Steven Moolman – President
Steven Moolman, an activist, educator and the former Director of Marsh Memorial Homes has been involved in promoting the work of UNASA locally and abroad. His current tenure as a head of an educational institute in the UAE where he is leading the reforms needed in the middle east.
Harold Herman – Vice President and Director of Programmes
Founder of UNASA, Professor Harold Herman is an activist, dedicated to the realise inclusive educational programmes in the Schools of South Africa. He is the former Dean of the Education Faculty of the University of the Western Cape, former Vice President of WFUNA and currently serves on various NGO and CSO boards.
Ali Kiyaei – Secretary General
Ali Kiyaei is serving as the Secretary General of the United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA) since 2011 and also serves on the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) based at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva. His other career is pursuing a PhD in Molecular Biology, and he is on the board of two biotechnology business start-ups. Through UNASA he advocates the role of societies taking responsibility of their own communities via the ideas of the UN Millennium Development Goals. He advocates integrated programmes and collaboration between business, government, academia and civil society.
Tamara Naidoo – Deputy Secretary General
Sulaiman van Dyk – Treasurer
STAFF & ASSOCIATES
Belinda Jackson – Human Rights Co-ordinator
Belinda has a BA (Hons) in Politics from the University of South Africa (UNISA) obtained in 2008, and a Public Relations diploma in 1995. Prior to UNASA, she worked in marketing in the FMCG sector and event management. She headed the UNASA administrative office from 2010. Currently at UNASA, she heads as the Human Rights Co-ordinator which leads to UNASA’s flagship human rights programme in the numerous chapters across the country.
Delorees Kotze – Programme & Office Manager
Delorees has been at UNASA since September 2014, where she oversees collaboration between UNASA’s office and its chapters across the country and works on research and evaluation. A graduate of the University of the Western Cape with an Honours BA in Development Studies, she has previously worked at the Independent Electoral Commission and Gendersteps. She has also served at the Democracy Development Programme and volunteered for BLACKSASH.
Anna Brown – Gender Equity and Women Empowerment Associate
Anna arrived in South Africa from Australia in 2013 after completing her Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science at the University of Sydney. Now reading for her Master of Public Health at the University of Cape Town, she is interested in gender work as it intersects with health and human rights. Anna came to UNASA via the Australian National Committee for UN Women, and is currently working on our UNASA Women initiative.
Ashanti Kunene – Humanitarian Associate
Ashanti is currently in her final year of BA International Studies at Stellenbosch University. She is the Secretary General of the Stellenbosch Chapter of UNASA as well as its Swimming Project Coordinator. Ashanti is the regional youth focal point for WFUNA as part of the open youth consultative process for the World Humanitarian Summit due to take place in 2016. She also sits on the House Committee of Metanoia Residence at Stellenbosch University, her portfolio being the organisation of all the residence’s major events.
Dylan Walker – School Model United Nations Associate
Dylan is a final year student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Cape Town. A Cape Town native, he is interested in youth development, conflict resolution, and human rights. Dylan joined the UNASA team through his involvement at the UNASA-UCT Chapter. Currently, his focus lies with the South African Schools’ Model UN, and the Schools’ UN ClubPast interns.
Patson Malisa – Sustainable Development and Policy Associate
Alanna Fincham – Human Rights Associate
Rita Louise Haugeland – Research and Communication
Rita is in her final year of a Bachelor in Science: B.A and Communication at Copenhagen Business School. She is passionate about human rights advocacy on gender issues. As part of UNASAs work in developing a Women`s Unit within the the organisation, Rita is conducting a needs assessment in Kayamandi that aims to implement a women economic empowerment project.
Alida Visser – Sustainability
Alida was in her final year of International Relations at Stellenbosch University while interning at UNASA. She has been closely involved with UNASA Stellenbosch’s Sustainability Project since 2013 (Volunteer in 2013, project manager in 2014 and executive officer of sustainability in 2015). She is currently assisting at the UNASA Somerset West office.
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Karin Alexandersson – Gender Equity and Women Empowement
Deborah Leter – Human Rights and Peace
Deborah is French/American and a graduate of Haverford College in Philadelphia, U.S.A, where she studied Anthropology and Peace, Justice and Human Rights. At UNASA, she is helping with the action/2015 campaign and the Living Spirit project. After her internship, she will start a position at the Quaker United Nations Office at the UN in New York City, where she will focus on international peace building issues.