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Masters of Development Policy & Practice class of 2020

  • Glenda Chifamba (Zimbabwe)

    Director – Finance and Administration: Maximusreed (PVT) LTD

    Master of Public Administration, University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

    Ms Chifamba is an entrepreneurial and resourceful business management expert with comprehensive experience in the management of business operations and successfully leading teams to deliver consistent service excellence. She currently works as a Director – Finance and Administration in Maximusreed (PVT) LTD.

    Prior to this she worked at the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing

    Department as an acting Provincial Social Amenities Officer and Provincial Housing Guarantees Officer.  Her work involved investigating and identifying social amenities requirements for communal and resettled communities, collaborating with rural councils for development and implementation of social amenities projects and consulting with development groups and traditional leaders.

  • LeeRoy Chetty (South Africa)

    Head of Communications: UK Department for International Trade

    Master’s in Media and Communication Studies, University of Cape Town

    Mr Chetty is an experienced strategic communications professional with a demonstrated history of working internationally in the public and private sectors. He currently serves as the Head of Communications for Africa at the Department for International Trade (DIT) in the UK Government. His role includes being the key communications advisor and spokesperson to Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Africa at the DIT, developing strategies to secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade on the African continent.

    Prior to the current role, he was Chief of Staff to the Managing Partner Europe for Brunswick Group LLP.  Mr Chetty, began his career in advertising as an Account Manager on a host of South African and multi-national blue-chip brands including BP South Africa, British American Tobacco, South African Breweries, Volkswagen South Africa and Cadbury South Africa.

    He has also worked as a Communications Officer at the United Nations International Telecommunication Union and as an aide in the Executive office of the South African Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

  • Rueben Lifuka (Zambia)

    Director: Riverine Zambia Limited

    Master of Science – Integrated Environmental Management, University of Bath (United Kingdom)


    Mr Lifuka is the founder of what initially was Riverine Consulting, and later Riverine Development Associates and in 2016, incorporated as Riverine Zambia Limited, which now includes services provided by a sister company – Dialogue Africa. His responsibilities in the firm include, strategic management of the consultancy firm- providing leadership and planning for continued organizational growth; overseeing the implementation of the strategic plan and projects; mentoring and coaching both technical and administrative staff.


    Mr Lifuka is an architecture by training. He started his career at Sphinx Design and Associates, where he served as a Project Architect, responsible for designing buildings and infrastructures for private and public sector clients amongst other roles. He has also worked for the National Heritage Conservation Commission overseeing and managing Architectural and Engineering heritage in the Eastern, Central and Lusaka Provinces.


    Before he established his consultancy firm, he was head hunted by Ramboll DK of Denmark, to join an illustrious team of consultants who were responsible for implementing a Waste Management Project for the City of Lusaka, which was funded by the Government of Denmark.

  • Ben Venald Maseko (South Africa)

    Deputy Director - Business Development: City of Johannesburg (Transport Department)

    Post Graduate Diploma: Public Development, University of the Witwatersrand


    Mr Maseko is a skilled planner, project manager, negotiator and trainer. He currently works as a Deputy Director of Business Development in the  City of Johannesburg Transport Department.

    His  career in the public transport sector started  at Khuthele Projects Pty Ltd, working on a minibus taxi route alignment project, monitoring the Vaal scheduled bus services, undertaking passenger censuses for planning purposes of Gauteng Tendered Contracts and designing and mapping of bus routes contracted to traditional bus services.

    He was appointed Manager of Bus Operations responsible for the management of Rea Vaya operations. Thereafter he  became an Acting Deputy Director in the Transformation Unit, which was  responsible for transforming the informal minibus taxi operators to become shareholders of the bus operating companies created by the City of Johannesburg.

  • Ntokozo Linton Mchunu (South Africa)

    Chief of Staff – Head of Ministry: Department of Social Development

    Bachelor of Social Science Honours, University of KwaZulu Natal


    Mr Mchunu has served in the public sector for 10 years. He currently works as a Chief of Staff – Head of Ministry: Department of Social Development. His main responsibilities include managing the Ministry of Small Business Development, overseeing the financial and performance management, assist in developing and implementing social policy (especially social entrepreneurship) and advising the Minister on building partnerships with development partners, private sectors and other public sector entities.


    Prior to this role he was a Chief of Staff to the head of the Ministry in the Department of Small Business Development. Mr Mchunu has worked in various government department including the Department of Trade and Industry, where he was a Deputy Director in the division of International Trade and Economic Development, being responsible for the African Union -NEPAD.


    He has also served in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, where he worked his way up from a Foreign Service Officer to Assistant Director.

  • Ansaaf Mohamed (South Africa)

    Director - Strategic Services and Communications: PGWC

    Postgraduate Diploma in Governance and Public Administration, University of the Western Cape


    Ms Mohamed is a Director of Strategic Services and Communication in the Department of Community Safety in the Western Cape Provincial Government. She is responsible for supporting the accounting officer’s compliance obligations through managing and facilitating strategic planning, alignment and reporting processes; managing and compiling the Medium Term and Strategic Framework; and ensuring the implementation of monitoring and evaluation projects.


    She started in the department as a Deputy Director of Safety Planning (Qualitative Research Manager), where she managed coordinated research on community safety issues. She also worked as an acting Director in Strategic Services and Communications before being appointed to the role permanently.


     Ms Mohamed has vast experience on research in various areas as she has worked in both government and non-g governmental sector in different roles, including doing research, managing and overseeing projects.  The organisations she has worked for include the Parliamentary Support Group, Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Parliament), Cape Technikon, Ex-Combatant Association.

  • Chumani Mangcu (South Africa)

    Director - Coordination & Administration, Office of the Deputy Director-General: Department of Environmental Affairs, Oceans & Coasts

    Post-Graduate Diploma in Employment Law & Social Security, University of Cape Town


    Mr Mangcu is a Director of Coordination and Administration in the Office of the Deputy Director-General in the Department of Environmental Affairs. The main purpose of this job entails facilitating, development, implementation and management of measures to protect the coastal zone and guide its utilisation to preserve and improve the integrity of the coastal environment.


    Prior to this he was a Director - Integrated Coastal Management, Marine & Coastal Management in the Department of Environmental Affairs & Tourism (including Acting as Chief Director from November 2007 to June 2008). In this role he was part of the group that took part in the development of Integrated Coastal Management Act, Act No 24 of 2008, as well as a number of policies such as Sustainable Livelihoods Policy and the Non - Consumptive Policy for the allocation of rights for Boat - based Whale Watching (BBWW) and White Shark Cage Diving (WSCD).


    His career in the public service began as a high school teacher in rural Eastern Cape and he transitioned from teaching to working for Amatole Water (a Water Board mandated to establish infrastructure for the distribution of bulk treated potable water in the Eastern Cape) as a Development Facilitator and as a Transformation Facilitator (Change Management).

  • Christine Mutimura (Tanzania)

    Regional Integration Specialist - Legal Reform, EAC Secretariat

    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.

  • Stuart Mwalo (Zambia)

    Performance Management Specialist: Systems for Better Health (Abt Associates)

    Postgraduate diploma in Educational Technology, University of Cape Town


    Mr Mwalo is a Performance Management Specialist with over 14 years NGO professional experience at multilevel of community, district, provincial and national. He currently works for Systems for Better Health (Abt Associates). His duties include coordinating provincial SBH staff in the provision of technical support to Provincial Health Office and District Health Office in systems strengthening;

    coordinating meetings with other RMCAHN&N partners (PHO, DHOs, MCSP and PHO RMCAHN team); assisingt the PHO and DHOs to plan for PA, develop reports, and execute the follow-up technical supportive supervision; and strengthening meeting structures to focus on program.


    Before joining Systems for Better Health, he worked for the Millennium Development Goals initiative (MDGi) programme on the Copperbelt Province of Zambia in Luanshya, Masaiti and Mufulira districts, health facilities and communities.

    In his long career in public service, he has also worked as Health Policy Advisor to the Ministry of Health (at national level)-2004-2005 and a Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (at all levels 2005-2017).

  • Slindile Mbuyazi (South Africa)

    Gauteng Office of The Premier, Planning Division

    Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods, Stellenbosch University


    Ms Mbuyazi works in the Gauteng Office of the Premier in the Planning Division. Her responsibilities include Provincial Strategic Planning; Provincial Transversal Performance Monitoring and Reporting; Provincial Management of Performance Assessment Programme; and she is also a SDIP Committee Member.


    Prior, she was a Technical Advisor/Director: Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) in the Department of Social Department (Mpumalanga). In this position she led and coordinated the implementation of MERL work plan activities and provided oversight and management of MERL capacity development agenda including training activities at the provincial level.

    She also worked in the Department of Rural Development & Land Reform, Nelspruit Provincial Shared Services Centre as an acting Chief Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist as well as an Assistant Director: Employees Health & Wellness Provincial Coordinator. Her other roles include, Special Programmes- Senior : Employees Assistance Practitioner in the Department of Correctional Services, Senior Social Worker Department of Social Development.

  • Luthando Nogcinisa (South Africa)

    Snr Researcher - Economic Transformation: Parliament

    BPhil Honours in Sustainable Dev. Planning & Management, Stellenbosch University


    Mr Nogcinisa is a Senior Researcher in the ANC Parliamentary Caucus’ Research and Development Unit (RDU. He is responsible for the Economic Transformation Cluster, overseeing and managing all research projects in the cluster; providing strategic policy research on legislation and policy; and analysing briefing documents and speech writing for MPs, Office of the Chief Whip and ANC NEC subcommittee members amongst other roles.


    Prior to working for the ANC Parliamentary Caucus, he was a Provincial Secretary for the National Education, Health and Allied Workers (NEHAWU). He held the position for five years in which he oversaw five regional offices in the Western Cape, taking care of financial management as well as managing a complex of 25 full time staff and some contract staff members.


    His other experience includes working as a Training Liaison Officer in the Department of Transport of Public Works; a Provincial Office Manager for Popcru; Skills Development Facilitator in the Cape Winelands District Municipality; and as a Educator in the Western Cape Government.  

  • Lindelwe Nxumalo (Swaziland)

    Head of Women's Rights: ActionAid South Africa

    Bachelor of Arts Honours - Gender and Transformation, University of Cape Town


    Ms Nxumalo is an experienced social development strategist with a proven track record of developing and implementing sustainable social programmes, designs and strategies. Experienced in engaging and building relationships with various stakeholders including government, civil society actors, communities, donor agencies, bilateral institutions, and influencing for positive change. She currently works as the Head of Women’s Rights for ActionAid South Africa, leading the strategic development, design and implementation of the women’s rights programming, promoting gender equality, access to economic justice and bodily integrity.


    Before she joined ActionAid South Africa, she worked the Coalition of African Lesbians as a National Programme Manager. She has also worked as Young Urban Women's Programme Manager for ActionAid South Africa, a Senior Researcher for Mott McDonald Health Africa and as a Gender Research Officer for Lutheran Development Services, Swaziland.

  • Cheryl Phillips (South Africa)

    Senior Manager: Drakenstein Municipality, Western Cape

    Bachelor of Arts (Public Administration), University of Cape Town


    Ms Phillips is a Senior Manager in the Drakenstein Municipality. She manages the Economic Growth and Tourism Division, where she has been instrumental in managing the development of strategies and policies to facilitate an enabling environment to grow the economy of Drakenstein.


    Before taking the current position, she  led Chervent Project Management, an independent project management contractor, where she  provided project implementation support to an online mapping tool project to illustrate the provision of Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS support services in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and the  development of destination marketing strategies in Local Municipalities. She has also worked as Tourism Services Agency Manager for Cape Town Routes Unlimited.


    Her long career in public service, includes working as Acting Director: Strategic Co-ordination Unit in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism- Western Cape Provincial Government; as Deputy Director: Office of the Head of Department (Secondment from Enterprise

    Development unit); and as Deputy Director: Enterprise Development Manager amongst her various roles.

  • Qeqe Pamella Phumeza (South Africa)

    Part Time Lecturer: Buffalo City TVET College                                                                                                    

    Post Graduate Diploma in Economics, University of Cape Town

    Ms Qeqe is a Facilitator of elective programmes of the ICT Certificate at Ikhala College, Aliwal North, Eastern Cape. She has also worked a  part time  Lecturer at Buffalo City TVET Colle. Her experience in the education sector also involves facilitating short courses at Lovedale College on Basic Business Skills (NQF level 4) and Basic Financial Skills (NQF level 4) as well as Management courses at Fort Hare Solutions, (Bhisho, Eastern Cape Province) namely, Visionary Leadership (NQF level 5) and Business Communication (NQF Level 4).

    Beyond teaching, she has offered in services to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), such as her expertise in the facilitation of water and sanitation projects that are implemented by The Mvula Trust to communities. This includes project management, facilitation of capacity building and awareness raising programmes to relevant stakeholders.

    She also runs Qeqe Consulting, overseeing the management of the consultancy firm and is key in the implementation of its services.

  • Jenny Ricks         (UK)

    Global Convenor Fight Inequality Alliance                                                                                                               

    Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Politics, University of Leeds

    Ms Ricks is senior civil society leader with sixteen years’ experience in international campaigning within civil society; has strong background in campaign strategy and management, coalition development and leadership, change management, organisational development, public mobilisation events, supporter engagement, project and event management, political lobbying, public speaking, media relations.


    She is the Global Convenor of Fight Inequality Alliance, responsible for providing strategic direction in the organisation, fundraising and ensuring regional and national alliances amongst her key roles. Prior to this, she was Head of Campaigns for ActionAid UK, where she led the campaign’s team getting significant wins on campaigns for tax justice, biofuels and corporates campaigning.


    Her other experience in civil society includes her work at ActionAid South Africa, Trade Justice Movement and War on Want in London.

  • Lahya Shikongo (Namibia)

    Foreign Relations Officer: Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia

    Bachelor of Arts -International Political Economy, The Colorado College, Colorado, USA


    Ms Shikongo is a Foreign Relations Officer, working in the Department of Bilateral Affairs, responsible for countries assigned, including the desks of Japan, Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and the USA. She keeps and updates all briefings and correspondences between Namibia and those countries and organizes and coordinates all aspects of official events including meetings, state and official visits.

    Prior to this position, she was Second Secretary (Political) at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations in New York. She has considerable experience leading on international relations matters, including being a Vice-Chair (African Group), Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, Rapporteur, Open-Ended Working Group on Aging in the UN General Assembly and as a Lead negotiator for Namibia, SADC and the African Group.

  • Michael Swartz (South Africa)

    Retirement specialist: Allan Gray Investment Services

    Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Development Studies, University of the Western Cape


    Mr Swartz is currently employed as a multi-product retirement consultant, administering the processing of investments for client’s in the retirement product division. The fostering of client’s relationships through exceptional service forms a key aspect of the role as well as initiating and implementing inter-department projects in the operations space.

    Prior to this role, he was employed as an operations consultant processing incoming investments of clients, managing client and financial advisor relationships through providing exceptional client services and performing ad hoc departmental projects in aid of improving the operations department.

     He has also worked as research intern at Wesgro, where he assisted in providing analysis for key sectors of the Western Cape economy with particular focus on international trade and investment dynamics; and in the collection and analysis of economic data for the purposes of supporting various business units within the agency.

  • Humbulani Oscar Tshivhase (South Africa)

    Director - Organisational Design: Department of Public Service and Administration

    B-Tech Degree Operations Management, University of South Africa


    Mr Tshivhase is a Director of Organisational Design in the Department of Public Service and Administration. He develops and advises on organizational development frameworks and instruments; monitors, evaluates and reports on compliance with organisational structuring regulations; provides advice and assistance on organizational development matters; and develop and maintains a management information system. Prior to this position, he was a Deputy Director in the same department.


    He has also worked as an Assistant Director: Job Evaluation and Organisational Design in the national Department of Tourism as well as a Senior Work Study Officer: Organisational

    Development in the national Department of Health, where he started as a Trainee Work Study Officer.

  • Monde Tshalanga (South Africa)

    Manager - Change Management & Organisational Development: Office of the Premier, Eastern Cape

    Bachelor of Public Administration Honours, MANCOSA

    Mr Tshalanga is a Manager of Change Management and Organizational Development in the Office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape Province. His duties include designing a framework for business to provide a foundation for defining, improving and managing transformation activities and processes; apply a structured methodology and lead change management initiatives; assess the change impact within the Provincial Government; develop and align change management strategy to Departments; identify, analyze, prepare risk mitigation tactics on Change Management and

    monitor, coach and mentor the Provincial Change Agents project teams amongst his main responsibilities. Prior to this, he was an  Assistant Manager of Change Management & Organizational Development in the same office.


    Before he joined the Eastern Cape Premier’s Office, he was a Human Resources Officer in the South African Revenue Service in Port Elizabeth, tasked with coordinating, conducting and monitoring user-satisfaction surveys; developing and monitor the implementation of Employment Equity Plans

    And championing the implementation of Human Resource Development Plans for business units.

  • Israel Zemburuka (Namibia)

    Deputy Director of Corporate Communications Strategic Communications and Financial Sector: Development Department of the Bank of Namibia

    Master of International Journalism, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom

    Mr Zemburuka is a communications practitioner and one of Namibia’s prolific broadcasters. He has over 17 years’ experience as a broadcaster. He has served in various leadership roles spanning across radio, newsroom and programming divisions of the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. He now occupies a strategic position as Deputy Director of Corporate Communications in the Strategic Communications and Financial Sector Development Department of the Bank of Namibia.

    He started his career as a Trainee Assistant Producer/Contract Assistant Producer/Producer – TV

    Current Affairs and went on to hold various position in different companies. The main position he held include hosting a TV Current Affairs programmes, being a Station Manager in  OtjiHerero Service, one of the nine radio stations in the NBC flagship and working as an Executive Producer: Documentaries (middle management). In this position he was charged with establishing documentary production unit serving radio and TV, profiling Namibia’s rich history and leading personalities, and its place in the world.

  • Monalisa Zatjirua (Namibia)

    Gender based Violence Programme Manager: United Nations Entity for Gender equality and women empowerment

    BA Social work, University of Namibia

    Ms Zatjirua is experienced in programme work in the areas of children and women’s rights, gender mainstreaming, gender equality and gender-based violence and its linkages to SRH/HIV/AIDS and harmful traditional practices. Currently, she is a Gender based Violence Programme Manager in United Nations Entity for Gender equality and women empowerment. Her previous position as a National consultant for Gender and Gender Based violence focused on implementing the Gender/GBV programme (including harmful practices e.g. child marriage and linkages to SRH/HIV/AIDS) and contributing to the development of UNFPA’s new Country programme document for 2019 -2023 and Namibia’s new United Nation Partnership Framework (UNPAF) 2019-2023.

    Her career started with a Human Rights NGO (Legal assistance Centre 2001-2004) focusing on the rights of children in conflict with law. At the end of the juvenile justice project implementation, she joined the Government of the Republic of Namibia, Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare (2004 – 2009), working as a development planner for legislation, mainly focusing on legal education on laws pertaining to gender equality, gender mainstreaming, GBV, and children rights. In this capacity she immensely contributed to development of periodic country reports for the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and Convention on the elimination of discrimination against women (CEDAW).

    She also worked with UNICEF NAMIBIA as a Child protection officer (NOB) responsible for programme design, implementation, management, monitoring and reporting (focusing on child protection, violence against children and women, gender mainstreaming, harmful traditional practices and social protection.