Team Members

True to our overarching goal of human development, the Southern Africa Trust is a people-centric organisation, committed to putting our employees first.

Encouraging diversity, multi-culturalism and professional development, the Trust enjoys positive and open working relationships.

With regular team engagement sessions, training opportunities and the support of employee attendance at regional conferences – the Southern Africa Trust seeks to provide a working environment that allows each of our valued employees to flourish. The Trust encourages remote working, embracing technology while emphasising flexibility and results-driven delivery.

Our Team

Leonard Makuvaza

Leonard Makuvaza

Leonard is our Financial Inclusion and Investment Associate. He has several years of experience in the area of financial inclusion and investment strategy. He has a Masters in Economics with a Specialization in Corporate Finance and Investments from University of Namibia and Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from University of Zimbabwe.

Lizette Phillips

Lizette provides support to our CEO and executive management team in furthering the vision of the organisation. With tenacity, attention to detail and meticulous organising skills, she manages relationships and juggles the work of the organization. Lizette is instrumental in enabling good governance and stakeholder relations for the Trust.

Raymond Muchemwa

Raymond ensures that the Trust is fiscally sustainable, accounting for grants and is responsible for the management of funds that come in from donors. He prepares reports for donors, as well as project managers and grant recipients. Raymond holds a MCom (Accounting) from Wits University and a BCom Accounting (Hons) from Africa University.

Boitshepo Kubu

Tshepo is responsible for the procurement of services and goods that are needed to keep the operation running smoothly. He deals with suppliers to ensure the working environment is pleasant and functional for employees and visitors. Tshepo also has experience in all aspects of office management.

Calvin Mogorosi

Calvin is an experienced finance practitioner who is responsible for ensuring the organisation’s sound financial standing. He works with the executive management and operations team in preparing budgets, statements and reports that enable decision making and strengthen the grant-making mandate. He holds BCom in Accounting and Auditing from North West University.

Martha Hlongwane

Through her warm smile, open heart and delicious cups of coffee, Mam Martha is one of the biggest cheerleaders in our office. She maintains and oversees the workspace; playing her part in making sure our organisation keeps up its high standards both publicly and within our four walls.

Shumirai Zizhou

Shumirai Zizhou is the Programmes and Research Associate that provides Research, Technical and Advocacy assistance to deliver policy research deliverables. She also provides programme and administrative support, ensuring that the Trust remains in compliance with the requisite internal and external procedural and procurement policies. Shumirai holds an LLB Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand as well as a Post Graduate Qualification in Practical Legal Studies from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Christabel Phiri

Christabel oversees the Trusts Programmes Unit and is instrumental in bringing the poor, the government and the private sector together. She monitors how these programmes affect the lives of the poor in an effort to impact development for their benefit. Christabel holds a MPhil in Industrial Policy (Economics) from the University of Johannesburg and a BA in Economics from the University of Zambia.

Serge Ntumba

Serge Ntumba

Serge is a consultant supporting the Programmes team in project implementation. He has strong accounting background and the ability to interact with diverse stakeholders, working diligently to ensure best practice is understood and followed on all programme endeavors. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Financial Information System from the Vaal University of Technology.

Shamiso Chigorimbo

Shamiso is the Programme Coordinator focusing on Economic Development Policy Programmes. With extensive regional experience on development issues. She also coordinates policy researching and leads in analyzing emerging policy matters. She has a Masters in International Development from the University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Politics and English, University of Cape Town.

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