Our Team

Neville Gabriel Chief Executive Officer

Neville was the founding executive director of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent regional funding agency that supports deeper and wider policy engagement between governments and non-state actors to overcome poverty in Southern Africa. He is the chairperson of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), the chairperson of the Open Society Foundations’ Africa regional advisory committee, a member of the Africa Policy Advisory Board of Bono’s ONE campaign, a trustee of the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC), and a senior fellow of the Synergos Institute. He was a member of the founding steering committee of the African Grantmakers’ Network (AGN). He previously worked at Oxfam as its southern Africa regional media and advocacy coordinator and at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), where he was its secretary for economic justice and later coordinator of its Justice and Peace Department, and helped to establish its South African parliamentary liaison office and its associate agency the Denis Hurley Institute for International Solidarity and Peacebuilding.

Shekeshe Mokgosi Public Engagement Manager

Shakes was the executive special projects and campaigns officer at the Southern Africa Trust. He previously worked independently as a brand and change management consultant. Prior to that he worked as an events project manager in a private project management agency, a training coordinator at the University of Witwatersrand, and project management in agencies of the South African government. He has completed an advanced management programme at the Wits Business School, and has done several courses in financial management and auditing, event management and change management. Shakes has a background in television broadcasting as a child media personality and is a well known persona in social networks in South Africa.

Thapelo Sekoma Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer

Thapelo has several years’ experience working as an executive assistant in the philanthropy sector. He previously volunteered as an assistant librarian in the Nokeng tsa Taemane Municipal Library before working for several years at a private executive travel company. He has an NQF4 certificate from the Academy of Business and Computer Studies in South Africa, an IT diploma from PC Training and Business College, and speaks seven South African languages.

Tendai Thondhlana Communications Officer

Tendai was the Communications Officer at African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) where he worked to conceptualize, build and strengthen the organizational brand and visibility. He began his career as a policy and law intern at AMSHeR, gaining a good understanding of different African human rights policy and legal environments. As an activist, he contributes to several international LGBTI social media advocacy groups. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Fort Hare.

Thabiso Ratalane  Fundraising Campaigns Officer

Originally from Lesotho, Thabiso studied in Swaziland and graduated from Colorado College in the United States of America, majoring in international political economy. She worked as stewardship intern at Colorado College’s advancement office, coordinating giving plans and reporting processes for major donors to the college. She is also trained in grant proposal writing. Thabiso speaks French and volunteered her skills in support of transgender women in Lesotho, through the Matrix Support Group.

Teboho Klaas  Religion Programme Officer

Teboho is an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, working with a congregation in Vosloorus, Johannesburg. He has a long history of involvement in ecumenical church leadership and social justice activism. After working at the Institute for Contextual Theology, he became the national health director of the South African Council of Churches (SACC) and also served as the executive assistant to the general secretary of the SACC. Teboho also worked as the national coordinator of the Jubilee 2000 debt cancellation campaign in South Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Theology (Honours) degree.

Virginia Magwaza  Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

Virginia joins the team from the Foundation for Human Rights in South Africa, where she is a programme manager responsible for the human rights of lesbian, gay, transgender, and intersex people. Virginia previously worked across southern Africa as a project coordinator for the global federation of public sector trade unions, Public Services International, and as a programme manager for Norwegian People’s Aid. She was also a campaigns manager for the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) and the executive director of the Lesbian and Gay Equality Project in South Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from WITS university and is studying for a law degree.

Bokang Maroba Office Assistant

Bokang is trained in business management and has been involved in the Matrix Support Group in Lesotho for many years, serving as its youth, arts, and advocacy programme manager and as its treasurer. Most recently, Bokang worked as a finance administrator at Iranti-org.

Samuel Shapiro Research Coordinator 

Samuel is the former national organizer of Equal Education, the social justice campaign for equitable and good quality education in South Africa. He was previously Equal Education’s senior researcher. Samuel has worked across all parts of South Africa to establish community structures and train activists for campaigning, backed by a strong focus on building a body of data and evidence.

Supriya Kalidas  Head of Operations

Supriya has a particular interest in aligning financial management systems with performance monitoring and impact evaluation practices. She is a financial and performance management specialist with more than 24 years of accounting experience. She was previously a financial management consultant in the Canadian Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development. Prior to that, she was the executive manager of finance and corporate services at the South African Cities Network and the finance manager of the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA).

Katlego Chibamba  Grantmaking Coordinator

Katlego is the founder of Gays and Lesbians of Rustenburg (GLOR). Most recently he worked as a project assistant for the HIV/AIDS curriculum integration project of the Higher Education AIDS initiative, at the University of South Africa (UNISA), in Pretoria. Katlego also produced and presented a radio show for the UNISA radio station, in addition to working as an assistant student counsellor.

Michelle Adams  Finance Manager

Michelle joins our team from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) where she was a management accountant. She previously worked as an accountant for several private companies. She completed her SAIPA professional evaluation examination to be certified as a professional accountant, after completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree in financial accounting at Stellenbosch University.

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