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Senior Management Team

Nondumiso Nsibande

Country Director

Lilja Lakic

Head of Fundraising

Lindelwe Nxumalo

Women’s Rights Manager

Board Members

William Gumede

Board Member

Sarita Martin

Board Member

Adila Chowan

Board Member

Teresa Yates

Board Member

Peter Ellis

Board Member

Ernest Theron

Board Member

Nondumiso Nsibande

Nondumiso has extensive experience in the area of women’s rights with a particular focus on violence against women and its relation to access to justice and rule of law. Her work in this area has includes research, capacity building initiatives and engaging in legal advocacy. She has made various submissions at national and regional levels to relevant policy makers and implementers on the state of women’s rights in South Africa. She has documented extensively on women’s rights issues including a research report on gender jurisprudence in South African Courts, women’s security of tenure, a historical analysis of the National Task Team on Violence Against LGBTI persons in South Africa. She has also conducted a legislative audit in Swaziland aimed at aligning all existing laws in the country with international and regional women’s rights instruments such as the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women. She has also held a number of key positions with human rights organisations in South Africa such as the Foundation for Human Rights, People Opposing Women Abuse, Tshwaranang Legal Advocacy Centre to end Violence Against Women and previously worked for ActionAid South Africa as the international programmes co-ordinator.

Some of Nondumiso’s achievements include establishing a much-needed legal clinic for survivors of gender-based violence in South Africa. She was also instrumental in organising the Total Shut Down march on 01 August 2018- which resulted in the development of the Gender Based Violence and Femicide Declaration signed by the President of South Africa in March 2019. She continues to work with social movements, networks and civil society partners in calling for the protection and promotion of human rights in the country and the region.

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William Gumede

William Gumede is a bestselling author, Political Scientist and an Economist currently working at the University of the Witwatersrand, Graduate School of Business Administration as an Associate Professor in the Public and Development Management Department.

He is also the Executive Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation and formerly held the position of Managing Editor of The Sowetan Newspaper. In 2014, Gumede set up Democracy Works, a research platform on democracy in Africa. Some of his written work include “Thabo Mbeki & the Battle for the Soul of the ANC” and "The Poverty of Ideas: South African Democracy and the Retreat of the Intellectuals."

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Sarita Martin

Sarita Martin is a Non-Executive Director and Faculty Facilitator for the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA). She mentors up and coming directors, conducts training of directors -and performs evaluations of the performance of boards and individual directors for the IoDSA.

She is an admitted attorney with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry- skilled in Corporate Governance, Enterprise Risk Management, Legal Compliance, Banking, Company Secretarial Work, Facilitation and Law. She holds B.Proc, LLB, MBA, Diploma in Advanced Banking and Certificate in Compliance Management as well as market for the Chartered Secretaries qualification.

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Adila Chowan

Adila Chowan is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds BCom, Dip.Accounting(Hons.) from the University of Durban-Westville, CA (SA). Aside from serving on the board of ActionAid South Africa, she also serves on the board of SA Corporate and as the chairperson of the Audit Committee- and as a member of the Executive Committee. Adila has extensive experience at an executive level in both public and private sector and during her career, she has worked for Central Energy Fund (SOC) Ltd and Associated Motor Holdings.

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Teresa Yates

Teresa Yates is the Deputy National Director at Legal Resources Centre and has a background in human rights and development in Africa. She has worked as a Gender Justice Coordinator with Oxfam Tanazania, Nkuzi Development Association, a South African organisation that works to assist marginalised communities to assert their land rights- as well as the South African government. She has been involved in law reform and policy development, monitoring and writing, law reform and fundraising and budgeting.

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Peter Ellis

Peter qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK in 1993 and moved to Malawi with his family in 1993, working with KPMG. He moved to the commercial sector and spent 20 years as an MD in the steel products trading business, moving to South Africa in 2003.

In 2014, Peter left work to volunteer with Accountants for International Development in Abuja, Nigeria on a Global Fund project. This enabled him to join ActionAid International in 2015 as Finance Business Partner and later, Head of Federation Finance. He particularly likes ActionAid for the global spread of our work and the commitment to feminist leadership principles that sets the tone of the organisation.

Peter is married with three grown-up children and likes mountain biking, cooking and Liverpool Football Club.

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Lilja Lakic

Lilja Lakic, Chairman of the SA International NGO board on and off rotation the last 5 or so years, specialised in Arts at high school and proceeded to study Interior Design thereafter. Post joining the non-profit sector, she enrolled for various courses to upskill herself by completing courses in Project Management and Fundraising. She transitioned to the NGO sector after she felt the need to make a positive impact in the world.

Before joining ActionAid, I never fully realised that I was living and breathing like an Activist. So being part of the organisation where Activism is at the centre, aligns with my own values and has taught me about myself and that this is a part of who I am. In the office, often people say that those who leave ActionAid to work elsewhere always come back, and I believe that is quite true and it’s for this very reason.

Secondly, I would say that after working in a few International NGO’s that do really good work in South Africa, you realise how important it is that you practice what you preach internally and not only to the public eye. I’ve never seen staff as valued as human being’s working for a human rights organisation as I have working for ActionAid.

This perspective I hold is especially important in fundraising, as you need to believe in the organisation, what it does and that it lives these values if you are going to go out there and acquire funds its work.

“My hope is that ActionAid will grow exponentially globally, so that our impact will be felt at a much larger scale as a matter of urgency.”

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Lindelwe Nxumalo

Lindelwe Nxumalo has an academic background in sociology and gender and has been actively engaged as a researcher and programmes person within the women’s rights sector for the past ten years. Her areas of interest include the nexus of economic justice and bodily integrity and the pursuit of the realisation and access of those rights for womxn.

It has been her pursuit through programming, advocacy and strategy to unblock and untangle the systems and structures that are often gender blind and biased on race and class lines. Lindelwe’s default setting is feminist and African and she tries to approach her life and work through that lens – which continues to make for a life full of great adventure, interesting opportunities and anger.

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Ernest Abraham Joseph Theron

I, am chairing an NPO South African Social Economic Development forum – 2016: Strandfontein Social Economic Development Forum‐ 2014; Past Labour Union President; WC Provincial Treasurer‐ SACP

MPhil management coaching – SU; Diploma in Business studies‐ GIBT; PD labour Law Social Security – UCT; National Diploma Personnel Management‐IPM; Certificate TQM – UNISA; Certificate in Boilermaking – Athlone Technical College; Registered PHD ‐ UWC

All my studies were done on a part time basis Union leadership positions and Achievements‐: National President, National treasurer; Milling & Baking Industry – Negotiator; Developed a National Unions Internal Aids Policy; Led process of developing a national unions financial manual; Negotiated fist SA agency shop agreement Political leadership & Achievements‐: Elected as branch chairperson in 3 different branches; Have been an Local Government ward Candidate in the 2002 local government elections; Current WC, SACP Provincial Treasurer; Were appointed as the 2019 Local and Provincial Elections in Mitchells Plain as The Local Elections Team Coordinator; Currently I, am serving since 2016 as an Councillor in the City of Cape Town

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