Felicita Hikaum – Director
Felicita Hikuam joined ARASA in 2008 as Programmes Manager and was appointed as Deputy Director in 2012. She was appointed as Director in 2020 to guide ARASA’s strategic vision and effectively lead and manage the programmes through the provision of overall technical, managerial guidance and leadership to programme coordinators and other staff.
Felicita has a background in health and development communication and has worked at national, regional and international levels in SRHR, HIV human rights and health, and development policy and advocacy for more than 15 years. For two years, from 2010 to 2011, Felicita served as the African NGO delegate on the NGO delegation to the UNAIDS Coordinating Board. She currently serves on the boards of SRHR Africa Trust and Sonke Gender Justice.
Nyasha Chingore-Munazvo – Regional Programmes Lead
Nyasha Chingore-Munazvo joined ARASA in September 2019. Prior to joining ARASA, Nyasha, worked for the Centre for Reproductive Rights (CRR) Africa Programme, where she served as the Regional Manager in Nairobi, Kenya from 2017. During her time at CRR, Nyasha was responsible for the enhancement of the African programme’s internal organisational processes, aiding it to fulfill its mission and engage with key constituents. She also was responsible for overseeing the litigation, research and policy analysis, advocacy and capacity-building work of the Africa Programme.
Before her time at CRR, Nyasha worked for the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) where she initially served as the programme lawyer on the HIV programme and subsequently became responsible for leading SALC’s legal and advocacy work on sexual and reproductive rights. Nyasha holds an LLM from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the University of Zimbabwe.
Thuthukile Mbatha – Regional Advocacy Officer
Thuthukile is a sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) activist with a particular interest in HIV prevention. She has a demonstrated history of working in a public interest law firm, SECTION27, as a researcher for over 7 years. She is a friend and an organizer for a global political movement called SheDecides, which advocates for her right to decide what she wants to do with her body, her life and her future without question.
Thuthukile holds a Bachelor of Social science Degree on Anthropology and Psychology from the University of KwaZulu Natal. She is currently finishing her Masters in Population Studies.
Bruce Tushabe – Regional Training and Capacity Strengthening Officer
Bruce Tushabe is the Regional Training and Capacity Strengthening Officer at ARASA. He joined the ARASA team in April 2016 from Malawi Network of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV (MANERELA+) where he served as the Executive Director. Bruce has a 15 years of work experience with local and international organisations. He has worked in Asia as well as Southern and East African region serving in various positions.
He-Jin Kim – Regional Key Populations Programme Officer
HeJin Kim is the Regional Key Populations Programme Officer at AIDs & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, having joined the team in July 2014. As the Key Population Officer, HeJin focusses on leading on the organisations work on health rights and structural barriers to HIV prevention, specifically for trangender persons, LGBTI persons more broadly, sex workers, and people who use drugs. They extensively engage in advocacy at regional level in connecting and supporting local organisations in their advocacy through regional approaches.
HeJin is a transgender non-binary person, former sex worker, and person who uses drugs, who has worked in Europe and Asia on sexual and reproductive health and rights, sex worker rights, and transgender issues before moving to South Africa in 2008. During her time in Europe, they worked at the International Gay and Lesbian Information Centre and Archive, the Prostitution Information Centre in Amsterdam, and as a volunteer member of European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights; There they focussed on intersectional approaches to SRHR specifically across LGBTI issues, sex worker rights, and youth participation in SRHR.
Soraya Mentoor – Regional Capacity and Small Grants Officer
Soraya Mentoor joined the development sector 29 years ago and started off as a media and computer trainer at the Resource Action Group (RAG). She worked at the Alternative Information Centre (AIDC) as Editor and later joined Absolute Return For Kids (ARK) and World AIDS Campaign as Communications Coordinator respectively. Prior to joining ARASA, Soraya worked at the WHEAT Trust as its Executive Director and initiated Fempress, a publishing house for grassroots female writers.
Soraya is a qualified journalist and holds an Honours degree in Gender Studies as well as Development Studies. She is currently studying towards her Masters Degree in Gender Studies.
Maggie Amweelo – Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Maggie Amweelo is the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at ARASA, a role she resumed in May 2011. She joined ARASA in 2008 as an Executive Assistant to the Director and also served as ARASA’s Office Coordinator from 2009 before moving into her current position. Maggie has 13 years of work experience with local NGOs (Catholic AIDS Action and the Legal Assistance Centre) in Namibia as well as the education sector (Polytechnic of Namibia). Maggie holds a B-Tech Degree in Business Administration with the University of South Africa (UNISA) and a Diploma in Business Administration from the Polytechnic of Namibia (2004). Maggie also has a Pitman Diploma in Secretarial and Administration from the Valombola Vocational Training centre (2000).
Selma Kamati – Finance Manager
Selma Kamati joined ARASA on May 2015 as the Finance Manager. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Namibia and is a member of the Southern Africa Institute of Business Accountants. She joins ARASA from the Namibia Statistics Agency where she held the position of Financial Accountant for three years. She has previously worked as a Project Accountant at the National Planning Commission as well as an Accounts Assistant at the Electoral Commission of Namibia.
Hertha Nekwaya – Finance and Administration Officer
Hertha Nekwaya joined ARASA in April 2017 as the Finance and Administration Officer. She holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from the Polytechnic of Namibia. Hertha worked as a Financial Assistant at Namibia Wildlife Resorts, Senior Bookkeeper at Kayec Trust, and as an Accounts Supervisor at O & L Leisure. She is currently studying towards her Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Magadalena David – Finance and Administration Assistant
Magdalena David joined ARASA in June 2017 as the Finance and Administration Assistant. She holds a degree from the Namibian University of Science and Technology. Prior to joining ARASA she worked as the Assistant to the Programme Development Coordinator at the SOS Children’s Village in Namibia.