Michal oversees the international operations from Cape Town. Before joining CRF in 2006, Michal taught media and anthropology at the University of Cape Town. As a journalist, he has contributed to Public Radio International, BBC World Service, NPR, and the New York Times. Michal received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2007.
Nina runs all South Africa-based operations from Cape Town, and serves as a youth media lead trainer. Nina also produces CRF’s weekly radio show, the Radio Workshop. Before CRF, Nina spent eight years as a television journalist and sub-editor at ETV. She completed a Higher Diploma in Library and Information Science and worked as a children’s librarian.
Reverend Charlotte, is the President and Chair of the Children’s Radio Foundation. Based in Oxford, Charlotte was an Associate Producer at North South Productions and has worked with TVE and Central TV. She co-founded Learning for Life, which supports education projects in Asia. She has a BA in Politics & Anthropology and an MA in Geography from the the Centre for Overseas Development, Durham University and a BA in Contextual Theology. She is an Associate Priest at St Michaels All Angels, Catechist of Exeter College Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Linda is Chair of the US Board and President of CRF-US. She currently serves in an advisory capacity at Global Goods Partners and has worked previously in sales and marketing roles at American Express and Technimetrics, Inc. She is on the Board of the Beaverkill Mountain Club and holds a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University.
Clémence manages all programmes outside of South Africa and oversees monitoring and evaluation, curriculum and media strategy and development. She also serves as a youth media lead trainer. Clemence has 10 years of radio journalism experience and, from 2008 to 2011, was the southern Africa correspondent for Radio France Internationale. She has a post graduate degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politique, University of Toulouse, France and a post graduate degree in Journalism from IJBA (Journalism Institute Bordeaux Aquitaine), University of Bordeaux, France.
Mathapelo is the Project Manager of the Young Reporters Network in South Africa. Mathapelo coordinates and supports 225 youth reporters across 17 radio stations in all provinces of South Africa, assisting in direct program support, new project development, and community-based partnerships. A former production member in various international and South African feature films, Mathapelo has a degree in Motion Picture and Live Performance, majoring in Producing from AFDA Johannesburg. Mathapelo will lead and manage the events coordination and support for the trainings and annual Youth Radio Awards.
Oko Theo Camngca joined the team in May 2015, he holds a bachelors degree in Sociology and History from the University of Cape Town and is currently pursuing the completion of his LLB law degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Having worked at Bush Radio and Robben Island as both facilitator and radio producer his focus was there was curriculum design, broadcast and communications training. His time at Inyathelo – South African Institute for advancement and at Exigent framed his thinking around law particularly across policy, advocacy, and collaboration amongst civil society organizations. His interests lie in law, education and youth designed and youth led advancement.
Thando joined the team in July 2015 and manages both the Financial and Strategic functions within CRF. Prior to joining CRF Thando spent almost ten years working in Programme Management, Corporate Finance and Strategy for several multinationals including Ernst and Young and Old Mutual. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Wits, majoring in Finance and Accounting, as well an Honors degree in Business Finance from UNISA. Thando is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Busisiwe assists in the running of the Young Reporters Network in South Africa. She has worked as an online content manager, and print media reporter at Grocott’s Mail. While in Grahamstown she also worked as a radio producer and presenter for a community radio station called Radio Grahamstown as part of the Knight Foundation’s youth (Y4Y) project. Busisiwe has also worked for the SABC as a radio reporter and later current affairs producer. She graduated in Journalism at Walter Sisulu University of Technology in East London, South Africa.
Farhana assists with the management of a the Future Positive project for HIV affected youth living in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town and serves as a trainer and outreach manager. Farhana has worked as a graphic designer for themediachilli, and as an art facilitator/field manager at Lalela Project, an NGO providing educational arts to youth living in challenged communities in Cape Town. She has a bachelors degree in Social Anthropology and Political Studies from the University of Cape Town.
Linda is the coordinator and lead trainer for two incubator projects in Cape Town: Manenberg and COSA (the Magnet Technology and Science school in Khayelitsha). She has worked with CRF since 2013.
Themba is the lead trainer for the Manenberg Youth Reporters, Assistant Trainer for the Optimistic Youth Reporters at COSAT and Intern Manager and Mentor of Future Positive. Themba has worked for the Shine Centre where he delivers workshops for parents, communities and organisations that support children and youth to empower them to be a proactive part of the school community and support children’s learning outside of the school environment.
Leader Kanyiki Ngooyi joined CRF in April 2015 and currently manages three countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Zambia and Ivory Coast, under the umbrella of CRF’s International Programme.
Leader holds a Bachelor degree in Nursing Sciences from the ‘Institut Superieur des Téchniques Médicales de Mbujimayi’, and a Post-graduate degree in Counselling and Communication from the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP). He has previously worked with Whole World Women Association (WWWA), Sonke Gender Justice Network, and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation.
Sandra is the programme associate for CRF’s anglophone projects in Africa. She is also involved in training curriculum development and is a youth media trainer. Sandra has worked in the media and media development sector in the continent for the past 14 years, serving in different capacities as a trainer, journalist, media manager and communications advisor. She is passionate about radio and has a deep interest in health journalism. Sandra is trained in Media and Communications from Daystar University in Kenya.
Melissa is responsible for keeping the office running by providing administrative support to the Cape Town management team. Also, co-ordinating Project Managers around Monitoring and Evaluation among other duties. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors Degree with the University of South Africa in Development studies majoring in Community Development. Melissa has worked for Old Mutual, Turnall Fibre Cement and an engineering oil & gas consulting company. She achieved an Executive Secretarial diploma with City and Guilds UK.
Jacqueline is the Communications Officer based in the Cape Town office. Over the last 14 years she has worked as a producer, director and cinematographer in documentary film, focusing on the intersection of social and environmental issues. She has also created original visual theatre and worked as a designer, puppeteer and performer. She obtained her Bachelors degree in Dramatic Arts and Television from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Katie is the Children’s Radio Foundation UK Development Director. Katie’s responsibility is to build the organisations funding base in the UK and manage the operations of the UK office based in Oxford.
Before joining Children’s Radio Foundation Katie worked at Oxfam as Head of PR running large scale communication campaigns. Katie travelled with Oxfam to Rwanda, Malawi and Kenya on numerous occasions running press trips with national newspapers.
Prior to that Katie worked in Public Relations in London, Australia and Oxford.
Amélie coordinates the M&E and other organizational research, facilitate processes of organizational learning and innovation, and support programmes and curriculum developments. She holds a degree in Social Work, Honours in Social Development (Cape Town University), and Masters in Sustainable Development Planning and Management (University of Stellenbosch). Over the last six years she has consulted as a researcher, evaluation officer, facilitator, trainer and coach for different organizations (academic and non-profit), building expertise in the field of youth personal development, qualitative research, social entrepreneurship, and green job readiness. She also worked for Green Talent and was involved in localizing the ‘Roots of Success Sustainability Literacy’ curriculum (2012-2014).
Genevieve assists with communications, development research, and grant writing in the New York office. She graduated May 2014 from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a concentration in Cultural Anthropology of Gender, Urban Space, and Social Change. She has conducted ethnographic field research focusing on women DJs and their sociopolitical roles in the economy of NYC nightlife and entertainment industries.
Thabo Phutiane Botopela is the Young Reporters Network (YRN) Regional Trainer in charge of six sites in five provinces in the Northern region of South Africa. He has a radio background spanning five years as a producer/journalist and ultimately becoming the Station Manager at Greater Lebowakgomo Community Radio. Thabo has also worked as a presenter/producer for Platinum Radio in 2012. He has interest in African History and Heritage and a huge passion for Media and Community Building.
Tlhoni Sechogela joined the Children’s Radio Foundation as a youth facilitator in 2012 and got promoted to be a regional trainer in 2013 for the North West and Northern Cape provinces. Tlhoni has a National Diploma in Drama Studies, specializing in Theatre In Education from Durban University Of Technology. He also obtained a Short course on television production from AFDA: The South African School of Motion Pictures. He has worked as an actor and facilitator in various educational theatre productions. He has also worked for Soul City Institute as a community dialogue facilitator. He learned radio from a community radio station called Kurara FM. He has worked there as an on-air presenter, producer, acting marketing manager, and he still freelances for the radio station.
Andile is a regional trainer for KwaZulu-Natal based sites. Her role is to assist, support and capacitate the respective Young Reporters Network sites in learning and knowledge management, training, relationships, outreach coordination, and monitoring and evaluation. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelors of Sport Sciences and Honors in Exercise science in 2013. Andile has also participated in the Laureus Youth Empowerment through Sports (YES) project and obtained certificates in IT, Events (sports) management, facilitation and radio. In 2011 – 2012 she worked as a basketball and life-skills coach for Peace Players International, an NGO that brings children from communities in conflict together to play basketball.
Xolani oversees CRF operations in four Eastern Cape CRF sites, Unitra Communty Radio, Vukani FM, Fort Hare FM and Nkqubela FM. He brings with him two years of leading a community radio station newsroom as a manager. He enjoys working closely with community based organisations across his home province but especially in his hometown Grahamstown. He began his broadcast career as a journalist and newsreader at Rhodes University’s campus radio station.
Busiswa, who lives in Alice in the Eastern Cape, started working as a youth facilitator with the Young Reporters Network (YRN) group at Forte FM in 2014. Since August 2016, she also became our site-based facilitator for our new Future Positive HIV project. Before joining the CRF team, she was child and youth care worker and the youth development facilitator for the Isibindi project for 7 years.
Her work at Isibindi allowed her to work closely with young people, attending camps, and also doing counseling with youth who had lost their parents, supporting them to become resilient and to move forward with their lives.