Prof Nico N Koopman
Prof Nico N Koopman is currently Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel of the University of Stellenbosch (South Africa). In 2001 Prof Koopman started his career at the Stellenbosch University as senior lecturer at the Faculty of Theology. Since 2002 he also served as Director of the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology. He became Professor of Systematic Theology and was appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Theology in 2010. Since May 2015 he joined the management team of the University. He is an ordained minister of the Uniting Reformed Church in Southern Africa. He is married to Francina and they have 2 children.
Prof Koopman is known as an outstanding church and academic leader with national and international acclaim. He serves on various University Committees, and on various local and international Church Committees.
As Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, Prof Koopman is responsible to initiate and manage partnerships with the community. This facilitates cooperation among various parties and enables a two-way learning process. The Campus Health Service, delivering a profession al medical service to students and staff, and part of Stellenbosch University’s wellness initiatives, also falls under his direction.
Prof Koopman’s research focuses on a Trinitarian Public Theology of Human Dignity in the context of the integrity of creation. This focus includes addressing the plight of those living with and affected by HIV. As a respected researcher, he has published widely on theological and ethical issues, and has won several awards for his contributions, including the Andrew Murray Prize for Theological Literature.
Dr Brian Brink
Before retiring Dr Brian Brink was the Chief Medical Officer of Anglo American plc. He advised Anglo American plc Group companies on a broad range of health issues, ranging from occupational health and employee health benefits to health systems strengthening in disadvantaged communities.
Dr Brink strives to enhance the role of the private sector as a partner in improving access to sustainable, quality healthcare – particularly in developing countries.
Dr Brink has been actively involved in tackling HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic. He was responsible for guiding Anglo American’s response to HIV/AIDS and TB, both in the workplace and in communities associated with the company’s operations. On a broader scale, Dr Brink is actively involved in addressing the particular challenge the HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics pose to business in Southern Africa and internationally. He also has an active interest in gender issues in relation to HIV and AIDS, particularly the extraordinary vulnerability of young women and girls to HIV infection.
Representing the Private Sector, Dr Brink has served the board of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria since the inception of the Fund and was vice-chair of the Fund’s Audit and Ethics Committee for a two-year term. Dr Brink is a member of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) Trust, which oversees the implementation of the National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STI’s. Dr Brink is an independent director of Discovery Holdings, the largest health insurer in South Africa, with interests in the US, UK and China. He also sits on the boards of various NGOs involved in health and human rights including “Section 27 (incorporating the AIDS Law Project)” and “Right to Care” in South Africa; and the International Women’s Health Coalition based in New York.
Bishop Kevin Dowling
Kevin Patrick Dowling was born in Pretoria. He was ordained as a priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer in 1967.
On 2 December 1990 he was appointed as the Bishop of Rustenburg, in the North West Province of South Africa.
Bishop Dowling has been involved in the HIV epidemic since the 1990’s. As human rights advocate, he publicly advocated in the field of HIV and AIDS. In 1998 he founded Tapologo as faith-based community-centred HIV and AIDS programme.
With special concern for the poorest and most vulnerable members of society Bishop Dowling’s ministry is inclusive of everyone in the community. He instilled in Tapologo values that are basically Christian as well as inclusive human and cultural values that promote life-giving relationships.
Under his leadership Tapologo has grown to include 10 wellness clinics, a hospice, provision of Anti-retroviral therapy, programmes for orphaned and vulnerable children, outreach programmes, advocacy and lobbying, training programmes and psychosocial support.
Mr Willem Erasmus
Mr Willem C Erasmus is a Chartered Accountant.
He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in the fields of Accounting and Tax.
As an Audit Partner in the Professional firm of Ernst & Young he served a wide range of clients with his professional opinion and advice on financial and tax matters as well as business strategy.
After some years in the Profession, he entered the Construction Industry where he led the finance and risk functions of both private and public companies. As an executive director on companies’ boards and part of the executive team he was responsible for setting the company’s strategy and achieving its performance targets. Following his retirement from the Stefanutti Stocks Group, he served in a similar role in a private Health Care Group for two years, with a particular focus on mentorship of younger members of the finance team.
He now serves organisations in the non-profit sector with his experience in financial affairs and business strategy. At The Field Band Foundation he was also Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee. At the Church and Business Against HIV and AIDS Trust he serves as a Trustee with particular focus on the financial aspects of the Trust.
He is married to Susan and they have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.
Mr Ashmeer Joseph
Mr Ashmeer Joseph’s extensive experience in financial and project management stood him in good stead as the Director of Development Services of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa. His knowledge of community development and experience in the faith sector have been an asset in his current role as the Acting General Secretary of ELCSA. He is also the Chairperson of the Southern Africa Regional Forum of ACT Alliance and Deputy Chairperson of the ACT Ubumbano Board.
Mr Lungile Magqibelo
Mr. Lungile Magqibelo is currently employed as an Assistant Director at the National Department of Social Development in the Branch: Welfare Service since February 2009 where a primary focus of his work has been on the development of strategies, guidelines and programmes for orphans and vulnerable children amongst others. He is also responsible for management of performance monitoring and evaluation of Orphans, Vulnerable Children and Youth (OVCY) programmes. Mr. Magqibelo joined public service in 2006 as a Social Worker in the Western Cape Department of Social Development working with families, children in need of care and protection as well as youth in conflict with the law. He also had a short stint at a Non-Profit Organization in Cape Town working with persons with disabilities as a Field Social Worker. Mr. Magqibelo is a registered social worker with a Masters degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of the Western Cape; Bachelor of Social Work (University of the Western Cape), Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (University of the Western Cape), Postgraduate Diploma in Management in the field of Public and Development Sector Monitoring and Evaluation (Wits School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand) and Higher Certificate in Management (Cum Laude) Foundation for Professional Development.
As an expert on social welfare policy and development, he consistently contributed to processes of social policy review and development. He also contributed to the development and review of the Children’s Act and other child care and protection policies.
Mme Nosisa Mokoka
Mme Nosisa Mokoka currently holds Trusteeship and Non-Executive Director positions in the Pension Fund Industry and in a Non-Profit Organization, as well as in the Tertiary Education Sector in the last eight consecutive years. An engaged member of the Institute of Directors in SA (IODSA), and having received full Directorship training, she makes sure that she remains up to date with developments and knowledge in the governance environment.
Now a fulltime Entrepreneur, Nosisa is a former senior executive, manager, and supervisor in various sectors in a career spanning over forty years in health, community health, human resources, corporate administration, finance and economic development as well as in community development.
Nosisa is involved in several ministries at Bryanston Methodist Church where she is a congregant. The specific areas of food security, social upliftment, poverty alleviation and community health are closest to her heart, as these shaped her social and professional orientation early in her life.
Dr Ulrich Möller
Dr Ulrich Moeller has distinctive Leadership experiences as high-ranking representative and Church Board Member of the German Protestant Church of Westphalia (EKvW – 2 million members) from 2000 to 2021.
This includes decades of successful collaboration with partners in Africa, Asia, Latin America, USA, Europe, and with associations of global impact like Bread for the World, United Evangelical Mission. Communion of Churches in three Continents (UEM), Conference of European Churches (CEC), World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC) and World Council of Churches (WCC). As member of WCC-Taskforce on Just Globalization Dr Moeller was contributing to experts dialogues with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB). During his professional career Dr Moeller for many years served/is serving on International Boards, including International Finance Committee of CEC, International Supervisory Board of UEM as Vice-Chair and its Finance Committee as Chairperson.
Dr Moeller has been actively involved in championing many initiatives in Southern Africa, East Africa as well as in Europe, related to empowering low-income people to improve their livelihoods, development of renewable energy provision on the basis of climate justice and just social development, reducing energy poverty. His engagements in South Africa go back to his involvement as local pastor and member of the Reformed Alliance with the international ecumenical Anti-Apartheid-movement during Apartheid. He has been initiator of the CHABAHIVA-initiative and is co-founder of CHABAHIVA TRUST.
Dr Moeller holds a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology. He has published books and articles in the fields of ethics and ecclesiology, ecumenism, justice, climate justice, peace and sustainable development. He is married with two children.
Dr Maria Seithati Motebang
Dr Maria Seithati Motebang is the Managing Director Seithati Group of Companies – a boutique consulting firm which specializes in development management consulting and coaching. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of York’s (UK) Centre for Southern African Studies. She is the former CEO of the Film and Publications Board. She also held many positions such as Divisional Head of learning and development for Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, the Independent Development Trust, University of Pretoria, University of Johannesburg as a Senior Lecturer in Development Studies. As a gender activist she has worked for international NGOs such as Women and Law in Southern Africa Trust and has presented at the United Nations General Assembly on the plight of women and the HIV AIDS pandemic.
She has served as a Non-Executive Director of the West Rand Development Agency and City Power – City of Johannesburg Municipality Entity. She served on the Human Resources and Remuneration and Social and Ethics Committees in both organizations.
She has special interests in Gender, Diversity, Strategy Development and organizational sustainability, Human Capital Development, Philanthropy and Community Development. Her biggest desire is to coach a cohort of future young female leaders for the next generation.
Mr Sello Bravo Mphelane
Mr Sello “Bravo” Mphelane has an MBA in Leadership and is currently Chief Strategy and Innovations Officer (CSIO) at PTW Consulting. As CSIO he is responsible for leading the development and execution of long-term strategies, with the goal of increasing shareholder value through championing and driving the implementation of strategic initiatives, by providing guidance and advice to help businesses improve efficiency, enhance operations, and drive profitability.
Bravo is a diligent professional who pushes himself, and others, to achieve the best. Furthermore, he proves to be a highly energetic, forward thinking, and creative individual, and serves on various professional body committees. His expertise includes leadership, culture, and strategic execution and he enjoys generating new ideas and devising bespoke feasible solutions to challenges.
Dr Nokwethemba Mtshali
Dr Mtshali’s background is in medicine and public health implementation programmes and management, both with the Department of Health and the private sector. Her current role is at The Aurum Institute where she manages the HIV and TB Care and Treatment programme. Previously she had led the turnaround of Bertha Gxowa Hospital from a struggling district hospital to a facility used as the benchmark in what government care and excellence should be. Dr Mtshali has over 10 years’ experience in the health sector as a clinician in both private and public sector, hospital build environment, health financing/medical advisory, clinical and hospital management and leadership, giving her a holistic view of health care delivery. Dr Mtshali has been involved in health advocacy for over 15 years, from student representation and the right to access to equal education and funding, to community outreach projects such as the Happy Valley Clinic project. As a champion for the right to accessible and cost-effective quality health, Dr Mtshali strongly believes in value-based healthcare for all. She is also a passionate advocate for women and reproductive health rights, she led the first hospital to provide CTOP in Ekurhuleni for first trimester pregnancies, and also established youth friendly services for young people and outreach programme to neighbouring schools for sex and health education.
In the private sector, she has worked in corporate and as a successful family physician with a focus on HIV and TB. Dr Mtshali is a keen student of leadership philosophy and is passionate about African solutions for African challenges and dedicates some of her time to community development programmes.
Bishop Ndanganeni Phaswana
Bishop Dr N.P. Phaswana has retired from active ministry as a Bishop of ELCSA Central Diocese (that covers Gauteng Province, parts of Free State (Vereeniging), Mpumalanga (Delmas) and North West Provinces (Potchefstroom). He served as Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southern Africa (ELCSA) until 2015 and was a member of the SACC National Executive Council from 2014 till May 2017. He also served as LWF Council member from 2010 until May 2017.
Before becoming a Bishop, he served as a Parish Pastor and Executive Secretary for ELCSA Northern Diocese from 1979 to 1996 and was a Pro Rector at Lutheran Theological Seminary and Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Theological Ethics at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg.
He was elected President of Lutheran Communion in Southern Africa (LUCSA) in 2013. LUCSA is a communion of 15 Lutheran Churches in 10 countries throughout Southern Africa. Bishop Phaswana is a Council Member of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) a global communion of 142 churches in the Lutheran tradition, representing over 70 million Christians in 79 countries.
Bishop Dr N.P. Phaswana also serves on several boards and committees. He chairs Echo Foundation since 2016. The Foundation is involved in social development through promotion of music and agriculture in rural areas. He has been involved in social justice and community activism as well as advocating for church involvement and response to HIV and AIDS for many years. His passions include social development and community services. In 2002 he established Diakonia AIDS Ministry (DAM), a social ministry that responds to the spread of HIV and AIDS as well as the increase of social issues associated with HIV and AIDS in the community.
He is married to Mrs Fikile Phaswana and they have 3 children and 1 that has passed on. They have 5 grandchildren. He is now residing in Polokwane, Limpopo.
Ms Anusha Teeruth
Ms Anusha Teeruth is Chartered Accountant (CA), with over 20 years’ experience in directing global finance, business development, enterprise risk management, compliance, and governance roles. She has over 10 years’ experience as a Financial Director. Anusha also holds a qualification in the field of enterprise risk management via the UK Institute of Risk Management.
She started her career at Deloitte and thereafter worked in the mining, pharmaceuticals, supply chain and chemicals industry.
Anusha now heads her own boutique management consultancy practice, using her skills and experience to empower organisations to move forward with confidence. She is actively involved in the mentoring of young CA’s at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) as well as providing financial and business coaching to the SMMEs sector in South Africa. She also works in the academic field, lecturing part time at university in the finance discipline.
Anusha was exposed to the HIV and AIDS environment whilst working in the mining sector and then more specifically when working for the Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) project for a period of 3 years. Established as part of the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2005 and administered by USAID, SCMS provided reliable, cost-effective and secure supply of products for HIV/AIDS programs in PEPFAR supported countries.
As a Trustee of CHABAHIVA, Anusha’s particular focus is on the financial, governance and risk aspects of the Trust.
She is married to Ravendra, and they have 2 children and 2 border collies.