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Meet the Team

Staff

Sonia Chu

Sonia Chu

Manager for Human Resources and Office Administration

Sonia Chu is the Manager for Human Resources and Office Administration. Before joining CER, Sonia worked for the non-profit organisation South African Education Project (SAEP) as Manager for Human Resources, Fundraising and Sustainability where she was deeply involved in organisational and operational strategy, policy development and implementation, as well as fundraising, donor relationships and marketing. Prior to moving to South Africa, Sonia worked overseas with multinational companies such as B2B enabler Global Sources. Sonia hasa keen interest in developing talent and HR strategies, streamlining policies and procedures, and improving motivation, productivity, inclusivity and transformation in the workplace.

Environmental and climate change concerns are important to her personally, along with helping to create a better public awareness platform to educate ordinary people like herself on our individual roles in protecting our natural resources and environment.

Sonia has a Bachelor of Science Commerce degree major in Economics from Colegio de San Juan de Letran (Intramuros) in Manila. She also completed the HR Management course at Varsity College Cape Town. She’s an avid reader, a craft hobbyist, loves gardening, and follows her favourite volleyball teams on FIVB.

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

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

Michelle Koyama

Michelle Koyama

Attorney

Noriza Lamani

Noriza Lamani

Cleaning Assistant

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