Alain Tschudin Executive Director, SADC
Alain is a registered psychologist with Ph.D.s in Psychology and in Ethics. He was a Swiss Academy Post-doctoral Fellow at Cambridge and oversaw the Conflict Transformation & Peace Studies Programme at UKZN for several years. He has broad research and community engagement interests and has worked for various universities in Africa and Europe, with the European Commission, with local and international NGOs, as CEO of a leadership development agency, and as lead consultant for Save the Children and UNICEF, most recently as Child Protection Assessment Coordinator for Northern Syria. Alain has an adjunct association with the International Centre of Non-violence (ICON) and the Peacebuilding Programme at the Durban University of Technology.
Oladiran (Ola) Bello Executive Director, Nigeria
Ola obtained both his MPhil and PhD degrees in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and also holds a First Class BSc degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He has worked for organisations including the United Nations (New York) and Management Systems International (Washington DC), Merchant International Group (London) and Arthur Andersen (later KPMG). Dr Ola Bello has more than 10 years of experience in research and policy advisory, including on governance and extractive sector reform; sustainable development; and international development cooperation (including in EU-Africa relations). He spent three years with FRIDE (Spain) managing a donor-funded programme on the EU’s role in managing fragility and resource governance in select African countries. In 2012-2015, he was Head, Governance of Africa’s Resource Programme (GARP) at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and also functioned as head of SAIIA’s Cape Town office. Ola oversaw research, advisory and consultancy work covering extractive governance, resource beneficiation, sustainable local procurement/community engagement, climate change and the environment in more than 15 African countries during his stint at SAIIA.
Tina Serwaa Asante-Apeatu Executive Director, West Africa
Tina Serwaa Asante-Apeatu is GGA-Accra Centre’s Executive Director. Tina is an accomplished Programme Manager and Facilitator, with a well-built reputation in NGO programme coordination – managing for result/impact. She trained and has a long-standing professional experience in the field of international development, building an extensive career in project design, planning, management, monitoring and evaluation after originally training in office management. Consequently, Tina has attained immense experience in the areas of Political Education, Rule of Law and Citizen Participation; working in multicultural and multilingual contexts in Africa and Europe.
Tina holds Executive Masters in Business Administration from the University of Ghana Business School, Legon and Bachelor of Art (Psychology/Political Science) from the University of Ghana, Legon.
William Davis, General Manager
Prior to joining GGA William has over 30 years experience in the media industry of which 18 years is related to general management. After graduating with a B Comm degree he worked in newspaper publishing, various daily and weekly newspapers, the Sapa news agency, and media representative agency Capro. He also assisted with the development of the educational product Learn the News, created Sapa picture & video services and the link2media press release service. He also has work on several television productions including Sesame Street, and wildlife television producers Route 66.
Lloyd Coutts, Head of Publications
Lloyd trained in journalism at the SAAN School in Port Elizabeth and holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Media Studies (Hons) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. He has worked as a reporter, sub-editor, news editor, assistant editor and acting editor for such publications as Business Day, The Star, Business Report and Sunday World. He has experience in wire services, notably the German Press Agency (dpa), and radio (Network Radio News and Classic FM). He has worked in television news at eNCA. Lloyd also has digital media training and experience, and worked at www.enca.com as the Africa Editor.
Mandla Tyala, Head of Programmes
Mandla Tyala has extensive experience in journalism, media management and corporate affairs. Winner of a national award for enterprising journalism, he has held senior editorial positions at a number of national publications, including the Sunday Times and Financial Mail. He has also spent a spell working on publications in the US, namely the Tennessean in Nashville and USA Today in Washington DC. Mandla has also held senior management positions in corporate affairs at a number of diverse national institutions and enterprises, including CSIR, City of Cape Town, Ministry in the Office of the President, Telkom SA and the Central Energy Fund.
Michelle Venter, Head of Development
Michelle is a media specialist with over fifteen years management experience in print & publishing, having worked for South Africa’s most prominent media groups like Entrepreneur Media, Media24 and Times Media on both magazines, newspapers and digital focusing on client management, circulation and subscription services. She spent two years at a digital NPO working on digirati advertising and publishing awards, The Bookmarks. Michelle also has several years experience in television & radio production for a top advertising agency and has extensive experience with events. Her overall focus is marketing and brand management.
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