Management – 2003, University of Queensland, Australia

    As Chief Director: Information Management and Sector Coordination, Ms Skosana’s responsibilities are to provide the following services to the Public Employment Programme of the Department of Environmental Affairs: Knowledge and Information Management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Programme Management Information Systems, Expanded Public Works Programme Reporting and Coordination, Quality Management and Advocacy and Coordination. These functions provide planning and implementation information to enhance the implementation of the environmental programme.

    She was previously the Director: Environmental and Culture Sector Coordination with the Department of Public Works (Expanded Public Works Programme) and provided coordination support to the sector to enable useful implementation and achievement of the EPWP set sector targets

  • Anita Stanbury (South Africa)

    Anita Stanbury (South Africa) Chief Executive Officer: South African Fashion Council

    Highest Degree: BTech Clothing Management, Durban University of Technology

    Ms. Stanbury has spent the last 27 years working in various areas of manufacturing, with a specific focus on the fashion, clothing, textile, footwear, furniture and automotive Sectors.  Eight years were spent hands-on in factories – doing planning, supervision, production management, cutting room management and work study management. This was followed by two years in retail as an Area Manager. She also spent nine years in academia as a lecturer. She was also the coordinator of the KZN Centre of Excellence for Clothing & Textiles (below higher education) and Head of Department: Clothing & Textile Technology. Thereafter she spent 2 years in clustering & business-turnaround consulting.  During this period she also jointly ran a Cut, Make & Trim (CMT) clothing factory in Durban (employing 62 people). 

    From 2010 until January 2014, she was the Deputy Director for Clothing and Textiles, as well as the Acting Director for Manufacturing Industry Development (MID) for the Western Cape Department of Economic Development & Tourism (DEDT).  The seven sectors supported by the MID unit, were Oil & Gas, Metals & Engineering, Energy, the Green Economy, Furniture, Fashion, and Clothing & Textiles.  

  • Elizabeth Walters (South Africa)

    Elizabeth Walters (South Africa) Deputy Director: Skills Development - WCG: Department of Economic Development and Tourism

    Highest Degree: BAdmin Hons, University of South Africa

    Ms. Walters is responsible for the development and implementation of a Skills Strategy for the Western Cape, which includes the management of collaborative partnerships for skills development in the province. She also works with industry to understand their skills requirements and facilitate necessary partnerships to ensure the development of these skills. She also undertakes co-ordination of key skills projects, mainly to pilot key interventions so as to learn lessons and leverage support for successful projects.

    She was previously employed in the Strategic Initiatives Unit to drive key economic projects to support the growth of the economy and create jobs. She was also employed in the Department of the Premier in the Policy Implementation unit to support Lead Departments in the development and implementation of transversal Programme Plans.

  • Martha Wilhelm

    Martha Wilhelm, UN Coordination Analyst: UNDP Namibia

    Highest Degree: Master of International Business -2012, Polytechnic of Namibia

    Ms. Wilhelm is responsible for the coordination of the UN (various agencies) support to Government in achieving its national development priorities through what is called the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF).This entails analyses of political, social and economic trends and provision of inputs into the preparation of the UN country programming products such as the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAFs). The key result of her task is to ensure increased impact of the UN System in Namibia in supporting Government to achieve its national development plans. This is achieved by ensuring that the UN System works together, to provide a well-coordinated, focused and coherent response to the country’s priority problems.

    She previously worked at National Assembly, Parliament of Namibia, as a Chief Policy Analyst/Researcher.

  • Zolile Williams

    Zolile Williams, Municipal Manager: Joe Gqabi District Municipality

    Highest Degree: MA Governance and Political Transformation

    Mr. Williams is responsible for Strategic Management, Financial Management, Integrated and Development Planning, Project management, Labour relations (850 staff), Performance management and Mayoral and Council administration.

    He was previously involved in Corporate Services Director - Senqu Municipality, Benefit administration, Labour relations, Town planning and Housing development.

    Mr. Williams is interested in gaining more knowledge in development policy and practice and therefore see the MPhil as a stepping stone to improve skills for future opportunities.

  • Simbisai Zhanje (Zimbabwe)

    Simbisai Zhanje (Zimbabwe) Project Manager, Climate and Development Knowledge Network: SouthSouthNorth

    Highest Degree: Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Environmental and Geographical Sciences completed in 2011, University of Cape Town

    Ms Zhanje is responsible for the project management of the Rwanda country programme within the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN). The role entails engaging and scoping projects with the Government of Rwanda, engaging with donors in Rwanda on climate change and development issues, procurement of suppliers, overseeing the delivery of projects including managing project risks, providing quality assurance of project outputs and supporting the projects monitoring and evaluation. As CDKN is a global programme, a key responsibility is to ensure that lessons learnt from the delivery of the Rwanda programme feed into CDKN internal processes and are disseminated externally, contributing to wider learning on climate compatible development.

    She was previously employed as a junior project manager also at CDKN. Her main responsibility was to provide project management support to the Africa Knowledge Management and Partnerships Coordinator and the Africa Senior Technical Assistance Manager. This support included project scoping, procurement and implementation support as well as providing support to cross-regional and cross-country learning within CDKN.

MPhil participants 2015

  • Aneliswa Cele (South Africa)

    Aneliswa Cele (South Africa) Director: Environmental Health, Department of Health, National Government

    Highest Degree: 2010 Master of Public Health – UKZN

    Ms Cele’s position as the director of Environmental Health and Port Health Services allows her to work closely with various departments, particularly the Departments of Environmental Affairs and Water Affairs. Her previous work saw her as Director of Municipal Health and Social Services at Cape Winelands District Municipality.

  • Lauren Hermanus (South Africa)

    Lauren Hermanus (South Africa) Deputy Director, Green Economy, Western Cape Government Department of Environmental Affairs & Developmental Planning

    Highest Degree: 2010 MA - Complexity Theory & Post-structural Ethics - Stellenbosch University

    As Deputy Director of Green Economy in the Western Cape Government, Ms Hermanus works to address complex social challenges at the intersection between environmental social and economic systems. Ms Hermanus places great emphasis on helping to create resilience strategies in vulnerable communities. She has a strong research background, having obtained a very high grade for her Master’s research at Stellenbosch University.

  • Nosipho Cwele (South Africa)

    Nosipho Cwele (South Africa) Community Development Practitioner – Department of Social Development KZN

    Highest Degree: BA

    Having started her career in grassroots community engagement initiatives, Ms Cwele has now moved towards enacting change through the formal institutional structures provided by the Department of Social Development. Through this work she has been provided a platform to recognise the need for cross-sectoral inclusion and participation in addressing development issues as well as for skilled practitioners at the upper levels of management.

  • Nobayethi Dube (South Africa)

    Nobayethi Dube (South Africa) Senior Specialist Researcher, Office of the Public Service Commission

    Highest Degree: MPhil Social Sciences Methods – University of Stellenbosch

    Ms Dube’s role as the Senior Specialist Researcher at the Office of the Public Service places her in charge of producing the State of the Public Service Report. The report focuses on engaging with issues of policy implementation, professional ethics and efficiency in the Public Service as well as what it means to be a developmentally oriented Public Service. Her previous work has seen her as a Monitoring & Evaluations expert with the UN on Drugs & Crime as well and as a researcher for Strategy & Tactics.

  • Ishmael Malale (South Africa)

    Ishmael Malale (South Africa) Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Higher Education

    Highest Degree: 1999 LLB - University of the North

    A former MP, Advocate Malale served first as a member of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development, Standing Committee on Public Accounts and then as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education & Training. As a public servant in some of the highest levels of government, Advocate Malale has been in the position to create, implement and evaluate policy. Through this he recognised the need to gain additional skills to equip him to engage with the complexities of the policy process in a developmental context.

  • Esther Mohube (South Africa)

    Esther Mohube (South Africa) Content Advisor for the Select Committee on Finance - Parliament

    Highest Degree: 2002 MCom (Economics) University of Pretoria

    An econometrician by training and former Deputy Director in the Western Cape Treasury, Ms Mohube has ample experience in the public sector. She was part of the Accelerated Development Programme that fast tracked middle managers to senior management positions. Her medium term goals include pursuing a PhD in Econometrics.

  • Ramphelane Morewane (South Africa)

    Ramphelane Morewane (South Africa) Chief Director, National Department of Health

    Highest Degree: 2001 PGDip Health Management - UCT

    As a Chief Director in the National Department of Health, Mr Morewane’s main responsibilities include the development, interpretation and implementation of policy. He is currently involved in the following policies; the District Health Systems Policy, Policy of Community Health workers, Framework for Addressing the Social Determinants of Health. He is also a negotiator and advocate for the Department and country with regard to health matters on an international platform.

  • Denver Moses (South Africa)

    Denver Moses (South Africa) Priority Programmes Coordinator, Department of the Premier, Western Cape

    Highest Degree: 2011 MCom Business Management – UWC

    Mr Moses is a career civil servant who has spent a number of years working in various sectors of the Western Cape Government. A key highlight was his role as the Western Cape Government’s Project Director for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. His key goals for the course are to improve his skills in public policy formation, awareness of broader continental policy challenges and maintain a level of career relevance.

  • Tatenda Mzezewa (South Africa)

    Tatenda Mzezewa (South Africa) Development Economist, Urban- Econ EC

    Highest Degree: 2008 BEcon Hons - Rhodes University

    Trained as a development economist, Mr Mzezewa has spent most of his career working on projects that focus on the Eastern Cape. He has post graduate training in issues of local economic development through courses attended at the Turin School of Development and Wageningen University. He is passionate about poverty alleviation and would like to develop his skills as a regional development economist with the capacity and capabilities to influence change.

  • Ntsietso Sesiu (South Africa)

    Ntsietso Sesiu (South Africa) Director - Service Delivery Integration, Department of Local Government - Western Cape

    Highest Degree: 1998 MSc Development Planning – Wits

    Ms Sesiu’s current position places her at the heart of intergovernmental relations and the coordination of the integrated service delivery mechanism known as the Thusong Programme. Her work during 14 years of government service has been in building and promoting social cohesion and inclusion in communities through fostering meaningful partnerships, relationships & networks and the implementation of programmes that promote cooperative governance across the local, provincial and national spheres.

  • Milani Wolmarans (South Africa)

    Milani Wolmarans (South Africa) Acting Chief Operating Officer, National Department of Health

    Highest Degree: 1986 B Occupational Therapy - University of Stellenbosch

    With a career spanning 27 years in the public health sector, Ms Wolmarans has displayed a long standing commitment to public service. Her current position places her as the senior official in charge of coordination and planning within the National Department of Health.

  • Kgomotso Zantsi (South Africa)

    Kgomotso Zantsi (South Africa) Director- Evaluation & Research, Department of Public Works - Expanded Public Works Programme

    Highest Degree: 1995 - BSc Hons -Medical- UCT

    Ms Zantsi has career expertise in the area of monitoring and evaluation. Having previously worked in HIV/AIDs and poverty alleviation programmes, her current work is based in the Department of Public Works in the Expanded Public Works Programme. Within this role she has conducted major surveys and led the proposal and strategy development of Phase 3 of the EPWP programme.

  • Katongo Chifwepa (Zambia)

    Katongo Chifwepa (Zambia) Director - Policy Analysis & Co-ordination, Cabinet Office

    Highest Degree: 1993 MSc Development Planning & Management - University of Dortmund and University of Science & Technology Kumasi, Ghana

    Currently Director of Policy Analysis and Coordination in the Zambian Cabinet Office, Ms Chifwepa’s main role involves managing and coordinating the public policy proposals from social ministries to Cabinet. Her long career as a public servant was interspersed by a period of service as a Human Development Programme Manager at Caritas, the development arm of the Catholic Church.

  • Ines Izere (Rwanda)

    Ines Izere (Rwanda) Advisor to the National Coordinator, Office of the Northern Corridor Integration Projects, Office of the President

    Highest Degree: MBA in Project Management Maastricht School of Management

    Having worked in the Office of the Presidency for the past 4 years and previously at various companies within the private sector Ms Izere draws from a diverse range of professional experience. She would like to pursue the MPhil in order to upgrade her skills and provide assistance in some of the key issues facing African development such as; leadership, the space for experimentation in development policy, building strong institutions , investing in human capital and many others.

  • Trevor Kaunda (Zambia)

    Trevor Kaunda (Zambia) Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Social Security

    Highest Degree: 1999 - BSc Mathematics & Computer Science - University of Zambia

    Mr Kaunda’s work as a Permanent Secretary within the Ministry of Labour focuses on monitoring the performance of the various departments within the ministry. He works with issues of administration, regulation of the labour market system so as to promote and enhance employment creation, rights at work, social dialogue and productivity in the country. His previous work was in the insurance industry.

  • Mercy Munoni (Zambia)

    Mercy Munoni (Zambia) Economist - Regional Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry

    Highest Degree: 2008 MBA - International Business - Edith Cowan University of Australia

    Ms Munoni’s current job places her at the intersection of many key policy areas such as trade, foreign relations and public private partnerships. She has specialist knowledge in Trade negotiations and has worked on some of the key issues on regional integration and trade such as the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement, involving COMESA, SADC and the EAC. She has experience in banking as well as in the non -profit and community health sector.

  • Christine Mutimura (Tanzania)

    Christine Mutimura (Tanzania) Regional Integration Specialist - Legal Reform, EAC Secretariat

    Highest Degree: 2006 LLM - International Law - University of Glasgow

    A trained lawyer, Ms Mutimura’s current line of work places her at the heart of cross continental regional integration issues. Her main focus at present is on harmonising laws within the EAC trading region in order to fast track the implementation of the East African Common Market Protocol, a task that will require the use of a cross disciplinary framework. Her previous work was as the Principal State Attorney in the Ministry of Justice in Rwanda.

  • Nnja Ngoto (Democratic Republic of Congo) 

    Nnja Ngoto (Democratic Republic of Congo) Deputy Chief of Staff of the Governor of Eastern Province DRC

    Highest Degree: 2010 LLD Public Law – University of Pretoria

    Dr Ngoto has a doctorate in Public Law from the University of Pretoria. Having previously worked as a lecturer at the University of Kisangani, he is currently serving as the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Eastern Province of the DRC, a mineral-rich area that has faced many challenges. In his service to the newly established local government, he is engaged with issues of policy development and implementation.

  • Geoffrey Opio (UGANDA)

    Geoffrey Opio (UGANDA) Senior Accountability Manager, GOAL Uganda, Accountability Can Transform (ACT) Health Programme

    Highest Degree: 2004 BA Urban Planning (Hons) – Makerere University

    Mr Opio’s work at GOAL Uganda sees him in a role that includes the research, design and implementation of a large scale health accountability programme. As a development practitioner, he has had 6 years of experience in the policy process of implementing participatory (demand-side) social accountability programmes.

MPhil participants 2014

  • Mr Nkere Skosana (South Africa)

    Mr Nkere Skosana (South Africa) Director: Strategy Integration and Coordination, Department of Social Development

    Bachelor of Social Science, University of Cape Town 1990

    Responsible for consolidating strategic and business plans, aligning departmental programmes with broader government strategies, managing stakeholder linkages and ensuring compliance with the planning, strategy, finance, monitoring and evaluation prescripts of the department.

    Previous positions in DSD include: Deputy Director of Integrated Development, responsible for managing and facilitating the development of policies and programmes, disbursing grants to approved poverty projects and managing human and financial resources; Provincial Coordinator for HIV/AIDS; and Provincial Coordinator for Substance Abuse and Crime.

  • Mr Hunguka Maluleke (South Africa)

    Mr Hunguka Maluleke (South Africa) Acting Director: Agro-Processing Support, Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

    MSc in Agricultural Economics, University of Free State 2005

    Responsible for developing and managing the Agro-processing Sector development strategy and programmes.  Previous positions included: Manager of International Trade Intelligence of the Agricultural Business Chamber and periods as Agricultural Economist at Grain South Africa and the Limpopo provincial Department of Agriculture.  Since graduating in Agricultural Economics, his interest in broader development management issues led him to undertake a number of programmes in this area, at universities in South Africa and abroad (the US and China).  

  • Mr Sifiso Ngema (South Africa)

    Mr Sifiso Ngema (South Africa) Director HoD Evaluations, Office of the Public Service Commission

    Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration, Gordon Institute of Business Sciences, Pretoria 2009

    Responsible for managing the performance evaluation process for heads of department in national and provincial government, strategic planning, conducting research and making recommendations on best practice in the area of performance management. Also advises political principals on development areas that need to be addressed to improve levels of performance and enhance service delivery in the public service. Previously Deputy Director and Senior Communication Officer for the same Department as well as a Labour Inspector for the Department of Labour.

  • Mr Lucas Malambe (South Africa)

    Mr Lucas Malambe (South Africa) Deputy Director: Advocacy, communications and strategic support – South African Qualifications Authority

    MCom, University of Johannesburg, 2013

    Responsible for strategic positioning of SAQA and the National Qualifications Framework, as well as strategic planning, corporate services, project management and operational support across SAQA.  Before this he was Executive Officer: Corporate communications for the Hospital Association of SA, a journalist on DRUM Magazine and a counsellor for Lifeline Southern Africa, responsible for services related to HIV/AIDS and gender violence.  He has also been a teacher, fieldworker on an international migration study and researcher on an indigenous technology programme.  He has been a member of a number of committees in the field of health data.  His professional life, spanning private and public sectors, and health and education, has given him exposure to the challenges involved in putting policy into practice, including in the highly contested areas of National Health Insurance and Recognition of Prior Learning.  These experiences have underlined the role of advocacy and communication in both influencing policy and assisting in its implementation. 

  • Mr Jabulani Ngcobo (South Africa)

    Mr Jabulani Ngcobo (South Africa) Researcher, Portfolio Committee for Basic Education, Parliament

    Master of Education (Social Justice in Education) (cum laude), University of KwaZulu Natal 2005

    As researcher for the Portfolio Committee, he advises Parliament on effective and efficient policy implementation; provides strategic research support to MPs and committee members on oversight, legislation, public and international participation; and conducts additional specialised research for Senior Management of Parliament.

    Previously Lecturer in the UKZN Faculty of Education and Senior Coach, Principals Management Development Programme in the KZN Department of Education and before that Facilitator and Coach for the same programme.  Has also participated in a number of educational research projects.

  • Mr Zibele Ngxishe (South Africa)

    Mr Zibele Ngxishe (South Africa) Researcher for Select Committee on Economic Development, Parliament

    BCom Honours in Economics, Fort Hare 2005

    Provides research and managerial support to the Portfolio Committee on its constitutional mandate of conducting oversight over the Department of Trade and Industry. This includes further processing of tabled legislation relevant to the department. Previously he was a researcher for the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry.

    Prior to that he was the Deputy Manager: Fishing and Aquaculture for the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, responsible for facilitating growth in the sector and enforcing compliance with the existing legislative framework.  Before that he worked for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture as a Senior Agricultural Economist, responsible for facilitating market linkages and conducting research on the best models for linking farmers with markets.

  • Mr Sibonile Khoza (South Africa)

    Mr Sibonile Khoza (South Africa) Director, Senior Policy and Strategy Analyst, Department of the Premier, Western Cape

    Master of Laws (LLM), University of Natal 2003

    Responsible for conceptualising, conducting research and analysing trends in intergovernmental relations and constitutional responsibilities, and legal opinion and advice to the Director General on these issues. Previously Project Co-ordinator and Senior Legal Researcher on the Socio-Economic Rights Project, University of the Western Cape, responsible for conceptualising, designing and conducting research on laws and policies relating to social and economic rights.

    Prior to that he was Coordinator of the Street Law and Democracy programme for the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies at the University of Natal. He has significant experience in working with legislation on social issues, intergovernmental relations, institutional governance and cooperative governance.

  • Mr Ayanda Ngqandu (South Africa)

    Mr Ayanda Ngqandu (South Africa) Director: Rural Enterprises and Industrial Development in the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, Eastern Cape.

    Master of Environment and Development in Land Information Management, University of KwaZulu-Natal 2013

    Responsible for rural development policy implementation, human resource management and development, sourcing donors and funders, community mobilisation, mentoring cooperatives and capacity building. Previously Acting Director in the Department responsible for social organisation and mobilisation, technical skills development and nurturing, rural livelihoods and enterprise development as well as institution building and mentoring. Before that he occupied various positions - Chief Planner, Coordinator and Principal Planner - in the Eastern Cape Regional Land Claims Commission.

  • Mr Quinton Mageza (South Africa)

    Mr Quinton Mageza (South Africa) Chief Director: Expanded Public Works Programme, Eastern Cape Department of Roads and Public Works
    Master of Arts, London School of Oriental and African Studies 1993

    His position entails creating jobs and developing poverty alleviation interventions. He is also responsible for the strategic leadership and governance of the programme along with human resource and financial management, quality assurance, and monitoring compliance and expenditure within the department. Previously a member of Mbumba Development Services (a company specialising in project management, organisational development, change management and rural development) and Country Coordinator for ActionAid International, working on programmes on Economic Justice, Regional Integration, Food Security and Governance.

  • Mr Nhlanhla Mndaweni (South Africa)

    Mr Nhlanhla Mndaweni (South Africa) Chief Director: Provincial Shared Services Coordination, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, KwaZulu-Natal

    Honours in Public Administration and Development, University of Stellenbosch 2010

    Responsible for budget oversight, results based management to drive performance and service delivery, HR management as well as information and knowledge management services. Also involved in the co-ordination and implementation of the Comprehensive Rural Development Strategy with private sector and NGO stakeholders involved. Previous positions include: Head of the Cabinet Office, Office of the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, responsible for providing strategic advice, support and guidance to the DG; Director for the Office of the Director-General; and Executive Director of Mpofana Municipality.

  • Mr Takalani Rathiyaya (South Africa)

    Mr Takalani Rathiyaya (South Africa) Head of Economic Development Programmes, Ethekwini Municipality

    MBA, Milpark Business School 2004

    Responsible for directing the Economic Development Programmes Department, developing and aligning policies, regulating risks and achieving acceptable levels of performance. Previously Regional Manager, Western Cape Department of Trade and Industry, responsible for strategic leadership and facilitation of sustainable and competitive enterprises, promoting growth and investment in the industrial and services economy of the Western Cape.

    Before that he was the Manager of the Creative Industries Sector Desk at DTI responsible for developing policy frameworks to promote economic development, job creation and skills development; consultation with industry and stakeholders; and providing hands-on project management and coordination of the business unit’s activities and events.

  • Ms Saarah Salie (South Africa)

    Ms Saarah Salie (South Africa) Monitoring and Evaluation of Government Officer, Democratic Alliance

    Honours in Social and Economic Development, University of Cape Town 2008

    Leads a team responsible for ensuring that where the DA governs (29 local authorities and one provincial government) they do so well. This entails close monitoring of service delivery, local economic development, infrastructure development, financial expenditure, legislative requirements and policy implementation. The team is responsible for ensuring that DA mayors are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement strategies grounded in good governance and programmes that are underpinned by pro-poor principles. Previously Trade and Employment Officer for UK Trade and Investment at the British High Commission where she was involved in macro trade initiatives interfacing with local economies.

  • Mr Louis du Plooy (South Africa)

    Mr Louis du Plooy (South Africa) Independent Consultant (currently for National Department of Health)

    Honours in Philosophy, University of Pretoria 1990

    He has 19 years’ experience in the public sector (national and provincial) as both a senior manager and an independent consultant, with a sound understanding of policy and management challenges in the public sector in a developing context. As an independent consultant, he has performed assignments for a range of clients in the public and development sector – focusing on project planning and management, policy development, and training and development.

    Previously Chief of Staff in the Presidency, supporting the Minster in the Presidency by tracking  strategic management and project and programme implementation for the Presidency, the Government Communication and Information System, and related institutions.  Before working in the Presidency, he was National Information Manager for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Has worked widely in Africa, including Burundi, Mali, Rwanda, Southern Sudan and Zambia.

  • Ms Lauren Uppink (South Africa)

    Ms Lauren Uppink (South Africa) Social Policy Officer – Federation of Unions of South Africa, Parliamentary Officer

    BA Honours in Development Studies, UNISA 2013

    Responsible for monitoring national policy and developing policy positions on relevant social issues, as well as training and other programmes to empower FEDUSA members, especially women.  This position involves advocacy, research, stakeholder relations and dialogue, campaign development and management.  Before this she was project coordinator for Early Childhood Development for a social impact NGO, SASDI, working closely with local government in the provision of ECD services.  She has a particular interest in gender and development, which was the focus of her Honours degree, and in translating policy into realistic programmes and interventions. 

  • Ms Michelle Ntukanyagwe (Rwanda)

    Ms Michelle Ntukanyagwe (Rwanda)

    Office of the President, Senior Policy Analyst
    Master of Business Administration, Major in Strategic Management and Practice
    University of KwaZulu-Natal, Graduate School of Business 2005

    Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the President working with the Strategy and Policy Unit of the Presidency, which is mandated to provide sound policy and strategy advice on wide ranging social and economic issues.

    Previously Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the President (2006 – 2009) and Co-ordinator of Friends of Rwanda Portfolio working with a diverse network of individuals/teams based in the US specifically in ICT, Railways and Mining - the aim being to use their skills and resources to partner with the Government of Rwanda.

    Also serves on advisory teams that prepare annual national planning forums, including the national dialogue and Government of Rwanda leadership retreat. This involves in depth analysis of different government sectors to identify key strategic policy issues and recommend quick wins and actions.

  • Mrs Kaliza Karuretwa (Rwanda)

    Mrs Kaliza Karuretwa (Rwanda)

    Program Manager, Burundi Investment Climate Programs, World Bank Group
    Master of Laws (with Merit in Commercial and Corporate Law subjects) University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science 2001

    Responsible for supporting the Burundi Government to improve the business environment for small and medium companies and address key market failures through dialogue with the private sector. Has chosen to expand her outlook beyond her country of origin into the EAC sub-region. Believes best practices can be successfully applied in similar socio-economic contexts and intends to return to Rwanda to contribute to the development of a vibrant economy.

    Previously Director General of the Rwandan Ministry of Trade and Industry in charge of Investment Climate Reforms and Intellectual Property. Spearheaded the enactment of a number of key new Business laws including a new Companies Act, Secured Transactions Bill and law on Special Economic Zones amongst others (2009-May 2013).

    Prior to that she was a Trade Counsellor at the Rwandan Embassy in the United States (2002-2008).

  • Ms Grace Wandera (Kenya)

    Ms Grace Wandera (Kenya) Acting Director, Strategy and Marketing, Kenya Vision2030 Delivery Secretariat (Assistant Director from September 2011 to December 2012).
    Master of Business Administration, Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya 2009

    Involved in leadership in the public sector, spearheading the transformation of Kenya into a middle income economy by 2030 through developing, co-ordinating and reviewing government performance management on flagship projects, ensuring alignment of strategic plans and negotiating partnerships with private sector players.

    Previously National Brand Manager of the Brand Kenya Board responsible for developing strategy and programmes, engaging stakeholders and marketing.

    Prior to that she was Brand Manager of G4 Security Services Kenya Limited where she developed, managed and executed product marketing plans, strategies and campaigns for the G4S brands including Courier, Integrated Security Systems and Guarding Services for G4S Security, a Ksh. 4 Billion company listed on the London and Copenhagen stock exchanges.

  • Mr Maybin Nsupila (Zambia)

    Mr Maybin Nsupila (Zambia)

    CEO, Zambia Association of Manufacturers
    Master of Science in Development Evaluation and Management, University of Antwerp, Belgium 2012 – with distinction

    Responsible for policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, staff and membership development as well as providing better services for Zambian trade and industry. Previously National Coordinator of the National Implementation Unit in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry, responsible for identifying needs and evolving capacity building and technical assistance programmes, providing support for trade development interventions and coordinating the planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes in the Aid for Trade Initiative.

    Other positions included: UNDP consultant on trade and exports to the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry; Senior Policy and Planning Officer for the Zambia Development Agency; and Economist/Corporate Planner for the Export Board of Zambia.

  • Mr Felix Mwenga (Zambia)

    Mr Felix Mwenga (Zambia)

    Country economist, International Growth Centre, Zambia
    Masters in Public Health, Health Economics Unit, University of Cape Town 2010

    Recently returned to his position as in-country Economist, International Growth Centre, responsible for building and maintaining relationships for policy engagement with the Ministry of Finance, other government ministries and agencies. Also responsible for connecting researchers and policy specialists, supporting visiting researchers and collaborating with them.

    Previously with the Clinton Health Foundation in South Africa, responsible for quantitative analysis of health expenditure data for the National Department of Health and donors, detailing expenditure trends and assessing efficiency, highlighting spending gaps and potential opportunities for improving efficiency and resource re-allocation.

    Earlier positions included work as a consultant and a number of health related jobs in Zambia and also in South Africa, as a Junior Health Economist at Wits University.

  • Mr Munyaradzi Rwakurumbira (Zimbabwe)

    Mr Munyaradzi Rwakurumbira (Zimbabwe) Deputy Director, Modernisation Department, Zimbabwe Government
    BSc Honours in Politics and Administration 1996

    Provides leadership and expertise in the modernisation of the Zimbabwean Public Sector for improved transparency, accountability and efficiency. Develops curricula and provides training for all key players and strategic planning consultants to improve their technical capacity in Integrated Results Based Management.

    Also responsible for developing the Performance Contracting System for all Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies to enhance service delivery, and for co-ordinating the establishment of policies and programmes for the promotion of e-Government.

    Previously he worked for the Ministry of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development as a Senior and then Principal Administrative Officer.

  • Mr Percy Makombe (Zimbabwe)

    Mr Percy Makombe (Zimbabwe) Zimbabwe Programme Officer, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa
    Masters in Globalisation and Communications with Merit, University of Leicester 2005

    Manages the OSI’s consultative process with key players in Zimbabwean civil society, the donor community and government. Initiates and manages strategic projects and contributes to key publications and the development and dissemination of knowledge about Zimbabwe.

    He has been developing a capacity building system for key players in human rights and democracy building arenas, to enable them to play effective policy and advocacy roles.

    Previously Programme Manager for the Economic Justice Network based in Cape Town where he was responsible for developing effective advocacy strategies and interventions on debt, trade, food and agriculture focusing on the Southern African Development Community, World Trade Organisation and the European Union.

    Before that he worked as a Policy Analyst for the Zimbabwe Institute and was Deputy Director of the Southern and Eastern Trade Negotiations Institute (SEATINI). He was part of a three-person research team funded by the Financial Times which culminated in the publication of a book Television Markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Mr Minenhle Ngwenya (Zimbabwe)

    Mr Minenhle Ngwenya (Zimbabwe) Senior Economic Development Officer, SNV (Netherlands Development Organisation)
    Masters in Development Studies, University of the Free State Centre for Development Support

    Responsible for SNV’s strategic policy positioning, stakeholder engagement and network development, coaching and mentoring and knowledge development in Zimbabwe.

    Previous positions with SNV include: Economic Development Advisor, coordinating, reviewing and evaluating advisory services in assignments and supporting strategy development; Junior Economic Development Adviser; and East and Southern Africa Market Linkages Knowledge Network Moderator. Between 2001 and 2003 he occupied various agriculture-related jobs for World Vision, the Zimbabwe Agricultural Research and Extension Department and the Zimbabwe Commercial Farmers Union.

  • Dr Audrin Mathe (Namibia)

    Dr Audrin Mathe (Namibia) Chief Executive Officer, New Era Publications
    PhD in Rhetoric Studies, University of Cape Town 2009

    Recently appointed CEO of the state-owned newspaper New Era and a member of the nine-person President’s Economic Advisory Council (PEAC). Previously Chief News and Operating Officer for the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, responsible for managing news coverage, content acquisition and staff. Before that he was the Manager of Corporate Communications for the Roads Authority, facilitating stakeholder relationships and directing social responsibility and internal communication policy.

    He has also worked as Executive Assistant to the Secretary General of the Southern African Development Community Parliamentary Forum and the Public Relations Manager for the University of Namibia. Has occupied a wide variety of positions on various committees and in a range of organisations, in both professional and personal capacities. He has also written a number of scholarly papers and had various articles published in the media.