Trustees of SACSIS

8 May 2008

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SACSIS is the brainchild of Fazila Farouk. She is founder and executive director of SACSIS. Fazila holds a M.Sc qualification in development planning from the University of Natal (1996) and has also completed a PHD-level course in social theory at the University of Witwatersrand’s School of Public and Development Management (2004), which she passed with distinction.

Fazila has spent more than a decade working for both local and international NGOs. Her experience includes research, policy advocacy and new media. Fazila has written extensively about civil society and development in South Africa. She can be reached at [email protected]

Jean is a full professor in social work at the University of Johannesburg.  She obtained her PhD from Saint Louis University. She has been a social work educator for 19 years and a practitioner for 15 years. Her research interests are poverty, unemployment, social security, restorative justice and social policy issues.

Previously she held positions of director of Social Security for the national Department of Social Development, and senior researcher for the Development Bank of Southern Africa. She is a Fulbright scholar and has published both nationally and internationally.

Jennifer is executive director of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA). She holds a number of academic qualifications in economics, history, social anthropology and business administration and is currently completing her Ph.D. at the University of Pretoria, focusing on tourism certification and destination competitiveness.

Prior to joining FTTSA, Jennifer was Product Development Manager for the North West Parks & Tourism Board in South Africa. Before that, Jennifer worked in academia in South Africa (University of North West, University of Cape Town) and the USA. She still lectures occasionally on responsible tourism and is the architect of a University of South Africa (UNISA) seminar on sustainable tourism.

She is an elected member of the board of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (since 2004) and a founding Trustee (since 2005) of Fairtrade South Africa (FTSA), an emergent licensing initiative of the international Fairtrade Labelling Organization (FLO).  She is a member of the Council of the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (since 2006), a member of the Executive Committee of Backpacking South Africa (since 2007) and a member of the Steering Committee of The Code International (since 2008). 

In 2001 and again in 2003 Jennifer was recognized by the Ashoka Citizens Base Initiative, for excellence in non-profit resource mobilization.

A trained manager, Charlene holds a BA (Sociology and English) and Higher Diploma in Education (English, History). She has held senior positions in NGOs for many years. She is the founder of Participation Junction, an NGO supporting grassroots communities to participate in parliament.

Charlene recently changed her profession, but not her social focus, to make documentaries about "just societies" through story-telling. She continues her involvement with Participation Junction as a trustee.

Charlene has completed several courses in film production, scriptwriting and product development. In 2001, Charlene was the recipient of the NTVAA's coveted Craft Award for Research and Production for work on the Gangsters and Bioscopes documentary (MNET 2001).

Mark Allix has worked as a journalist in Hong Kong, Britain and South Africa for 20 years.

His last job was Senior Online Editor for Reuters in Johannesburg. He is currently trade correspondent at the Business Day newspaper.

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