Panos Institute Southern Africa announces new Executive Director

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Vusumuzi Sifile

 Lusaka, 21 September 2019: The Board of Directors of Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Vusumuzi Sifile as the organisation’s new Executive Director, effective 1st October 2019.

He takes over from Ms. Lilian Saka Kiefer, who has left the organisation to further her studies in the United

Ms. Lilian Saka Kiefer has left the organisation to further her studies 

Kingdom, having exceptionally led the organisation since 2011. During her tenure, Ms. Kiefer oversaw the development and implementation of the organisation’s strategic plans for 2012to 2016, and the current one for 2017 to 2021. Her visionary leadership has shaped PSAf into the great organisation it has become.

After a due process, the Board of Directors of PSAf identified Mr. Sifile as the best candidate to take forward the mission and vision of the institute. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Sifile was the PSAf Knowledge Management and Communications Manager. He also served as the PSAf’s Senior Programme Officer for Environment and Natural Resources Management. Before joining PSAf, Mr. Sifile worked as Communications Assistant for the World Agroforestry Centre, Senior Staff Writer for The Standard newspaper in Zimbabwe, correspondent for Radio Voice of the People (Zimbabwe), and briefly served as Editor of The Mirror newspaper (Botswana). He also worked as a correspondent for international media agencies, the Inter Press Service (IPS News) and IRIN News, now known as The New Humanitarian.

Mr. Sifile holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Knowledge and Information Systems Management from Stellenboch University in South Africa, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Journalism and Media Studies from the National University of Science and Technology in Zimbabwe.  He also has professional qualifications in Multimedia and Online Journalism, Conflict Management and Mitigation, Results Based Monitoring and Evaluation, Web 2.0. and Social Media for Development, among others.

We are grateful to our partners for the support they give us, and we are confident that they will support Mr. Sifile in his new role as the PSAf Executive Director.

 

Issued by:

 

Dr Mpolai Moteetee

Board Chairperson

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