Meet the Team
WiPSA Steering Committee Members
Steering Committee Chairperson
Carolin Gomulia is a seasoned strategist who has honed her skills in the government- and non-profit sectors. She launched the Workroom (www.theworkroom.biz ), a transformation and development agency, in 2018. She challenges conventional thinking and helps organisations to gain new insights and fresh perspectives. She has an in-depth understanding of resource mobilisation and fundraising. Her 15+ years of experience includes work with non-profits in South Africa, Namibia, Kenia, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Iraq, Jordan, Nepal, Germany, the UK and the US.
Carolin, who speaks fluent English, German and Spanish, holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies, and a second one in Development Management. She has also completed a Certificate Course in Business Analysis. She is deeply committed and passionate about social justice and transformation. Carolin is a German national with organic family links to Indonesia and resides for the past 16 years in South Africa.
Steering Committee Member & Co-founder
With a varied teaching and business career in South Africa, Europe and Japan, Moya discovered her real passion in 2007, when she stumbled across the Social Sector. The realisation that her contribution at work could be so much more meaningful spurred her on to use her Business Development and training skills to assist non-profits to thrive. She co-founded Women in Philanthropy SA in 2010 with her colleage, Kate Clayton to broaden the sector’s reach and impact through collaboration and knowledge sharing of solution-oriented women. After graduating from Rhodes Business School with a certificate in Resource Mobilization in 2012, Moya became a professional fundraiser/marketer and has had the privilige of working with many organisations on their long-term financial sustainability to further their social impact – most notably: The Clothing Bank (renamed Taking Care of Business), Habitat for Humanity International, FutureMe (consulting role) and Ikamva Labantu Charitable Trust. Moya joined gold Youth Development Agency as Head of Organisational Sustainability and Communication in early 2023 to cocreate and drive the funding strategy for gold-youth’s audacious African scale vision.
Steering Committee Member
Anna Vayanos is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa as well as a solicitor for England and Wales. Anna practised trust, tax and charity law both in Cape Town and London for a period of ten years. Passionate about making a difference in South Africa, she left legal practice to join BoE Private Clients (now Nedbank Private Wealth) where she headed up the Philanthropy Office. The business was recognised as the industry leader in South Africa in the provision of philanthropy services (Business Day, Top Private Banking Survey, August 2012) and remains the largest and most established philanthropy offering with repeated international recognition.
Since 2013, Anna has been consulting independently through her own business, Anna Vayanos Philanthropy Consulting. She remains very active within the donor and NPO sector, holds a number of board positions and is a Steering Committee member of Women in Philanthropy (SA).. She has spoken at many conferences, is a regular contributor of articles on industry-related topics, and co-wrote Advancing Philanthropy in South Africa with Shelagh Gastrow. She also recently wrote Good Governance and Foundations: a practical guide, for the Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa. Anna advises donors and NPOs on tax exemption and structuring, good governance and responsible and effective giving.
Steering Committee Member
Sinenhlanhla Nene is an experienced social impact professional, who takes a great deal of pride in connecting people to opportunities that will enable them to uplift themselves and their communities. She holds a Master of Social Science degree in Industrial and Economic Sociology that she obtained from Rhodes University. Her passion for and exposure to the social impact and innovation space began at Reel Gardening in 2015, as a Projects Officer for, but not limited to their Securing Water for Food projects, founded by USAID, the Swedish Government, the Government of the Netherlands and the Department of Science and Technology South Africa. She then transitioned to the CSI Projects Development and Delivery Manager designation in 2018-2020, where she was responsible for the implementation of food security and nutrition education projects around South African schools and communities, through various CSI and retail partnerships.
She currently looks after the Mutual and Federal Community and Development Trusts, as well as the Financial Sector Code portfolio for Old Mutual Insure- under Responsible Business and Transformation. On behalf of the Mutual and Federal Trusts, she oversees various initiatives that support skills and social development, food security, climate change, small business support and disaster relief.
Louise is a fundraising and social investment strategy specialist with 25 years of development and corporate experience. She held the position of CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust, fundraiser for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital and Paediatric Healthcare in the Western Cape, for the past 9 years. She recently took on a new role as Executive Co-ordinator of the Independent Philanthropy Association of South Africa.
Louise has a Business Science Honours degree in Social Marketing from the University of Cape Town. She has worked in the corporate sector for Old Mutual and MTN’s Corporate Social Investment projects, and has worked in the development field for the Catholic Welfare and Development, fundraising and marketing for the 22 development projects under their umbrella. She was MD of GreaterCapital, a Corporate Social Investment consultancy, part of the GreaterGood SA group, where she worked with over 60 corporate clients assisting them in developing and implementing effective corporate social investment strategies. Louise has initiated and run various community welfare and development initiatives in Cape Town and Durban. She is also the researcher and author of the book: How to Help: A Guide to Worthy Causes in Durban, which provides a beneficiary resource for private and corporate funders.
Philanthropy Specialist: Nedbank Private Wealth South Africa
Clara is a Philanthropy Specialist at Nedbank Private Wealth who helps clients realize their giving aspirations. This is where her passion for helping people found an opportunity to be ignited. After an introduction to the NPW Philanthropy Department, Clara knew straight away that social development is where her heart lies. She believes that God has called her into this field to serve those who require assistance and to play a role in impacting our society.
Clara is a Certified Financial Planner and a member of the Financial Planning Institute of South Africa, holding a BCom in Economics and Management, BCom Honours in Financial Management, Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning Law and is currently completing her Masters in African Philanthropy. She has served on the boards of NPOs and hopes to one day establish an organisation that provides women and young people with tools to empower themselves through educational and financials skills development. She loves spending time at the ocean is an avid squash player.
Catherine Du Plooy
Steering Committee Member
Catherine commenced working voluntarily in the NGO space while at high school with abandoned children at Abba house and Home of Hope. She worked on MSC cruise ships for 3 years in Marketing and Public Relations with people of all nationalities.
Catherine’s significant experience in the NPO sector, in marketing and fundraising, as part of an organisation or as a consultant, with over 25 different non-profit organisations (including Afrika Tikkun, St Joseph’s Care and Support Trust, Mamelani Projects). She was asked 4 years ago to join the BackaBuddy team as COO and Director, and has been instrumental in growing it from an organisation that generates R100 000 a month, to one that raises well over R5 million a month.
Catherine graduated from the University of Pretoria with a degree in communication and an honours in marketing management. Catherine recently attended a course at the Harvard Kennedy School on Leadership for systems change: Delivering social impact at scale. She is a crowdfunding advocate with interests in social enterprise, management, strategy, business development and leadership.
Steering Committee Member
Suna Hall is a Fundraising and Communications consultant based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Over the past 20 years she has worked for NPOs and Corporates in Poverty Alleviation, Public Health, Education & Entrepreneurship, Conservation & Environmentalism, Mental Health & Wellbeing and GBV to hone her skills and deliver targeted results.
She offers a wealth of knowledge and best practices to her clients, be they non-profit organisations or SME CSI departments.
Her strengths are developing processes and systems to support NPOs to be efficient, transparent and fiscally responsible..
Barbara Rita Sematimba
Chief Steward, CivSource South Africa
Steering Committee Member
Barbara Rita Sematimba is a development practitioner with over 18 years of experience in the areas of Human rights and social justice within the South African context.
She has previously worked with ActionAid International, South African Clinical Research Association and Universal Health Development Fund.
Her experience includes women’s rights, equitable access to health, policy and impactful governance, food security and Youth inclusion. She has skills in administration, programs and grant management, partner engagements and managing country-wide networking platforms.
She is a strong advocate for both early childhood and a next-generation development of young people. She strongly believes in the empowerment and uplifting of relevant community-owned programs that work.
Barbara holds a Bachelors of Education from Makerere University and training in Public Administration and Public Health from Wits University Johannesburg. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Health and Public Management, and currently studying for a Master’s degree in Public Health in Johannesburg, South Africa.