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


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

She holds a PhD in Nursing, Masters of Business Administration and specialist qualifications in: Critical Care Nursing, Nephrology Nursing and Nursing Education.

Her research focuses on critical care nursing, evidence-based practice and patient safety education in nursing. She has supervised over 50 masters and doctoral candidates and published in national and international peer-review journals.

Internationally, she is a member of Tau Lamda Chapter for Sigma Teta Tua International Honor Nursing Society (STTI) and executive board member of the STTI Research and Advisory Council. Portia is also part of a global transformation in nursing education: a community of practice of nursing leaders and deans across seven (7) global nursing schools, who focus on evidence-based practice, patient safety initiatives, and quality of care.

Prof. Mokgadi Matlakala

Deputy Chairperson

Prof MC Matlakala is the Chairperson of Department of Health Studies and Director WHOCC, at the University of South Africa (UNISA).
She holds a Doctor of Literature and Philosophy, is a registered Ethics Officer (EO308) with The Ethics Institute (previously EthicsSA) and a Fellow of the Teaching Advancement at University (TAU).

Dr Yolanda Havenga


Yolanda Havenga is a Senior lecturer and Head of Department at the Adelaide Tambo School of Nursing Science, Tshwane University of Technology. She holds a Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degree in Nursing, a BA Honours degree in Psychology and an Advanced University Diploma in Nursing Service Management. Her area of specialisation is mental health nursing with specific interest in health care- and research ethics. She lectures in psychiatric nursing science and supervises Masters and Doctoral students in nursing. She has presented papers at national and international conferences, has published peer reviewed articles and contributed to chapters of books.

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.


Oliver J.J Seale (PHD)

Oliver Seale is a leadership development specialist, lecturer and researcher. He is the Director of Higher Education Leadership and Management (HELM) at Universities South Africa (USAf). He holds a PhD in Leadership Development from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Oliver is a research associate at the Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education Studies at the University of Johannesburg. Oliver has published various academic article and his first book titled, ‘Deanship in the Global South: Bridging Troubled Waters,’ was released by Brill Sense in February 2021. He currently serves as Non-Executive Director on the Board of FUNDISA and also a member of the Funding Development Committee of the International Leadership Association.

Dr Bernadette Johnson

Brief bio coming soon.