Board of Directors

[This diverse group of individuals craft DAG’s way forward through active planning, monitoring and evaluation. They largely serve, a steering function, guiding staff and decision-making.]

Board: Aditya Kumar

Aditya Kumar

Executive Director of DAG

Previously, Adi worked as the Deputy Director at Community Organisation Resource Centre.  Over the last fifteen years, he has worked on post disaster, post conflict and informal settlement upgrading across the world. His practice focuses on intersectoral partnerships, strengthening community action and housing policy.

Board: Wilhelmina Trout

Executive Board Member

Wilhemina is an international gender activist and trade unionist. She has a resilient education background, especially with Community Adult Education and currently works as an independent consultant to the labour movement.

Board: Steve Kahanovitz

Executive Board Member

Steve works in the Cape Town office of South Africa’s public interest law group the Legal Resources Centre. He spent many years representing clients facing an oppressive apartheid state before serving as legal and later national director of the LRC. Since the adoption of the Bill of Rights in a democratic South Africa he has been litigating in cases regarding socio-economic rights, particularly the right of access to housing on behalf of the LRC’s clients. He has recently returned to the LRC having spent a year as an acting judge of the Land Claims Court of South Africa. He is a graduate of the University of Cape Town (BA); The University of the Witwaterstrand (LLB) and the London School of Economics (LLM)

Board: Qureisha Nagdee

Executive Board Member

Querisha is the local consultant for the Dreikonigsaktion, an Austrian donor organisation. She is responsible for South Africa and joint partnerships in Africa. She also works as an independent facilitator and consultant. She has a background in and expertise in social development, organisational development and the NGO sector.

Board: Tasleema Mohamed

Executive Board Member

Tasleema has expertise in the field of Architectural Education and the Built Environment with special interest in Earth Architecture. She is currently lecturing at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Board: Olivia Henwood

Kuyasa Fund

Heads up the Kuyasa Fund, a company providing housing microfinance loans for very poor households. She holds a B.Comm honours degree as well as an MBA from Stellenbosch University. Prior to the establishment of the Kuyasa Fund in 1999 Olivia worked in several organisations focusing on end-user finance.

Board: Catherine Stone

Professional Urban Planner

Catherine is an independent built environment, public sector governance specialist and professional urban planner, with a Masters in City & Regional Planning. Catherine has 13 years of local government experience with 8 years in senior management leading a team of urban policy planners, urban designers, landscape architects, construction project managers and urban regeneration specialists.  Prior to this Catherine worked for uTshani Fund and People’s Dialogue providing technical support to the South African Homeless People’s Federation’s initiatives to secure land and housing