Directors

Dr. Martha Muco, PMP

Senior Vice President, Monitoring and Evaluation US Operations

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Dr. Martha Muco joined Khulisa in January 2021 as our new Senior Vice President, Monitoring and Evaluation. She will lead US Operations at our Bethesda office in the United States.

With more than twenty years of experience leading portfolio of complex, high priority federal government projects, including complex evaluations, research assignments and data/metrics production and analysis, Dr. Muco brings a wealth of expertise to our team. She is an expert in foreign affairs and international development, social research and economics, with extensive experience working with audiences in many conflict zones around the world, from the Balkans to Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining Khulisa, she has worked as a contractor for organizations such as the US Department of Defense, Department of State, Peace Corps, USAID, HHS and consulted for the World Bank, UNECE and ILO. During the last 10 years she has led the design, evaluation plans, instrument development, fieldwork, and report writing of 18 research programs with direct fieldwork experience in 25 countries and US embassies worldwide. She has travelled to and worked with foreign audiences and vulnerable populations in 65 countries around the world.

Amongst other qualifications, she holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Tirana, an Executive Leadership certification from Cornell University, and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She has a long career of teaching researching and publishing in Economics - having a variety of fellowships and visiting positions in universities and institutions in Europe and the United States.

She is a U.S. citizen and a resident of Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Muco speaks fluent English, Albanian and Italian; has proficiency in French; and is familiar with Spanish, Turkish, Serbian and Russian.

Helene Aiello

Director, Human & Social Development

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Dr Helene Aiello leads evaluations, assessment and curriculum development assignments in Human and Social Development, including education and agriculture related projects.

Prior to joining Khulisa in 1998, Dr Aiello was Director of Guidance and Assessment for Fairfax County Schools in Virginia, US. She also conducted research and taught assessment courses as an adjunct professor at George Mason University in Virginia in the United States from 1991 to 1998. More recently, she has taught Qualitative Research Methods for Research Psychology Dept for honours students at University of Pretoria.Dr Aiello led the Impact Evaluation of Takalani Sesame, the South African version of Sesame Street. Based on the evaluation findings, Takalani Sesame was awarded the prestigious Tokyo Award in 2004.

Dr Aiello holds a PhD. in Education Administration from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, US.

She is a US citizen with permanent residence in South Africa.

Jennifer Bisgard

Khulisa Founder and Director of New Initiatives

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Ms Jennifer Bisgard co-founded Khulisa Management Services in 1993. An expert in monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and organizational development, she leads evaluations and capacity-building assignments in the Education, Power, and Democracy, and Governance sectors.

Prior to establishing Khulisa, Jennifer was the Senior Education Specialist at USAID/Pretoria from 1988 to 1993. Ms Bisgard has served on boards for the: African Evaluation Association (AfrEA), International Organization for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) and South African Monitoring and Evaluation Association (SAMEA). She is a current board member of BetterEvaluation.org. Jennifer has co-authored a chapter of “Evaluation Failures: 22 Tales of Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned” published by Sage Publishers in August 2018. The book, edited by Kylie Hutchinson, includes a forward by Michael Quinn Paton.

She has a Master’s Degree in Social Change and Development from Johns Hopkins University.

Mary Pat Selvaggio

Director of Health and Research

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Ms Mary Pat Selvaggio joined Khulisa in 1998. An expert in public health, research, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E), she leads evaluations, performance assessments and data quality audits, primarily in the health sector.

She has designed, implemented, managed, and evaluated international health programs since 1985. Ms Selvaggio took a sabbatical from Khulisa from 2004 to 2005 to set up the South African and Swaziland country offices for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Selvaggio was the Health Officer for USAID in the Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland Missions from 1985 to 1998.

She has Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota, US.a

Ms Selvaggio is a US citizen with permanent residence in South Africa

Michael Ogawa

Operations Director

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Mr Michael Ogawa joined Khulisa in 1995. He is the Khulisa Operations Director and manages the business intelligence portfolio with major projects in health, education, science and technology.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Ogawa managed the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives (Canada Fund), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Education Assistance Programme, and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Refugee Scholarship Programme in Swaziland.

He has a BSc in Mathematical Computing from the University of British Columbia.

Mr Ogawa is Canadian with permanent residence in South Africa.

Peter Capozza

Managing Director

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Mr Peter Capozza co-founded Khulisa Management Services in 1993. As Managing Director, he leads the company strategically and operationally.

From 1987 to 1993, Mr Capozza co-founded and managed Khalipha Investments (Pty) Ltd in Swaziland. Khalipha owned several firms, including a public sector management consulting company with numerous clients such as USAID, the European Union and the World Bank. In 1991, Mr Capozza also managed the USAID/Pretoria South African Private Sector grants portfolio.

He is a seasoned business professional, who has owned and operated several firms in Southern Africa. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, US. Mr Capozza was a Board Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa from 1993 to 2000 and he is a life member of Young Presidents Organisation/World Presidents Organisation and currently a board member of the Johannesburg Chapter.

Mr Capozza is US citizen with permanent residence in South Africa.

Staff

Abeaut Banda

Finance and Office Manager

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Mr Abeut Banda joined Khulisa in 2019 as the Finance and Office Manager on the USAID/Zambia Scaling Up Nutrition Learning and Evaluation (SUN LE) project in Zambia.

He has over 25 years accounting and management experience including 10 years working for Marie Stopes International, an international NGO, focussed on family planning and maternal health.

Mr. Banda holds a graduate and post-graduate qualification from Cavendish University Zambia and an MBA at Northrise University, Ndola, Zambia.

He speaks fluent English

Belinda Prinsloo

Senior Bookkeeper

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Ms Belinda Prinsloo joined Khulisa in September 2009. She is responsible for financial and payroll administration.

Prior to joining Khulisa, she worked in industries such as management information systems, the motor industry, short term insurance and imports & distribution in the construction industry for 21 years.

A citizen of South Africa, Ms Prinsloo speaks fluent English and Afrikaans.

Carina van Zyl

Business Development Manager

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Mrs Carina van Zyl joined Khulisa in 2021 as Khulisa’s Business Development Manager. She also supports Khulisa’s strategic communications. Her skill set includes financial management, project management, and stakeholder relations.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Mrs Van Zyl worked at the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) SOC Ltd. as part of the OR Tambo International Airport leadership team, as well as the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), where she managed donor funded grants.

Mrs van Zyl holds an Honours and Bachelors of Management Accounting from the North-West University, South Africa. She has received numerous academic and professional awards such as the “Top Gun” award from the Air Cargo Operators Committee (ACOC).

She is a South African citizen and a resident.

Mrs Van Zyl speaks fluent English and Afrikaans, and conversational Spanish.

David Ndou

Associate

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Mr David Ndou joined Khulisa in 2017 as a Project Assistant and was promoted to Associate in February 2021.

Mr Ndou plays a supporting role to all health division related evaluation assignments. Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Ndou was a part time researcher at Singizi consulting for two years.

He is a recent graduate from the University of Johannesburg, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Management and Governance in 2016.

Mr Ndou is fluent in English and Tshivenda, plus conversational skills in isiZulu.

Edna Berhane

Nutrition Quality Improvement Officer

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Ms Edna Berhane is a public health professional with over 20 years of work experience. She has worked in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of public health, HIV/AIDS and nutrition programs in many countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Asia.

She currently serves as Khulisa’s Quality Improvement Advisor to the Scaling Up Nutrition - Learning and Evaluation (SUN LE) Project, a USAID funded project designed to support the Government of Zambia’s SUN 2.0 programme to reduce stunting among children under five years of age in 30 priority districts. Ms Berhane has worked with Khulisa in various positions since 2008, including leading several evaluation teams. She served as Khulisa’s project manager for the South African PEPFAR Partners Performance Assessment Project (SAPPPA) for a period of four years during which more than 450 assessments of HIV/AIDS programs were conducted. Edna has co-authored numerous evaluation reports for clients such as USAID, CDC, South Africa’s Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, the World Food Programme, and the African Union Commission’s Partnership for the Control of Aflatoxins.

She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, both from Columbia University.

She is fluent in English and Amharic, proficient in Tigrinya, and has a fair grasp of Spanish.

Heather Dixon

Associate: New Initiatives

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Ms Heather Dixon joined Khulisa in 2019 as an Intern and was promoted to Associate in 2020. Prior to joining Khulisa, she worked on the implementation of establishing a reading coalition to address illiteracy in children in South Africa.

She has experience in community development, and is a certified mentor, having worked with local students in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. This work saw her recognised as one of the Top 10 Student Volunteers in Community Engagement in 2018. She has experience in historical analysis, and in both archival research, and conducting oral interviews. Her honours dissertation explored themes of a South African identity, in light of xenophobic sentiment and violence, questioning the construction of community. Whilst at Rhodes University, Ms Dixon was also recognised by the Investec “Top 100” twice, for Student Leadership (2018) and General Excellence (2017).

Ms. Heather Dixon is a recent Honours graduate in History and Political Studies (cum laude) from Rhodes University, which she completed as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar (2018).

She is a South African citizen, and is fluent in English and Afrikaans, with a basic proficiency in French.

Ivanah Nel

Assistant Finance Manager

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Ms Ivana Nel joined Khulisa in 2020 as a Budget & Finance Officer for the Finance Department in September, focussing mainly on budgets and day-to-day finance activities. Currently, Ivana is highly involved in Task Order 4 and manages the upkeep of Costpoint.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Mrs Nel has held various finance roles, working for professional accounts and gaining an understanding of various businesses, including working as an Assistant Accountant at a JSE listed company.

Mrs Nel completed a bookkeeping course and is currently in the process of obtaining a B. Com degree in Financial Accounting from the University of South Africa. Ivana completed a bookkeeping course and is currently in the process of obtaining a B. Com degree in Financial Accounting from the University of South Africa.

Ivana is a South African resident, fluent in English and Afrikaans.

Jesse Webb

Acting Business Development Manager

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Mrs. Jesse Webb joined the Business Development team at Khulisa in 2021 as an Associate. Mrs. Webb’s focus is on coordinating and supporting the pursuit of new business development opportunities.

She will also collaborate on related business development functions such as strategic communications. Prior to joining the team at Khulisa, Mrs. Webb worked at a non-profit religious organization in their leadership development and organizational strategy department for almost ten years. She ran the department for three of those years and headed up two of the broader leadership teams.

She completed her Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy with distinction through the International University of Geneva in July 2020. She also holds undergraduate degrees in International Relations from the University of London as well as Ministry from the Adonai International Seminary.

Mrs. Webb is a South African citizen who speaks English and Afrikaans.

Kris Eale

Senior Associate

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Mr Kris Eale joined Khulisa in 2015 as an Associate focussing primarily on health and governance. In addition to his evaluation skills, he has strong data quality assessment, system strengthening support and project management skills. Kris Eale has a strong interest in system design and strengthening.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Eale worked in Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Systems, Epidemiologic Surveillance and Disease Control (poliomyelitis, measles, HIV/AIDS) for the World Health Organization’s National Project of Vaccination and Control of Children’s Transmittable Diseases in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).Mr Eale has also worked professionally as a bilingual consultant (French-English) for several organisations in South Africa and founded an education organisation, which provides extra-mural education activities to primary and high schools in Midrand, near Johannesburg.

Mr Eale holds a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Bachelor’s Degree (2004) and a Postgraduate Diploma of Public Health from the University of South Africa (UNISA). He will complete his Masters of Public Health at UNISA in 2018.

He is a South African resident and citizen of the DRC. Mr Eale speaks fluent French, English and Lingala, with conversational skills in Swahili and understanding of Portuguese.

Lerato Rakgaribe

Junior Bookkeeper

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Ms Lerato Rakgaribe joined Khulisa Management Services finance team in 2020 as Junior Bookkeeper.

In this role she provides general bookkeeping support to Khulisa, including bank statement reconciliation, expense reimbursements, managing petty cash and ensuring that journals and related transactions are allocated to the correct ledger accounts. Before joining Khulisa, Ms Rakgaribe’s worked as finance administrator for Wits Health Consortium and prior to that as accounts payable clerk for Atang Logistics.

She holds a three-year Diploma in Business management (2016) and a one-year Business Accounting with pastel certificate (2017). She is currently studying towards a degree in Financial Accounting with Boston University.

Ms Rakgaribe is a South African citizen, fluent in four South African languages Sesotho, English, Setswana and isiZulu, with a moderate understanding of Xitsonga and isiXhosa.

Leticia Taimo

Senior Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning (MERL) Specialist

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Ms Leticia Taimo joined Khulisa in 2015 as an intern and is now a Senior Associate Evaluator.

She has worked on several evaluation, research and assessment projects for a variety of stakeholders (private sector, NGOs, government and international donors). In particular, Ms Taimo has developed a strong expertise in Education and Early Childhood Development. She has presented on how to use technology to monitor ECD at the SAMEA Conference 2017, presenting evaluation findings at the “CSI that Works” 2017, facilitating an interactive session on M&E at the Play Conference 2017 and introducing M&E concepts at BRIDGE’s Early Childhood Development Community of Practice in 2018.

Ms Taimo has an MSc Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Ms Taimo was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship in 2013 and the Commonwealth Scholarship in 2014 as recognition of her commitment to social change in the African continent.

Ms Taimo is a Mozambican currently residing in South Africa, with a proud Brazilian and Mozambican background. She speaks fluent English and Portuguese, and proficient French

Louis Caso

Senior Associate

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Mr. Louis Caso joined Khulisa in 2021 as a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in the Bethesda office in the United States. Mr. Caso is responsible for technical work and the management of operations and staff in the U.S. office, while also pursuing new business development opportunities.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr. Caso worked on development projects across Africa in the public and private sector. He designed evaluations for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, worked as a contractor evaluating infrastructure projects in Africa for the United States Trade and Development Agency, and worked with pro-democracy groups in Cuba. Mr. Caso has also worked towards small-scale infrastructure projects in West Africa, including affordable housing, renewable energy, and sustainable agriculture, as well as contributing to U.S.-sponsored entrepreneurship trainings led by local organizations.

Mr. Caso has a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the American University Washington College of Law in DC, a French Masters-level law degree from the University of Paris in Nanterre, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Franciscan University in Ohio.

He is a dual citizen of France and the U.S., a native French and English speaker, and is proficient in Spanish.

Lynette Byrne

Finance Division Manager

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Ms Lynette Byrne joined Khulisa in 2012 as a Financial Analyst. She was promoted to Finance Division Manager in 2015.

She is responsible for supervising finance staff in Khulisa, budgets, cost control and other finance-related matters. Due to her superb analytical skills, she is often responsible for analysing complex data sets for Khulisa projects. Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Byrne was the Financial and Administration Manager at the Asbestos Relief Trust where she was responsible for claims management, operations and finance. The Asbestos Relief Trust’s main objective was to compensate ex-mine workers who had developed asbestos-related illnesses while working on the mines.

She has a Bachelor’s of Commerce Management Accounting Degree.

Ms Byrne is a South African citizen and speaks English and Afrikaans fluently.

Margaret Roper

Deputy Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist

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Ms Margaret Roper joined Khulisa in 2017 as a senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist. Her primary role is to lead the team building the MEL strategy and capacity for the LEGO Foundation’s projects and partners in South Africa.

Margaret has extensive experience in programme development, monitoring, evaluation and knowledge sharing in social policy and practice, social justice, social protection, child protection, school and community health and safety, educational development, and behaviour change. Since 1993, Margaret has worked in the non-profit, government, donor and business sectors in Southern Africa. She has held positions in the Secretariat for Safety and Security, the South African Police Service, Health and Development Africa, Mott MacDonald, Inkanyezi Initiative and consulted for a range of organisations including Oxfam Australia, UNICEF and government departments such as Basic Education, Social Development, Correctional Services and Gauteng Department of Community Safety.

Ms Roper has a Masters in Social Research from the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom), a Bachelors of Primary Education and Education (Honours) from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa).

She is a citizen of South Africa, speaks English fluently, and has conversational Afrikaans and is learning isiZulu. Margaret belongs to SAMEA, AfrEA and to the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPICAN). She has presented at ISPICAN conferences in Turkey (2012) and India (2011); and Pathways to Resilience IV, at an international conference held in Cape Town, 2017, on South Africa’s Response to Enabling Child Resilience Through Expanding Community-based Services.

Mark Griffiths

Financial Manager

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Mr Mark Griffiths joined Khulisa in 2008.

Mr Griffiths plays a major role in Khulisa’s finance division providing internal services to operations and the technical divisions, which includes financial oversight of projects & programming, budget/expenditure comparisons and financial systems management. Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Griffiths worked as a Financial Analyst for Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), an international NGO, and gained 23 years’ financial accounting experience in industries such as manufacturing & engineering, share transfer, human resources & information technology and management consulting.

He has completed his B. Com Investment Management degree at University of Johannesburg, formerly known as Rand Afrikaans University, in 1990.

Mr Griffiths is a citizen of South Africa. He speaks English and Afrikaans fluently.

Mathews Onyango

Project Director, SUN LE Project

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Mr Mathews Onyango joined Khulisa in 2019 to lead the USAID/Zambia Scaling Up Nutrition Learning and Evaluation (SUN LE) project in Zambia.

Mr Onyango has 16 years’ experience as a senior public health specialist in ME&L programme management in Zambia, Swaziland and Kenya. He has provided high-level technical oversight, managing health ME&L programmes and staff. He has worked with policy makers at different levels in Kenya and Zambia in the start-up and scale up of health programmes. Previously, Mr Onyango was Associate Director, ME&L at FHI360 where he lead M&E, Learning, and Quality Assurance. His 19-year career includes designing and implementing M&E, operations research, surveillance, data interpretation and dissemination, promoting best practices and lessons learned, knowledge management and capacity building.

He holds two Master’s degrees from the University of Nairobi and University of Illinois at Chicago as well as training in Ethical Aspects of Biomedical Research (NIH, WHO, FHI360); Human Subjects Protection Training for Research teams (NIH) and Population Analysis Spreadsheets (US Census Bureau).

Michael Otieno Oduor

Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist

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Mr Michael Otieno joined Khulisa in 2020 as a Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist focusing primarily on the East Africa Energy Program (EAEP) implementation MEL task sub-contract from RTI International.

In addition to his monitoring and evaluation skills, he has strong data quality assessment, research, data collection tool development, capacity building and project management skills. Prior to joining Khulisa, Mr Otieno worked in Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Systems, Global Health Commodity Supply Chains for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania for USAID. Mr Otieno also worked professionally as a Data Quality and Learning Consultant for Khulisa on the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa (BMIA) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Cervical Cancer projects. He was instrumental in completing a Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) study funded by UNICEF on a nutrition sensitive sanitation program for children under five, that were published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Mr Otieno holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Maseno University, a Bachelor of Science degree from Kenyatta University and a Post-graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from the Capacity Africa Training Institute.

He is a Kenyan citizen and resident and fluent in English and Swahili (Kenyan), with conversational skills in Luo.

Patricia Sakala

Strategic Information (SI) Expert

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Ms Patricia Sakala joined Khulisa in 2019 as the Strategic Information (SI) Expert on the USAID/Zambia Scaling Up Nutrition Learning and Evaluation (SUN LE) project in Zambia.

Ms Sakala has 22 years’ experience in nutrition in Zambia and 12 years’ experience in research/M&E data collection design, analysis, utilisation and management, as well as performance monitoring and reporting at national, district, provincial and facility levels. Ms Sakala has overseen and collected data using both paper-based questionnaires and electronic devices, and has trained 200+ enumerators in nutrition data collection procedures. She has a wide range of quantitative and qualitative research design and management skills as well as survey experience, and is skilled in various research and nutrition software such as SPSS, EPI Info, ENA for Smart, WHO anthro plus, CSPro, and CSDietary

She speaks fluent English, Chewa, Bemba, and Ushi.

Rouxna Hough

HR Manager

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Ms Rouxna Hough joined Khulisa in 2007 as a seasoned HR manager.

Ms Hough is responsible for consultant recruitment and all other HR functions at Khulisa. Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Hough was a HR manager for a national retailer with over 250 staff. She also worked at SASBO, the Finance Union where she gained extensive experience in industrial relations with a focus on labour disputes, salary negotiations and job evaluation.

She has completed her National Diploma in Personnel Management at the Institute for Personnel Management. She also completed an Advanced Labour Law Diploma at the University of Johannesburg in 2004. In 1992, she completed her National Diploma (Public Relations) at the Vaal Triangle Technikon.

Ms Hough is a citizen of South Africa. She speaks fluent English and Afrikaans.

Shane Jacobsen

IT Specialist

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Mr Jacobsen joined Khulisa Management Services in 2007 on the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) data warehousing project providing assistance to the development team as a consultant.

He later joined Khulisa full time as the IT Manager.He has fifteen years’ experience in the IT field and is responsible for maintaining Khulisa’s IT Systems. Mr Jacobsen came to Khulisa from Computronics in Swaziland. At Computronics he assisted the technical director in launching Computronics’ Internet Service Provider division.

Mr Jacobsen is a citizen of South Africa. He speaks English fluently and has conversational skills in Afrikaans.

Zamokuhle Thwala

Junior Project Manager

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Ms Zamokuhle Thwala joined Khulisa in 2020 as a Junior Project Manager focusing primarily on providing project and fieldwork management support.

Ms Thwala has strong project management skills, data quality assurance, as well as project administration. She possesses good computer literacy skills; using Microsoft Office Suite, internet, email, and other databases, as well as some finance administration systems, in relation to procurement and necessary project administration. Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Thwala worked on a Behavior, Executive Function in Adolescents with CONduct problems (BEACON) Cohort for the University of the Witwatersrand, which is based at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. She has also worked in other community-based projects, mostly focusing on young people.

Ms Thwala has a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology Degree from UKZN (2010), a BSC Honours in Psychology from the University of Limpopo (2012), and an MA Psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand (2018).

She is a South African citizen and speaks fluent IsiZulu, English and IsiXhosa, with conversational skills in IsiSwati, SeTswana and SeSotho, as well as an understanding of SePedi.

Zanele Nkabinde-Maseko

Travel & Office Coordinator

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Ms Zanele Nkabinde joined Khulisa in 2000, first as an Receptionist and was promoted to Office and Travel Coordinator in 2009.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Nkabinde worked for Incredible Connections as a Document Controller / Receptionist. She provides a broad range of administrative and logistical support services to Khulisa projects operating throughout Africa. Ms Nkabinde was recognised for long service to Khulisa in 2010.

She holds a Diploma in Executive Secretarial Services.

Ms Nkabinde is a citizen of South Africa. She speaks English, IsiZulu, SePedi, Setswana, Xhosa, Vhenda, Tsonga ,and Isi Ndebele fluently and has conversational skills in Afrikaans.

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Nicola Theunissen

Communications Consultant

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Ms Nicola Theunissen joined Khulisa in 2013, through her involvement with the African Evaluation Association (AfrEA). She is currently responsible for all communication activities at Khulisa, including the publishing of the tri-annual corporate report.

Prior to Khulisa, she was the editor for business-to-business magazines and has freelanced for several industry publishers and communication consultancies since 2007.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Communications and has been awarded a Safety, Health, Environment, and Community Award at Lonmin Platinum for her role in establishing a sustainable stakeholder newspaper as part of her post-graduate internship at the company.

Ms Theunissen is a South African citizen, fluent in English and Afrikaans.

Prof Rukudzo Murapa

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Prof Rukudzo Murapa consults on several of Khulisa’s African projects, given his extensive experience in public administration, agriculture and higher education. In February 2019, he retired from his directorship at Khulisa.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Prof Murapa was Executive Dean at CIDA in Johannesburg South Africa. He was the founding Vice Chancellor and CEO of Africa University in Mutari, Zimbabwe. An expert in Peace and Leadership studies, Prof Murapa set up the Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG) at Africa University.He also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Zimbabwe , and Inter-regional Advisor to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs from 1994 to 1998. In 2008, Prof Murapa was selected for the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Senior Scholar Fellowship. Other awards include two Honorary Doctorate degrees from Hamline University (2000), St. Paul, Minnesota, USA and Kwansei Gakuin University (2004) in Tokyo, Japan. He was awarded the Presidential Medallion by Martin Methodist College (2009) in Pulaski, Tennessee, USA.

Prof Murapa holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration, Comparative Politics and Economics from Northern Illinois University.

Prof Murapa is a Zimbabwean citizen with residence in South Africa.

Salome Omolo

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Salome Omolo currently consults for Khulisa's Health Division. Prior to this, she worked as Associate Director in Health.

Ms Omolo is a Senior Evaluator and Data Quality Expert, who manages a number of Monitoring, Evaluation and Capacity Building assignments within the Health and Economic Development Sectors. Prior to joining Khulisa, Ms Omolo was a Research Manager at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in South Africa overseeing Project Evaluation Budget Analysis for Gauteng Government Departments, Agencies, Treasury and Department of Economic Development. She successfully managed the USAID sponsored African Strategies for Health strand at the 2014 AfrEA Conference in Youande, which led to the publication of an online Health Evaluation Special Edition of the AfrEA journal.

Ms Omolo holds a Master’s Degree in Economics.

She is a Kenyan citizen with permanent residence in South Africa. She speaks English and Kiswahili fluently.

Sjoerd Postma

Principal Associate

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Mr Sjoerd Postma joined Khulisa in October 2021 as a Principal Associate with specific expertise in Global Health, Disease Programs, Health Security, and Health Systems Management programs. Sjoerd is an experienced monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning expert, with a particular interest in decision-making for decentralized health systems. Sjoerd has spent the last 35 years of global health in 21 countries in Africa and Asia, with numerous long and short-term assignments.

Prior to joining Khulisa, Sjoerd worked and lived in Vietnam, Eswatini, Afghanistan, Liberia, Philippines, Indonesia, South Africa, India, and Uganda. He was appointed on the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund, from 2017 to 2021. He was also the focal point for the Global Fund Resilient and Strengthening Systems for Health (RSSH). Responsibilities included reviewing and signing off on the RSSH parts of country applications. In 2021, he has undertaken several separate strategic and policy assignments for the Global Fund.

Sjoerd holds a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the University of Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and a Master of Arts in Health Planning, Management, and Administration from the Nuffield Institute, University of Leeds, in the United Kingdom.

Currently, Sjoerd moves between Liberia, The Netherlands, and South Africa.

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