PAI Team

Pan Africa ILGA Team Members

Executive Director : Nate Brown

Nate has a BA Hons in Accounting and Finance and a BA Hons in Business Administration from Greenwich University, London. Nate worked in London for different sectors until he moved to South Africa in 2012, where he worked at Barloworld Motor Retail and Audi Centre Bruma.

Nate joined the LGBTI human rights sector at Iranti-org in July 2016 as a Financial Manager. Nate joined PAI on a part-time basis in 2017 and this was converted to a full-time post in 2018. Nate was Acting Executive Director between June and December 2018. He was announced as Executive Director in January 2019.

Administrator : Delisile Mavuso

Deli joined PAI in April 2016 as Administrator. This role involves administrative support and organising of Board and other meetings. She also works closely with the Financial Manager on budgets and reconciliations. Deli previously worked as the Office Administrator at Forum for Women’s Empowerment (FEW) and completed a learnership at POWA doing court monitoring and support for lesbian victims and survivors of hate crimes. She also completed an internship at Iranti-org, providing logistical support and organising of media trainings. She is a community activist and is the current coordinator and a founder member of IHAWU, a CBO based in Katlehong that works mainly with lesbian and bisexual women.

Logistics and Membership Administrator : Azania Sengwayo

Azania joined PAI in April 2018. She has a long history of LGBTI+ organising, including involvement in the organisation of Soweto Pride. She is the secretary of the FEW board and is the chairperson for Thuli Home. She is also the youth co-ordinator at PFSAQ.

Advocacy and Communications Officer : Lethabo Mailula

Lethabo Mailula holds a LLB and LLM from the University of Pretoria. Her research interests include the recognition and protection of the rights of the LBQ in Africa. Her activism manifests through involvement in academia, writing of articles as well as using media advocacy.

Lethabo joined PAI in April 2019.

Finance and Operations : Rethabile Gamede

Rethabile Jessica Gamede is a Black Queer Feminist Activist interested in African Spirituality and what it means to bring all of oneself to any organized space.

She has a background in finance and accounting and has led the finance departments of various organizations including Iranti-Org, FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund and ISLA – The Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa.

When she is not supporting movements in a Finance and Operations role, she is either facilitating conversations through dialogues and trainings or exploring themes of healing and self-knowledge through personal development coaching and counselling.

She is passionate about bridging and healing the gap between finance and programmes offices in NGOs.

Rethabile joins PAI to support it’s finance and operations function.

Programme Manager: Richard Lusimbo

Richard Lusimbo is a Ugandan human rights activist who has worked within the LGBTI and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) movements for the past eight years, as Research and Documentations Manager at Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG). He is a graduate of Lund University, International Training Program in Sexual and Reproductive Health rights (2019), and holder of a Masters of Philosophy in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (2017) as well as a Bachelor of
Science in Information Technology (2011) (University of Pretoria and Uganda Christian University respectively). Richard also continues to serve on a number of boards, committees and Technical Working Groups. In 2016 – 2018, Richard fulfilled the role of Board Co-Chair at Pan African ILGA where he had previously served as Alternate Co-Chair of the Board of PAI (2014-2016), and he served as Alternate Co-Secretary-
General of ILGA during this time.