THE BOARD

Duduzile (Dudu) Radebe

Board Chair

Dudu has been committed to working within the social justice sectors for the past 25 years. Her passion is to promote and advocate for strategic issues concerning socio-economic transformation and social justice and citizen-led community development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, Psychology and Sociology, and is currently the Managing Director of CBR Education and Training for Empowerment (CREATE-CBR), an organisation that works to promote the rights of people with disabilities.

Roger Domingo

With 16 years of serving in the management and governance of various NGOs, Roger’s commitment to social justice has seen him work across sectors, most notably in youth development and more recently in the land, food and climate justice space. He is the CEO of Surplus Peoples Project and chair of Tshintsha Amakhaya, an alliance working to advance land and agrarian transformation. Roger has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human and Social Studies, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Management Practice

Janet Zhou

Board Secretary

Janet is a human rights defender with a strong commitment to citizen-led initiatives that reclaim community power and agency. As Executive Director of the Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development, and as General Secretary of the Southern African Peoples’ Solidarity Network, Janet is deeply involved with social movements and community-driven work on economic justice. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations.

Laurel Oettlé

Laurel has a particular passion for gender justice, human rights advocacy, education, and supporting others to grow and explore new perspectives She has worked predominantly with the fields of land rights, food and nutrition security, community and economic development and HIV/AIDS, and is currently the Director of the Association for Rural Advancement. Laurel has an Honours Degree in Gender Studies.

Yasmin (Jessie) Turton

Since the early 1970’s, Jessie’s commitment to human rights and social justice has been rooted in activism. From mobilising against apartheid to fighting corruption, she has agitated for community agency and action against gender-based violence, youth unemployment and for the rights of migrants and refugees. Jessie is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg and has a Doctorate in Social Work.

Helga Jansen-Daugbjerg

With a deep connection to and involvement with workers’ struggles, Helga has infused those experiences into her work with young people. Through her work in education, she has developed programmes that promote creative thinking and innovate mindsets to nurture young people’s capability to traverse their complex emotional and psychological landscapes. She holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies, and is a freelance development consultant.

Ashmeer Joseph

Board Deputy Chair

Ashmeer’s extensive experience in financial and project management stands him in good stead as the Director of Development Services at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Southern Africa. He brings his knowledge of community development and experience in the faith sector into the role of Acting General Secretary of ELCSA. He is also the Chairperson of the Southern Africa Regional Forum of ACT Alliance. Ashmeer has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree.

Barbara Kalima-Phiri

Barbara is a passionate gender equality and child’s rights champion and experienced leader in the international non-profit sector. She has worked in various contexts in Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, South Asia and the Pacific. She is presently the founding Executive Director at IMAGINE Global Initiative of the Empowerment Institute, and holds a Master’s Degree in Economics.

Uta Hergenroether

Uta has a strong commitment to community struggles for justice, is a human rights activist and has worked in solidarity with organisations on the African continent. She is currently the Programme Manager for South Africa and Deputy Head of Southern Africa desk at Bread for the World, and is the ex-officio representative of the European partners. Uta holds a Master’s Degree in African Studies, Political Science and Anthropology.

Ashley Green-Thompson

Ashley has extensive experience in the region doing work in the non-profit sector that is rooted in a commitment to social justice activism. He has worked across sectors, from the nascent electoral processes of 1994 through formal Church structures and in philanthropy. Ashley is the Coordinator of ACT Ubumbano, and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in African Politics and Law.