The SADC-GMI is guided by a Board of Directors comprising 8 representatives.
Mr James Sauramba – Executive Director
James is qualified civil engineer with an MBA. He grew up in Zimbabwe and has a wide experience in the SADC region having worked in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. His work has involved water and sanitation projects, infrastructure development and climate change. James is charged with the establishment of the SADC-GMI, its ongoing management and securing its future.
Mr Phera Ramoeli – Board Chair
Phera heads the Water Division of the SADC Secretariat’s Infrastructure and Services Directorate in Gaborone. He hails from Lesotho and has a wide experience in water issues in the SADC region.
Prof. Danie Vermeulen – University of Freestate
Danie is the Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State. He was a farmer before turning his attention to the academic side of groundwater and has a particular interest in the proposed fracking of Karoo aquifers in South Africa.
Mr Werner Nel – University of Freestate
Werner is a Deputy Director at the University of the Free States’ Directorate of Research Development. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and provides guidance on financial and corporate issues relating to the SADC-GMI.
Mr Simon Kang’omba – Zambia
Simon works for the Department of Water Affairs, Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development in Zambia. He is a hydrogeologist by training and played a big role in preparing the hydrogeological maps of his country.
Mr Trevor M. Shongwe – Swaziland
Mr. Shongwe is representing Swaziland (the current chair of SADC) on the SADC-GMI Board. He is the substantive Chief Water Engineer and currently Acting Director of Water Affairs in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy of Swaziland. He is charged with the planning and development of Swaziland’s surface and underground water resources. As the country’s focal point for the SADC Regional Strategic Action Program, he is actively involved with transboundary water negotiations and other regional water issues.
Maria Amakali – Namibia
Maria Amakali has a BSC, degree in Mathematics and Chemistry from Dana College, USA and a M Eng degree from IHE Delft, in Water and Environmental Resources Management. She is a Director in the Directorate Water Resources Management in the Department of Water Affairs in Namibia. She has extensive experience in issues related to transboundary integrated water resources management as well as water supply security issues in Namibia. She was part of the multi-disciplinary team that reviewed the Namibia Water Sector which led to developing a new water policy and water act for the country. She has regional water resources management experience from her participation as a technical task team member and Commissioner on several international (SADC) shared river basin commissions such as the Orange-Senqu, Kunene and Cuvelai Basins, as well as the Okavango and Zambezi river basin organisations from time to time. She is a Director on the SADC Groundwater Management Institute board.