Staff

MEET OUR STAFF

meetourstaff-BrownSean Brown
Operations Director joined SAFCEI in early 2013, as the institute’s Operations Director, having come from the role of Programme Support Manager at mothers2mothers (m2m), a Cape Town-based NGO that works to prevent vertical transmission of HIV. He was previously employed by the HIV and AIDS Institutional Coordination Unit (HAICU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He initially held the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Officer portfolio, later focusing on the integration of HIV and AIDS into the formal curriculum of the Higher Education Institution. Previous to his involvement in higher education, he was employed as Africa Program Coordinator for a youth-focused international NGO in London, UK. Programme implementation in West and Southern Africa focused on vulnerable young people, including the war-affected, street children and working children. Sean has also engaged in consultancy work in Cape Town. He holds a BScEcon in Development Studies from Swansea University, UK, and an MPhil in HIV & AIDS and Society from UCT.

Ani Tsondru_02Ven. Ani Tsondru Executive Director joined SAFCEI early in 2016. Tsondru is a nun in the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition. She has spent more than 7 years in 2 consecutive closed meditation retreats in Spain. Since returning to Cape Town she has dedicated her time to being of service to SAFCEI, to helping people reconnect with wilderness through her Wilderness Within trails in the iMfolozi wilderness area, and to teaching meditation and the Work That Reconnects of Joanna Macy.Tsondru brings to the work she does her expertise as an environmental scientist and lawyer working mostly in the non-profit sphere.

meetourstaff-HeuwelIngrid Heuwel
Bookkeeper grew up in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. She worked as a private secretary, then as a home loans consultant and administrator at Absa for 23 years. Ingrid then worked as a Bond secretary/paralegal at Grant Gunston Attorneys. She spent a few months at the Two Oceans Aquarium as a private secretary, before finally joining the SAFCEI family as the administrator and loving every minute thereof! Ingrid is happily married to Silwyn and blessed with two lovely daughters, who are the absolute joy of their lives. She thrives on family “get-togethers”, although she can equally enjoy curling up with a good book or watching movies and sports – especially cricket, rugby and tennis. Ingrid loves the outdoors – camping, walking, gardening and just enjoying the sunshine, the beauty and tranquility of nature.

meetourstaff-moganoLydia Mogano
Regional Coordinator (SADC) is an Evangelical Christian. She has studied Environmental Psychology and completed a Masters researching bio-cultural diversity and conservation, researching the essence of nature and the impacts of biodiversity loss on the psychological and spiritual well-being of the amaXhosa in the Eastern Cape.

Lydia networks with faith communities across SADC with a view to broaden the community of people of faith caring for the environment. She is also a representative on the We Have Faith campaign platform (Act now for climate justice!), which aims to build an ethical presence at international climate talks. “We need to take conscious living very seriously in our everyday lives. Doing so ensures that we do not neglect our communities we live in, and it motivates us to care, love and act towards a healthy and sustainable future”.

Stefan KramerDr Stefan Cramer
Science Advisor is offering faith communities a well- grounded technical response to the fracking debate. He has a doctorate with specializations in applied geology and geo -ecology and a wealth of experience in mining, hydrogeology and the social and environmental impacts of Climate Change. A significant part of his career has involved working with aid and development agencies in support of local communities and environmental organisations around the world. He has been involved on Africa for more than 40 years. He is a deeply committed Christian enriching the SAFCEI team with his special combination of geotechnical understanding and passion for Earth Keeping in the Karoo.

IMG_8562_squareLouisa Feiter
Communications Coordinator believes strongly in the power of nature and given half the chance would spend her whole day outdoors. Louisa joined the SAFCEI team in June 2015, fresh-faced from Rhodes University where she obtained her BJourn, specialising in Photojournalism. Her favourite photographic subject is, unsurprisingly, South Africa’s wide, sweeping landscapes. She grew up on a Boland farm where her connection to all fauna and flora was fostered. Now she wants to inspire everyone else with an awe for the beauty and intricacy of the web of life surrounding us.

meetourstaff-KateDaviesKate Davies
Training & Resources supports non-formal, life-long learning and environmental activism amongst faith communities. She believes that because religious congregations are rooted in local communities, they can play a pivotal role in education for sustainable living. Kate read natural sciences at UCT where she taught for a number of years in the Zoology Department and later did postgraduate studies in environmental education at Rhodes. She spent seventeen years working in rural communities, churches and schools in the former Transkei. Here she supported sustainable agriculture projects and environmental education programmes, developed learning materials and facilitated in-service training for Transkei teachers with a particular focus on learning for sustainability and climate change. After moving to Cape Town in 2004, she was part of a small, passionate team who turned the vision of establishing a multi-faith environment organisation into a reality. She has been working with SAFCEI ever since.

IMG_6166 croppedBonus Ndlovu
Eco-congregations Coordinator North, joined SAFCEI in March 2015. Prior to joining SAFCEI, Bonus worked for several faith based NGO where he held various positions ranging from Programme Manager to Programme Coordinator. He has lectured in Scripture, Theology as well as in Human and Personal growth at the Catholic Bible College where he also held the position of Vice Rector of the College. Bonus has a strong background in Catholic Theology, he holds an honours degree in Theology as well as a BPhil degree from St Joseph’s Theological Institute. After having spent nine years with the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate discerning a vocation to Catholic priesthood, Bonus is happy to be working with faith communities to mobilise them to be good earth stewards. It is through these faith communities that Bonus is now able to apply his knowledge of Theology to help the communities realise and respond to the call to be earth keepers. He has a gentle nature and is well grounded in his Catholic faith.

meetourstaff-GreyvensteinJuanita Greyvenstein
Eco-congregations Coordinator South, joined SAFCEI in November 2012. Aside from her work as Geoff’s PA, she plays a pivotal role in liaising with Afrikaans-speaking congregations. Juanita studied theology at the University of Stellenbosch and was legitimized as a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in 2008. After her graduate studies she further researched creation theologies in the Old Testament. Juanita is passionate about working for reconciliation and justice, both in the human and the larger earth community. She sees herself as a public theologian working for greater understanding amongst the diversity of life on our planet. She hopes to someday combine her love for the wisdom of ancient literary works and compassion for the earth community in her ministry.

IMG_6171_squarePortia Biggar
Adminstration and Receptionist started working at SAFCEI in February 2015. She previously worked at a Law and Chartered Accountant Firm as a PA, Receptionist and Administrator for many years. She loves spending time with her family, camping with them or simply spending time outdoors. She enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. Portia is also a big animal lover. She is a very caring, loving person and helps wherever she can in the office or in whatever situation she finds herself. Portia has always been concerned about the environment and has her own little garden at home, teaching her children all they need to know about the environment and saving water. She feels honoured to be a staff member at SAFCEI.  Portia is Catholic and attends the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Bergvliet.

meetourstaff-McDaidLiz McDaid
Energy & Climate Change Consultant is an environmentalist whose research and development work has mostly focused on environmental programmes aimed at building the capacity of civil society and government, including; co-ordination of field workers, design and facilitation of workshops, material development, and the establishment of working partnerships amongst different NGO’s, as well as between civil society and government. Liziwe is famous for beginning any conversation with a cheerful “Howzit!”

meetourstaff-AdamsZainab Adams
Programmes Assistant has worked in the NGO sector for the past 13 years, particularly for the “Greenies”! She worked for the Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG) for 7 years where she was first introduced to Climate Change and its effects. Working for SAFCEI has established the link between faith and the environment. As a Muslim woman, she is able to teach her children about the importance of caring for the earth within the Islamic perspective. As for her work, Zainab makes sure all logistics for travels are seen to and our resources packed or posted to our networks. Above all, she keeps things lively in the office!