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)
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.
Mark Apollis (South Africa)
Deputy Director: Department of Economic Development, Western Cape Government
National Diploma in Public Management and Administration, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Mr Apollis has worked in the public sector for 30 years at both national and provincial level. He is currently a Deputy Director in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Western Cape provincial government. His main responsibilities include collecting, compiling and disseminating information on skills development; monitoring and evaluation of skills programmes and overseeing the jobs management unit.
His long career in public service began in the Department of Labour, working as an Administrative Clerk. His other positions include, Assistant Director in the Western Cape Department of Education, where he was based in the Personnel Management Directorate, focusing on developing personnel management policies, management strategies and evaluation policies amongst other functions.
He believes the programme will develop his potential to become a good strategic leader.
Nisha Daya (South Africa)
Deputy Director: Regional Skills Development Implementation (Monitoring), Department of Higher Education and Training - National Skills Fund
Honors Degree in Public Administration, Stellenbosch University (School of Public Leadership)
Ms Daya is a human resource development practitioner with a progressive career history and proven track record in the field of skills development focusing on implementation, project and stakeholder management, planning and reporting at middle and senior management level. She currently works for the Department of Higher Education Training as a Deputy Director, responsible for monitoring regional skills development implementation.
She has extensive knowledge of Public Service Regulatory framework; extensive knowledge of education, training and development practices; applicable training and skills development Acts; all relevant SETA’s and the National Skills Development Strategy.
Prior to her current position, she was an Assistant Director at the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. She has also had considerable experience in the private sector, working for British American Shared Services: Africa Middle East and also held various roles at Ackermans Head Office.
Ms Daya believes the programme will enhance her knowledge of policy development and practices globally as well as locally; which can add value to her current area of work.
Rose Dodd (Ghana)
Adjunct Faculty: Foundations of Design and Entrepreneurship (FDE), Asheshi University
MBA in Marketing and Innovation Strategy, University of Illinois ( USA)
Ms Dodd is a social entrepreneur with a breadth of experience in business development, curriculum facilitation, and social enterprise development. She currently facilitates a freshman cohort in using Design Thinking tools and techniques at Asheshi University as well as work as a Curriculum Facilitator for an incubator called Ghana Climate Innovation Centre, where she co-designs and delivers the curriculum.
Her prior experience includes working for Regions Bank in Illinois, USA as a Branch Manager and as a Project Manager Business Consultant at Illinois Business Consultant amongst her range of working experience.
She has also worked on various projects that include the Kaya ChildCare which aims to provide a Early Childhood Development Centre focused on providing a safe day space for 0 to 5 year old children of single-mother head porters in the open markets in Madina, Accra. She further led the planning and implementation team on the Education Collaborative at Ashesi project, which focused on organising a collaborative workshop to share best practices in higher education teaching, administration, and management in Africa.
Zakariya Hoosain (South Africa)
Head Official/HoD: Western Cape Provincial Treasury
Bachelor of Accounting Science (BCompt), University of South Africa
Mr Hoosain is an accountant that has 20 years experience working in financial management. He currently leads the Western Cape Provincial Treasury department. In this role his is responsible for assisting the MEC for Finance to entrench fiscal prudence and to broaden and develop the socio-economic base of the province; guiding the direction of resources and opportunities to maximise the social dividend; he is also responsible for the strategic direction and effective management of the department; fostering well-functioning people and teams, and healthy inter-government relations and promoting good governance with an emphasis on service delivery amongst his various functions.
Prior to heading the department, he was a Deputy Director General: Governance. In this position he was responsible for effective and efficient management within the provincial and municipal spheres by assisting departments and municipalities to build capacity and instilling good governance practices.
Mr Hoosain spent part of his career in the private sector working for various companies such as Mazars (Partner/Director), PricewaterhouseCoopers (Consultant), Transnet Group Internal Audit (Client Manager) and Moores Rowland CA (SA) (Articles/Audit Supervisor).
David Kamau (Kenya)
Chief of Party/Director: YALI Regional Leadership Centre East Africa (RLC EA)
Master of Arts in Leadership, Pan Africa Christian University
Mr Kamau is the Director of the YALI Regional Leadership Centre East Africa. He is responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight for the development, administration, and promotion of the RLC EA and its programs; ensuring the long-term sustainability of the Centre through overseeing resource mobilisation and potential revenue generation; key stakeholder management including donours, private sector organisations and the government; and ensuring high quality leadership development, instruction, and guidance in a safe and engaging learning environment through a broad network of public and private partners. Before this position, he was a Deputy Chief of Party and Learning/Curriculum Director for RLC EA.
Prior to joining RLC EA, he worked as a Consultant on organisational development; learning and development , working for companies such as Deloitte East Africa, Transform Nations, Enchanting Africa, Thornsoft International, SBO Research, Possibilities Africa, Medical Access Uganda Limited, National Housing Corporation, Africa Talent Bank, RE Group, and Three Sixty Degrees Holdings.
He hopes with the skills and additional knowledge from the Master’s programme, he will have even more tremendous impact in his work.
Helena Kuzee (Namibia)
Executive Assistant to the First Lady and Deputy Director - Education, Health & Media: Republic of Namibia
Bachelor of Social Science (Public Policy and Administration), University of Cape Town
Ms Kuzee is an Executive Assistant to the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia and a Deputy Director: Education, Health and Media. She is the spokesperson for the First Lady and heads the One Economy Foundation (fundraising arm of the Office of the First Lady). She is responsible for the administration of two scholarship funds ( Talented Individual Programme and the Hage Geingob Endowment Award) and is focal person for work with community based grassroots organisations under the health pillar.
Ms Kuzee has over 10 years experience working in the public sector in Namibia. She started as an intern in Directorate of Information and Research in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she worked herself up to Foreign Relations Officer in various desks: Germany and Turkey, Benelux and the Nordics, USA and Canada.
Her other roles in the public service include being a Chief Foreign Relations Office in the Department of Bilateral Affairs, Angola and South Africa desk, as well as First Secretary: Political Affairs and Head of Visa and Consular Section at the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia to the Federal Republic of Germany.
She believes the Master’s programme aligns perfectly with her career trajectory as she intends to specialise in public policy and is passionate about development issues in Namibia.
Maribe Mamabolo (South Africa)
Content Manager: Office of the Director General, Department of Public Service and Administration
BA Honours (Recreation Science), Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University
Mr Mamabolo is a Content Manager in the office of the Director General in the Department of Public Service and Administration.
Prior to this position, he was a Business Development Director at VadoSpark Pty (Ltd). In this role, he was responsible for aligning business model, objectives and vision to existing and potential new business. He primarily worked with all relevant stakeholders such as potential clients and potential partners.
With a background in sports and recreation, he has held various roles in government and elsewhere. He was a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Recreation in the Department of Sports and Recreation, where he provided technical and professional advice to the minister; assisted in formulation of policy and strategy for recreation; and monitored and evaluated the delivery of recreation services amongst other responsibilities. He also worked as a Sport, Recreation and Fitness Chamber Coordinator for Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA).
Mohau Moahludi (South Africa)
Manager - Research and Development: Department of Economic Development and Tourism, Northern Cape
Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning, University of the Free State
Mr Moahludi is a Manager: Economic Research in the Department of Economic Development and Tourism in the Northern Cape provincial government. He is tasked with managing economic research to enhance provincial economic development planning which includes unpacking, analysing and advising on Provincial Growth and Development Strategy targets.
Prior to his current position in the Northern Cape provincial government, he was an Economic Researcher in the Free State Provincial Treasury, where his responsibilities included providing quantitative analysis and monitoring of key socio-economic variables; developing, publishing and disseminating provincial development indicators, amongst other responsibilities. He also worked in the same department as a Senior Economic Practitioner, before which, he was a Research Intern in the department.
Mokete Mokone (South Africa)
Evaluation & Learning Specialist (Deputy Director): Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC)
Master of Arts in International Relations, University of the Witwatersrand
Mr Mokone is an Evaluation and Learning Specialist at the Government Technical Advisory Centre, an agency of the South African National Treasury where he is responsible for evaluation, learning and development of results-based measurement processes focused on employment and socio-economic programmes. In his current role at GTAC he works on the Jobs Fund programme where he oversees a portfolio of employment creation projects in agriculture, tourism, education, entrepreneurship and micro finance. He is also involved in M&E strategy development, operationalising the learning agenda, facilitating training in measurement systems, data management, impact reporting and sustainability.
Prior to joining GTAC, Mr Mokone was a consultant with Feedback Research, working with local and international organisations on development projects. He was a field coordinator on the USAID Umbrella Grants Management (UGM) project that reviewed local partners’ capacities to meet development objectives in health and HIV/AIDS.
Mr Mokone has also worked on assignments for the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs on their Pharmaciens sans frontiers (PSF) in school nutrition programme in South Africa and was case leader on the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Siyenza Manje Programme that assessed municipal service delivery strengthening.
He believes the interdisciplinary approach in the Matser’s programme would be beneficial for building networks, learning from other professionals and sharing his own lessons from current and previous work.
George Mugerwa (Uganda)
Commissioner - Monitoring & Evaluation: Directorate of Socio-Economic Monitoring & Research- (DSEMR), Office of the President
Master of Business Administration, Makerere University, Kampala
Mr Mugerwa is a Commissioner of Monitoring and Evaluation in the Office of the President of Uganda. The overall purpose of his role is to provide the strategic direction of the department, his responsibilities include: developing plans; managing the departmental resources; guiding the process of planning in the office of the President; tracking the performance of government programs, projects and policies; build the capacity of the stakeholders in Monitoring & Evaluation; and producing and disseminating reports to the relevant stakeholders.
Prior to this position, he worked as acting Managing Director in the Uganda Printing and Publishing, which is a Government of Uganda Security Printer under the Office of the President, with the purpose of providing strategic direction of the Corporation. He also worked as an Independent Consultant in Project Management and Monitoring & Evaluation. His main objective was to ensure effective and efficient running of the programmes.
Mr Mugerwa has a strong belief that the knowledge, skills and experiences that he will acquire during the programme, will help him and Uganda at large in the effort to address existing challenges.
Sukoluhle Ncube (Zimbabwe)
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer: Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum
Bachelor of Science Honours in Economics, University of Zimbabwe
Ms Ncube is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the Ecumenical Church Leaders Forum. In this position, she has the overall responsibility for the quality and timeliness of M&E efforts in the organisation’s peace building programs. Her other responsibilities include: ensuring the availability and lead the development of strong monitoring systems (e.g. common indicators, M&E plans) and related data collection tools to monitor project activities; overseeing baseline, researches and evaluation processes; developing terms of reference and supporting the data collection and analysis as well as timely delivery; and conducting regular monitoring missions in the project’s target areas amongst other activities.
Prior to this, she was a Chief Economist in the Department of Infrastructural Development in Matabeleland North, where she oversaw the development sector within the province, providing key linkages and guidance to various partners and line ministries and capacitating the district developmental structures to improve their capacity to manage and implement various programmes.
Hanne Nyokange (Kenya)
Program Manager - Dell Young Leaders Programme: University of Cape Town & Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) Public Policy & Administration, University of Cape Town
Ms Nyokange manages the Dell Young Leaders programme at the University of Cape Town. In this role she is responsible for developing innovative and strategic support models to increase the throughput rates of students on NSFAS; securing and managing the Dell Young Leaders Scholarship and Wrap Around grant; developing, directing and implementing a student retention and risk mitigation strategy on behalf of the Dell Young Leaders programme; building a network of corporate employer and public-sector partners and leading a monitoring and evaluation strategy with a view to demonstrating program impact.
Prior to this she worked for the African Leadership Academy, starting as a Team Analyst & Special Projects Assistant and worked her way up the position of Strategic Relations Coordinator before she left to join UCT.
Denis Okwar (Uganda)
Regional Development Advisor /Consultant: USAID Uganda
Master of Business Administration; Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI)
Business School, Arusha Tanzania
Mr Okwar is a senior development specialist, with over fifteen years of experience in multi-faceted development, transition and humanitarian projects. He has extensive experience implementing, planning, managing and leading system strengthening and service delivery projects across health, education and local governance sectors. He currently works as a Regional Development Advisor for USAID Uganda. His main responsibilities include drafting and reviewing statements of work for regional development interventions; writing technical briefs relating to the regional development approach to inform the USAID mission; facilitating strategic engagements and partnerships with relevant stakeholders and crafting research agenda and identifying research partnerships to inform the regional development and investment planning as well as policy dialogue.
Prior to the current position, he played various roles in USAID programmes such as Senior Strategy Advisor, Transitions Consultant and Chief of Party.
Mr Okwar believes the Master’s programme will enable him to apply the acquired knowledge and skills in his professional endeavors.
Lebogang Pillar (Botswana)
Founding Partner: Garebamono & Pillar Law Practice
Post Graduate Diploma Strategic Management, University of Derby, UK
Ms Pillar is a lawyer with 14 years’ experience working in the legal industry in various capacities. She is the Founding Partner of the Garebamono & Pillar Law Practice. Her specialties include commercial and corporate law, law of contract, regulations and compliance, corporate governance, insurance law, intellectual property, labour law and industrial relations amongst others.
She started her law career as a Professional Assistant responsible for general litigation, drafting of commercial agreements, legal research, drafting of legal opinions, and practiced as a conveyancer and notary public in Modimo & Associates; Langwane Mmekwa & Company and Rahim Khan & Co. She also worked as a Legal Advisor for the National Development Bank of Botswana.
Livhalani Rammbuda (South Africa)
Development Management Director/Development Specialist: National Development Agency
Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education, University of South Africa
Mr Rammbuda is a Development Specialist in the National Development Agency. The main purpose of his role is to provide subject matter and technical expertise in the identification, designing, review and implementation of the strategies, development and mobilisation interventions for income and non-income generating Civil Society Organisations inclusive of NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, Cooperatives and community-based ECD centres.
Prior to his current position, he was an EXCO Member & HOD in ExecuPrime Holdings (Pty) Ltd. The role involved being part of a team that gave long term strategic direction of the organization focusing on financial stewardship; internal business processes; organisational capacity and stakeholder satisfaction. He has also worked for SACORD Consulting (Pty) Ltd as a Business Development & Support Executive and as a Quality Inspector.
Monwabisi Rwexu (South Africa)
Executive Director & Chief Operations Officer: R&G Group of Consultants (Pty) Limited
BTech Quantity Surveyor, Tshwane University of Technology
Mr Rwexu is an Executive Director of the R&G Group of Consultants. His main responsibilities include providing overall leadership and management to the group; performing quantity surveying functions on schools, clinics, hospitals, factories, libraries, sports-fields; marketing of the practice to both public and private sector clients; staff recruitment and development and strategic planning and financial management to mention a few.
Prior to founding his consultancy firm, he was a Candidate Quantity Surveyor for Lindile Mteza and Associates. He also worked as a supervisor at Murray and Roberts - Eastern Cape, and as a Senior QS Technician for Kahts & Sparks Quantity Surveyors.
Manager -Business Support and Social Facilitation: Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency
Master in Sustainable Agriculture, University of Free State
Mr Somlotha is an experienced agricultural economist, with vast experience in the public sector, advising on agribusiness management and marketing training for small and large scale famers. Currently, he is a Manager of Business Support and Social Facilitation in the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency.
Prior to the current position, he worked for Agrarian Research Agency as a Strategic Support Services Manager before the agency was incorporated into the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency. He has also worked for the Land Bank as a Sales and Account Management Consultant and as a Lecturer of Agricultural Economics at Owen Sithole College.
His other roles include working for the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu Natal and the South African Cane Growers Association.
Richard Teny (South Sudan)
Executive Director: Coalition Humanity-CH-South Sudan
Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, University of Eastern Africa–Baraton
Mr Teny is an Executive Director for Coalition Humanity South Sudan. In this role he, provide overall direction to the organization growth, key programmes components, planning, decision and direction. He also leads and supports key managers in raising fund for the organization.
Prior to this he was a Project Coordinator for the House of Governance in Conflict Dynamic International, where he led the research team in coordination with research partners, recruited and trained research assistance and government officials.
He has also worked in several units and programmes of the United Nations Development Programme in South Sudan, including: the Crisis Recovery and Mapping Analysis Project and the Crisis Recovery Unit to name a few.
Ndeutalala Amulungu (Namibia)
Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant
Highest qualification: Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation, University of Stellenbosch
Ms Amulungu is an independent consultant working in the monitoring and evaluations field. She has worked with government, NGOs and international organisations. She’s been contracted by Ministry of Environment and Tourism to develop an M&E framework as well as to carry out a Baseline Study for the project Scaling up community resilience climate variability and climate change in Northern Namibia (SCORE) with funding from Global Environmental Facility (GEF). She’s also consulted for the Ministry of Health and Social Services for the End of Review for National Strategic Framework for HIV/AIDS (NSF).
Prior to her independent work, she worked as Manager for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) at Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA-N). She also worked for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Namibia Country Office as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, where she was responsible for handling M&E related activities and coordinating research activities. Apart from her M&E work, she has a background in the public policy research environment. She was a Chief Economist in the National Planning Commission (NPC), where she engaged with developmental challenges and planning processes, and she also worked for the Namibia Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU).
Kudzanayi Bangure (Zimbabwe)
Project Manager /Research Specialist - NEPAD Business Foundation (Africa Infrastructure Desk)
Highest qualification: B.Com (Hon) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management, University of Cape Town
Mr Bangure is an experienced analyst/infrastructure expert with a total of 9 years professional working experience. His role at NEPAD as a project manager/research specialist has specifically focused on early stage preparation of large scale development infrastructure projects across Africa, from concept definition through to implementation. Five years of his career have been spent in the management consulting sector as an analyst focused on commercial feasibility and commercial due diligence projects to support geographic expansion, new product development and mergers and acquisitions projects
Prior to his current role in the NEPAD Business Foundation, he has held various positions at Frost & Sullivan International, including as Research Analyst, Industry analyst, Team Leader and Programme Manager.
He believes expanding his educational background through the masters programme will greatly enhance his impact in development work across the continent.
Sumaya Behardien (South Africa)
Senior Legal Advisor - South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
Highest qualification: LLB - Bachelor of Law (4-year honours equivalent degree)
Mrs Behardien is an attorney with Right of Appearance in the High Court. She currently works as a senior legal advisor in the South African Medical Research Council. Her responsibilities include negotiating, drafting, vetting and amending contracts; legal research in order to provide legal advice and written legal opinions to Management; structuring legal advice to enable the business to accomplish its strategic objectives, monitoring public policy and legislative developments relevant to the SAMRC and engaging policy developers and enforcement / regulatory agencies; developing SAMRC internal policy approach protocol / precedents / frameworks and providing guidance and direction to business units to ensure the organisation is compliant with all applicable policies and laws ensuring legislative compliance amongst others.
Her early work as a candidate attorney stated at Legal Aid South Africa - Cape Town Justice Centre (Atlantis Court) and Gustav W Cook Incorporated Attorneys.
She has also worked as a State Law advisor in the Western Cape Government - Department of the Premier, where she ensured that provincial government decision making is sound in law. Prior to that, she was a Public Prosecutor (relief staff - Mitchells Plain Magistrates Court Cluster) for the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa.
She believes the masters programme will broaden her skills set in strategic leadership and policy development.
Aphiwe Bewana (South Africa)
Policy Adviser - New Zealand High Commission, Pretoria
Highest qualification: Masters in Conservation Biology
Mr Bewana works as a policy advisor at the New Zealand High Commission. Until recently, he was a researcher in a parliamentary caucus. His primary role was to provide strategic analysis and research to support Members of Parliament (MPs) to enhance their oversight work.
Prior to this, he was a marine planner for the South African National Parks (SANParks), where he focused on conservation planning and development of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) managed by SANParks. His responsibilities were to assist towards the declaration of new MPAs adjacent to coastal National Parks, which includes: strategic planning, co-ordination and collection of scientific information, preparing material for public participation processes, and engaging with local stakeholders.
He believes that the programme will further develop his understanding and knowledge of development policy and strategic public leadership.
Melisizwe Bleki (South Africa)
Director: Special Projects - Private Office of the President (The Presidency)
Highest qualification: Bachelors of Arts Honours in Communication & Information Policy, University of South Africa
Mr Bleki works within the Frontline Service Delivery Monitoring Branch in the Presidency. He is responsible for organising meetings of statutory bodies and ensure that decisions taken in these meetings serve before Cabinet. He also provides vital support to the President for various activities related to public participation and accountability mechanism, such as Presidential Monitoring visits (Siyahlola), Presidential Working Groups, Izimbizo, Presidential Special Projects and other programmes and activities.
Prior to this he was a Deputy Director for Frontline Service Delivery and Monitoring at the Department of Monitoring and Evaluation. He also worked as an Assistant Manage for Public Participation & Public Relations Unit in the Presidency. His public sector career began as a Community Liaison Officer for Local Economic Development in a local municipality.
He believes the masters programme will equip him to be a change agent within his field.
Lee Chilese (Zambia)
Assistant Director: Development Planning (Social Sector) - Ministry of National Development Planning
Highest qualification: Masters in Health Economics and Pharmacoeconomics, Barcelona School of Management
Mr Chilese currently works for the Ministry of National Development Planning, as Assistant Director-Development Planning Social Sector. His job involves development of long-term, Medium-Term and Short-Term Development Plans and Policies, exploring sustainable financing options, facilitating the development of equity-enhancing resource allocation criteria, Coordination of Global and Regional Development Agendas such as Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Prior to his current post, he worked as Principal Planner for the Ministry of Health, where he was responsible for preparing budgets and plans for the health sector, monitoring and evaluation activities, participating in Joint Annual Review attending to Parliamentary queries and inquiries. He has also worked as a statistician for the Central Statistical Office and as a market analyst for MTN.
Tiyese Chimuna (Malawi)
Maternal and New-born Health (MNH) Specialist - United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)-
Malawi Country Office
Highest qualification: Master in Public Health, University of Pretoria
Ms Chimuna is a Health Specialist for UNICEF-Malawi Office. She sits in national level decision making forums driving the health and social policy agenda for better health development outcomes for the Malawian nation. She also interacts directly with health service providers and community members. Her work is facilitated by critical strategic policy analysis translating documented intentions into action based on local context to inform policy implementation to ensure that the Malawian population attains the highest level possible of health and quality life.
Prior to this, she was a Senior Child Health Advisor -Save the Children Malawi Country Office. Her responsibilities included programme development, being a team leader for community case management and community based maternal and new born care grant amongst others. She also worked as a Child Health and Nutrition and Advisor Program Manager-Integrated Community Case Management in the Save the Children Malawi Country Office.
Ms Chimuna has significant experience in the health field as she started as a nurse before branching out into the NGO sector. She hopes to build her skills to enhance capability to influence others / impart knowledge to colleagues and advocate for relevant strategic policy commitments in her area of expertise.
Mandisa Fatyela (South Africa)
Acting DDG Construction and Property Policy Regulation – National Department of Public Works
Highest qualification: MA in Sociology, University of Concordia, Montreal, Canada
Ms Fatyela works for the National Department of Public Works as the acting head of Policy, Regulation and Research branch and as a Chief Direct: Strategic Management. Her responsibilities include strategic management, regulation of the property and constructions sectors and development policies, manages the process towards the development of legislation and policies, conducts research, drafts policies, guidelines and regulations for the construction and property sectors.
She has more than 20 years’ experience in the public service. She’s worked as an acting Director General for the department and as a Chief Director. Her previous work includes consulting for the UNDP, being a Director for the Centre for Rural Legal Studies, National Coordinator for the Independent Development Trust and later a Director responsible for strategic management.
Munyongo Munkatha-Lumba (Zambia)
Consultant – UNICEF Zambia
Highest qualification: Master of Arts (Development Evaluation and Management), University of Antwerp, Belgium.
Ms Munkatha-Lumba is a consultant at UNICEF Zambia. She provides technical and administrative support to strengthen the Directorate of Open and Distance Education’s capacity to provide quality education for vulnerable groups, particularly girls and out of school children. She works with communities, institutions and national decision making bodies that shape the landscape for development policy and practice in this field.
Prior to this position, she was a Communications Consultant at Chemonics International, where she responsible for providing technical and administrative support to the Department of Public Relations in order to institutionalize the education sector communications strategy.
Ms Munkatha-Lumba has 17 years’ experience working in international development programmes across different fields. She believes the masters programme will strengthen her competencies and skills in leadership and contribute towards a motivated and solution oriented network of development practitioners concerned about the role of education in development.
Masego Madzwamuse (Botswana)
Economic and Social Justice Team Leader- Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa
Highest qualification: MA in Environmental Science, Rhodes University
Ms Madzwamuse is a Team Leader for the Economic and Social Justice (ESJ) Cluster at the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa. In her role as a team leader she provides financial and operational support to organisations working in the field of development, socio-economic and cultural rights with a focus on adherence to rights-based frameworks, social justice, accountability and good governance. She is responsible for the development and implementation of a substantive strategy which covers programmes on Food Security and Climate Change; Economic Justice, Access to Education; and Public Health Rights as well as managing and supervising the staff within the cluster.
She has extensive experience in programme development and coordination; sustainable development; rights based approaches to conservation; environmental economics; natural resource management systems; land tenure; adaptive livelihood strategies; gender and environment; sustainable land management; social and economic policy.
She previously led the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Botswana Office from 2001 to 2007 when she moved to IUCN ROSA as Regional Programme Development Officer where she stayed until 2008. She then joined UNDP and worked on the TerrAfrica Programme promoting sustainable land management in Sub-Saharan Africa.
She believes the masters programme will deepen her knowledge on theory and research in this field to complement her skills and experience.
Authur Masuka (Zimbabwe)
Project Manager (Agriculture Markets Development) – SNV
Highest qualification: Master of Science degree in Crop Science, University of Zimbabwe
Mr Masuka is an agricultural advisor and project manager with over ten years’ experience in managing and successfully implementing a varied portfolio of donor-funded agricultural and livelihoods initiatives, covering agricultural production, agribusiness development, enterprise restructuring, cluster development, supply-chain management, value chains, post-harvest technology, food and nutrition security, market development, sustainable environmental practices, climate smart agriculture, export promotion, contract farming, agronomic extension, market linkages, irrigation systems and agricultural research. He currently works as a Project Manager (Agriculture Markets Development) for SNV. His responsibilities include overall management of the programme, leading a team of advisors and technical support staff, coordinating with other project managers and participating is resource mobilisation. He previously worked for the same organisation as a Team Leader (Oil Seeds).
Ian Milimo (Zambia)
Assistant Resident Rep. for Poverty Reduction - United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Highest qualification: Masters Degree in Social Policy and Development, Manchester University
Mr Milimo is an advisor for Poverty reduction and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He is responsible for various poverty reduction programmes including; the Sustainable Resettlement of former refugees, Transforming the tourism sector for sustainable development, Innovation for inclusive growth Programme focusing on Small medium Enterprise, Transformation of the mining sector for job creation and Poverty Reduction and the Capacity development of Mineral Institutions working in development Mineral sector of the African Caribbean Countries. His portfolio also involves undertaking sector analysis and strategy formulation and programming of national and regional projects (including joint programmes).
Prior to his current post, he was a PEPFAR Senior Program Specialist. He developed and managed PEPFAR projects, provided technical support and guidance to implementing agencies and he took a leading role in the Country Operational Plan (COP) development and submission.
Ntokozo Mjiyako (South Africa)
Director: Executive Support – Office of the MMC of Transport, City of Johannesburg
Highest qualification: Postgraduate Diploma in Management – Security (PDM-S), University of Witwatersrand
Mr Mjiyako is a Director: Executive Support in Office of the MMC of Transport. His responsibilities include: general office management, providing political and strategic advice and liaison with different stakeholders.
Prior to this he was Legal Administration Officer for SAPS: Crime Intelligence Division where he undertook legal research and advisory roles, drafting legal documents as well as general operational support amongst other duties.
He has a history in the legal field, which includes: working for the Commercial Crimes Investigating Unit at Interpol Pretoria, candidate attorney at Fullard Mayor Morrison Inc., Judge’s Associate at the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development Labour Court, political reporter for the Daily Sun and working as a Legal Reacher/Clerk at Jurgens Bekker Attorneys.
Paul Mulindwa (Uganda)
Senior Project Officer - Centre for Conflict Resolution, South Africa
Highest qualification: Master of Arts in Human Rights, Makerere University, Kampala
Mr Mulindwa has 17 years of experience managing peacebuilding, governance, and humanitarian programmes in civil society organisations in Africa. He currently works as a Senior Project Officer with the Centre for Conflict Resolution, where he coordinates a pan-Africa capacity-building programme on human rights and governance. In this role he manages a peacekeeping capacity-building project for security institutions from Great Lakes region. He has trained UN and AU peacekeepers – MONUSCO, UNMISS, and AMISOM – in HIV/AIDS, conflict management, human rights, and gender as they relate to peacekeeping support operations. He is currently implementing a project with Regional Economic Communities (RECs) – IGAD, SADC, and ECOWAS – on conflict intervention support, peacebuilding, and governance through building their capacity in conflict management (early warning mechanisms, mediation and dialogue); as well as interacting with Africa Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR) and African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.
Prior to his work at the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Mr Mulindwa was a National Program Officer for United Nations Population Fund in Uganda. His responsibilities included collaborating with government and civil society organisations in managing and contributing to the formulation and design of country programmes on peacebuilding, human rights, reproductive health rights and women empowerment.
He believes the masters programme will enhance his skills in designing programmes, projects and strategies required for sustainable development and will equip him with critical skills that are pertinent for analysing, formulating and evaluating alternative development policies.
Refiloe Nt’sekhe (South Africa)
Member of Provincial Legislature - Gauteng Legislature
Highest qualification: Postgraduate Diploma in Management, University of Cape Town
Ms Nt’sekhe is a politician and serves as an MPL in the Gauteng Legislature as well as a Deputy Federal Chairperson for the Democratic Alliance (DA). Her main responsibility as an MPL include holding the governing party to account based on the various legislation: speaking in sittings, asking questions and proposing legislation through motions and private members bills; providing portfolio oversight (Social Development) and managing a constituency (wards and councillors) with the goal of assisting the DA to grow and contribute to increasing its support.
Ms Nt’sekhe has considerable experience in the political field. Her previous positions within the DA include: Ward Councillor in Ekurhuleni Municipality, Gauteng Provincial Spokesperson and National Director- Sustainable Markets.
Prior to beginning her political career in the DA, her background was in marketing. She worked as a Brand Manager for the SABC and Absa.
Mthobeli Sonjica (South Africa)
Deputy Director: Enterprise and Industrial Development - Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, KZN
Highest qualification: Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development, University of Free State
Mr Sonjica is a Deputy Director at the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. In this position his duties include: managing the facilitation of Sustainable Rural Enterprises in areas with economic development potential and opportunities, managing the development of manufacturing and agro and non-agro processing, managing the establishment of Agro industrial forums for development plans and agreements with implementation partners and facilitating engagement with district, provincial economic growth agencies.
His previous experience includes working as an Assistant Director in Department of Agriculture, Western Cape and as an Agricultural Development Technician in Department of Agriculture, Eastern Cape.
He believes the masters programme will strengthen his capacity in analysing governance and political economy and improve his capabilities in building organisations.
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, 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, 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.
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, 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, 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, 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, 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.
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.
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.