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Staff

Paul Lado

Paul Lado

Attorney

Paul was admitted as attorney of the High Court in February 2018. He holds an LLB from the University of the Western Cape and an LLM in International Law from the University of Edinburgh. His areas of research at Edinburgh were within the realms of international human rights law, humanitarian law, world trade law and international commercial arbitration. Paul’s thesis focused on the legality of the use of force by States against non-State actors in terms of Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations.

Prior to joining the Centre he worked at a Pretoria area law firm where he gained experience in civil and criminal litigation and all other ancillary aspects of litigious work in the Magistrates Court, the High Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal. He also has specific experience in advising clients on areas of environmental law, particularly compliance with the National Environmental Management Act and the National Water Act.

His father is Professor Cleophas Lado, an environmental science lecturer whose body of work deals with climate change and the feasibility of sustainable development. With a passion for environmental and social justice and in carrying on his father’s legacy, he will be utilising his experience in civil and criminal litigation to ensure greater accountability, transparency, public participation and compliance with environmental laws within the mining sector.

He supports the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team and is also an avid tennis player, cyclist, field hockey player and amateur golfer. He has also been a stage actor, having appeared in theatre plays.

Melissa Fourie

Melissa Fourie

Executive Director

Wandisa Phama

Wandisa Phama

Deputy Director

Brandon Abdinor

Brandon Abdinor

Climate Advocacy Lawyer

Lerato Balendran

Lerato Balendran

Head of Communications

Sibo Buyangane

Sibo Buyangane

Activist Support and Training Project Administrator

Majury Chada

Majury Chada

Finance Manager

Sonia Chu

Sonia Chu

Manager for Human Resources and Office Administration

Leanne Govindsamy

Leanne Govindsamy

Programme Head: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Thobeka Gumede

Thobeka Gumede

Attorney

Daiyaan Halim

Daiyaan Halim

Researcher: Corporate Accountability and Transparency

Catherine Horsfield

Catherine Horsfield

Programme Head: Mining

Matome Kapa

Matome Kapa

Programme Head: Activist Support & Training

Gabrielle Knott

Gabrielle Knott

Speacialist Gas Attorney

Michelle Koyama

Michelle Koyama

Attorney

Noriza Lamani

Noriza Lamani

Cleaning Assistant

Paul Lado

Paul Lado

Attorney

Khumo Lesele

Khumo Lesele

Candidate Attorney

Tim Lloyd

Tim Lloyd

Attorney

Nicole Loser

Nicole Loser

Programme Head: Pollution & Climate Change

Agnes Ludada

Agnes Ludada

Cleaning Assistant

Danjelle Midgley

Danjelle Midgley

Environmental Law Specialist

Tarisai Mugunyani

Tarisai Mugunyani

Attorney

Tatenda Muponde

Tatenda Muponde

Attorney

Ambre Nicolson

Ambre Nicolson

Senior Writer

Alice Nqoko

Alice Nqoko

Senior Administrator

Zahra Omar

Zahra Omar

Attorney

Nozuko Poni

Nozuko Poni

Communications and Digital Officer

Fadia Samuels

Fadia Samuels

Receptionist and Assistant Events Coordinator

Dimakatso Sefatsa

Dimakatso Sefatsa

Candidate Attorney

Michelle Sithole

Michelle Sithole

Attorney

Phumla Yeki

Phumla Yeki

Executive Assistant