Surene is the OSF-SA Finance Manager. Surene completed her CA (SA) training at KPMG in Cape Town in 2011. During her training she was responsible for delivering audit work on clients in a variety of sectors, including not for profit organisations. After completion of her training she joined Deloitte and Touche in Edinburgh where she was part of the management team on the audit of one of the largest banks in the UK. Surene returned to South Africa in 2013 and joined Kheth’Impilo Aids Free Living as a Finance Project Manager responsible for implementing a new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. While there, she was also responsible for the development, review and implementation of a number of standard operating procedures over Finance and Procurement Processes.
She holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Bachelor of Accounting Honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch and is an admitted Chartered Accountant
Vinayak is the Free Flow of Information and Freedom of Expression Programme Manager. He joins OSF-SA from the M&G Centre for Investigative Journalism where he was the advocacy co-ordinator and where his role was to secure information rights for investigative journalists through exercising the right of access to information laws and by coordinating challenges to laws affecting freedom of expression and information. His work has included submissions on the Protection of Personal Information law. He was part of the amaBhungane team that was awarded the 2013/4 Taco Kuiper prize for investigative journalism. He has also previously served on the Right2Know Campaign’s National Working Group where he specifically worked on the protection of the rights of whistleblowers.
He holds a Masters’ degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, an Honours degree in Biochemistry and a Bachelors’ degree in Molecular biology.
Chi-wah Chan is the Executive Assistant in the CEO’s Office. She joined OSF-SA in 2012. Her portfolio includes management of the CEO’s office, Board co-ordination and liaison, office management oversight, events management as well as Human Resources liaison for staff.
Prior to working at OSF-SA, she was the Office Manager for the World for All Foundation, a foundation founded by Former Premier of the Western Cape, Ebrahim Rasool. She also worked at The Presidency and managed the Office of the Special Advisor to President Kgalema Motlanthe as well as the Office of the Parliamentary Counsellor to the President. She was the Project Manager in the Spousal Office of the Western Cape Premier and managed the office and all the projects and events for the Spouse of the Western Cape Premier. Before that, she was at the Department of Social Development in their Communications Department.
Chi-wah has a National Diploma in Business Retail Management, a certificate in Events Management from CPUT, a certificate in Public Relations Management from PRISA as well as extensive Executive Office Management training.
Aunty Sophia Harding has been with OSF-SA for many years as an office assistant and joined the team in a permanent capacity during July 2013. She coordinates our canteen. Her responsibilities also include the hosting all of our visitors and she provides cleaning and catering support for our offices and all events.
Fatima Hassan is the CEO of OSF-SA. A human rights lawyer and social justice activist, Fatima has spent her career defending the rights of marginalised groups in South Africa, especially people living with HIV and AIDS. She was the lawyer for the Treatment Action Campaign in many of its cases, at the AIDS Law Project. Previously, she clerked at the South African Constitutional Court with Justice O’Regan, and served as a Special Adviser in the Health and Public Enterprises Ministries under Minister Hogan. She convened the JCSMF (monitored SA’s ARV roll out) and the Western Cape Civil Society Task Team against Xenophobia, during the 2008 pogroms in SA.
She is a co-founder of Ndifuna Ukwazi and has also served on the boards of Ndifuna Ukwazi (Dare to Know); the Raith Foundation; Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders (SA); the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC); and the Council for Medical Schemes.
She is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, most recently the Tom and Andi Bernstein Distinguished Human Rights Fellowship at Yale University. She holds a BA and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLM from Duke University.
Natalie is the Programme Manager for “Strengthening Justice and Equality”.
Before this, Natalie worked as a researcher for the Geneva based “Small Arms Survey” where she undertook extensive research on the causes and consequences of armed violence. While there, she coordinated a multi-agency global consortium to provide up-to-date research and guidance on security and justice to the UK Department for International Development (DFID). Natalie has held many positions within the human rights sector in South Africa. She has grant making experience having previously worked at OSF-SA. Prior to that she was the ED of Gun Free South Africa, and before that served as a Project Leader for the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
Natalie’s offices and awards include the Sarah Meek Fellowship, the National Research Foundation Post-graduate award, and the British Council Trust the Difference programme. Her publications cover the topics of transitional justice, private security and armed violence.
She holds a Bachelors in Theology from the University of Pretoria, and a Master’s degree in Justice and Transformation from the University of Cape Town. She is currently studying towards a law degree.
Siya is in the Grants Administration Unit. In this capacity, she is responsible for the administrative management for the programme, including general administration, financial administration, event planning and coordination, and grants management. She is also the liaison for grantees within the two programmes that she administers.
Before joining OSF-SA, she worked within the corporate sector, including at fiduciary services group Fairheads International, Sonnenberg Hoffmann & Galombik, and within the Tiger Brands family.
Siya has a Secretarial Diploma from Montrose Secretarial College in addition to completing several short courses in specialist areas of administration, including in excel and statistics.
She is passionate about the development and management of efficient and effective administrative systems to facilitate the work of non-profit organisations.
Michael joined OSF-SA in October 2014 as the Programme Officer for the Free Flow of Information and Freedom of Expression Programme.
He previously worked as a researcher for the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) until August 2014, on both its Sanitation and Safe Communities projects. He has also previously volunteered with the Right2Know Campaign, both as a student-affiliate at the University of Cape Town and a member of the Western Cape r2k Working Group between 2011 and March 2013. During his post-graduate studies Michael conducted research on access to information and secrecy. This included a thesis on the challenge of aligning the operation of South Africa’s domestic intelligence agencies with the SA Constitution, as well as research into the state of public access to the archives of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics and an Honours degree in Justice and Transformation, both from the University of Cape Town.
Ella Scheepers joined OSF-SA in June 2013 as a programme officer for the Promoting Socio-Economic Rights and Advancing Civil Society portfolio where she focused on the areas of health, education and advancing civil society through youth engagements and capacity-building. Ella recently joined the new Research and Advocacy team in building their strategy around 3 strategic areas, namely food security, transparency and accountability in the extractive sector, and citizen-based monitoring through social auditing. She remains committed to developing stronger collaborative relationships with the other African offices of OSF.
Her first job was as personal and research assistant to the then Chairperson of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) where she also coordinated the Human Rights Sector of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) on behalf of TAC.
She previously interned at OSIEA in Kenya. She has a Masters in Law in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria and the University of Gaston-Berger, Saint Louis, Senegal.
Prior to joining OSF-SA, she was part of the launch team of Corruption Watch.
Justin Sylvester is the Programme Manager for “Promoting Public & Private Sector Accountability”
His work focuses on public participation, oversight, accountability and human rights in both the public and private sectors. He has produced book chapters, articles and commentary in domestic and international media on various political issues and dynamics in South Africa.
He holds a Bachelors in Governance and Political Studies as well as a Masters in International Relations from the University of Cape Town, where he also received an Andrew Mellon Foundation bursary.
Before joining OSF-SA in 2011 he was a senior political researcher at democracy think tank, IDASA, monitoring and researching South African politics with a focus on good governance issues. Previously he worked for an international political risk consultancy.
Dadisai Taderera is the Programme Officer for “Promoting Public & Private Sector Accountability”
Her work will focus on public participation, oversight, accountability and human rights in both the public and private sectors.
She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Governance and Political Studies from University of Cape Town.
Prior to joining OSF-SA, Dadisai worked with Global Integrity (the Cape Town office), managing an Africa wide governance research project with a specific focus on Southern and Eastern Africa. Previously, she worked as a Researcher with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) and the Democracy in Africa Research Unit (DARU) at the University of Cape Town, providing research and project coordination support on the Afrobarometer, the Open Society Monitoring Index, and the African Legislatures Project.
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Helene is in the Grant’s Administration Unit. She joined the OSF-SA in September 2001 and has assisted in the development of the administrative and financial systems.
Helene has participated in a number of the Foundations Regional Finance and Grant Managers Conferences as well as other in local training programmes. She is also the liaison for grantees within the two programmes that she administers.
Before joining OSF-SA, Helene worked for the Institute for Healing of Memories and for the NICRO National Office.
Jacquiline Wadi is the Front Office Administrator. She joined the OSF-SA in June 2014. Her role involves front office management and providing administrative support to the team.
Before joining OSF-SA, Jackie worked for various organizations, gaining a wealth of experience and exposure. She has over ten years experience in the field of administration, customer service, marketing, travel and logistics. She recently moved down from Johannesburg with her family to Cape Town.
She has completed a project administration course through UCT and is working towards her IMM qualification.
Alan is the Senior Researcher in the Research and Advocacy Unit at OSF-SA. Alan is a human rights lawyer and throughout his career has been involved, within a variety of contexts, in human rights litigation and advocacy in Southern Africa.
Alan holds a LLB and Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law, focusing on sustainabble development and mining from the University of Cape Town and a LLM in International Law and Human Rights from the University of Michigan where he held the Ismail Mohammed Human Rights Fellowship and Grotius Scholarship.
On completion of his studies in South Africa, Alan clerked at the Constitutional Court of South Africa under Justice Bess Nkabinde. Prior to joining OSF-SA, Alan was a lawyer with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) where he coordinated SALC’s International Justice Programme’s litigation, research and advocacy initiatives.
Monica joined OSF-SA in July 2001 on contract basis. Prior to this, she worked as an intern for the Department of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Tourism. Monica has a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and has done a few skills development short courses.
In the years that she has been with OSF-SA, she has learnt a lot with regards to finance management systems, maintaining objectivity, professionalism in relationships with colleagues and stakeholders. Monica has had an opportunity to attend OSF global finance conferences. She is looking forward to continue contributing to a transparent and accountable institution.