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Fatima Hassan is the Executive Director 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 when based 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 holds a BA and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and an LLM from Duke University.
Chi-wah Chan is the Executive Assistant providing administrative support to the Executive Director, including the management of the Executive Director’s office, Board co-ordination and liaison. Prior to working at OSF-SA, Chi-wah worked for the World for All Foundation, the Office of the Special Advisor to the Premier and the Office of the Parliamentary Counsellor to the President, and the Department of Social Development in their Communications Department. Chi-wah has a National Diploma in Business Retail Management, a certificate in Events Management and a certificate in Public Relations Management.
Finance and Administration
Mohammed Saleem Mukuddem
Mohammed Saleem Mukuddem is the Finance and Operations Director. After qualifying as a CA (SA) and completing his articles at KMMT Brey Inc. (now part of Ernst and Young) in 1999, Saleem worked for Ernst and Young in Bermuda, gaining valuable experience as a manager in their Reinsurance and Captive Insurance Division. In 2007, Saleem represented Bermuda at the ICC Cricket World Cup and returned to Cape Town with his family in July 2008. Saleem has gained extensive experience both locally and internationally at companies such as Zurich Financial Services, Ernst and Young, Woolworths, Harley-Davidson Africa and Eastern Province Cricket.
Govonne Moss is the Accountant. She completed her CA (SA) training at Grant Thornton, after which she joined Kheth’Impilo AIDS Free Living as an Assistant Accountant involved with drafting and monitoring programme budgets, reporting to multiple donors on the financial status of the organisation’s programmes, managing the audit process and the maintenance of statutory accounting records. Govonne holds a Bachelor of Accounting Honours degree from the University of South Africa.
Monica Zifo is the Bookkeeper providing support to the Finance team. Prior to joining OSF-SA 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. She has had broad experience working with financial management systems.
Jacquiline Wadi is the Front Office Administrator. She is responsible for the management of the front office and provides general administrative support. Before joining OSF-SA, Jackie worked for various organisations, and has over ten years’ experience in the field of administration, customer service, marketing, travel and logistics. Jackie has completed a project administration course through the University of Cape Town and is working towards a marketing qualification through the Institute of Marketing Management.
Human Resources Manager
Abigail joined OSF-SA in August 2016. She graduated with a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree, majoring in Organisational Psychology and Industrial Sociology as well as a BCom Honours degree specialising in Training Evaluation from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Before joining OSF-SA, Abigail worked in the marketing research and consulting space. Abigail has over nine years’ experience as a generalist in the HR field. She is passionate about assisting teams to grow and develop personally as well as professionally.
Karam Jeet Singh
Karam joins the Open Society Foundation South Africa (OSF-SA) as Programme Director after spending the last four years with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) where he held the position of Provincial Manager, Western Cape and previously Head of Research at the Head Office in Gauteng. Before joining the SAHRC, Karam spent six years with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU).
Karam attained his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Centre, after reading a BA in Modern Culture and Media & History at Brown University. In addition, he holds a LLB from University of Cape Town and a LLM in Constitutional and Administrative law from the University of Pretoria. Karam‘s track record is discernible; after his admission as an Attorney of the State of New York in October 1999, he spent two years working as Corporate Associate at White & Case LLP in New York. His interest and passion for human rights, something kindled from a young age by his parents, lead him to South Africa where he joined Lawyers for Human Rights as National Coordinator; Education and Training in 2001.
Information, Expression and Accountability Programme
Alan is the Programme Manager for the IEA programme. Alan is a human rights lawyer and 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 sustainable 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 where he coordinated the Centre’s International Justice Programme’s litigation, research and advocacy initiatives.
Dadisai Taderera is the Senior Programme Officer for the IEA programme. 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 (Cape Town) and as a Researcher with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) and the Democracy in Africa Research Unit (DARU) at the University of Cape Town.
Johnlyn van Reenen
Johnlyn van Reenen holds an LLB and LLM in International and Human Rights Law from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and was admitted as an advocate of the Cape High Court in 2009. With almost 9 years’ experience in the human rights and development sector, she has worked for the South African Human Rights Commission and Oxfam, to name a few. Recently, she has focused on the areas of corporate accountability and transparency in the mining and extractives sector. She joins OSF-SA as a Programme Officer in the Information, Expression and Accountability Programme.
Justice, Equality and Rights Programme
Lorenzo Wakefield is the Senior Programme Officer for the Justice, Equality and Rights programme. For the past two years Lorenzo has been working with the African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF) and the Centre for Justice and Crime Prevention (CJCP) managing day to day project activities. He has previously worked for Parliament as a Researcher and at the Community Law Centre: University of the Western Cape. He holds an LL.B and an LL.M from the University of the Western Cape.
Dimitri Selibas is the Programme Officer for the Justice, Equality and Rights programme. After completing his accounting articles he was involved in the development of a teaching collaboration with schools in Soweto as well as the City of Eden (urban agriculture NGO) and at Future Cape Town. Dimitri holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science Honours degree from the University of Witwatersrand and is qualified to register as a Chartered Accountant (SA).
Research and Advocacy Unit
Ichumile Gqada is a Senior Research and Advocacy Officer. Prior to joining OSF-SA Ichumile worked at PetroSA as a Junior Business Analyst and is responsible for leading our extractive industry transparency work and social auditing capacity support. Ichumile has a Masters in Social Science and has previously worked at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).
Grant Support Unit
Leonie Sampson is the Grant Administration Manager. Leonie has worked all her career in the development sector in South Africa. Her last position was that of a portfolio manager for a South African donor. Leonie is a qualified teacher and has a B.Comm Honours degree in Business Administration and a Masters of Philosophy Degree in Community Development from the University of Stellenbosch.