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Hivos’ WE4L project has two regional teams: one in the Middle East and the other in Southern Africa. The team comprises in total of eleven women and four men based in Lebanon, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands and who are all citizens of these countries: two Project Managers, five Project Officers, two Communication Officers, two Financial Officers, two Project Assistants, and one Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Thought Leadership Officer. Some members of the team also hold other positions within Hivos.

Team members

  • Mira Bouchmouny

    Mira Bouchmouny is a socialist feminist living in Beirut Lebanon who studied International  Relations and Gender Studies at the University of New South Wales in Australia.

  • Marcel van der Heijden

    Marcel brings in 25+ years of experience in rights-based development cooperation, in particular in the field of human rights and women’s rights in the Middle East and Central Asia.

  • Ketty Simasiku

    Ketty has an analytic as well as diplomatic personality and brings on board 13 years of experience in community development focusing on women’s rights to health services and economic empowerment.

  • Nicola Ndovi

    Nicola has 12 years of rights based development experience with a particular focus on women’s rights in the Southern Africa region and is holder of a BA in Politics and an MSc in Social Sciences.

  • Vimbai Chandaengerwa

    Vimbai has 6 years of experience working in communications focusing on rights based advocacy and lobby in Zimbabwe. Her niche is in communication through online media platforms.

  • Tambudzai Madzimure

    Tambudzai has 19 years’ work experience in development, in particular arts and culture, media, ICT, governance and democracy, child rights and women’s rights sectors in Southern Africa.

  • Veronica Kaitano

    Brings in 20+ years of experience in development cooperation. A self-motivated, self-starter, mature and dynamic gender specialist woman with extensive experience coordinating small and large scale development programme.

  • Samar Jubran

    Samar has a strong background in the education sector and holds a Bachelor's degree in Education. She has passion and ardor in development issues and this is translated in her Master's degree in Gender and Development studies.

  • Michel Mzondo

    Michel is an experienced Human Resources Specialist having worked in the SADC Region for the past twelve years. Her passion lies in Leadership more so, the development of Women Leaders. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Leadership