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who we are

The people behind Dahlak Exchange are:



Anthony WIlson-Prangley, Board Chairperson


Anthony lectures at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in the area of leading social change, with emphasis on the dynamics of leadership, human behaviour, diversity and change.  He has experience in the areas of business in society, social entrepreneurship and public leadership. Before joining the faculty Anthony helped to build the Centre for Leadership and Dialogue at GIBS – a series of programmes that build the next generation of SA leadership.  Prior to this he founded The Gumboots Foundation and was intimately involved with a global non-profit youth leadership network, Pioneers of Change.

Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi

Nooshin is the representative of the University of the Witwatersrand in the United States.  Until 2016 she ran the successful Wits Justice Project, which advocates to improve the South African criminal justice system. Prior to that, she was the humanitarian diplomacy senior officer of the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies, working in the 49 sub-Saharan African countries. She has also worked in the corporate and consultancy sectors, and brings those experiences to her work in advocating for the most vulnerable.  She has an MA in Journalism and Media Studies.

Thiresh Govender, Board Treasurer


Thiresh is the owner of  UrbanWorks, an interdisciplinary design studio engaged in the discipline of Architecture and Urbanism. UrbanWorks addresses the challenges social and political transformation through appropriate spatial and physical transformation solutions, sensitive to the complex and diverse history of the place. Thiresh studied Architecture at University of Cape Town, and has a Masters Degree in Urban Design from the University College of London.


Amy Tekié, Executive Director


Amy has worked in civil society and social development in Africa for 11 years, including rural agricultural projects. Most recently, she managed the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at the Gordon Institute of Business Science, developing training programmes and dialogue forums to support NGOs and social entrepreneurs in Southern Africa. She is currently completing a Master’s in Development Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, with a focus on land advocacy in South Africa. 


Kessete Tekié, Creative Director


Kessete has worked in financial markets consulting on Risk Management for the banking industry for 12 years. In the last 8 years, he has embarked on part-time independent study and travel across the African continent, with the aim of developing public interest documentary films. This culminated in the study of a joint History & Documentary Film at the Masters level at the university of the Witwatersrand. He co-researched, directed and co-edited our recent historical land film for SABC.  



On a project basis, additional team members include:


Boris Freidel, Camera & sound

Jabu Khwela (Dahlak Collective), Camera and post-production

Aphiwe Maqungo (Dahlak Collective), Camera and post-production


Andrew Wessels, Post-Production


Mfanafuthi Mbongwe, Research and project coordination


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