CV summaries of key personnel

 This section provides brief summaries of the curriculum vitae of the Institute’s board members as well as other key personal.

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Thabang Sipho Queench
Chairperson of the Institute’s Board

 

Current position: Community Engagement and Research Officer, Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Development, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

Positions held: Right to Work Campaigns Coordinator (AIDC), Youth Worker (Youth for Christ Centre), Community Development Specialist, Juvenile Programme Coordinator (Correctional Services), Offender Rehabilitation Programme Facilitator (Correctional Services).

Areas of expertise: Social and Critical Theories, Advocacy and Participatory Research Approach, Project Development and Management, Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Life-skills Training, Group Facilitation.

Qualifications: BA (Sociology, Psychology and Education), BA Honours (Psychology) completed at NMMU – South Africa, Advanced Facilitator Certificate (Race, Diversity, Social Justice and Organisational Transformation) completed at Witwatersrand University.

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Michael Barry
Previous Chairperson of the Institute

 

Current position: Head of the Arts and Culture Department, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)

Positions held: Director of the Institute’s Board; Outcomes Based Education Facilitator specialising in Arts and Culture; Artist and art educator;  participated in various Art exhibitions in the Eastern Cape, international (Zabalasa exhibition) and various national exhibitions; Eastern Cape Coordinator for the Sunday times 100 year heritage project;  past member of a Jazz Band ( Bass Player); past board member of EPSAC – Eastern Province Society of Arts and Craft; advisor to the developer of the Red location Cultural precinct;  Board Member and trustee of the South End Museum Deputy Chief Education Specialist at the Department of Arts & Culture – Provincial Government Eastern Cape;  Curriculum 2005 Arts & Culture Facilitator for the Dept of Education – Provincial Government – INSET training for teachers from Grades 4-7 in arts and culture learning area;  regional co-ordinator for Create South Africa.  Northern Cape, Eastern Cape,  Free State & Western Cape. (A special project of the Media, Advertising, Publishing, Printing & Packaging Sector, Education & Training Authority) – MAPPP SETA; SEDA trainer Craft entrepreneurial project – entrepreneurial development for Craft Practitioners in Gauteng, Eastern Cape, Free State and the Northern Cape; SETA SGB member for arts and arts education – member of a SGB team developing various Unit Standards for Art related qualifications.; Regional coordinator for Business and Arts South Africa (BASA)

Qualifications: BA Fine Art (Honours) – University Of Cape Town, Post Graduate studies, Higher Diploma of Education HDE – University of Cape Town, Master’s Degree in Education at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

 

 Gerhard Lück

 

Current position: Managing Director of the Institute;

Positions held:  community development and income generation specialist, social worker for mentally ill and mentally handicapped youth, street children and delinquents in South Africa, Guatemala, Turkey and Germany; social development programme practitioner; programme coordinator of the current integrated youth development programme and assisting young entrepreneurs to become successful business women/men, active member of Northern Areas People Development Initiative (NAPDI) from 2008 – 2016,

Areas of expertise: Project development and management, Project monitoring and evaluation, Financial Administration, Social research, Life-skills training, teambuilding and leadership training, organisation design and development, Facilitation and train-the-trainer skills, Social Compact Facilitation and Management, HIV and AIDS Management, Street law trainer, Conflict Management and Violence Prevention, SAFA Level 1 soccer coach for U 12 – U 18 teams, Alternative to Violence Project Facilitator, History and Heritage Researcher.

Qualifications: Diploma in Social Work completed in Germany, BA (Psychology Honours) completed at NMMU – South Africa, Certificate Insurance Salesperson completed in Germany, Management of HIV/AIDS Programmes by InWEnt, Internationale Weiterbildung und Entwicklung GmbH (Capacity Development International) in co-operation with the NMMU.

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Shena Lamb-du Plessis
Present Chairperson of the Institute

 

Current position: Research Associate, Social Development Professions, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Positions held: Coordinator of the NMMU Writing Centres, established an English Language Skills Programme for NMMU’s International Office, coordinator of a community development project in Spain, editor for the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations in Rome;  co-author of book (The Parrot’s Egg, 1985)  on migrant labour conditions in pre-1994 South Africa;

Areas of expertise: conflict management, English language development; project coordination; non-violent communication; accredited facilitator for the Alternative to Violence Project

Qualifications: MA Conflict Management (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University), BA English and Communications (University of South Africa).

Mfundo Mbashe
Member of the Institute

 

Current position: Assistant Director: Research and Policy Development: Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Monitoring and Evaluation officer at USAID/PEPFAR (Seconded to Child Welfare South Africa: Free State)

Positions held: Member of the institute;  independent researcher for CASE (Community Agency for Social Enquiry) conducting research on social and economic issues related projects:  qualitative and quantitative researcher;  worked on several large scale surveys including the Barriers to the Child Support Grant for the Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security; evaluation of IECD program Nkandla for (UNICEF) United Nations Children’s Fund;  investigation of the private and public sector skills needs in the Eastern Cape Labour Market for the Eastern Cape Socio-economic Consultative Council (ECSECC).

Areas of expertise: Research and Policy analysis, data collection tools design; monitoring and evaluation, project planning, research methodology; data collection techniques (moderating/facilitating focus groups, in depth interviews and household surveys); project management and planning and research report writing.

Qualifications:  B.Admin (Public Administration), BA Honours and Masters in Development Studies at NMMU.

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Dr Brian Walter
Member of the Institute

 

Current position: Consultant

Positions held: member of the institute, language teacher (Chapman Senior Secondary), Lecturer (Fort Hare), Project Administrator, NPDE (NMMU, then UPE), language consultant and language education mentor.

Areas of expertise: Project Management, Project Evaluations, Editor, Publications, Facilitation, Language, Communication, Literature, Poet, Creative Writing mentoring

Qualifications: PhD English Literature (Rhodes), MA (NMMU previously UPE)

Alvené Appollis 
Member of the Institute

 

Current position: Journalist at the Burger, a local Afrikaans newspaper

Positions held: freelance journalist; poet and poet mentor; co-editor of poetry anthology (Uitsig 2011) as end product of the SADRAT driven Bay Creative Writing Project: Helenvale; Public Relations and Concert Assistant at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Department of Music, presently also a free-lance journalist for local Afrikaans newspaper

Areas of expertise: Language; media; research in language on a literary, linguistic and sociolinguistic level; communication; journalism; events organizing; cultural studies; education and training.

Qualification: BA (Language, Literature, Media and Communication) at NMMU; Short Course Dip (German and Cultural Studies) at the University of Tübingen.

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Dr Veonna Goliath  
Director of the Institute’s Board

 

Current position: Senior Lecturer and student supervisor at the Department of Social Development Professions at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU),

Positions held: Social Worker, Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer and student/intern supervisor/clinical psychologist, Clinical Psychologist to Medical students and staff.

Areas of expertise: Debriefing and Trauma support, conflict management and violence prevention, substance abuse counselling; positive youth development; youth leadership development

Qualifications: DPhil (Social Work) BA Social Work, Masters in Clinical Psychology from NMMU and Diploma Human Resource Management & Training,

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Afrika Mhlophe 
Previous Chairperson of the Institute

 

Current position: Senior Pastor of Good News Community Church, Port Elizabeth

Positions held: former president of Youth of the Nation (Community Youth Network based in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth.

Areas of expertise: Leadership and teambuilding; life skills training; organisational planning; spiritual guidance and counseling; networking and relationship building with strategic partners; mentoring and coaching; specialising in youth development and advancement; communication and business management and administration.

Qualifications:
Presently studying towards a bachelor of theology degree.

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Abdia Naidoo
Member of the Institute

 

Positions held: Member of the Institute; trained community nurse and project manager; HIV/AIDS specialists; HIV/AIDS advisor;  trainer and facilitator of HIV/AIDS workshops.

Areas of expertise: HIV/AIDS peer educational programmes;   focuses on HIV/AIDS and skills development in schools; networking with professionals nationally and international to discuss best practices in HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health.

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Patricia Modicane
Member of the Institute

 

Positions held: Member of the Institute, trained HIV and AIDS facilitator, Rape councillor, Child Care worker and Life skills trainer presently involved in a community project in Nieu Bethesda.