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 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
Patson Malisa is a Diplomat and Advocate, currently serving as the youngest Deputy Presiding Officer of the African Union’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council (ECOSOCC). He is also President of the Organisation of African Youth, the Vice President of the United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA), as well as High Commissioner for Africa on the Preparatory Commission for the Establishment of the Open Treaty called the Universal Education Charter. Prior to his election, Patson served as Head of Strategic Planning and Partnerships, as well as Acting Secretary for the Infrastructure and Energy Cluster of ECOSOCC.
He has experience as Chairman for South Africa at the Organisation of African Youth, Country Coordinator for the Network of African Youth for Development, as well as the Chairman for South Africa at the International Youth Council. He has also served as Organising Secretary, Secretary for Information and Publicity for the Continental Youth Executive Committee at the Organisation of African Youth. He has also served on the Civil Society steering group, and as a member of the Investors Group of the Global Finance Facility of the Global Finance Facility.
Patson Malisa is a Tomorrow’s Leader Nominee for the class of 2014 at the Tomorrow’s Leaders Convention which is hosted annually in South Africa. He was also featured in the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans list of 2015 in the Politics and Governance category. He was named in the Avance Media 2017 list of 100 Most Influential Young South Africans.
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 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 serving as deputy secretary-general of the United Nations Association of South Africa since 2018 and works at the Community Engagement Directorate at the University of Venda. He furthermore holds an Honours in International Relations Degree and is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Political Science at the University of Venda. He started being involved in UNASA since 2012 and had participated in almost five Model United Nations Conferences.
Anna Brown – Board member
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
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 and is currently writing his much anticipated biography. An exceptional story teller with years of experience in MUN.
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 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.
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 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 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.