Meet The Team

Chris Maroleng

Chris Maroleng

Executive Director

Chris Maroleng is the Executive Director of Good Governance Africa. He is an accomplished public and corporate affairs practitioner with close to 20 years working experience, specialising in strategy, research, media, communication, security, corporate governance and public affairs. Prior to his GGA appointment, Chris was the Chief Operations Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), where he was responsible for the organisation’s turnaround strategy, improving the SABC’s cash balance, enforcing governance and driving efficiencies within the operations cluster, as well as promoting a performance culture for optimal outcomes. With a sound understanding of what drives a successful business, as Group Executive for Corporate Affairs at Africa’s largest mobile operator, MTN, he assisted the company through a tumultuous period during which it was faced with a huge penalty that could have placed the organisation in an untenable situation. Chris also spent six years at eNews Channel Africa (eNCA), where he was Africa Editor, and head of department for the Africa division. As an integral member of the eNews founding management team, key among his successes during his tenure was the establishment of the eNews Africa division. Prior to joining eNews, Chris worked at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in the African Security Analysis Programme (ASAP), as a senior researcher in peace and security issues in Africa, and where he published extensive reports related to African affairs. Chris holds a MA in International and Comparative Politics from the University of Cape Town. He was also a Menell Media Fellow, at Duke University’s Dewitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy.

 

 

 

Prof. Alain Tschudin

Prof. Alain Tschudin

Senior Global Advisor

Prof. Alain Tschudin is Senior Global Advisor to GGA. Prior to this he served for nearly 5 years as the Executive Director of GGA (SADC) from 2015-2020, during which time he also assisted with the set-up of centres in Addis, Dakar and Harare, as well as the revitalization of GGA’s overseas charitable entities in the US and UK. Alain is a registered psychologist of more than 20 years standing with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. After obtaining a Ph.D. in Psychology from Natal University completed as a Commonwealth Scholar at Liverpool University, he was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, before returning to studies there, completing an M. Phil. in Divinity and another Ph.D., in Ethics. He has broad research, facilitation and community engagement interests and has worked for universities and NGOs in Africa and Europe, with the European Commission, and as lead consultant for Save the Children and UNICEF on child protection and emergency coordination in Africa and the Middle East. He is Honorary Research Associate on the Peacebuilding Programme at Durban University of Technology and Visiting Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Governance. A member of the Institute of Directors, London, Alain serves on several boards and is a member of the Expert Group on the Humanitarian-Development-Peace nexus for the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa at the United Nations. He most recently co-edited anthologies on Extremisms in Africa and on the living legacy of the Mahatma and Kasturba Gandhi.

 

Dr Ross Harvey

Dr Ross Harvey

Director of Research and Programmes

Ross is a natural resource economist and policy analyst, and he has been dealing with governance issues in various forms across this sector since 2007. He has a PhD in economics from the University of Cape Town, and his thesis research focused on the political economy of oil and institutional development in Angola and Nigeria. While completing his PhD, Ross worked as a senior researcher on extractive industries and wildlife governance at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and in May 2019 became an independent conservation consultant. Ross’s task at GGA is to establish a non-renewable natural resources project (extractive industries) to ensure that the industry becomes genuinely sustainable and contributes to Africa achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

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Lloyd Coutts

Lloyd Coutts

Director of Publications

Lloyd Coutts has an extensive background in journalism and media spanning 36 years. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand and has worked as a reporter, sub-editor, news editor, assistant editor and acting editor for publications such as Business Day, The Star, Business Report and Sunday World. Lloyd also has experience in wire services, notably the German Press Agency (dpa), and radio (Network Radio News and Classic FM). He also worked in television news at eNCA.

Gail Nel

Gail Nel

Director of Operations

After completing a year at finishing school doing secretarial and accounting diplomas, and then working for her father’s medical aid organisation, Gail spent two years in Los Angeles, California, performing typesetting and graphic design on two weekly Catholic Newspapers. Upon her return to SA, Gail worked for Douglas & Barry printing company where she ran the design studio, whilst completing her Wits Business School Marketing Diploma.  She then started her own small design studio, Le Projet, which she ran for eight years before being bought out by Young & Rubicam SA.  She was MD of Wunderman Cato Johnson for five years before she gave birth to twin daughters, Ashleigh and Brittany.  Gail then started a second design company, Two Fold Marketing, which she ran for 12 years, and then joined Times Media, where she was marketing manager, working across The Sunday Times, Business Day, Financial Mail, Sowetan and Sunday World newspapers for 10 years.  Gail joined GGA as a marketing consultant in 2018 and took on the full-time role of Head of Development in 2019. Gail is an All Breeds Cat Judge and breeds and exhibits Orientals and Maine Coons. She enjoys hiking, Park Runs and Pilates to keep fit.

Christine Dube

Christine Dube

Christine is a Head of Programme: Local Governance and Grassroot Democracy. She completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Industrial, Organisational and Labour Studies in 2011, her Honours in Commerce in 2012, and her Master of Commerce at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2013. Her experience includes risk analysis, finance, administration as well as marketing and sales. Her interests include monitoring economic and social developments.

Erica Burger

Erica Burger

Erica is originally from Pretoria and comes from a family of educators. She has over ten years of teaching experience in a Montessori setting and simultaneously ran her remedial reading centre at Lynnwood Ridge Primary School. She was the principal of a Montessori school for three years. Erica has a passion for education development and taught in Mamelodi township before making a move, in 2016, to the rural Eastern Cape. As the Education Programmes Manager for Jabulani Rural Health Foundation, she facilitated accredited teacher training programmes, developed various ECD centres, a community home visit programme and afterschool centres. She moved to Cape Town in 2019 to manage the Year Beyond Youth Development Programme in collaboration with the Western Cape Government, Department of Sports and Culture. Erica was also a part-time lecturer at Montessori Early Learning Foundation. She loves hiking (and is getting better at surfing).

Susan Russell-Thomas

Susan Russell-Thomas

Susan has worked in journalism and media management for more than 30 years in various roles that have included news reporter, sub editor, section editor, assistant editor, publisher and general manager. After graduating from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban with a BA in English and Comparative African Government and Administration, Susan joined the Daily News as a news reporter. Four years later, she joined Business Day, where she spent several years as a hard news reporter. Moving to the Sunday Times, she spent two years as a sub-editor before taking over editorship of the Sunday Times Magazine, a role she filled for three years before being promoted to Sunday Times Assistant editor in charge of marketing. It was during this time that she launched the Sunday Times Travel supplement. Moving into media management at Times Media (formerly Avusa), Susan  was promoted to General Manager, Marketing and joined the Times Media Exco. In that role she was subsequently appointed publisher of The Times, a weekday sister publication to the Sunday Times, as well as publisher ofBusiness Day’s Wanted magazine and the Sunday Times Lifestyle supplements.

Richard Jurgens

Richard Jurgens

Richard is editor of Africa in Fact. He has written for national newspapers and magazines in South Africa and worked for the International Herald Tribune. He was founding editor of Amsterdam Weekly, a multi award-winning newspaper. He has also worked in corporate communications for multinationals in Amsterdam and The Hague. He earned a BA (Hons) in philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand and is currently completing a Master’s in public policy at the university’s School of Governance.

Sixolile Ngqwala

Sixolile Ngqwala

Sixolile holds a Masters of Commerce (M.com) in Economics from the University of Fort Hare, where he worked on the National Income Dynamics study (NIDS), based at the University of Cape Town, for Econometric research (econometric modelling, data coding, data mining, data analysis and interpretation). Sixolile has two B.com undergraduate degrees (in economics and in business financial management and industrial psychology). For his B.com Honours he majored in econometrics and economics. He has multidisciplinary skills, including an intersection of machine learning and data science (PYTHON and R-programming). Sixolile has background experience in natural resources, working with AngloGold Ashanti in the finance department. Later, he joined CNH-Industrial as a junior strategic developer and government relations.  In 2019 he joined Good Governance Africa as a lead researcher, where he is responsible for quantitative and qualitative data management and statistical analysis on research projects relating to natural resources, land reform, and policy analysis, among others. At university he was in involved in starting an academic society, New Economic Horizon, that fostered a working relationship between the Auditor-General’s office in the Eastern Cape and the University of Fort Hare’s accounting department.

Zama Mboyisa

Zama Mboyisa

Zama Mboyisa is a registered social worker with a Master of Arts in Social Development attained from the University of Witwatersrand. She was a life skills coach for a number of years at an organisation called Star for Life, before joining Good Governance Africa’s Child Development and Youth Formation Programme. Zama has broad community and research engagement interests ranging from HIV/AIDS prevention and management, child migration, and child and youth development and has worked on projects with the South African US Embassy, Black Sash and the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants. She was recently selected to participate in the Youth Capital Influencer programme for 2020 and is committed to assisting young people realise their full potential through empowering them with life skills and creating interactive and comprehensive educational platforms. She believes that such opportunities enable young people to challenge social ills and fully participate in advancing their communities, thereby also yielding spill-over benefits needed to address the human rights violations, poverty and the unemployment rate which children and youth are the most vulnerable to.

Monique Bennett

Monique Bennett

Monique holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Witwatersrand. Her interest in the field of data science and statistics was sparked by her MA quantitative methodology course. The R programming language is her primary tool for statistical analyses and data visualisation. Throughout her studies, research topics such as development, democracy and the environment within the context of developing countries have been her focus areas. She has worked as a research assistant for In On Africa and as a public relations manager for the student organisation Wits Inala Forum.

 

Liziwe Mbha

Liziwe Mbha

Born to an educator and the Chief Justice of the Electorial Court of South Africa, Liziwe graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a bachelor’s degree in communications and Psychology. She then went on to join the SABC as a sports journalist, where she was invited as a guest journalist by soccer team Mamelodi Sundowns to document their 2016 CAF champion’s league journey in Egypt. She branched out as a writer, creating social media content for retail conglomerate JD Group before settling her feet at GGA as the Social Media Coordinator.

Mabel Nhlabathi

Mabel Nhlabathi

Mabel is administrator and receptionist at GGA. She has extensive experience in the contact centre and training industry, having worked closely with the Services Seta on grants and learnership allocations. Mabel keeps everyone connected and is a true problem solver for all who come to GGA.