Staff

BOARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Thabo Enock Moloto – President
Thabo Enock Moloto is the current President of the Board Executive Committee of United Nations Association of South Africa.  He is currently head of Student Extra Curricular at the Waterberg TVET college in Limpopo. He has spearheaded the expansion of UNASA in Limpopo and brought the ideals of the UN to this northern province of South Africa

Seehaam Samaai – Vice-Presidentseeham

Seehaam Samaai is the director of the Women’s Legal Center; which strives to empower South African women by providing pro-bono legal services and advocacy to advance women’s rights. She has combined her vast legal expertise as a practicing attorney with a passion for human rights and education to promote the access to justice, land and housing in South Africa.

Patson Malisa – Vice-President

Bio to follow

Ali Kiyaei – Secretary Generalunasa-pic-ali

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 for his 2nd term, after being re-elected at the 42nd plenary held in Punta Cana, October 2018. 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 Sustainable Development Goals. He advocates integrated programmes and collaboration between business, government, academia and civil society.

Deputy Secretary General – Mulisa Mposhomali

Mulisa is currently serving as deputy secretary-general and works at the University of Venda

 Anna Brown – Board member  IMG_4066

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.

Vacant – Treasurer

Sulaiman van Dyk has recently passed and has served as treasurer for UNASA for several years.  He had been in the accounting business services for more than 20 years.

Toni Itov- Board Member

Toni Itov, a career businessman, has a degree in agricultural sciences from the University of Skopje, Macedonia. He has been serving UNASA since 2014 as Head of Partnership and since 2017 was elected on the UNASA Board. He has been involved in the strategic relations of within and external ngos and UNASA partners and as well partnering with private businesses. His involvement in the private sector is of great benefit to our organization. He also undertakes to expand UNASA at other Universities in South Africa.

Ex Officio board members 2019

Thama Alicia Ramulongo – Chairperson University of Venda

Nonkululeko Lethiwe – Chairperson University of Zululand

Abdud-Dayyaan Badroodien – Chairperson University of Cape Town

Luke Waltham – Chairperson University of Stellenbosch

Yona Siyongwana – Chairperson of Nelson Mandela University

Makgala Mary Ramonyatse – Chairperson Capricorn TVET college

Comfort Matoti – Chairperson University of Johannesburg

Bradley Masen Tjongarero – Chairperson University of Pretoria

Phutai Walter Magai – Chairperson Vhembe TVET College

Harold Herman 

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Founder of UNASA, Professor Harold Herman is an activist, dedicated to  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.  Professor Herman still serves in an advisory role.

Alexander Spoor

Alexander Spoor, currently serves within the Constitutional Court of South Africa and support the initiatives of UNASA and its partners.

STAFF & ASSOCIATES

       Mariam Salie – Programme & Admin Manager

Mariam has been a business manager for more than 10 years with a large furniture retail group, and is using her expertise in administration and project management to serve UNASA, and actively promotes the UN Charter ‘a commitment to uphold human rights of citizens which outlines a broad set of principles relating to achieving ‘higher standards of living’, addressing ‘economic, social, health, and related problems,’ and ‘universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.’

 

INTERNS 2017 to 2018

Audrey

Audrey Tirivanhu; Fundraising

A passionate human rights advocate and experienced MUN delegate. As a realist, I actively participate in projects involving the implementation of the SDGs.

Chichi

Chi Chi; Chapter Relations

I am an American born Nigerian Zulu who wants nothing more than to be a cosmopolitan solutionist. My passions are philanthropy and diplomacy.

Dawn

Dawn Mlumbi; Public Relations

I also serve as a Mentor to first year students at UCT. I wish to pursue a career in public policy and international relations and use this expertise to bridge the gap between the subjectivities endured by marginalised members of society.

Priyanka

Priyanka Naik; Programmes

I’m an individual who enjoys interacting with people of my generation and finding sustainable ways to address the world’s problems. I also had the pleasure of attending WIMUN in New York.