Shelagh GastrowExecutive Director
One of the founders of Inyathelo, Shelagh was previously Director of Fundraising at the University of Cape Town (1998-2002). Before that she worked in the nonprofit sector, particularly with the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA) where she headed its Africa programme. She is also the author of five editions of the “Who’s Who in South African Politics”
Gabrielle RitchieProgramme Director
Gabrielle’s formal educational background is in Heritage and the Media, and she brings to her post as Programme Director a range of skills and experience in various fields. Gabrielle’s experience in the Advancement field comes from her years at the University of Cape Town's Development Office where she established and managed the Proposal Development Unit. Through this, she gained a broad understanding of the Advancement environment as well as specific experience of the dynamics and challenges of institutional Advancement. Since being at Inyathelo, Gabrielle has focused primarily on initiatives to grow philanthropy in South Africa.
Soraya JoonasFinance Director
Having worked in multi-cultural leadership positions in Mauritius, Canada and South Africa in for-profit and government sectors, Soraya bridged into the nonprofit sector when she joined Inyathelo as its Finance Director. Her current portfolio includes the management of Finance, IT, HR and Facilities. What Soraya values most about her work at Inyathelo is the opportunity to help grow local South African philanthropy and to advance civil society organisations by using her business skills and financial expertise. Soraya holds a BSc Honours degree in Accounting and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town.
Nazli AbrahamsManager – Advancement Training and Support Unit
Nazli Abrahams joined the Inyathelo team in April 2005 as Inyathelo’s Senior Programme Coordinator responsible for managing the Kresge Special Initiative in South Africa. With the Kresge programme coming to a close, she has moved on to manage the Advancement Training and Support Unit (ATS). Before joining the Inyathelo team, her focus was on curriculum design and development, and broadcast communications and training. Nazli has a keen interest in education and training and is passionate about taking the learning experience beyond the classroom.
Sarah NicklinMedia, Communications, Information and Resources Manager
Sarah Nicklin has more than 15 years’ experience in mainstream radio, television and internet news and current affairs. She has worked both locally and in the UK as a journalist, producer, editor and presenter for stations and sites such as News24.com, Cape Talk, SAfm, SABC TV news as well as ITN and Channel Four in London. Before joining Inyathelo in May 2012, Sarah managed the media and communications for the veteran human rights organisation, Black Sash.
Lizel ShepherdProgramme Co-ordinator: Advancement Training and Support Unit
With a degree in Business Science from the University of Cape Town, Lizel worked in the financial services sector as a research analyst for five years before making the switch to the non-profit environment. She worked in the Fundraising Department at the Children’s Hospital Trust for four years doing prospect research, proposal development and writing, data analysis, internal and stakeholder reporting. Joining Inyathelo in mid-September 2010, Lizel co-ordinates Inyathelo’s cap dev initiative for nonprofits.
Riedwaan BabooKresge-Inyathelo Advancement Initiative Co-ordinator
Riedwaan joined Inyathelo in March 2012 and is responsible for coordinating the Kresge-Inyathelo Advancement Initiative for South Africa. He has several years’ working experience in the South African developmental sector serving in the capacity of Project Coordinator, Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa, University of Stellenbosch; Programme Manager, Foundation for Contemporary Research; Project Coordinator, Labour Research Services and Prospect Researcher, Development and Alumni Department, University of Cape Town.
Riedwaan holds a Commerce degree majoring in Economics and Business Management as well as Honours (cum laude) in Development Studies.
Kerry PetrieAtlantic Advancement Initiative Co-ordinator
After honing her project management skills in the film industry on a wide range of commercial productions, Kerry decided to make the move to the development sector in the hope of applying her energy to projects with more social relevance and impact. To this end, she completed a MBA from the University of Cape Town (UCT)’s Graduate School of Business in 2008, with a thesis focused on the potential of for-profit/non-profit development partnerships. Having completed her masters, she joined the Community Media Trust where she gained significant NGO sector experience managing a national health systems strengthening programme (with a focus on community health worker systems and training) and developing new projects to support the organisation’s diversification and sustainability. She also holds a BSc in Information Systems from UCT.
Kerry joined Inyathelo in April 2012 and is responsible for coordinating the Atlantic Advancement Initiative (AAI). She is committed to promoting the development and sustainability of a robust civil society through sound business practice and effective stakeholder engagement.
Alfred ThutloaInyathelo Philanthropy Programme Co-ordinator
Alfred joined Inyathelo in April 2012 to coordinate the Philanthropy Programme, particularly the Inyathelo Philanthropy Awards. Alfred’s previous positions were mainly in corporate communications were he provided copywriting and communication services to Metropolitan Health. His academic background includes studies in politics and cultural tourism and he also holds a Masters degree in (Linguistic) Intercultural Communication. Alfred is currently working on a PhD in Linguistics that investigates the construction of participatory spaces in health, particularly health citizenship in a transitioning South Africa where access to resources for many remains constrained.
Janine OgleProject Co-ordinator: Funding Practice Alliance
Janine Ogle was employed by Inyathelo in March 2010 as the research co-ordinator for the Funding Practice Alliance. Her employment history includes roles as an advocacy officer, as a research assistant(at the level of senior research technologist at the MRC), and as a researcher and parliamentary liaison officer for the SACBC. Janine holds a Bachelor of Social Science Degree, majoring in Social Work and Anthropology, and a Bachelor of Social Science Honours Degree in Gender Studies, both from the University of Natal-Durban(now University of KwaZulu - Natal). She has also graduated with a MA in Public Policy(with Merit) from the University of Nottingham in the UK. Janine is a Nelson Mandela Scholarship alumni.
Currently, Janine coordinates both the Funding Practice Alliance and the Non-profit Code of Governance projects based at Inyathelo. Both projects have heightened Janine’s belief in the strength of the civil society sector in South Africa and intensified her interest in the dynamics that underpin the formation and purpose of social movements.
Karen PetersResources Co-ordinator
Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Democratic Governance (Cum Laude) from the University of Cape Town. She has a passion for social policy and her experience in this field reaches across research, publishing and advocacy. Karen has previously worked as an advocacy programme manager at the Black Sash, as a research project manager for the Community Agency for Social Enquiry, as a programmes team leader at the National Welfare Social Service and Development Forum and as research and publishing coordinator/manager at a Johannesburg based consultancy, Helene Perold and Associates. She has also run her own small research, publishing and advocacy consultancy in Johannesburg prior to returning to Cape Town in August 2012. Her areas of interest include local government, service delivery, poverty, education and children.
Karen joined Inyathelo as the Resources Coordinator in August 2012 and is responsible for managing the Inyathelo Resource Centre, resource and content development, and coordinating the development and production of Inyathelo publications.
Jocelyn CollinsProgramme Officer: Kresge
Jocelyn joins Inyathelo as the Programme Officer on the Kresge Foundation Special Initiative in South Africa. She holds a B.Sc (Hons) degree in the Natural Sciences from the University of the Western Cape. Jocelyn has been involved in the administration, logistical arrangements and implementation of a number of community-related, outreach and research projects including overseeing the delivery of multiple training courses and workshops while in the employ of UWC and a local NGO over the last 16 years.
Ruvimbo Valerie GwatirisaProgramme Officer: Advancement Training and Support
Ruvimbo assists with the co-ordination and implementation of various activities in the Training & Support Programme at Inyathelo, which largely comprises training workshops, annual Spring and Winter Schools and individual support sessions to non-profit organisations. She has her B.Soc.Sci in Sociology, Social Anthropology and Business French, and B.Soc.Sci (Hons) in Diversity Studies at the University of Cape Town, where she is also an MPhil Diversity Studies candidate. Ruvimbo brings with her experience from having worked as an intern at Southern Hemisphere Consultants; in the Sociology Department as well as the Students Orientation and Advocacy Centre at the University of Cape Town.
Theo Oko CamngcaResources Officer
Theo Oko Camngca joined Inyathelo as the Resources Officer in November 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and History from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and is pursuing the completion of his LLB at UNISA. Having worked as radio producer/ coordinator for eight years at Bush Radio and for the Robben Island Museum, Theo is well versed in implementing of programmes and coordinating of resources. Other work experience includes working as a research assistant at UCT and as a monitor for the Parliamentary Monitoring Group. Theo has strong interests in the current media dialogue around law, urban gentrification and spatial policy. As Resources Officer, Theo works closely with the Resources Coordinator, providing a range of support services to Inyathelo’s Resource Centre clients and its resource development and communications function.
Programme and Administrative Support Team:
Dianne PoyoEvents Co-ordinator and PA to the Executive Director
Dianne has over 15 years’ experience as a Personal Assistant. She has had previous exposure to the NGO environment when she worked at LEAF College of Commerce and Engineering / National Access Consortium Western Cape for 10 years, where she served as PA to the Deputy CEO. She thrives on working with a diverse group of people and contributes her energy and acumen to enhance the effectiveness of the office of Inyathelo’s Executive Director as well as that of the Events Coordinator at Inyathelo. Dianne believes that life-long learning is a fundamental part of the course of life and that people, herself included, should grab each opportunity that comes their way
Buddy KassiemAssistant to the Programme Director
Buddy has over 15 years of Administrative experience in various sectors. Buddy has a diverse background in administration, from working at a retail import business, to a signage manufacturing company, to administering Unit Trusts for a major bank. In June 2010 Buddy Daniels was appointed as administrator and receptionist at Inyathelo. Her initiative, drive and passion for philanthropy were soon noticed and she was promoted to the position of assistant to Gaby Ritchie, the Programme Director.
Cassandra SmithFinance and Office Co-ordinator
As a real “problem-solver” Cassandra has over 25 years of experience in office administration within the education sector. Cassandra brings this experience to Inyathelo, where she is a key member of the Finance team, responsible for ensuring that accounts are paid and that financial and other information records are maintained. Cassandra is also the office co-ordinator and ensures that the wheels of the organisation run smoothly.
Veronique Adonis-FollentineProgramme Administrator - Philanthropy Unit
Veronique brings to Inyathelo skills gained from working in the international airline industry for three years. Her travels finally brought her back home and into the heart of the nonprofit sector, and when she joined Inyathelo in 2009 working in reception and providing assistance to the Finance & Admin Unit and later to the Communications Manager. In 2010 she took the opportunity to get involved with Inyathelo’s core work as a Programme Administrator to the Communication and Philanthropy Unit. She works on Inyathelo’s Philanthropy Programme, Annual Philanthropy Awards, Inyathelo’s Resource Centre and on the organisation’s online communications.
Anthula HigginsCommunications Administrator
Anthula Higgins joined Inyathelo in November 2012 as the Communications Administrator, providing valuable administrative and technical support for the Media, Information, Communication, Resources and Operations Unit.
Anthula has a National Diploma in Events Management and a Bachelor of Technology in Project Management from Cape Peninsula University of Technology. As part of her diploma, she assisted the Tygerbear Foundation raise funds for their care centre by successfully hosting two fashion shows. After receiving her degree in 2011, she has managed a local Cape Town restaurant and provided administrative support to a variety of corporate and non-profit organisations. She is passionate about children, education and the alleviation of poverty in South Africa.
Hoeyaam MajietOperations Assistant / Receptionist
Hoeyaam Majiet is the first point of contact at Inyathelo's offices. Working as the Inyathelo Receptionist, and providing overall support to the Finance and Admin unit, Hoeyaam brings to Inyathelo her experience in accounts administration and in "first contact" positions such as Reception. Working at Inyathelo has brought Hoeyaam from Old Mutual into the NPO sector for the first time. Hoeyaam's energy and her interest in the NPO environment mean that Inyathelo's visitors and clients are always warmly welcomed.
Sandra de JonghOffice maintenance
Having worked variously as a welder and in a chicken factory, Sandra de Jongh has also worked in office maintenance and joined Inyathelo in January 2009 to assist with office cleaning and with various other maintenance tasks. Sandra holds a strict “no complaining” policy, and brings a seriously positive energy to her work environment and her colleagues.
Sean Jones is a project planner, proposal writer and institutional Advancement consultant who works closely with Inyathelo on a number of its capacity development projects.
Gillian Mitchell consults, writes and trains in Advancement and philanthropy for civil society organisations and higher education institutions. She holds an MBA from the UCT Graduate School of Business as well as a BA in English and Drama from UCT. Gillian has broad and varied experience within the tertiary education sector and has held positions at, among others, UCT (Deputy Director of Development and Public Relations), the UCT Fund Inc. New York (Director of Fundraising), and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (Director of Advancement). Gillian has also previously headed up Inyathelo’s philanthropy work, and works with the African Gender Institute.
Melanie is a human rights activist. She manages the Atlantic Philanthropies Human Rights Sustainability Programme (AHRP), an Advancement capacity-development programme implemented by Inyathelo.
Amanda is a dedicated philanthropist with a particular interest in child health issues, and is the recipient of several awards for her philanthropic endeavors. She is patron and board member of several nonprofit organisations, including being patron of the Children’s Hospital Trust; consultant to various nonprofit organisations on governance, structures, planning and fundraising and to various individuals and corporates on social investment. Amanda is also a co-author of Inyathelo’s ASK Toolkit, an Advancement and fundraising toolkit commissioned by the Western Cape Department of Social Development.