Board Of Directors
Dumisani is the Executive Dean in the Faculty of Humanities at North West University. He moved to his current role after a stint as Associate Professor and Vice Dean Academic in the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. Prior to joining UJ in 2016, he worked as Regional Programme Manager, Media and Access to Information at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), where he led the Foundation’s efforts to promote media freedom, media diversity, access to information and ICTs for development. His previous professional experience includes Senior Lecturer and Head of Department (Wits University); Visiting Lecturer (University of Addis Ababa); Research Fellow (University of Oslo); Fulbright Scholar (College of Lake County and William Rainey Harper College, Illinois); and Lecturer (University of Zimbabwe). Dumisani has, in the process, served as an independent consultant for several NGOs, donor organisations and multilateral organisations on a wide range of assignments, including project evaluations, strategic planning/review and research projects focusing mainly on media and democracy and media and development in Southern Africa. His research interests include a diverse range of topics, which include media policy and regulation in Africa; and (new and alternative) media and political engagement in Africa; journalism in the digital era; and media an elections. His major works include two co-authored books: Radio in Africa: Publics, Cultures, Communities (Wits University Press); and Media Policy in a Changing Southern Africa: Critical Reflections on Media Reforms in the Global Age (University of South Africa Press).
Dumisani MoyoEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Hamadziripi is deeply passionate about Africa and the continent’s potential to thrive. He has held operational management, strategy, applied policy analysis and research roles in South African non-profits engaged in issues such as access to social justice, governance, anti-corruption and integrity. He has also been an academic and consultant in and outside South Africa working broadly in social policy and development. Hamadziripi holds a Ph.D. from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg where he studied under a merit based Ford Foundation fellowship. He was the recipient of the competitively awarded Koffi Annan Business Schools Foundation fellowship to the European School of Management and Technology in Berlin, Germany where he earned a Master of Business Administration degree.
Vicki RobinsonEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & MANAGING PARTNER
Vicki's first love is journalism. A politics and journalism graduate, she started her career in the early 2000s as a political and investigative reporter at the Mail & Guardian. Keen to gain a better understanding of the African continent, and also to take a break from the heat of South African politics at the time, she moved to London where she worked as an analyst in the Africa practice of a business intelligence consultancy. In 2010, she moved back to South Africa and joined the banking world, first with Standard Chartered as Head of Corporate Affairs for Southern Africa and then with HSBC where she established and headed the Financial Intelligence Unit for South Africa. When the horrors of state capture started emerging, Vicki took a leap of faith and joined a group of civil society stalwarts and academics to help in the pushback. She founded a non-profit organisation – The Centre for Change – which focused on exposing wrongdoing and on institutional reform. Vicki lives in Cape Town and has three young-ish children.
Mantoe PhakathiNON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ms. Mantoe Phakathi is an experienced communication specialist, freelance journalist and media trainer. She has journalism with experience spanning over 15 years having focused on development stories. She has written for The Nation Magazine, IPS News, Mail & Guardian, Independent Newspapers and Climate Home. As a communication specialist, she has been engaged in various consultancy work in different organizations including the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), National Agriculture Marketing Board (NAMBoard), Marchmont Communication, Inhlonhla, FANRPAN, SWANCEFA, GRM and the Government of Eswatini’s National Climate Change Unit. She is also a part-time Journalism and Mass Communication lecturer at the University of Eswatini. She holds an MSc in Climate Change, Development and Policy from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, a Post-graduate Diploma in Media Management from Rhodes University in South Africa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science from the University of South Africa.
Stefaan BrummerNON - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Stefaans is an old hand at investigations. A politics and journalism graduate, he cut his reporting teeth at The Argus in Cape Town during the tumultuous early 1990s, then joined the uppity weekly Mail & Guardian as South African democracy dawned in April 1994. For the next 16 years (a late-1990s diversion into television and freelancing apart), the Mail was his launch pad for award-winning investigations focusing on the nexus between politics and money. He co-authored the Oilgate and Chancellor House party funding exposés, as well as the series on South African police commissioner and Interpol president Jackie Selebi that culminated in the latter’s conviction for bribery. Stefaans co-founded the non-profit amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism in 2010. Under his joint leadership it grew into an internationally recognised investigative force, responsible with partner publications for the #GuptaLeaks exposés that helped bring down South African president Jacob Zuma in 2018. Stefaans stepped down as amaBhungane joint managing partner in July 2021 to take a sabbatical and plan his next investigative adventure.