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 Portia Jordan (Stellenbosch University)


Professor Portia Jordan, is an Associate Professor, and Executive Head of Department of Nursing and Midwifery, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

She holds a PhD in Nursing, Masters of Business Administration, Masters Curationis in Critical Care Nursing (cum laude), Baccalaureus Curationis, Diploma in Nursing Education (cum laude) and Diploma in Nephrology Nursing.

She is scholar, National Research Foundation (NRF) Thutuka research grant holder and PLUME research fellow. Her research programme focuses on the implementation of best practices and evidence based guidelines in the critical care units in order to promote patient safety, particularly in the mechanically ventilate patients.

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 two editions of the book.

Nationally, Portia is an executive board member of the Forum for University Deans of South Africa (FUNDISA), member of the Academy of Nursing of South Africa (ANSA), and a member of the Critical Care Society of Southern Africa.

Internationally, she is an executive board member for Tau Lamda Chapter for Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Nursing Society (STTI), and executive board member of the of the Research and Advisory Council at STTI. Furthermore she is part of the International Network of Universities, a global initiative that focus on patient safety and quality of care

Dr Yolanda Havenga [Tshwane University of Technology]


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.


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.

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.

Ms Debbie Don-Pierrot

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

Debbie Don-Pierrot has travelled over 1million air miles, accumulated 8qualifications &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.