Trustees and Staff

Diverse Team to Meet Diverse Needs

The LAC works with a skilled and professional team of people passionate about human rights. The multi-functional team is comprised of people with extensive knowledge in the law, education, research and advocacy. Together the work towards creating and maintaining a human rights culture in Namibia.

Trustees

The Trustees of the Legal Assistance Trust (LAT) oversee the work of the Legal Assistance Centre. Most of the trustees have served on the LAT for several years.

  • Clement Daniels – Chairperson of the Legal Assistance Trust
    Mr. Daniels served as the director from 2000 until May 2004 when he stepped down as director. He was immediately appointed as Trustee to the Board of the Legal Assistance Trust in May 2004. He joined the organization in 1988 as a paralegal and in 1991 temporarily left the LAC to complete his post-graduate studies at the University of Western Cape. He returned to the LAC in 1993 for his articles and was admitted as a legal practitioner in 1996. He focused primarily on human rights and labour cases while practicing at the LAC. Due to his interest in management and his leadership skills he was appointed as Director of the LAC with effect from 1 January 2000. After Clement stepped down as the director of the LAC, he opened his own law firm specializing in labour law.
  • Tangeni Amupadhi – Journalist
  • Esi Schimming-Chase – Advocate
  • Norman Tjombe -Legal Practitioner
    Mr Tjombe served as a Director from July 2004  to February 2010.
    Before then, Norman was the Coordinator and lawyer for the LAC’s Land, Environment and Development Project (LEAD).  He studied law at the University of the Western Cape with an LAC Scholarship, and used to work as a student volunteer at the LAC during university holidays. He completed his law studies in November 1996 when he graduated with B.Juris and LL.B degrees. He immediately started working at the LAC as a candidate lawyer and was admitted as a lawyer in 1999.
    This position he held until February 2010 after which he started working in private practice.
  • Toni Hancox -Ex-officio Trustee
    Mrs Toni Hancox was appointed the Co-ordinator of the Human Rights and Constitutional Unit in August 2000 after she worked in private practice and for the government attorneys while qualifying as a legal practitioner via correspondence studies.  Toni is also admitted as a solicitor in England and is a qualified conveyancer.  In March 2010, Toni was appointed as the Director of the Legal Assistance Centre.  She also served on the Council of the Law Society in Namibia, as well as a Commissioner on the Law Reform and Development Commission and was a trustee for Nangof, the umbrella body for non-governmental organizations in Namibia.  Recently she obtained her Masters Degree in Human Rights through UNISA.
  • Taamba Iithete – MD of BlackTurnkey Development and Project Managers
  • Dantago Garosas – HR Manager at the Namibian

Directors and Co-ordinators

  • Toni HancoxDirector (image)
  • Dianne Hubbard, Coordinator, Gender Research & Advocacy Project 
    Dianne is a graduate of Harvard Law School.  She also has degrees in English from the University of North Carolina in the USA and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She has been the Coordinator of GR&AP since its inception in February 1993. Dianne served a 3-year term as Deputy Chairperson of the Law Reform and Development Commission from 2010-2013.
  • Corinna van Wyk, Co-ordinator, Land, Environment & Development Project
    Corinna holds an LLB from the University of Namibia and was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2007. She started at the LAC in 2010 as the project lawyer for the Aids Law Unit and became the Project Lawyer and Project Coordinator for the Social Justice Project in 2014 until 2019.  In January 2020 she took over as the coordinator of LEAD.
    Sharen Zenda, Co-ordinator, Social Justice Project
    She completed her studies at the University of Namibia in 2009 and was admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court in Namibia on the 16th of September 2011. She worked in private practice from 2010 until April 2014 when she joined the LAC working for the Human Rights and Constitutional Unit and subsequently for SJP. She has post graduate qualifications from the University of Pretoria in Legislative drafting and is currently  the co-ordinator of the SJP since 1 January 2020.

 

Gender, Research and Advocacy Project

Dianne Hubbard

Dianne Hubbard
Coordinator

Dianne is a graduate of Harvard Law School.  She also has degrees in English from the University of North Carolina in the USA and Stellenbosch University in South Africa. She has been the Coordinator of GR&AP since its inception in February 1993. Dianne served a 3-year term as Deputy Chairperson of the Law Reform and Development Commission from 2010-2013.

Yolande Engelbrecht
Paralegal

Yolande joined GR&AP at the beginning of 2009, having worked at the Ministry of Justice for a number of years. Yolande takes the main responsibility for running workshops on behalf of the department as well as developing training programmesand providing information to clients.

Perri Caplan
Layout and design consultant

Celine Engelbrecht
Project Assistant
Celine started at the LAC during February 2018 as a voluntary intern. She then filled the position as receptionist in September until February 2019 and advanced to Project Assistant at GR&AP.
Her tasks at GR&AP include general admin work, scanning and electronic preparation of government gazettes and maintenance and distribution of publications.

Land, Environment and Development Project

Corinna van Wyk
Co-ordinator, Legal Practitioner
Corinna holds an LLB from the University of Namibia and was admitted as a legal practitioner in 2007.  She started at the LAC in 2010 as the project lawyer for the Aids Law Unit and became the Project Lawyer and Project Coordinator for the Social Justice Project in 2014 until 2019.
In January 2020 she took over as the coordinator of LEAD.

Grace Kapere
Paralegal, Screening Officer
Grace Kapere worked as the Project assistant for the Gender Research and Advocacy project of the LAC for 5 years where after she took a year break to attend to family matters.
She returned to the Legal Assistance Centre in January 2018 as the official paralegal at the Centre. She is responsible for screening, taking statements and renders advice to clients.

Sophie van Wyk
Project Assistant
Sophie has been with LAC since 1992 to date.  During her time at the LAC, she has worked in various departments and joined the LEAD Department in 2007.  She is passionate working with different communities.

Hans-Christian Mahnke
Paralegal & Public Outreach Officer
Christian is the holder of an MA in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin, Germany.  He joined the LEAD Department in 2018 focusing his work on wildlife legislation and environmental protection.  His prior work experience includes several NGOs in Namibia and West-Africa, all linked to projects including environmental best-practices.
His most recent positions were Cultural Desk Officer at the German Embassy (2008-2013) and as Political, Press, Scholarships and Project Officer at the British High Commission (2013-2018).
In parallel, he founded and managed the local section of the NGO AfricAvenir, which focuses on promoting an African Renaissance, for over ten years.

Dandago !Gaoses
Candidate Legal Practitioner
Dandago !Gaoses obtained her LLB from the University of Namibia at the end of 2019.  During her undergraduate studies, she was recognized as the best third-year student.  She is also one of the winners of the 28th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition held in Botswana, in 2019, where they were further awarded the Best English Memorial Prize.  Dandago was selected as one of eight interns for SANLAM Namibia’s Internship Programme in 2019, and after that, she began an internship with the Desk for Social Development of ELCRN. She joined the LAC in March 2020 under LEAD as a candidate legal practitioner and works towards completing her studies at the Justice Training Centre.

Willem Odendaal
Legal Practitioner and Researcher
Willem joined the LAC in 1999 as a legal researcher for the Gender Research and Advocacy Project. In 2003 he obtained his LLM degree in International Human Rights and Environmental Law from the Oxford Brookes University in England. In 2006 he became the LEAD Project Coordinator, a position he held until the end of 2019. He was admitted as a legal practitioner with the High Court of Namibia in 2016, and with the Supreme Court of Namibia in 2017. Currently, while continuing to work as a consultant on land and environmental matters, he is pursuing a PhD at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, on the topic of ancestral land rights claims in Namibia.

John Hazam
CBNRM Consultant

During his 50 year career, John has worked in several African countries with parks, community-based natural resources management and environmental policies and legislation. Prior to working with the LAC, he was a technical advisor with Namibia’s Ministry of Environment and Tourism for seven years.

Andrew Fordred
Intelligence Network Consultant
Andrew served as an intelligence officer for the Crime Intelligence Service assigned to the Organised Crime Intelligence Unit of the South African Police.  After leaving the police service, he held a number of corporate positions in capacities such Risk Management, and later, forensic investigations.
In 2007 he started his own business providing forensic investigations, intelligence, risk management consultancy, court testimony and litigation support.  He completed a forensic investigation degree focusing on forensic intelligence with a qualitative case study of the illegal narcotics trade and syndicates.  Currently he is providing due diligence, cyber intelligence and investigations, cyber security and privacy, and training services to clients with emphasis on open source intelligence, social engineering and the dark web.  Also a public speaker at events such as the Journey of the Hacker Windhoek Namibia, OSMOSIS 2018 Las Vegas USA and Cyber Threats against Children UNICEF.

Danie Small
Wildlife Crime Legal Consultant

Ben-Begbie Clench
Community Coordinating Consultant
Ben started working in Namibia with San communities in 2005 and went on to head the Working group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA), a San NGO, where he collaborated with LEAD.  He is now freelance, working with San communities, NGOs, governments and international organisations with indigenous peoples and local communities. Ben assists LEAD in various projects related to San land rights, Conservancies and national policy.

Social Justice Project

Sharen Zenda
Co-ordinator, Legal Practitioner

She completed her studies at the University of Namibia in 2009 and was admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court in Namibia on the 16th of September 2011. She worked in private practice from 2010 until April 2014 when she joined the LAC working for the Human Rights and Constitutional Unit and subsequently for SJP. She has post graduate qualifications from the University of Pretoria in Legislative drafting and is currently she is the coordinator of the SJP from 1 January 2020.

Rugare Pazvakavambwa
Candidate Legal Practitioner
Rugare completed her undergraduate studies for the LLB in 2019. She received a Confucius Institute Scholarship to study Mandarin Chinese for a semester at the Beijing Institute of Technology in 2019, a language she would like to continue studying together with further studies on Neo-Colonialism. She joined the LAC in July 2020 where she is volunteering as a Candidate Legal Practitioner. She is currently undergoing the Justice Training Centre’s  postgraduate course in preparation for the Legal Practitioners Qualifying Exam.

Immanuel Ndatile Tomas
Candidate Legal Practitioner

I am a 24-year-old male born and raised in Walvis Bay but finished school in the northern town of Ongwediva at Gt. I obtained my LLB from the University of Namibia in 2015. In my duration at University, I was a proactive social youth activist, a radio presenter for five years as well as held student structural leadership positions, such as SRC and Vice president of the law society.
Before LAC I was interning in the Office of the First Lady under the tutelage of Dr. Veronica Theron her advisor/Technical Director and Mrs. Uajo Akwenye, CEO of ONE Economy Foundation.
I am currently undergoing the postgraduate course of candidate legal practitioners at the Justice Training Centre while being attached and employed by the Legal Assistance Centre as of June the 3rd, 2019.

Peter Watson
Legal Practitioner working as Long-term Consultant
Bio to follow

Bradley Khoa
Legal Practitioner
Bradley completed and obtained his LLB (Honours) degree in 2017. Prior to his work at the Legal Assistance Centre, he was a Student Assistant and Tutor for numerous lecturers for the Faculty of Law, at the University of Namibia. He completed his Justice Training during 2019, and has been admitted at the High Court as Legal Practitioner in 2020.
During his studies, Bradley was awarded best student for the following disciplines: Legal Interpretation and Drafting, Intellectual Property Law, Administrative Law, and Human Rights Law. During 2018, he completed certification on the International and African Legal Framework on Freedom of Expression, Access to Information, and Safety of Journalists. He joined the LAC in April 2018, under the Social Justice Project.

Administration

Vasisee Kuvare
Finance Manager


Vasisee joined the LAC in August 2009 after having being a programme manager for BEN Namibia. She has an accounting Degree with the University of Namibia and she also did a programme in project management with the University of Stellenbosch.

Ruth Murangi
Receptionist


Ruth initially joined GR&AP in February 2017 as Project Assistant, after jobs at Wings over Africa and Franco Namibian Cultural Centre. She assisted with all kinds of administrative tasks. She then did a “job-swap” within the LAC and is now the receptionist.

Shorain Gaoses,
Accounts Clerk

Romy Noeske
Librarian and IT Admin


Romy has finished her Library and Information Science degree in Stellenbosch, worked at Public libraries and the NBC. Widened her expertise as Section Head at Mutual and Federal Insurance Company before joining the LAC library in 1998. Currently she is also the IT Administrator and webpage editor.

Maria Amadhila,
Personal Assistant to the Director / Legal Secretary

Rudolf Gabriel,
Driver and messenger

Amalia Shipingana,
Housekeeper

Paulus,
Gardener/Cleaner