Advisory Board Members
Mr. Ronnie Kasrils has a true passion for human rights, equality and justice. He was a prominent figure during the struggle against Apartheid, including regional commander of of Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) and in 1983, took over as Chief of Intelligence. Following the first democratic elections in 1994, Mr. Kasrils served in Ministerial positions under both President Mandela and President Mbeki, first as Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry and then as Minister for Intelligence Services. Mr. Kasrils was a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC from 1987 to 2007 and a member of the Central Committee of the SACP from 1986 to 2007. His principles are not restricted by borders and, as a South African of Jewish origin, he believes he has a moral obligation to speak out against Israel’s unacceptable policies in Palestine and the Middle East. To this end Mr. Kasrils founded a South African solidarity group called “Not in my Name” and is a member of the Jury in the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.
Dr Federico Settler is a public intellectual and activist with special interest in race and identity. He received his doctorate from the University of Cape Town for his dissertation on religion in the work of Frantz Fanon. He was the founding director of the International Human Rights Exchange, an international multidisciplinary program on human rights, and for a period he served as acting Director of the Human Rights Programme of the National Association of Democratic Lawyers (NADEL).
Dr. Settler is widely recognized for his research and teaching on the relationship of religion to identity, human rights, and democracy. He was recently awarded a prestigious research award to investigate religion, culture, and tolerance among high school learners in post-Apartheid South Africa. His current research focusses on black intellectual traditions of the late Apartheid period. A recipient of several distinguished academic awards, including fellowships at Harvard and Oxford, Dr. Settler is a socially active intellectual who is presently completing a book titled “Coercion and Consensus: Religion in the Post-Apartheid State”.
Judith Davies is from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and is a psychotherapist with an interest in the experiences of relocation. She has worked with Lawrence House for some years on a project offering psychotherapy to young people, and was part of an intervention to offer psychological support to refugees during the xenophobic violence in Cape Town. She visits Zimbabwe regularly where she is a consultant to several NGOs offering training and support in their work with children. She has a long history of involvement in professional and political organisations.
Rev. Peter Kjeseth is emeritus Professor of New Testament from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, USA. He has also taught at the University of Zimbabwe, the University of Namibia and at Paulinum United Lutheran Seminary in Windhoek, Namibia. He assisted his wife, Solveig, during her many years as leader of National Namibia Concerns, a US-based network advocating Namibian independence. For the last ten years Peter and Solveig have run Sunny Cove Manor, a B & B and retreat center in Fish Hoek, South Africa.
Shannon Morreira is one of the Zimbabwean ‘ born-frees’ (as the generation born following Zimbabwean independence in 1980 have been termed). She lived in Zimbabwe for the first twenty years of her life, and moved to Cape Town in 2002. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation and working as an ad hoc lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at UCT. She has been conducting research on various Zimbabwe-related issues for the last five years, and has continually campaigned, through activism and academia, against violence and rights violations in Zimbabwe and South Africa. In particular, her academic publications and activist work have been concerned with highlighting the fact that violations against socioeconomic rights are often given less credence than those against political rights, even though both are equally protected on paper. Her doctoral research is on the ways in which legal ideas such as human rights have been mobilised by Zimbabweans during the country’s present political and economic climate, both in Zimbabwe itself, and by Zimbabweans in the diaspora.
Dr. David Katerere thrives whether he is facilitating group workshops, delivering keynote speeches or in open debates. He is a competition winning Toastmaster with the unique honour of having competed at various levels in three countries and on two continents. After earning his pharmacy degree in Zimbabwe, David was awarded a Beit Fellowship to pursue a PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland with a particular focus on the pharmacology and chemistry of African medicinal plants. On completion he pursued a post-doctoral stint at the University of Pretoria Veterinary Pharmacology Department in the Phytomedicine Programme, worked briefly for a South African-based American CRO before taking up a research position in Cape Town. He is author of several scientific and papers, general interest op-ed articles and his new book entitled Ethnoveterinary Herbal Botanical Medicine will be published in the US in May 2010. David is also a newspaper columnist for The Zimbabwean. He has a long history of civil rights involvement and social activism. He is a past convenor of the Afro-Caribbean Students Movement in Glasgow, one of the founders and past convenor of the Zimbabwe Community Forum in Cape Town. In the latter capacity he has been involved first hand in assisting victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa and has addressed various forums as a refugee rights advocate.
Mr. Hanyani Shimange