Meet The Team

Chris Maroleng

Chris Maroleng

Global Advisor and Executive Director SADC

Chris Maroleng is Global Advisor and is the SADC 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.

 

 

 

Dr Ross Harvey

Dr Ross Harvey

Director of Research & 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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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.
Lloyd Coutts

Lloyd Coutts

Director of Publications and Media

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.
Dr Craig Moffat

Dr Craig Moffat

Head of Programme: Governance Delivery and Impact

Craig Moffat, PhD is the Head of Programme: Governance Delivery and Impact for Good Governance Africa’s National Security Programme. He has more than 17 years of practical experience working for government institutions and multilateral organisations. He was previously employed by the South African Foreign Service, where he worked extensively at identifying and analysing security threats towards South Africa as well as the southern Africa region. Previously, he was the political advisor for the Pretoria Regional Delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Stellenbosch University.
Stephen Buchanan-Clarke

Stephen Buchanan-Clarke

Head of Programme: Human Security & Climate Change

Stephen is a security analyst with several years of experience working in both conflict and post-conflict settings in Africa, primarily on issues of peace and security; transitional justice and reconciliation; democratisation and governance; and preventing and countering violent extremism. He currently serves as head of the Human Security and Climate Change (HSCC) project at Good Governance Africa and is a co-editor of the Extremisms in Africa anthology series.
Miles Britton

Miles Britton

Head of Content Marketing and Aggregation

Miles has been an active practitioner in Digital Media for 24 years, which started as a web design and application development company called All Things Digital. After starting a new ventures in the late 1990’s called E-data (listed companies fact sheets and investor relations), he settled at I-Net Bridge for 13 years where he honed expertise in digital product designcontent production and content design and strategyfinancial datamonetization and e-commerce, business management, IT operations management, leadership and automation of operations for maximum efficiencies and returns. At I-Net Bridge, Miles started constructing the concept of Business Live, a project that would bring together all business properties of the then Avusa Group. The project changed not only the means of accessing digital business products but changed the operational structure of all assets concerned, namely Business Day, Financial Mail, Summit TV, I-Net Bridge Markets Bureau and Business Times. He also has extensive business consulting experience in building digital businesses, digital transformation and the ever-ubiquitous mobile platforms for VOD, the unbanked population, education and youth entrepreneurial development. Miles is passionate about contributing to an Africa that starts to realise that we have not inherited the land from ourfathers but have borrowed it from our children.” – Dennis Hall 

 

Susan Russell-Thomas

Susan Russell-Thomas

Editor: Africa In Fact

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

Programme Head: African Governance Papers

Richard is the Programme Head of African Governance Papers. 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.

Christine Dube

Christine Dube

Lead Researcher: Governance Insights & Analytics

Christine is the Lead Researcher of our Governance Insights & Analytics programme. 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.

Sixolile Ngqwala

Sixolile Ngqwala

Data Analyst: Governance Insights & Analytics

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.
Sikhululekile Mashingaidze

Sikhululekile Mashingaidze

Senior Researcher: Human Security & Climate Change

Sikhululekile Mashingaidze currently serves as Senior Researcher in the Human Security and Climate Change (HSCC) project at Good Governance Africa. Being engaged as a part-time enumerator for Mass Public Opinion Institute’s diversity of research projects during  her undergraduate years  ushered her into  and nurtured her passion for the governance field. She has worked with Habakkuk Trust, Centre for Conflict Resolution(CCR-Kenya), Mercy Corps Zimbabwe and  Action Aid International Zimbabwe, respectively. This  has, over the years, enriched her grassroots and national level governance projects’ implementation and management experience. Her academic research interests are in the field of genocide studies with a commitment to deepen her understanding of girls and women’s experiences, their agency in reconstituting everyday life and their inclusion in peace-building and transitional justice processes. Socially she has a keen commitment in supporting girls education, women’s economic empowerment and the fulfilment of their equitable and sustainable development in Africa’s underserved, often hard to reach communities. She enjoys writing and telling the stories of navigating everyday life.

Monique Bennett

Monique Bennett

Senior Researcher: Governance Insights & Analytics

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.

 

Helen Grange

Helen Grange

Sub-Editor

Helen Grange is a seasoned journalist and editor, with a career spanning over 30 years writing and editing for newspapers and magazines in South Africa. Her work appears primarily on Independent Online (IOL)as well as The Citizen and Business Daynewspapers, focussing on business trends, women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship and travel. Magazines she has written for include NoseweekAcumen, Forbes Africa and UJ Alumni magazine. Among NGOs she has written or edited for are Genderlinks and INMED, a global humanitarian development organisation.
Nompumelelo Mtsweni

Nompumelelo Mtsweni

Multimedia producer

Nompumelelo has over three years experience working for and with different companies in different sectors, focusing on web development, qualitative user experience, research, data and visualizations.  She is  committed to the use of technology to maximize the efficient communication of information to the public and to policymakers. To this end, she has worked in collaboration with Afrimapr,  and the University of Pretoria’s Data Science for Social Impact group on collating datasets of health facilities and capacities in South Africa. She has participated, with support from Datatstory in Sweden, in the C40 cities  against climate change challenge. Nompumelelo has done background research and writing for journalists, with support from OpenUp and the Journalismfund.eu. She has been shortlisted for Google’s Get Ahead: Top Black Talent programme, and has also taken courses in computer science and information systems at the University of Cape Town.

 

 

Mabel Nhlabathi

Mabel Nhlabathi

Receptionist

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.
Liziwe Mbha

Liziwe Mbha

Social Media Coordinator

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.