Jillian Reilly has worked for twenty-one years in the global aid industry across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In 1993 Jillian came to South Africa to work with a human rights organisation during the dying days of apartheid and was lucky enough to monitor the historic 1994 elections. Hooked on the promise of the new South Africa, she stayed for another four years working with a US non-profit to strengthen the capacity of local NGOs. During that time Jillian was also given the opportunity to develop new projects in countries across east and southern Africa, including Mozambique, Botswana, and Ethiopia. In 1997 she moved to Zimbabwe to start an HIV/AIDS programme. Feeling helpless as she watched the country being brought to its knees by an epidemic and the man who claimed to be its liberator, Jillian left in 2000 and began consulting to the aid industry.
Passionate about people and development, Marcha Neethling holds a Masters Degree in HIV/AIDS Management and has more than ten years experience working for South African and international NGOs in the development sector in Africa. Since joining Praekelt Foundation in 2008 Neethling has been responsible for implementing multi-national campaigns in partnerships with NGOs and governments. A relative newcomer to the world of mobile technology, she has quickly become an enthusiastic advocate for its potential to produce real change in Africa.
Marlise Richter is a consulting researcher and is currently involved in a project on migration and health with the University of the Western Cape. Marklise recently completed a PhD in public health at the International Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Ghent in Belgium. Her research interests focus on health and human rights, with particular emphasis on sex work, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence. She has published numerous articles on related topics, including the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa and access to health care services for sex workers.
Nokwanda Khumalo is a doctoral fellow in the Institute of Humanities in Africa (HUMA) at the University of Cape Town, where she is conducting research on responses to psychological trauma in a rural obstetrics and gynaecology hospital in Northern KwaZulu Natal. She is a practicing clinical psychologist, with a particular interest in working with women who face continuous exposure to various forms of violence. She has been involved in the formation of the African Institute for the Integrated Responses to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG), and HIV/AIDS - an initiative that aims to strengthen and share transformative feminist approaches to VAWG and HIV/AIDS in the African region, since 2010. Nokwana is also involved in the training of clinical master’s students in the psychology department at the University of Cape Town.