Nomfundo Mogapi - Executive Director
Nomfundo is a clinical psychologist by training with a Master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her areas of expertise include psycho-social healing; traumatic stress, ex-combatants, collective trauma and leadership through emotional intelligence. She has over 14 years’ experience working within the violence prevention and peacebuilding fields. Previously, she headed the psychosocial programme within CSVR. She also worked as the director for the South African Institute for Traumatic Stress (SAITS), an NGO whose focus is training and capacity development for traumatic stress and victim empowerment practitioners.
Dr. Hugo van der Merwe - Director of Research, Learning and Knowledge
Since joining the CSVR in 1997, he has developed and managed numerous research advocacy and intervention projects relating to transitional justice, reconciliation and conflict resolution in South Africa and the African continent. Hugo is the Co-Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Transitional Justice (Oxford University Press). His publications include Assessing the Impact of Transitional Justice (2009), Truth and Reconciliation in South Africa: Did the TRC Deliver? (2008), and Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice (1993). Hugo received his doctorate in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University (1999).
Tsholofelo Sesanga - Community Interventions Manager
Tsholofelo holds a BA degree in Psychological counselling. She has extensive experience in executing community work, working with schools, conflict transformation and peace building. She has participated on a number of election observer missions under Southern-African Development Community Council of NGO.
Annah Moyo - Kupeta - Advocacy Programme Manager
Ms. Annah Moyo - Kupeta is a human rights lawyer and has obtained an LLB and Masters in Law (LLM) with specialization in Human Rights and Constitutional Practice at the University of Pretoria. Ms. Moyo - Kupeta is currently reading a Doctorate in Law (LLD) degree focusing on of issues of reparations for victims in post conflict situations at the University of Pretoria. Her research interests include policing, human rights issues, justice and peace-building processes. At CSVR, she has worked around policy-making, development and implementation processes, capacity building, raising public awareness, building and strengthening networks and partnerships between civil society, policy-makers and community members; and on ensuring victims’ access to justice and human rights mechanisms at national and regional/continental levels. Having worked for nine years in the civil society sector around these issues, Ms. Moyo - Kupeta is a dedicated defender and promoter of justice (in its various forms), and human rights in Africa.
Celeste Matross – Clinical manager
Celeste is a Counselling Psychologist with a Masters degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg campus). Her main interests are Gender and Human Rights and she has worked predominantly in the trauma and violence fields. She has worked with SAMHS at 1 Military hospital in Pretoria and has experience preparing soldiers for deployment. Celeste enjoys working in the NGO sector as she believes in the power of offering a high quality service for free to people who are most in need of psychosocial support. Part of her NGO history was as the Counselling Services Manager at LifeLine and Rape Crisis in Pietermaritzburg where she was responsible for Gender and Emotional Wellness projects in five District Municipalities, 4 of which were rural and under resourced. She has worked for a year as the Senior Psychosocial Professional of the trauma clinic at CSVR providing psychosocial services to survivors of torture and trauma, before taking up her new role as the Clinical Programme Manager in August 2016.
Dominique Dix-Peek – Knowledge and learning manager
Dominique Dix-Peek’s work in the field of torture and violence started in 2009. She was appointed as Knowledge and Learning Manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) in June 2016. Prior to that she worked as the senior clinical researcher. She has also worked as the learning, monitoring and evaluations (LM&E) coordinator for a number of years at the CSVR, and managed a number of LM&E projects. Her work as Monitoring and Evaluations Coordinator has ensured the implementation and smooth running of the clinical M&E system at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. Her work in the areas of community and clinical M&E has allowed her to gain a unique understanding into the complexity of providing psychosocial and community-based interventions to victims of torture and trauma. Dominique’s work in clinical research attempts to understand the best ways to heal victims of torture and violence in unique African contexts. Dominique has consulted as a trainer for a number of NGOs and CSOs in the area of monitoring and evaluation. She has presented on several national and international platforms regarding torture, violence and monitoring and evaluation.
Masana Ndinga-Kanga – Research Manager
Masana is Research Manager at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation. With a multi-disciplinary background in African Studies, politics, economics, international development and law, Masana has an MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a B.Com. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town. She has worked at the Robert F Kennedy Centre for Justice and Human Rights in Washington D.C., the Poverty and Inequality Initiative (UCT) and as the first Machel-Mandela Fellow at The Brenthurst Foundation in Johannesburg, where she has been involved in multi-country studies on economic development, international relations, innovations in development practices and conflict analysis. She is also a frequent blogger for Mail & Guardian’s Thought Leader and an alumnus of the South African Washington International Program and the David & Elaine Potter Fellowship. Masana is a Chevening Scholar from 2012–13, and is currently a fellow at the Leading Causes of Life Initiative.