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For the second cycle of the Leadership for Change programme, thirteen(13) candidates from within the SADC region were selected to participate. Click here to view their bios.


Leadership for Change Alumni

  Camilo Correia Nhancale
Camilo works as a researcher and coordinator at the Natural Resources Management and Environmental Unit at Cruzeiro do Sul IID, Research Institute for Development Jose Negrão; a multidisciplinary research institute in the fields of rural development, socio-economics, environment, policing, land tenure and poverty reduction strategies. With more than 12 years of experience as civil society activist, Camilo has worked as a community based natural resources management called Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT/FNP as project officer in Mozambique.

“I believe that participating in this initiative will help me improve and add value to my current leadership work and for my future work in influencing change.”
  Chilufya Chileshe
Chilufya is committed to development, poverty reduction and social justice. She has worked for five years in policy engagement and advocacy on social and economic justice issues focusing on issues of public debt, aid effectiveness and transparency and trade justice with the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (Jubilee Zambia). More recently she has moved on to work for the Zambian Governance Foundation (ZGF) – an organisation set up to provide financial and technical support to civil society involved in policy engagement, through capacity development and grant-making.

“...being part of the Leadership for Change fellowship at this moment will be opportune for me to contribute to the internal decisions regarding the approaches to be used to support civil society with technical expertise...”
  Antonio Kiala
  Antonio has extensive work experience in development, capacity building and advocacy. He has worked for Pact in the Organizational Evaluation and Diagnostic area with specifics indicators to evaluate NGO organizational Capacity before and after capacity building actions to measure organizational change. He has been involved in project planning, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well as community mobilization, sensitization and organization in community health (malaria, HIV/AIDS, Breastfeeding promotion a support).

“The thematic sessions planned will give me enough knowledge, experiences, lessons and good practices which will allow me to improve my leadership roles and strategies and undertake actions for effective coordination in my organization and in civil society organizations.”
  Cathy Rutivi
South Africa

Cathy is currently employed as a Member Services Manager with Consumers International (CI) based in Johannesburg where she is responsible for managing and coordinating programme and member activities in Eastern and Southern Africa. Prior to that she worked as a Regional Programme Officer responsible for Food and Nutrition with the same organisation (Consumers International) but based in Zimbabwe and Ghana. She was responsible for managing, coordinating, monitoring and regular reporting on country related programmes where she managed junior staff, country programme follow ups, programme budgets and financial reports.

“One is either born a leader or they can learn to be a leader and I believe that the Leadership for Change Programme will equip me with tools to achieve the skills levels that will help me to conquer the challenges that I will face in my career development.”

  Dakarayi Matanga

Dakarayi is currently the Senior Policy Officer for the Domestic Debt portfolio within the Debt Management Programme at the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development (AFRODAD). The domestic debt programme will in the short to medium term carry forward studies on the increasing accumulation of domestic debt, as well as assess the quality of loan contraction and debt management frameworks in a number of African countries. He has served various institutions in the NGO and private sectors in Zimbabwe and regionally in policy, advocacy and communications roles since 2000.

“I would like to be part of the Leadership for Change Initiative because of its stated goals of achieving pro-poor policy development and implementation by linking it to effective leadership of institutions designed to achieve those goals.”

  Martha Olotu

Martha works as a Grants Manager for the Foundation for Civil Society in Tanzania She supervises eleven Program Officers with a portfolio of more than 800 organisations. Her role also includes, providing needed support to ensure the team effectively fulfills their responsibilities in responding to project implementation queries from grantees. She also advices potential grantees on how to write good proposals which will allow them to intervene on different issues that impact the lives of citizens. Martha is also a co-facilitator of a training programme called “Transformation Leadership for Women Empowerment.”

“Since this is a regional programme, my participation will greatly enhance my skills on engaging with different people at different levels this includes policy makers and people from the private sector especially at Regional (SADC) levels.”

  Munsoo Kurrimbaccus

Munsoo works as Head of Administration at Hamilton College Mahebourg and has been active in the Social field since his childhood. He is also a freelance writer for the press. Munsoo is a prominent Youth Leader and an enthusiastic Social Worker and has been actively involved in the field of Drug Abuse Prevention. He also served as the President of the National Youth Task Force (NYTF) from 2004 to 2007. In December 2007, he stepped down as President of the NYTF to give an opportunity for leadership to other youth to.

“I personally believe that leadership for change will enable me take stock of the new challenges ahead and acquire the necessary skills required to respond in the national effort for poverty alleviation...”

  Mvunzi Ngoyi Langa
Republic of Congo

Mvunzi is the Program Manager of the Congolese League against Corruption (LICOCO). His responsibilities include preparing projects in order to bring change and improvement by working with policy makers in addressing the needs of the people. Mvunzi has received training in Public Policy, Governance and Leadership organised by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance in Johannesburg. His interest is in the field of public policy and is committed to increasing his knowledge in this area.

“I hope to be one of the participants because our NGO is fighting corruption in DRC and it is important for us to master the policy making process in order to positively influence the change and the improvement of conditions in our country.”

  Vimbai Mushongera

Vimbai Mushongera is the Parliament Advocacy Officer for the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions. She facilitates policy engagement and advocacy for the rights and conditions of workers. Vimbai is actively involved in the formulation and implementation of strategies that seek to eliminate discord, dysfunction within the workforce.

“Our country has reached a turning point where change is inevitable and thus all sectors of the economy will be required to come up with appropriate policies which eliminate discord, dysfunction and corruption”

  Luke Tembo

Luke works for the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHHRR) as the Information and Communications officer. CHRR is one of the leading organisations in Malawi that seeks to contribute towards the protection, promotion and consolidation of good governance by bringing awareness to civil society on human rights through research, advocacy and net-working in order to realise human development. Luke’s role involves drafting all communication and advocacy materials including policy drafts and position papers on a number of topical issues in Malawi and the SADC region.

“...this initiative will help me to create new networks and contacts with likeminded organizations in this part of Africa that can foster regional integration and sharing of ideas even after the fellowship is over.”

  Elizabeth Mpofu

Elizabeth is the National Chairperson for Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum. Her role involves supporting and facilitating the practice of sustainable agro ecology for rural and resource smallholder farmers in Zimbabwe. Agro ecology is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, bio diversity and methods adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects to the environment. Elizabeth therefore drives the innovation and science of Agro ecology to benefit the environment while promoting good quality agricultural production for smallholder farmers.

“Given the nature of my work experience..., the Leadership for Change course is quite relevant to my expectation to skilfully mobilise smallholder farmers during this time of climate change to adopt agro ecology for food security.”

  Mwaba Simfukwe

Mwaba has worked in the field of development since 2007 as an Assistant Programme Officer – Information, Advocacy & Training and as a Communications and Information Officer, advocating on land issues, women & children’s right, HIV & AIDS and socio economic empowerment. Currently she is working as a coordinator for a youth organisation called Young Global Leaders Zambia that is led by youth only and founded on the specific needs of the youth who are usually marginalised in society.

“Since taking up the position of coordinator in a newly established youth organization I have been faced with a challenge of leadership and lack of certain skills fit for a leader that I believe that participating in this course will empower me the skills I need.”

  Mussa Samson Billigeya

Mussa is an Assistant Programme Officer for the Tanzania Association of NGOs (TANGO). He develops strategic action plans for the lobbying and advocacy for the Tanzanian Civil Society Trade Coalition. Mussa also coordinates Millenium Development Goals campaigns in Tanzania. Prior to working for TANGO, Mussa was a researcher at Ford Foundation where he undertook research studies focusing on the “Students Voices” in east Africa

“The programme will enhance my leadership knowledge and skills”

  Poonawadee IYASAWMY- ESSOO

Poonawadee started her career in the Public Service in 1977 as a clerical officer. She was promoted to Executive Officer in 1982 and then appointed Administrative officer in 1991. She has 13 years experience at senior management level in the Public Service having worked as Assistant Secretary and Acting Principal Assistant Secretary in 5 different Ministries from 1991-2004. She took early retirement at the age of 45 after 26 years of service. Following her retirement, in February 2004, she has worked as a Consultant/ Researcher on several studies in Social Science and as Assistant Researcher at the Centre for Applied Social Research (CASR), University of Mauritius.

“The programme will be an opportunity for me to enhance my knowledge and capacities to face these challenges. Furthermore it will enable to learn from the experiences of the other participants in the region and share my own experience.”

  Michael Ernst Gaweseb

Michael is the executive Director for Namibia Consumer Trust. He represents consumers on public and private forums/entities, manages the affairs of the organisation, raises funds and ensures financial accountability to the board of trustees and other stakeholders. His duties also include conducting research on behalf of consumers in Namibia as well as lobbying and advocating activities that he conducts based on research findings.

“The leadership programme will enable me to engage stakeholders more meaningfully to impart real change.”

  Percy Makombe
South Africa

Percy is the Programmes Manager for the Economic Justice Network (EJN), based in Cape Town. EJN is the economic and social arm of the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa. His role is to develop effective advocacy strategies and interventions on a selected number of development issues – debt, trade, climate change, extractive industries and food security.

“I believe the Leadership for Change programme will build my capacity and sharpen my management skills and place me in a better position in my policy."



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