Team

Rik Haanen

Rik Haanen

Director Jacana Foundation Zambia

My name is Rik Haanen, I am the director of Jacana foundation in Zambia and I am responsible for the day to day management. Before I traveled in 2006 to Africa, I owned a company and managed the team in the Netherlands. I have learned to listen to experts and know how to make plans, and I’ve got the flexibility required to execute them. I worked in several African development countries, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia on different projects. I am grateful for all the chances that’ve been given to me and all the inspiring people that I met. I enjoy the fact that people can grow above their own expectations when they are encouraged to follow their heart and experience the value of making mistakes and learning from them. Email: rik.haanen [at] jacana.help

Pious M. Nyirongo

Pious M. Nyirongo

Junior project manager Chipata

Hello, my name is Pious M. Nyirongo I hold a Bachelor in Business administration with a specialization in project management. I am the Junior Project manger for Jacana foundation and the main entrepreneurship and business trainer. Prior to this appointment, I worked as an assistant Human resource officer in the mines and as a business manager for GCMF. Besides, I am a Senior Reverend pastoring a church and leading a church planting organization.

Bester Sakala

Bester Sakala

Junior project manager Lundazi

My name is Bester Kusowa Sakala, I am an experienced professional with demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Skilled in research, natural resources management, program and project management. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Agroforestry from the Copperbelt University. Previously I worked as Seed Analyst intern at Seed Control and Certification Institute (SCCI) and other institutions. I now work for Jacana Foundation as field officer in the water sector.

Moses E. Zimba

Moses E. Zimba

Office assitant Lundazi

My name is Moses E. Zimba. I am a water engineer by profession and currently (June 2019) studying project management. At Jacana foundation, I am an office assistant in the Lundazi branch. In most of my free time, I help my friends making their business plans. My passion is to make people think big and out site of the box.

Yvonne Magodi

Yvonne Magodi

Office assistant, Chipata

My name is Yvonne Magodi born in a family of 11. I am a mother of 3 boys and a beautiful girl. I am an accountant by profession now pursuing a bachelors degree in business administration. I worked as a data entry clerk, enumerator/field worker, cashier and did a lot of sales and marketing. Now I am with Jacana as an office assistant, hoping to manage one of the branches as a manager eventually. Dream high and God will take you there.

Reuben Churu

Reuben Churu

Security and general worker, Chipata

Reuben is an experienced mason and a fast learner. He was born and raised in Chipata.
Reuben participated in the drilling training done in March 2017. He performed well in this training. He also participated in the sanitation training conducted by UNICEF.

Patrick Maunda

Patrick Maunda

Security and general worker, Chipata

Patrick is a reliable person and an all-rounder. He was born and raised in Chipata.
Patrick is good in gardening and maintains the office garden very well.

Sarah Banda

Sarah Banda

Office attendant Chipata

I am Sarah Banda, I am a mother of a nine years old girl. I live in Chipata. I am happy to work for Jacana, so that I can take care of my daughter and send her to school.

Vinious Kamanga

Vinious Kamanga

General worker and guard, Lundazi

I am Vinious Kamanga, from Lundazi Township, a driver by profession. I completed my secondary education from Lumezi day Secondary school. Previously I worked as general worker at CCAP guest house then later was promoted to supervisor. I also worked as a security guard for two years at G3, currently am working for Jacana Foundation in Lundazi as security guard.

Isaac Gondwe

Isaac Gondwe

General worker and guard, Lundazi

I am Isaac Gondwe. Previously I worked for the ministry of works and supply; I am skilled in gardening and offering security services as guard. Currently am working for Jacana Foundation in Lundazi as security Guard and general worker.

Dinie Nijssen

Dinie Nijssen

Resource manager, Jacana Foundation and board member Zambia and Netherlands

Hello, I am Dinie Nijssen, My responsibilities are raising funds for Jacana and keeping my eyes open for new innovative projects. When I see opportunities for new, innovative projects I mobilize the staff and together we try to realize it. My strength is to motivate people and bring out the best in them. I worked in the Netherlands as a director of my own company and after that I was a consultant for teachers and school managers, whom I trained and coached. I worked in several African developing countries, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. I am also a board member for the board in the Netherlands and Zambia. Email: dinie.nijssen[at]jacana.help

René van Dongen

René van Dongen

Chair person Jacana Netherlands

I’m René van Dongen and I am the chair person for Jacana Foundation in the Netherlands. I am a software consultant specialized in database management.

Erik Dijk

Erik Dijk

Treasurer The Netherlands

I’m Erik Dijk, I am the treasurer of the Jacana foundation. I will contribute my knowledge of reporting and project control to inform our partners. At the moment I’m a senior financial advisor at the Veiligheidsregio Gooi en Vechtstreek.

Ria de Vries

Ria de Vries

Board member Jacana Netherlands

Hello, I am Ria de Vries and I am a board member of Jacana Foundation. I have some Africa experience, for example I worked for two years in Ghana with disabled children and I like to travel in African countries. At the moment I am working as occupational therapist in a nursing home.

 

Mr. Benedicto M. Phiri

Mr. Benedicto M. Phiri

Chairman Zambia

Benedicto is a renowned and seasoned life coach and a Youth motivator who has more than 20 years of experience in working with young people with projects related with livelihood, health and education and integrated water resource management. He stated his work career as a United Nation Volunteer in rural Malawi and has worked with both national and international NGOs in Zambia in different capacities of programming and project life cycle. Benedicto has a Diploma in Farming for Profit from UK, bachelors in Business Administration from USA, Master in Human rights from India.

Mr. Anderson Zulu

Mr. Anderson Zulu

Treasurer Zambia

Mr. Zulu has a chartered Institute of Bankers Qualification in banking and at the moment is a Branch Manager at Finance Bank Zambia Plc in Chipata. He has more 35 years’ experience in banking and having worked before for Barclays bank Zambia Plc and Cavmont banks prior to joining Finance bank. He is therefore experienced in finances and is Jacana’s Treasurer.

Ms. Josephine Matibini

Ms. Josephine Matibini

Board member Zambia

Ms.Josephine Matibini is soil scientist at Msekera Research Station. She studied chemistry at University of Zambia. She has worked from 1998 in Chipata and she knows the town very well.

Ms. Elizabeth Chipeta

Ms. Elizabeth Chipeta

Board member Zambia

Ms. Chipeta is a lawyer and studied at Cavendish University where she graduated in 2013. She worked for a firm in Lusaka and Chipata. In 2015 she decided to start for herself in Chipata as director for Temitope Real Estate”.

Mr. Brian Kalindi

Mr. Brian Kalindi

Board member Zambia

Mr. Brian Kalindi is a Water Engineer by profession. Graduated from Natural Resources Development College. Currently working for the Department of Water Resources Development (DWRD) as an Assistant Water Engineer (Engineering Assistant). His duties:

  1. Undertakes timely inspection of project sites in order to monitor compliance to regulation.
  2. Coordinates timely maintenance and rehabilitation of surface water infrastructure projects in order to enhance and sustain their operability.
  3. Undertakes effectively monitoring and evaluation of surface water infrastructure projects and programmes in order to facilitate decision making and identification of interventions.
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