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Participants

For the second cycle of the Leadership for Change programme, fourteen (14) candidates from within the SADC region were selected to participate. Click here to view their bios.

Leadership for Change Participants

Glenn Farred

Glenn Farred

Glenn Farred is the Poverty & Development Manager at the SADC-Council of NGOs, an umbrella body of NGOs and National Coalitions in the SADC region seeking to promote and foster people-centered, sustainable human development through the active empowerment and participation of citizens and people. Glenn has worked in various development organisations for several years and has worked in research, policy formulation, community development and lobbying and advocacy campaigning. He has a strong passion for social justice and is interested in building durable and strong civil society in Africa.

 "Leadership for Change is about realising the potential for transformation at the personal, organisational, situational and societal levels. It is about making change happen at all those levels and preparing me to recognise the potential for change which is all around us. I think it is a unique journey and opportunity not only to be a leader but a better, more equipped, contributor to positive transformation ..." 

Geoffrey Chongo

Geoffrey Chongo

Geoffrey Chongo is a Programme Manager at the Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection, JCTR; a faith based Civil Society Organization based in Lusaka, Zambia. His responsibilities include staff management, research and advocacy coordination on public resource mobilization, public resource utilization and trade.  Before joining JCTR in 2011, Geoffrey worked for the Zambian Government as a tax inspector for five years. His research interests lies in the area of public policy as it relates to public finance.
“The Leadership for Change programme will help me harness my leadership skills and therefore enable me to manage my programme more effectively and create greater impacts on the lives of the communities that I serve.”
Vicente Adriano Vicente

Vicente Adriano Vicente

Vicente Adriano is currently working as Head of Advocacy, Communication and Cooperation Team of the National Farmers Union of Mozambique (UNAC). UNAC is a movement of peasants with 25 years of existence, has more than 100.000 individual members and over 2000 organizations across the country. He has worked with civil society organizations and Social Movements for more than 7 years with the agenda, of the ongoing fight against economic, politic and social injustice. Vicente is also researcher with particular focus on rural development policies; agenda of resistance of social movements and south-south cooperation.
“Leadership for change is an opportunity for improvement and consolidation of my leadership philosophy, a moment of introspection and openness to new ways of thinking and being, an opportunity to understand the different environments that the struggle of CSOs and social movements take place, always remembering Miyamoto Musashi as prophesied ‘that Justice without power is empty, but power without justice is only violence.’ ”
Martinus Potgieter

Martinus Potgieter

Martinus Potgieter is the Organisational Manager of the Diakonia Council of Churches, which helps people to take responsibility for their own development by mobilising them for active involvement in social justice issues through their church structures, and works for a transformed society actively working for social Justice.
“The thematic sessions will enhance my leadership abilities, and provide me with skills that will ensure greater effectiveness in my day to day work. The network of participants will be an incredible resource when dealing with issues of poverty, and will further ensure that we are not working in isolation, and that our efforts complements those made by others working towards the same goal.”
Mamalefetsane Phakoe

Mamalefetsane Phakoe

Mamalefetsane Phakoe is from Lesotho.  She is a National Chairperson for Small Scale Farmers and a Board member of Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum.  As the Chairperson, her work and role is directed at achieving the mission and the vision of the organization, which is promoting and increasing self-reliance, independence and a strong and effective National Network that empowers the District forum to increase small scale farmers’ visibility and conserve sustainable agriculture. In 2010, she was re-elected as the Chairperson of the Mafeteng Multi-media Association which is owns the only Community Radio in the Country. The purpose of opening that Radio station was to educate the people about the developmental issues, provide them with necessary information for them to make informed decision and entertain them.
“To participate in the leadership for change will help me to be more critical in thinking, reflect, become a good listener and apply different leadership styles as per situation (being able to adapt and adopt) and most importantly be able to network.”
Richard Mambeva

Richard Mambeva

Richard Mambeva comes from Harare, Zimbabwe and is currently working as the Campaign, Advocacy and Lobbying Officer at the Eastern and Southern Africa Small Scale Farmers Forum (ESAFF) based in Morogoro, Tanzania. ESAFF operates in 13 countries of the ESA region working on issues of empowering small scale farmers to fully participate in agricultural policy making in the ESA region.   Richard holds an MSc in International Relations and BSc (Honours) in Politics and Administration from the University of Zimbabwe, Harare.  He has a lot of experience in agriculture after having worked as Livelihoods Programme Officer at the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development (ZIMCODD) from June 2008 to February 2013. He has also worked as Programme Assistant at the Southern Africa Peoples’ Solidarity Network (SAPSN), a regional desk in Southern Africa from July 2006 to May 2008 and as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Zimbabwe-Polad Department as from September 2005 to June 2006.
 “I believe that by participating in this Leadership for Change sessions, I will be in a position to further my experience in leadership skills within the organization I am working for currently, my future leadership positions and networking with other likeminded organizations and social movements so as to be able to influence policies to eliminate poverty among the marginalized communities”.
Vama Jele

Vama Jele

Vama Jele is the General Secretary of Swaziland Migrant Mineworkers Association (SWAMMIWA) and Treasurer of Southern Africa Miners Association (SAMA) offices in Lesotho.  He is committed to advancing the lives of all ex-mineworkers and current mineworker’s precisely on TB and HIV/ AIDS.  His focus is to improve policies on migrant mineworkers, ex-mineworkers and their families, advocates for the rights of all migrant mineworkers irrespective of sector.
“I stalwartly believe that being part in the leadership for change will improve my emotional intelligence, complement value to my organisation as well as the regional association and further back my drive for better change.”
Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane

Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane

Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane is the Executive Director at the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA). She holds a Master’s in International Relations. She has over a decade of experience working in the human rights and social justice sectors engaging in advocacy and lobbying activities defending the rights of the poor and marginalised groups.  She has worked as a Social Worker, Paralegal/Caseworker, Advocacy Officer, Deputy Director at various organisations.
 “Change is realised when a few selfless and committed individuals come together and work for the greater good of humanity. Through this programme, I hope to enhance my skills to bring about the change that is needed in people’s lives and for a more vibrant civil society that can positively influence governments; policy and legislative framework. I further hope that my leadership skills and knowledge will be enhanced to be able to lead for change at various levels.”
Richard Litata

Richard Litata

Richard Litata is from Zambia.  He works with the Southern Africa Cross Border Traders Association in Zambia and specifically in the Eastern part of Zambia.   His key responsibility is facilitating cross border trade between Zambia and Malawi and Zambia and Mozambique for small scale traders who are using the Cross-border trade to earn a living and change the poverty situation in their lives.  Previously, amongst other positions that he held, Richard was the Project Manager at the Copper belt Cross Border Traders and Integrated Business Association and was the Agri-Business Development Facilitator at the Small Holder Enterprise and Marketing Programme- Agri business Development Component (SHEMP ADC).
 “My participation in the Leadership for change programme has broadened my view of Leadership and improved the efficiency of my leadership skills. I shall use the skills to effect positive change in my work environment.”
Beatrice Makwenda

Beatrice Makwenda

Beatrice Hazeldine Makwenda is passionate about improving livelihoods of rural households especially those of smallholder producers. For over 8 years, Beatrice has worked with the National Association of Smallholder Farmers (NASFAM) in the promotion of the business of farming aiming at producing economic and social benefits for farmer members, their communities and the country in conducive policy environment. In her experience with NASFAM, Beatrice has tackled issues of access to financial services; marketing systems; rural business development and rural infrastucture. More specifically, she has been involved in policy analysis, advocacy and lobbying nationally, regionally and internationally in areas of climate change, food sovereignty and security, trade liberalization, land access and ownership.
“Leadership plays a central role in turning around many economic and social situations. As such being part of this leadership for change program at this opportune time will enhance my leadership abilities to influence change as well be part of a cadre of civil society change agents in the Africa region.”
Sangeetah Seetulparsad

Sangeetah Seetulparsad

Sangeetah Seetulparsad is from Mauritius.  She is the Senior Programme and Project Coordinator of Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS).   MACOSS is the umbrella organization with 330+ affiliated members working in different fields.  She is active in the NGO sector for the past 22 years and she is exposed to the world of social work, the concept of social development, networking, developing and initiation policy as well as social and NGO advocacy. She worked closely on Gender and Poverty Alleviation and she is the desk officer for Poverty Alleviation, Gender Equality, Family and Elderly, Social Development and Human Rights.
“Given the nature of my work, the leadership for change reflective course add value to the service delivery and help me in empowering myself to serve this sector effectively and efficiently.”
Francis Ng’ambi

Francis Ng’ambi

Francis Ng’ambi is currently attached to the SADC Council of NGOs coordinating Cross Border Traders Association (SACBTA) at the SADC level. He is a seasoned researcher and publisher in Development Policy Analysis and has worked extensively in Economic Justice matters in Malawi in the NGO sector and also in the public sectors as well as at the SADC Level with the Economic Justice Network (EJN) of FOCCISA in Cape Town South Africa.  He is very committed to see to it that poverty in the SADC region is reduced especially by campaigning on policy that can assist on realizing the goal.
“I am convinced that the Leadership For Change programme that I am participating will enhance my leadership skills by assisting me to unlearn what I thought leadership should and reflect on what better leadership could be.”
 

 


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