Operational Team

Neville Gabriel Chief Executive Officer

Neville was the founding executive director of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent regional funding agency that supports policy engagement between governments and non-state actors to overcome poverty in Southern Africa. He is a member of Global Citizen’s global policy committee, a member of the Africa policy advisory board of Bono’s ONE campaign, a senior fellow of the Synergos Institute, and the chairperson of a few community shareholding trusts linked to solar and wind renewable energy plants in South Africa. He was a member of the founding steering committee of the African Grantmakers’ Network (AGN), the chairperson of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), the chairperson of the Open Society Foundations’ Africa advisory committee, a trustee of the International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC), and previously worked at Oxfam in media and advocacy and at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) coordinating social and economic justice programs.


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.


Katlego Chibamba  Grantmaking Officer

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. 


Supriya Kalidas  Audit & Finance Consultant

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). 



Teboho Klaas  Religion 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  Movement Building 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 Administrator

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.


Sophia Masina  Office Keeper

Sophia joins our team from Shamrock Prints in Benoni South Africa, where she worked as a printer for ten years, and previously worked in several informal jobs. Sophia maintains a pleasant and welcoming environment for our team and all visitors to our foundation, and provides support during our events and gatherings.


Shekeshe Mokgosi Head of Operations

Shekeshe previously held the position of the Other Foundation’s public engagement manager. He previously worked as executive assistant for special projects and campaigns at the Southern Africa Trust, as an events manager in a project management agency, a training coordinator at the University of the Witwatersrand, and on project management in agencies of the South African government. Shekeshe has completed an advanced management programme at Wits University’s business school and has completed several other programmes in financial management and auditing, event management and change management.


Thandeka Mukuku  Programme Support Officer

Thandeka is a social entrepreneur who founded the queer activist group Thanda Afrika which promotes human rights awareness through the performing arts. She previously worked as TrustAfrica’s convenings associate for the Zimbabwe Alliance and as an assistant gender programme officer at Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). Thandeka has volunteered at several international events and processes including the 2016 International AIDS Conference and as a peer reviewer in the Other Foundation’s grant making process. 


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. 


Sebenzile Nkambule Executive Officer for Strategic Partnerships

Sebenzile was previously a fellow at Mckinsey & Company in strategy development, was a radio talk show host and producer at two of South Africa’s most influential radio stations, was a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, a participant in the Obama Africa Leadership Program, and a Fulbright Humphrey Fellow. She has completed a mini MBA and a Masters degree in gender studies. Sebenzile is a former board member of the Forum for the Empowerment of Women (FEW). 


Samuel Shapiro Research Officer

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. 


Tendai Thondhlana Media and 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. He has conceptualized the brand identities of several established organizations and initiatives; from film festivals, business networks and global convenings. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from the University of Fort Hare.


Kutlwano Magashula Executive Officer for Programme Functions

Kutlwano was previously the southern Africa regional programmes coordinator of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL), was a prosecutions counsel in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of Botswana, and was a co-founder and lead researcher of Black Queer DocX. They are the deputy chairperson of Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana (LEGABIBO). Kutlwano holds a Masters in Law in Sexual and Reproductive Rights from the University of Pretoria (Centre for Human Rights).


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