Meet the Team

Board of Directors Ju/'hoansi Development Fund

Dr Allen Zimbler

Dr Allen Zimbler

Board President Ju/'hoansi Development Fund

Allen Zimbler is the former Executive Director and Chief Integration Officer, Investec Group (retired) and board member for the African Leadership Institute. A former professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, his interest in the Bushmen of the Kalahari has spanned over 40 years.

/Ui Kunta

/Ui Kunta

Vice- President of Ju/'hoansi Development Fund

/Ui Kunta is co-founder of the  Ju/'hoansi Development Fund. He is a qualified freelance tour guide. He has exceptional knowledge of flora and fauna of the Kalahari. He resides in Tsumkwe. 

Sanet Steenkamp

Sanet Steenkamp

Board member of Ju/'hoansi Development Fund

Ms Sanet Steenkamp is the Permanent Secretary of Education, Arts and Culture. She has a wealth of experience in leadership and management. 

Bruce Parcher

Bruce Parcher

Board member Ju/'hoansi Development Fund

Bruce Parcher is an education specialist, with nine years of experience working with the Ju/‘hoansi Bushmen. He works for The University Centre for Studies in Namibia (TUCSIN) in Tsumkwe. 

Simon Steyn

Simon Steyn

Board Secretary Ju/'hoansi Development Fund

Simon Steyn is a lawyer at L&B Commercial Services. Simon is passionate about the Ju/‘hoansi Bushmen and supports the Ju/’hoansi Development Fund in all legal matters.  

Charl Celliers

Charl Celliers

Treasurer Ju/’hoansi Development Fund

Charl Celliers is a Namibian registered Chartered Accountant and Managing Partner of BDO Namibia. Charl is an avid African 'Bush Lover'. 

Josephine Mutenda

Josephine Mutenda

Board member of Ju/'hoansi Development Fund

Ms Josephine Mutenda is the Director of the regional office of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture- for the Otjozondjupa Region. The Nyae Nyae Village Schools fall under her responsibilities.

David Bruce

David Bruce

Board member Ju/'hoansi Development Fund

David Bruce is co-founder and Project Manager of the Ju/'hoansi Development Fund. He studied photography at the University of Arts in London. The Ju/'hoansi call David 'Bagon/hui', loosely translated it means 'able to hear'. With a hearing below speech level David wears a bone anchor hearing aid.

 

Advisory Board Ju/'hoansi Development Fund

/Ui sa /Ui

/Ui sa /Ui

Principal of Nyae Nyae Village Schools

/Ui sa /Ui is the Principal of Nyae Nyae Lower Primary Village Schools. He was the first San to qualify for a Basic Education Teachers Diploma in Namibia. 

Nina Maritz

Nina Maritz

Architect for the Nyae Nyae Lower Primary Village Schools

Nina Maritz’s work incorporates a full spectrum of private, government and corporate design and construction work. She has a strong focus on environmental, sustainable and community-based projects. 

Jennifer Hays

Jennifer Hays

Anthropologist

Jennifer Hays is Associate Professor at the University of Tromsø, Norway. She has conducted fieldwork on education for indigenous communities, with a specific interest in the Nyae Nyae Village Schools. Jennifer is the author of Owners of Learning. The Nyae Nyae Village Schools Over Twenty-five Years. 

Chief Bobo

Tsamkxao #Oma

Ju/‘hoansi Traditional Authority

Tsamkxao #Oma is the head of the Ju/‘hoansi Traditional Authorities, who’s authority is recognised by Namibian government. Affectionately known as ‘Chief Bobo’.

Nicolette

Nicolette van der Meer

Project Manager for the Nyae Nyae Village Schools

Nicolette van der Meer has over twenty years of experience in project management, and will be supporting the Village School Project for 5 years. 

Jeunesse Park

Jeunesse Park

Project Development Consultant

Jeunesse Park founded and ran Food & Trees for Africa for 25 years, introducing urban forestry, urban agriculture and Permaculture to South Africa. She is passionate about healthier people on a healthy planet and knows that the San have much to teach us. 

Kaeqce N!ani

Kaeqce N!ani

Adviser and Translator

Kaeqce N!ani works for the Ju/‘hoansi Traditional Authorities, and speaks three languages. He helped with translating schools books and is passionate about education.