Dr. Justine Braby

Justine is the Director of Progress Namibia Technical and Advisory Services. Her academic qualifications include natural science, law, and education. She has most recently been working on the broad framework of sustainable development, including system thinking and economic transformation. Justine has extensive experience working on themes that are interconnected, such as climate change, sustainable land management, poverty eradication, among others. She has a large portfolio of work supporting African governments in their sustainable development planning, and has recently been working closely with the Sustainable Development Goals. Justine leads the Secretarial work of the WE-Africa (Wellbeing Economy Africa Research and Action Network), and is a member of the core research group of the WE-All (Wellbeing Economy Alliance). Justine has published widely on themes from economic transformation, alternative measures of economic wellbeing, as well as climate change, global transformation, and ecology. She has also had extensive experience in developing, implementing and evaluating different projects and strategies all over the world, including for various UN and bilateral agencies, governments, and business. Justine's biggest passion is the redefining of value systems towards a more equitable world. Justine is currently living in Mexico as part of a learning journey to investigate and learn from sustainability institutes affecting change around the world.

Email: justine@progress-namibia.com

Blog: www.sprouts-of-change.blogspot.com

Twitter: @JustineBraby, www.twitter.com/justinebraby

Mr. Reinhold Mangundu

Reinhold is an Associate at Progress Namibia, and is part of the core team. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) from the Namibian University of Science and Technology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development from the Stellenbosch University. He is completing his Masters of Philosophy in Sustainable Development from the Stellenbosch University, hosted by the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. He has fallen in love with complexity and systems thinking, and has been exploring its application to teaching curriculums, using simulation games. The simulations games bring together many young people including school groups and young professionals. The games provide a platform to freely and actively discuss about the SDGs and he uses them as complexity and systems thinking based pedagogies for promoting transformative sustainability learning. He is supporting various other sustainability projects including environmental education campaigns in his capacity as a Steering Committee Member of the Namibian Environment and Wildlife Society, and the Strategic and Partnership Officer of the Namibian Youth Coalition on Climate Change. He is a poet and have since published environmental poems aimed at creating awareness. Reinhold has designed and facilitated a sustainability curriculum for the Physically Active Youth Centre, that is now currently being implementing across other centres through the Fridays for the Future Movement in Namibia. Recently, he has also been selected as a Youth Ambassador to the Real Food Network. He is also a committee member of the For Progress Namibia Project.

Mr. Ezilon Kasoka

Ezilon is an Associate of Progress Namibia, and provides technical advice and guidance for climate change-related projects focusing on Southern Africa. As a Malawian, Ezilon's big passions are how African communities can improve livelihoods through increasing resilience to climate change. With an academic background in education and sustainable development and working towards finalising his Masters degree in Climate Change Management, Ezilon has continued to pursue a variety of post-graduate trainings in sustainability. Ezilon has worked on climate change issues for a decade, and has extensive experience in Southern Africa. He is part of the Malawi Government team currently developing the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) for the country. He served as the Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change for two years (2010-2012), and continues to be actively involved in this area in multiple roles (including advisor to successive coordinators). He has worked previously as the Climate Change Coordinator for the Sustainable Rural and Growth Development Initiative (SRGDI) and currently is positioned at the Anti-Corruption Bureau in Malawi where he develops policy frameworks for improving service delivery, conducting staff training and education, and leads audits of various systems and procedures.

Mr. Hamzat Lawal

Hamzat is an Associate of Progress Namibia and lives in Nigeria. Hamzat is a communications, marketing and IT specialist and has coordinated grass-root campaigns in over 40 African countries. He has had almost a decade of experience in the non-profit sector specialising in practical issues associated with climate change, open data and management and development policies as they affect rural communities in Africa. Hamzat is the Co-founder of 'Follow the Money', a grassroots data-driven movement. Hamzat is currently the Co-Chair of Connected Development (CODE), a non government organization [NGO] whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa.

Ms. Jessica Lavelle (PhD cand.)

Jessica resides in South Africa and is an Associate of Progress Namibia. She is currently undertaking her PhD at the University of Cape Town, holds an MSc in GIS and environmental management and a BSc (Hons) in conservation. Her doctoral research focuses on local governance of natural resources in Namibia specifically sustainability, access and benefits of non-timber forest products. In addition she is a researcher at CapeNature determining how best sustainable tourism can stimulate local economic development and promote biodiversity conservation. Prior to this she worked for five years with rural communities in northern Namibia supporting community-conservation including natural resource management, development and management of natural product social enterprises and capacity building in biotrade and community-based conservation. Other interests include supporting the development of small-medium enterprises and when she is not busy with research she travels the world enjoying language, culture, diving, trekking, snowboarding and white-water rafting.

For Progress Namibia Team

The For Progress Namibia Team is made up of all the actors who are working on our current activities under our For Progress Namibia Project. For more information on the project, please go here.

The committee is made up of the following individuals:

Dr Justine Braby (Director of PNTAS cc)
Mr Johannes Mulunga (Young Achievers member and Medical Student at UNAM)
Mr Namene Nekwaya (Physics Graduate of UNAM)
Mr Fikameni Mathias (Journalist at NMH)
Mr Reinhold Mangundu (Student at NUST and Young Professional at PNTAS cc)
Ms Jessica Lavelle (PhD Candidate at University of Cape Town)
Ms Marie-Jeanne Ndimbira (PhD Cand., Director of Twamanguluka cc)