Appointment of AFC Advisory Board
May 22, 2020
AFC Advisory Board consists of experts in non-profit sector, philanthropy, fundraising, business and social development, governance and academia. They serve as ambassadors and advocates, as well as providing strategic advise and oversight that can assist AFC with their strategic and compliance objectives for 2020 - 2022 period.
Mpho Mookapele’s career spans more than 10 years in the private and public sectors in the finance and regulatory environment. The main areas of her experience are external audit, internal audit, performance information, financial management and public sector accounting technical and legislation advisory consulting. Through her career she has had the opportunity to work in the different spheres of the South African government, the private sector, and in the United Kingdom.
Mpho’s passion for development in the country and in Africa guided her career towards serving in the public space. As a senior manager at Ernst & Young, she led the strategic planning and reporting solutions in the public sector. She facilitated strategic planning sessions for boards and senior management for a number of public entities and assisted with the preparation of strategic plans and annual performance plans. She also provided public entities with compliance solutions relating to Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) and Municipal Structures Act, as well as the relevant National Treasury Regulations. This often included providing training on the roles and responsibilities of those charged with governance in public entities as per the PFMA. Working within the public sector as a CFO from 2016 and as Acting CEO since 2019, executive leadership and accountability to the board has highlighted the importance of strategic leadership that is governed by ethics.
Mpho is registered Chartered Accounted and holds a BCompt Honours Degree in Finance, and a Diploma in Theology. She did her Board Leadership course with Duke University.
Dr Mitslal Kifleyesus-Matschie
Dr Mitslal Kifleyesus-Matschie obtained her Ph.D from University of Erfurt, Germany, where she focused her research on the role of verification in international relations. She is the CEO of Ecological Products of Ethiopia called ECOPIA which was established in Ethiopia in 2006. ECOPIA Plc. is a social company whose focus has been developing products and marketing the natural products in and around Ethiopia. Today, the company has an office in Germany which opened in 2013, and its various products can found in supermarkets, hotels and sales centres across Europe, Ethiopia and the online store on www.ecopia-shop.com.
Over the past 15 years, she has been developing new products and businesses for food security and income generation. More recently, she has been an adviser to the Ethiopian government on herbal medicinal plants regulations and designed the Ethiopian herbal medicinal plant draft regulation. She is working with 6 ministries on community involvement in natural products for medicinal plants, health, food security and its implication to peace and security (the implementation of Biosphere reservoir, implementation of international treaties on environment aspects, social companies’ development as conflict prevention, peace building and disarmament polices) in Ethiopia and South Sudan.
She has over 20 years experience in advising governments, international organisations, companies and individuals in strategic and operational actions in development and implementation polices which led her to initiate and establish a non-government organisations like the first Ethiopian organic producers association in Ethiopia as well as ELJOJOFE which provides technical and financial support of organic farmers and processors in Ethiopia.
She is a strong professional with business development experience on the socioeconomic dimension of the implementation of Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) process by establishing companies for ex-combatants to contribute to security and stability in post-conflict situations in Ethiopia.
She is regularly invited as a speaker for regional and international engagements such as Pugwash International, German Metal and Automobile Industries, CEFIC, Universities, Investment Opportunities for German Investors in Jena, 3D images and on various round tables about the dual use technologies as well as presenting a live online to a very large audience on German TV and has given a TED-X presentation in Addis Ababa. Her various public speeches can be found online.
Miliswa is the founder and Managing Director of SiyeSwatini TransMagnific, a company that provides pre booked luxury transport to and from Swaziland. Her concept won Best Tourism Business Idea in 2006, and has been operating for seven years now having contributed greatly to the Swaziland tourism sector by providing an affordable, comfortable, reliable, and convenient way for Swaziland travel.
Miliswa is an Information Systems Auditor by profession. Her extensive work experience in senior positions at the two of world’s largest professional services firms comes through in the vision and direction of her own company. She also volunteers in her local community's church youth groups, providing career guidance and motivational talks.
She is serving her first term in local government as a Councillor for the Ezulwini Municipality, a leading tourist destination in eSwatini that provides high quality residential, corporate and tourism friendly and green environment. Miliswa is also a Mandela Washignton Fellowship Alumni following her participation in the US based programme bringing young African Leaders together for academic coursework, leadership training, and networking in 2015.
She holds a BCom Honours Degree in Information Systems and Marketing from the University of Witwatersrand and Compliance Management Law Diploma from the University of Cape Town.
Dr Gavin Andersson
Dr Gavin Andersson grew up in Botswana. While studying towards a BSc degree in Johannesburg, he became active in re-starting the black South African trade union movement, and was banned by the Apartheid Government in 1976. In order to earn a living he grew vegetables then co-founded a woodworkers’ cooperative. After five years under banning orders he left South Africa for Botswana, where he became founder and coordinator of CORDE, strengthening cooperatives and founding several business enterprises. He later formed an organisational development consultancy, working across southern Africa and in the Caribbean.
Dr Andersson is a leading exponent of the Moraisean Organisation Workshop (OW) and has adapted this methodology so that it enables communities to tackle social and environmental issues alongside economic problems. He introduced the concept of Unbounded Organisation to the field of organisational studies which can be found on www.unboundedorganization.org website.
He co-created of Kwanda, a reality TV show where teams from 5 communities drew on the insights gained from a Learning Camp based on the OW to bring about a ‘community makeover’, with the creation of enterprises and new patterns of activity. He was one of the pioneers of the Community Work Programme, which now provides regular and predictable work opportunities to over quarter of a million people across South Africa.
In 2009 he co-founded the Seriti Institute (www.seriti.org.za) which strengthens community organisation for sustainable livelihoods and prosperity. He continues to be involved in social enterprise, currently forging tri-sectoral collaboration around agro-ecology, and enabling small farming enterprises to achieve economies of scale through cooperation. He is also a member of council of Mining Dialogues 3600 which convenes evidence based dialogues about the mining industry and its impacts.
He is Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Business at UCT and consults independently at Andersson Afrika.
He holds a Ph.D in Development Studies from the Open University.