Strategic partners

We work in partnership with strategic leads and partners such as  NGOs, universities, governments, media, development partners, and the private sector across Africa, North America, Latin America and the Caribbean and globally.



Dr. Majeu Félicité Defo PhD MA 
Strategic Partner and Disability Expert

Dr. Defo has a PhD in Sign Language and Deaf Education. She is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Buea, Cameroon. She also holds a Masters Degree in Sociolinguistic, with works on local languages, and a Bachelors Degree in Bilingual Studies (French and English). Dr. Defo has been teaching American Sign Language and Special Education programs at University level as a way of training and preparing trainees to work in the realm of the education of persons with disabilities. She has been involved in several efforts geared towards developing strategies, building skills and competences for pre-paring today’s Cameroonian and African youth to be able to lead functional and productive life as far as general education and “Education for All” is concerned. In 2015, Dr. Defo was also involved in an internship and volunteering program in the American school for the Deaf, (Connecticut, USA); taking American Sign Language classes; observing classes from birth-to-three program to high school, both Core and PACES programs; assisting teachers in the classroom and off school activities; translating from French into English archive files in the museum and digital archiving pictures. She also worked as a Resource Counsellor in the dorm of high school deaf students during the summer holiday classes. Dr. Defo has taken part in some national and international scientific forums to present and share her work and ideas.

In October 2014, she presented a paper  Implémentation des langues nationals dans les programmes scolaires au Cameroun: repartition par quartier, during the first national colloquium based on ‘The Study of National Cultures and Mother Tongues’, ENS (Teachers’ Training College), Yaoundé, Cameroon. Recently, she collaborated with two co-authors to publish a book Sourds d’Afrique: contribution à l’étude de la situation des sourds au Cameroon (Contribution to the Study of the Situation of Deaf Persons in Cameroon). The book gives a broad definition of sign language and its connection to the education of the deaf, the Cameroonian law for people with disabilities, and explores the various sign languages used in Cameroon.

To contribute to curriculum development and teaching in her workplace, she participated in the designing of courses like Sign Language and Manual Communication (HIM 608), Hearing Disorders and the Hearing Impaired (HIM 606), Total Communication for Persons with Hearing Impairment (HIM 604), Psychology of the hearing Impaired (HIM 602), Introduction to Special Education (SPE 201) etc. In addition to this, she is contributing to the outreach program and Practicum for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students. Her research has been essentially based on the development and the promotion of Sign Language and Deaf Education in our national context. The undertone is to focus on the effective inclusion of deaf and hard-of-hearing students attending inclusive schools, and the proper training of special educators.


Moses Mwansa

Moses is an Innovator and Business Executive with over 12 years of experience in Strategic Leadership, Innovation, Financial Technology, Project Management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Business Improvement, , Continuous Improvement (Kaizen), Business Excellence and Sustainable Development.
Moses is Founder and CEO of VillageSavers Technology Ltd, a Fin-Tech start-up based in Zambia, which is helps small scale informal savings groups digitize and manage their savings and also provide a platform for cross border traders to buy and sell goods from across borders online.

He is also Co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the Copperbelt Innovation and Technology Ltd, an Innovation company based in Kitwe, Zambia which helps Corporation with adopting and harnessing technology to improve their productivity.

He also works as Programme Management Office (PMO) Lead for the Zambia Water and Sanitation Project (ZWSP) a €150 Million (EURO) Programme that is improving the water and sanitation infrastructure of Mulonga Water and Sanitation Company in Chingola, Chililabombwe and Mufurila on the Copperbelt Province of Zambia funded by the European Investment Bank (EIB), Alliance for French Development (AFD), European Union and the Government of Zambia.

He also works as Country Director – Zambia for Dot Glasses s.r.o, a European, and Czech Republic Head Quartered Manufacturer of revolutionary prescription eye glasses that addresses the needs of the world’s 1 billion+ people that are visually impaired that have no access to prescription eyeglasses. Dot Glasses created radical, ultra-low-cost, one-size-fits-all eyeglasses that provide customized eyeglasses to even the most remote corners of the world.

Moses worked previously as Project Manager for “My School, My Vote” Project  a participatory budgeting project that was funded by US Department of State’s Tech-camps Program and Democracy 2.1 a Czech Based Organization. The project was implemented in Kitwe, Zambia and it aimed at helping Secondary School students put into practice what they learnt in Civic Education so as to prepare them to participate in Democratic Processes when they become active citizens.  

He also worked as Head of Business and Operational Excellence for Konkola Copper Mines Plc, one of Africa’s largest copper mines in Chingola Zambia.

Moses is a 2021 Mandela Washington Fellow from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, a prestigious fellowship award for distinguished young African Leaders. He is a YALI Regional Leadership Program at the University of South Africa (2019), US Department of State’s Tech-Camp program in Nigeria (2019) and Ghana 2016.
He was also a Speaker and Panelist at the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations’ Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2018.

A graduate with Master of Science Degree in Project Management from Cavendish University Zambia, he is married with 2 daughters and stays in Kitwe, Zambia.

He also volunteers a Board Member Hyper Initiative Network, (HIN) an NGO he founded which helps 4 community schools in Kitwe with sponsorship and also helps Youths with Leadership and Civic Engagement training.


Bashir Ssekandi
Strategic Partner, Sport for Development 


Bashir Ssekandi hails from Uganda and currently as working as National Clinical Director, Sport for development Implementer and Para coach at Special Olympics Uganda, Physical education teacher and author of Physical education books at Longhorn Publishers. I am also Part time teaching assistant at Sportscience Department, Kyambogo University and I am a  newly appointed ambassador of International Organization for Health, Sports and Kinesiology-IOHSK (USA) 

I have a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Sport and Leisure Management and Postgraduate Diploma in Education from Kyambogo University, Uganda, from Kyambogo University and Diploma Disabled sports/Handicapped Sports from Leipzig University, Germany. 

My athletes have managed to win gold and silver medals at world games and my I have secured grants for my organisations such as Kyambogo University and Special Olympics Uganda respectively. 

Coaching Philosophy: I am always open to innovative and new ideas while combining past experiences to provide guidance to my students and athletes. I hope to enhance their leadership skills and work ethic to create well rounded individuals on and off the court. I believe a positive attitude is everything!

Hadija Namanda
Strategic Partner, Sport for Development 

  • President Uganda Volleyball Federation. First Female president of the federation in Uganda and 2nd female president in Africa 2017-2021
  • Treasurer CAVB zone 5 2017-2021
  • 2nd Vice President, Uganda Volleyball Federation, 2013-2016
  • First Female FIVB international Volleyball referee in Uganda and Subsaharan Africa. Officiated at both women and Mens’ Continental club championships, Continental World cup qualifiers and the Continental Women Olympic qualifiers
  • FIVB Level II Volleyball coach.( University coach and also slum outreach coach)
  • Member of the Uganda Olympics Committee Women in Sport Commission (2013-2016)
  • President, Tena Tennis Academy Uganda
  • All round Sports athlete; sports personality of the year 3 times in a row at Makerere. University. Also involved in many sports in different capacities.
  • Former National Table tennis Player (Ranked 9th in Africa 1996; Africa senior TT championships) and Badminton player
  • Former Sports Minister of Africa Hall, Makerere University and member of the Games Union.
  • Chairperson of Women in Sport Uganda (WSU). Member of the technical working group women sports Africa.
  • Presented a paper at the 7th IWG World conference in Botswana, May 2018
  • Currently pursuing a masters in Olympics studies/Sports management at the German sports University of Cologne
  • Appointed UTTA interim 2015 for two months by NCS.
  • Alumni TIAS and AISTS training, University of Tsukuba, Japan in preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2014.
  • Alumni of the University of South Africa, (UNISA) Management of Democratic elections in Africa 2014
  • Presented a paper in at the Global Science week in Japan on my contribution to sports and the SDGs.
  • Alumni, Association of World Election Bodies, (AWEB), ICT in Elections and Election Management
  • Alumni Women Sports Leadership Academy (WSLA 2018)
  • 18 years’ experience as a Voter Data Manager, Electoral Commission Uganda.
  • Undertaken CAVB and UOC Management training courses.
  • A mother of two Elite young swimmers. Both winning swimmers of the year 3 and 4 times between ages 7 and 17. Both participated in World championships and national record holders. The girl at 16 participated in Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Both are preparing for Paris 2024.

Côte D’Ivoire

Lucette Andoh MA
Strategic Partner

She is a Mandela Washington Fellow and a Chevening Alumni, passionate about women and girls’ empowerment and the promotion of their rights. She holds a Master’s Degree in Gender Analysis and International Development from the University of East Anglia (UK). Additionally, she has over seven  years’ experience in the field of Communications, project management and gender analysis in international NGOs. She is the Founder and Manager of a social enterprise Enitaya Social for W44omen and Youth, while providing external Consultancy services to several national and international Non-Profit Organizations.

St. Vincent & The Grenadines and The Caribbean

Patsy V. Wyllie, MPH  
Strategic Partner

Patsy is a Health Promotions Specialist of over 35 years who brings a wealth of experience in community health promotion and education to our team. Her expertise spans across strategic leadership and management in health, community nutrition and health education, as well as stakeholder mobilisation for health planning in developing states.

Patsy currently serves as the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene  (WASH) Coordinator with CARITAS Antilles, a Non Governmental Organisation supporting the emergency response efforts following the volcanic eruptions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the St. George’s University in Grenada, and is certified in several critical areas including but not limited to Leadership and Management in Health (University of Washington), Epidemiological Research and Methodologies of Substance Abuse (UWI St. Augustine), and Community Health Education (UWI Mona).

Patsy’s professional contributions have been centered around community health promotion, having served in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for over 35 years at various levels. During her twenty year stint as Chief Health Promotion Officer, her strong leadership of the Health Promotion Unit resulted in the delivery and effective coordination of several Health Promotion initiatives and impactful programs throughout SVG.

As Health Educator and Community Nutrition Officer in her early career, Patsy was integral in the formation and development of strategic alliances with stakeholders in the accomplishment of national health education goals. She also served as Project Coordinator for the United Nations Drug Demand Control Programme in SVG, driving national efforts which successfully resulted in an increased focus on the treatment and prevention of drug abuse. Patsy is committed to serving our community through the promotion of healthy lifestyles and the creation of programs and opportunities geared towards educating and empowering citizens to improve their quality of life.

Kingdom of Eswatini

Mpumalanga Zwane
Strategic Partner

Mpumalanga Zwane is a Spoken Word Poet with a BA (Hons) Social Science degree from the African Leadership University. Her passion is for gender equality, youth issues and the upliftment of Africa. She uses her poetry to shed light on various social issues with works published on Milayo Avenue, G5 Daily and Through The Eyes of African Women. In 2021, her poem, The Women Who Dared To Be, was published by Nib Hub Zambia for their Mwala Poetry Campaign which featured 31 poems by 31 women in 31 days. Her work was also featured among creatives across the globe during the Poetas D’Alma Arts Festival based in Mozambique.

Mpumalanga has also been involved in volunteerism since 2015 both in informal and formal groups, eventually co-founding a youth empowerment organisation, Youth and Kids Alive (YAKA). Through YAKA, she and her team run workshops and mentorship programs for youths from underprivileged communities. Through her continuous commitment to creating a positive social impact in her community, Mpumalanga was selected among 150 Southern Africans to attend the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Residential Fellowship in 2019.

Outside of her poetry and commitment to her NGO, Mpumalanga volunteers her time with Sanakwa Inclusion Care Center (SANAKWA)- an organisation which speaks to disability and special needs among children and youth. Through her work in art and civic engagement, Mpumalanga always aims to touch at least one life and learn more to do more.

After a car accident left her face scarred in 2018, Mpumalanga did a few stints as a model, even doing an ad campaign with MTN, in the hopes of showing other young women, and herself, that beauty wears many faces. When no one is around, she is a self-proclaimed cartoonist, dancer and a full time off-key singer


















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