About Us


The FUNDISA Board consists of the Board of Directors which include the chairperson, the vice-chairperson, the Chief Executive Officer and the Treasurer, as well as Non-Executive Board members.

Prof Nokuthula Sibiya (Durban University of Technology)


Professor Nokuthula Sibiya is currently the Executive Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology. Previously she was appointed as the Head of Department of Nursing at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) for six years. Before the headship appointment, she was the Head of Programme of the Nursing Programme for one year and Acting Head of Department of Nursing for six months. She started as a lecturer in 2003. Prof Sibiya is currently the Chairperson of FUNDISA Board of Directors. She has also been the Chairperson of the FUNDISA Practice Portfolio Committee for two terms (2010-2015) and for one term as Chairperson of the Education Portfolio Committee.
Prof Sibiya is an NRF-rated researcher. Her area of research is primary health care with specific focus on maternal and child health issues. She is actively involved in postgraduate research supervision. She has published widely and presented papers at national and international conferences. In 2014, she received the following awards from DUT: 2012 Top Junior Researcher in 2013. 2013 Top University Female Researcher of the Year and Top Researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences, One of the Top DUT Publishers, Most Promising Senior Academic in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Outstanding Post Graduate Recruitment in the Faculty of Health Sciences in 2014. In 2016, she received the following awards: Top Researcher in the Faculty of Health Sciences, One of the top University researchers and one of the top 10 university journal publishers. Prof Sibiya is also a fellow of the Academy of Nursing in South Africa.

Prof Lizzy Netshikweta (University of Venda)

Vice Chairperson

Professor Lizzy Mangena-Netshikweta is Professor of Nursing, currently serving as Head of the Department of Nursing Science at the University of Venda (UNIVEN), South Africa. She is a graduate of the University of South Africa, and holds a Bachelor, Honours and Masters degrees, as well as a D Litt et Phil in Health studies. She served as member of the Water and Health in Limpopo (WHIL) project, which was a sub – project Mal – ED project, led by Professor Bessong of UNIVEN.

In 2010 Lizzy was invited by the Catholic University in Washington DC for a benchmarking visit to observe their research programmes, projects and strategies. During 2012 and 2013 respectively, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia, USA and the University of Maastricht, Netherlands.

Lizzy, supervised several masters’ and PhD students into completion of their studies at the University of Venda. She is currently a member of several professional organizations nationally and internationally. She is the recipient of several awards and honors for research and community engagement from communities and faith based organisations. Lizzy has won several competitive research grants including funding from Medical Research Council (MRC) and the National Research Foundation (NRF). She has published more than 46 peer reviewed articles in accredited national and international journals.

Dr Kgaogelo Elizabeth Mokoka

FUNDISA Chief Executive Officer

Dr Mokoka is a professional nurse and midwife holding a D Litt. et Phil degree in Health Studies. She also completed a number of certificate courses.

Her career started in general nursing and midwifery and then onto ophthalmic nursing, where she had a career spanning more than 2 decades in the various sectors of eye care from community eye health to private eye care as the Chief Nursing Manager at the Pretoria Eye Institute. She then moved to The Foundation of Professional Development (FPD) where she was the regional technical adviser for PEPFAR -funded projects on leadership capacity development, clinical mentorship, training of trainers, training programme design and curriculum development. She then moved to the International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH), a center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health as training programmes manager.

Dr Mokoka joined FUNDISA in 2011 as programme manager and currently the CEO. She acts as external examiner, and moderator, as well as supervisor and co- promoter for Masters and PhD candidates nationally and regionally. She has published in various nursing journals, contributed chapters in two nursing textbooks, presented papers at national and international conferences and serves on the editorial boards of the SA HIV Nursing Matters and the International Journal of Africa Nursing Science. Her other roles include serving on various task teams at the National Department of Health and the Department of Higher Education and Training, as well as the task team that developed the Clinical Mentorship Guidelines Manual for South Africa and the national TB/ HIV training programme. She is a member of the South African Nursing Council’s technical working group developing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for nurses and midwives in South Africa.

Prof Portia Jordan (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University)


Professor Portia Jordan, is an associate professor and Head of Department of Nursing Science, NMMU. She teaches in the under- and postgraduate programmes, with her speciality fields being Critical Care Nursing, and Nephrology Nursing Science. Simulation – based education is another passion, of which Portia presented workshops nationally and in Africa.

Portia currently holds a PhD in Nursing, MBA, M Cur (cum laude), B Cur, Diploma in Nursing Education (cum laude) and Diploma in Nephrology Nursing.

She is scholar and PLUME research fellow, with her research programme that focuses on the implementation of best practices the high acuity units. She has published several peer reviewed articles in this research area. She successfully promoted more than 30 postgraduate students, including doctoral, masters and honours students.

She is the co-editor of the book Foundation of Nursing Practice: Fundamentals of Holistic Care, of which she has written three chapters in the book. The second edition of the book was published in 2016.

She is the reviewer for the International Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Worldview Evidence based Journal, South African Medical Journal, South African Journal of Critical Care and Health SA Gesondheid. Furthermore, she is a National Research Foundation (NRF) grant holder and reviewer for NRF, as well as STTI grants.

She is a faculty member and director of the marketing portfolio for the Tau Lamda Chapter for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Nursing Society (STTI), a member of the International Network for Universities (INU), Academy of Nursing of South Africa fellow (ANSA), member of Forum of University Nursing Deans in South Africa,(FUNDISA), Nursing Education Association (NEA) and of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa.


Dr Oliver Seale

BBA, Masters in HE Studies, PhD

Oliver Seale is the Director of Executive Education and heads up the Centre for Business Leadership at the Graduate School of Business Leadership in Unisa.

His former positions include consulting as a strategist and advisor to public and private higher education institutions, acting CEO at Universities South Africa, Director in the Vice-Chancellor’s Office at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he provided strategic advice, project management and administrative support to the Vice-Chancellor and Executive Team. He was also Deputy Director General for Training Delivery at the Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (Palama) and Director of the Higher Education Leadership and Management Programme (HELM) at HESA.

Oliver has extensive experience in strategic planning, change management, business development, programme/project management, relationship and stakeholder management in various organisational environments. He has a keen interest in university governance, leadership and management, organisational development, performance management and leadership development. He completed a Bachelor of Business Administration at Unisa, a Masters in Higher Education Studies at the University of the Free State and a PhD in Leadership Development at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Ms Debbie Don-Pierrot

B.Comm (Accounting) Hons. Financial Management, CIM, MBA, CGMA, FCMA

Debbie Don-Pierrot has travelled over 1million air miles, accumulated qualifications & designations in accounting & finance over a period of 27 years, creating a wealth of knowledge from various platforms originating from over 176 countries on the globe to share her business knowledge with businesses and entrepreneurs thereby assisting companies to ensure asset value for their business creativity, sacrifices, risk and investment. As a director of the world’s biggest professional accounting body for more than six hundred and fifty thousand members and accounting students registered in Washington D.C. with headquarters in both London and New York does she bring enormous experience and knowledge to inspire owners and leaders of businesses with various integrated business models developed amongst others by ecotrepreneurs from Harvard, Oxford and Trans4m universities suited for each individual business.

Mr Bennie Groenewald

BProc, HDip Tax, LLM Tax Law

Bennie Groenewald is a founder of Auxins Consulting & Strategic Business, coach and a mentor who is passionate about business development support, whether that is through starting, growing or increased profitability. He has extensive experience in entrepreneurship, management, business planning, financial analysis, operations, decision analysis, Tax & Commercial Law, business development, due diligence, research, problem-solving as well as analytical and communication skills, as well as the breadth and depth of experience needed to quickly understand entrepreneurs’ businesses and craft the most suitable solutions. His business acumen includes qualifying and practicing as a commercial lawyer, working in banking and financial services across multiple market segments in South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK. Bennie has also held senior and executive leadership positions, cross-border banking, project finance, asset finance, debt capital markets and derivatives, as well as the legal aspects thereof. Combined with nearly twenty-five years in the Banking and Financial Services industry, broad legal and tax expertise, risk management and good governance, Bennie is an asset to the clients with whom he works.