AGN Board

Theo Sowa – Chairperson

Theo Sowa is the Chairperson of the African Grantmakers Network. Theo is also the Chief Executive Officer of the African Women’s Development Fund, a member organization of AGN. She has previously worked as an independent advisor working on a wide range of international issues with a focus on social development issues. Read more...

Theo Sowa – Chairperson

Theo Sowa is the Chairperson of the African Grantmakers Network. Theo is also the Chief Executive Officer of the African Women’s Development Fund, a member organization of AGN. She has previously worked as an independent advisor working on a wide range of international issues with a focus on social development issues. Her work has covered advocacy, service delivery, evaluation, facilitation, policy and organizational development with a range of international and intergovernmental organizations and grant making foundations, including UNICEF, Stephen Lewis Foundation, the African Union, DFID, and UNDP, amongst others.

Theo’s work on women’s rights issues covers a range of activities but has had a special focus on the promotion and protection of women’s rights in armed conflict situations, as well as work evaluating and strengthening women focused development programmes in Africa, plus advocacy related to women and HIV/AIDS issues and to the establishment of a United Nations women’s agency.

experienced writer, she has produced a number of policy reports for NGOs, from articles for journals and magazines through to being a contributing editor to a book on the Impact of War on Children and the co author of a book on Group work with young people. Her most recent publication (Feb 2010) was as a contributing author and co editor of a Harvard Law School/UNICEF Innocenti book on Children and Transitional Justice.

She serves currently on the board of the Museum of AIDS in Africa, is a Trustee of Comic Relief and the Chair of its International Grant Making Committee; and is a member of the Africa Advisory Board for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Theo is also an Advisory group member of the ‘Every Child a Reader’ literacy initiative, a member of the British Refugee Council Leadership Group and a board member of the Graça Machel Trust. She holds a public appointment as a board member of the Charity Commission for England and Wales and was awarded a CBE in 2010.

She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex and an MA in International and Comparative Education from the University of London (Institute of Education).

Mr. Ezra Mbogori – Vice Chairperson

Ezra Mbogori is the Vice Chairperson of the African Grantmakers Network. Ezra is also the Executive Director of Akiba Uhaki - the Human Rights and Social Justice Fund, a member organisation of AGN. Read more...

Mr. Ezra Mbogori – Vice Chairperson

Ezra Mbogori is the Vice Chairperson of the African Grantmakers Network. Ezra is also the Executive Director of Akiba Uhaki - the Human Rights and Social Justice Fund, a member organisation of AGN.

Mr Ezra Mbogori has also served as the founding Executive Director of MWENGO – the reflection and development centre for NGOs in Eastern and Southern Africa, based in Harare - Zimbabwe. Prior to that, Ezra Mbogori headed an urban poverty focused organization – The Undugu Society in Nairobi for six years. He has served in a voluntary capacity on the leadership and/or advisory organs of numerous organizations and is currently a member of the International Board of PLAN International and Kituo Cha Katiba – the East African Centre for Constitutional Development.

Ezra Mbogori is a fellow of the Mason Program of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He also is a Fellow of the Kellog International Leadership Program (KILP).

Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo – Secretary

Dr. Moyo, who is the Secretary of the African Grantmakers Network, is working with TrustAfrica as Programme Director. He joined TrustAfrica in March 2007 as a research fellow and became Program Director in May 2009. Read more...

Dr Bhekinkosi Moyo – Secretary

Dr. Moyo, who is the Secretary of the African Grantmakers Network, is working with TrustAfrica as Programme Director. He joined TrustAfrica in March 2007 as a research fellow and became Program Director in May 2009.

Known for his expertise in philanthropy, civil society, and governance, he holds a doctorate in political science from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He previously worked at the Africa Institute of South Africa and at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa. He has written and published more than 15 conference papers, journal articles, and book chapters and co-edited What About the Children: The Silent Voices in Maintenance (2004), which explores issues of poverty, abuse, and the social security system in South Africa in the 21st century.

His latest collection of edited articles, Africa in the Global Power Play: Debates, Challenges and Potential Reforms (Adonis & Abbey, London, 2007), addresses the current position of Africa in international political and economic relations. He is fluent in English and is working on his French.

John Ulanga – Treasurer

John Ulanga, who is also the immediate past Chairman, is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society, the largest support mechanism for civil society organizations in Tanzania. Read more...

John Ulanga – Treasurer

John Ulanga, who is also the immediate past Chairman, is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society, the largest support mechanism for civil society organizations in Tanzania.

Prior to joining the Foundation for Civil Society in late 2005, Mr. Ulanga worked with the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), one of the leading Policy Research Think Tanks in Tanzania as its first Coordinator of Commissioned Studies where he was charged with the responsibility of forming the department and coordinate consultancy assignments undertaken by ESRF.

Mr. Ulanga is a Board Member of HakiElimu, a Tanzania Education and Democracy Organisation that works to realize equity, quality, human rights and democracy in education in Tanzania; a Board Member of Tanzania Financial Services for the Underserved Settlements (TAFSUS), a UN-Habitat-supported initiative to upgrade slums and underserved settlements in Tanzania; a member of an Independent Advisory Panel of eminent persons in Tanzania advising the World Bank Country Office on their programmes pertaining to the Government of Tanzania. He is also a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, East Africa and the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute.

Mr. Ulanga has recently been appointed to join the Africa Policy Advisory Board of an organisation called ONE (www.one.org), established by the world-renown rock musician Bono, to enable more aid to come to Africa. He has experience with the public sector through his intensive involvement in Public Service Reform Programme in Tanzania. Mr. Ulanga has held various other leadership/managerial positions in several places.

Dr Wiebe Boer - Board member

Dr. Wiebe Boer is Chief Executive Officer of The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). As CEO, he manages the day-to-day operations, strategy development and execution for the Foundation. His vision is for The Tony Elumelu Foundation to be a benchmark for 21st century African philanthropy. Read more...

Dr Wiebe Boer - Board member

Dr. Wiebe Boer is Chief Executive Officer of The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). As CEO, he manages the day-to-day operations, strategy development and execution for the Foundation. His vision is for The Tony Elumelu Foundation to be a benchmark for 21st century African philanthropy. TEF is charged with the mission of driving Africa’s economic development by enhancing the competitiveness of the African private sector. Under Dr. Boer’s leadership, the foundation strategically deploys its resources to generate solutions to challenges that inhibit Africa’s entrepreneurs. Through its commitment to catalytic philanthropy, TEF seeks to achieve its mission by building the capacity of fast-growing African businesses, supporting and driving policies that promote competitiveness, deploying financial capital through impact investments, and educating public and private sector actors through rigorous research.

In his capacity as CEO of the Foundation, Dr. Boer is also a director of Mtanga Farms, Tanzania and a member of the advisory board of Digital Divide Data (DDD) Kenya. He also serves on the Nigerian Minister of Agriculture’s Steering Committee for National Youth Employment in Agriculture.

Previously, Dr. Boer was associate director at the Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading charitable organisations with more than 90 years of commitment to Africa. Dr. Boer’s work with the Rockefeller Foundation in Africa focused on areas that included impact investing, climate change, agricultural development, China’s engagement with Africa, and impact sourcing. He joined the Rockefeller Foundation in 2008 after three years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company where, in addition to serving numerous US corporate clients, he helped the government of Kenya develop a long-term economic development strategy. He also spent several years in Mauritania managing a USAID-funded food aid development project for World Vision.

Born and raised in Jos, Nigeria, Dr. Boer earned his doctorate in history at Yale University and undergraduate degree at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. He is married to Joanna-Marie, a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, and together they have three young sons.

Ms Beulah Denise Fredricks - Board member

Beulah Denise Fredericks is the Director of The Community Development Foundation Western Cape(formally, the Western Cape Foundation for Community Work), an organization set out to play a mediating and facilitating role by strengthening relationships and building partnerships within communities, with donors and other development players. Read more...

Ms Beulah Denise Fredricks - Board member

Beulah Denise Fredericks is the Director of The Community Development Foundation Western Cape(formally, the Western Cape Foundation for Community Work), an organization set out to play a mediating and facilitating role by strengthening relationships and building partnerships within communities, with donors and other development players.

Ms. Fredericks' interests during her studies, focused on women and children within the context of the family and community, particularly focusing on issues relating to race, gender and poverty as structured within the social, political and economic environment in South Africa. One of her concerns was the fact that people and communities tend to remain in a survival mode, which have such a negative impact on life. Attempts to change this attitude became her passion.

After a short work encounter with the State Department as a probation officer, Ms. Fredericks joined the South Africa National Council for Alcoholism and Drugs (SANCA), where she worked for seven years as a social worker. Female alcoholism and developing support networks for children of alcoholic parents became her primary focus. Her task was to assist the team in developing intervention strategies and support networks.

Ms. Fredericks was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of the Western Cape, and her Masters of Arts in sociology at the University of Cape Town.

When she joined the Western Cape Foundation for Community Work (FCW) in the early 1980s, Ms. Fredericks found her niche as a community worker, and soon afterwards was appointed director. While working as a community worker, she researched the feasibility of alternate early childhood development (ECD) models and was instrumental in the formation and implementation of the Family in Focus Programme, the FCW flagship. Her main function as the director of FCW was to fulfill the overall objectives of the organization in carrying out its vision in relation to the mission statement. Key duties included: organizational development, policy development and training, fundraising and public relations, sustainability in terms of funding and development, human resources management, capacity building and training, consultation and supervision, community participation and decision making, forging partnerships/consortia, advocacy and lobbying, vision and forward planning.

Ms Janet Naumi Mawiyoo - Board member

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo (Ms) is the Chief Executive Officer of KCDF, a national foundation that promotes sustainable development of communities for social justice through local institution building, policy influencing, resource mobilization, and forging partnerships & collaborations. Read more...

Ms Janet Mawiyoo - Board member

Janet has been in the development space, primarily within the non-profit sector for the last 30 years, having spent 14 years with ActionAid International in Kenya and Tanzania.

Janet has been instrumental over the last eight years in making KCDF a leading and recognizable Kenyan local development actor that continues to commit significant resources into a diverse range of community initiatives that cut across issues affecting vulnerable Kenyan communities.

Under her leadership, KCDF has taken a leading role in pursuing a range of sustainability strategies that guarantee availability of resources to support community development efforts in perpetuity; these include building an endowment that currently stands at US $ 6 million, promoting local giving among people of all walks of life as well as among corporates operating in Kenya, promoting individual and family legacy funds, exploring real estate as a viable investment vehicle in Kenya through the upcoming construction of the KCDF Plaza and setting up an investment company whose realized profits is set to be ploughed back into supporting the work of the foundation. Janet has distinguished herself as an experienced development practitioner, very passionate and knowledgeable about the myriad of challenges experienced in Africa and how aid can better be delivered and managed to rid Africa off these challenges.

She is a team player and a team builder, a fundraiser, and professional with a rich and grounded expertise in governance development for non-profits with a strong bias to emerging African institutions.

Janet is a certified Organization Development consultant, with a Masters in Development Administration and Management (MA-Econ) from the University of Manchester (UK), and a Post Graduate Diploma in Organization Development Consultancy from the Swiss Institute of Applied Psychology, Switzerland.

She serves in a number of non-profit Boards among them Trust Africa, a Pan African philanthropic organization.

She is a wife and mother of two adult children.

Ms Moipone Buda Ramatlo - Board member

Ms Moipone Buda-Ramatlo, Programme Director at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, joined the Fund in October 2005 as the Programmes Director. Read more...

Ms Moipone Buda Ramatlo - Board member

Ms Moipone Buda-Ramatlo, Programme Director at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, joined the Fund in October 2005 as the Programmes Director. Prior to that, she worked for the National Productivity Institute as the Programme Director for emerging sectors specializing in turn-around strategies for SMMEs, and development initiatives for rural communities, women, young people and people with disabilities. She has extensive experience in the development and corporate arenas that spans 25 years and specializes in public/private partnerships with emphasis on turn around strategies for community development initiatives using corporate or donor funding.

She holds a BA (SW), Honors degree from UNISA and has certificate courses in Project management, Competitive Study and General Management from the Gordon's Institute of Business Studies and a Public Relations Management diploma from the Public Relations Institute of SA.

Mr Neville Gabriel - Board member

Mr Neville Gabriel is serving on the Board of Trustees of the African Grantmakers Network. Neville who is currently the Executive Director the Southern Africa Trust, is known of coordinating human rights and public policy advocacy work for the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference. Read more...

Mr Neville Gabriel - Board member

Mr Neville Gabriel is serving on the Board of Trustees of the African Grantmakers Network. Neville who is currently the Executive Director the Southern Africa Trust, is known of coordinating human rights and public policy advocacy work for the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference. He also worked with Oxfam as an advisor. He has been involved in building civil society campaigns such as Jubilee 2000 and the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, and also serves as a non-executive director of several civil society organisations. As the founding Executive Director of the Southern Africa Trust, Neville directs innovative work to build the capability of civil society organizations in southern Africa and beyond to engage more effectively in national, regional, and global policy development.

He is also a trustee of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) based in Johannesburg (which is part of the worldwide network of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations) and the African Forum on Debt and Development (AFRODAD) based in Harare, a member of the board of the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection based in Cape Town, a senior fellow of the Synergos Institute based in New York and is a member of the Africa Policy Advisory Board of Bono’s ONE campaign based in London.

He was previously a trustee of the Southern Africa Trust and a founding non-executive director of the Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN) and has served as a non-executive director of several other civil society organizations.

He co-founded the Jubilee 2000 South Africa coalition for debt cancellation as part of the global Jubilee movement and served variously as its national secretary, national executive committee member, and spokesperson.

Mr Adern Nkandela - Ex Officio Board Member

Adern, who is also the Coordinator of the AGN Secretariat, is a member of the Board as an ex-officio member. Click here for Adern's full profile.

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