Senior Management Team
Nik Kafka is the founder and Chief Executive of Teach A Man To Fish. Leaving a successful banking career in the City of London for a local microfinance institution in Paraguay, Nik discovered an innovative school aiming not only to teach the poor how to become rural entrepreneurs, but to do so as a self-financing social enterprise. Having helped transform this school into a replicable model, and realising the huge potential for funding education through enterprise rather than charity, he returned to the UK to found Teach A Man To Fish.
Under his stewardship Teach A Man To Fish has grown into an international network whose membership now numbers over 4,500 education institutions and experts in more than 125 countries. Over 300,000 young people benefitted directly from Teach A Man To Fish programmes across Africa, Asia & Latin America. Honoured as a Young Global Leader in 2009 by the World Economic Forum, he was more recently named in 2011 as one of Devex's 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders in London.He holds a first-class BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, an MSc in International Development from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, as well as professional qualifications in finance.
Amélie Heuër is the Director of Programs and Operations at Teach A Man To Fish. She joined the charity in November 2016. Prior to that, Amelie was the Head of Research and Programme Manager at SEED, an initiative that promotes social and green entrepreneurship, by accelerating the growth of social and environmental small, micro and medium enterprises (SMMEs). Previously, she also worked for several years on marine conservation and coastal resources management in the Philippines.
With over 10 years’ experience in the field of sustainable development, Amelie has built in-depth understanding of the international dialogues around green and inclusive entrepreneurship, innovation, coastal resources management and alternative livelihood development, as well as on cross-cutting issues relating to gender, waste management and green energy solutions.
Amelie has a MSc in Human Geography, specialised in International Development, from the University of Amsterdam (UvA), The Netherlands
Alison Rivett is the Head of Fundraising at Teach A Man To Fish. She joined the charity in October 2015 and is responsible for all aspects of fundraising to support our work. Alison has been working to raise funds for international development and humanitarian projects for over a decade. Previously she worked to fundraise from the UK at Self Help Africa, Merlin and Farm Africa; in Ethiopia at Mums for Mums; and in Guatemala at Transitions.
Prior to 2001 and for 11 fun and fruitful years, Alison was a founding partner and the Design Director for Ampersand Partnership, a design and marketing agency located in London.
Alison has a MSc in International Economic Development from University College London, a BAHons in History and Typographic Design from Reading University and is a qualified TEFL teacher.
Julian Baker joined Teach A Man To Fish as Head of International Programmes in October 2018. He oversees the delivery of our International Programmes and manages the Regional Manager for East & West Africa, Regional Coordinator for Latin America, Regional Coordinator for Southern Africa and the Senior Programme Manager for the School Enterprise Challenge (Global).
Prior to joining the team Julian worked for the British Council for 30 years living and working in Venezuela, South Africa, Uganda, Malawi, Cuba and Jamaica.
Julian has a BA (Hons) in Economic from Ealing College of Higher Education (now University of West London).
Paola Fatur is the Senior Manager of School Enterprise Challenge (Global) at Teach A Man To Fish. She joined the team in August 2013, as a Field Officer at La Bastilla school in Nicaragua supporting the implementation of all school businesses, but especially the dairy plant. In September 2014 she took over the role as Enterprising Schools Network Support Officer, participating in the School Enterprise Challenge roll out in Central America supporting with workshops and trainings. Back in the UK in 2015, she joined the School Enterprise Challenge team developing new educational resources and marketing materials .She is currently managing all the operations and day-to-day of the global programme.
Prior to joining Teach A Man To Fish, Paola worked for three years as a consultant in international projects, delivering training and workshops and supporting project roll outs. She has a business background, as she worked as an audit analyst and as a quality procedures assistant while living in Argentina. Paola has also travelled extensively to South East Asia and volunteered in Nepal with a local NGO and in London for the Fairtrade Foundation UK.
Paola holds a degree in Business Administration from Buenos Aires University (Argentina) and an Expert Degree in Project Coordination for International Development from Alcalá University (Spain).
James Love joined the Teach A Man To Fish team in October 2014 as Africa Regional Coordinator based in Kampala, Uganda. Since 2014, James has helped the team to grow operations in Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania. James also leads on Technical Assistance across Africa.
James brings 7 years of education and international development experience to Teach A Man To Fish and has previously worked at WaterAid, Link Ethiopia and Partner Schools Worldwide. More recently, he has been involved in researching and planning an eco-tourism business in Sri Lanka. James has a range of experience in designing and managing educational programmes, business development and monitoring and evaluation.
James holds a Masters in Development Education from the Institute of Education, London.
Doreen Mugume joined Teach A Man To fish in February 2015 as a Project Officer, based in Kampala, Uganda. Doreen is working on scaling up the School Enterprise Challenge to 300 schools in Uganda, developing our technical assistance strategy in East Africa and on engaging more closely with government education departments.
Doreen brings 4 years of relevant, practical entrepreneurial expertise. Doreen worked with youth and teachers through an experience based education programme whilst at Educate! She is also a ‘Start and improve our business’ certified trainer of trainers with the International Labour Organisation.
Doreen holds a degree in Development Studies from Kyambogo University, Uganda.
Alex Natuhwera has 5 years’ experience in setting up, developing and running development projects whilst conducting human centred studies, project pilots and building partnerships.
He was recently a Program Manager at Elevate Partners for Education where he worked with top education leadership- District Education Offices (DEOs) and the Primary Teacher Colleges (PTCs) to identify priority education indicators in the district through use of SurveyCTO data collection app.
In 2016, Alex worked at Irise International as the Enterprise Program Manager coordinating a network of over 100 micro entrepreneurs from across Uganda to set up sanitary product businesses as a way of establishing access to menstrual products by vulnerable school girls. Has previously coordinated livelihood projects at Let Them Help Themselves out of Poverty (LTHT) in SW Uganda and was a Research Associate at Institute for Research and Development (IRDA).
Alex holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Uganda Christian University- Mukono and short training in Project Planning and Management from Institute for Research and Development (IRDA) – Mbarara. He has undergone certificate training in human rights documentation and Community Paralegals.
Maureen Nakabega is a graduate of Sports Science from Makerere University passionate in working with other people and interested in learning new skills and building up her knowledge and skill set. Driven by this she joined Teach A Man To Fish in January 2016 as a SKY project volunteer. She worked closely with SKY and SEC schools in trainings, M&E and other related office work, in addition to overseeing management of external relations between Teach A Man To Fish and key stakeholders. Maureen is now finance officer for the Uganda office.
Prior to joining, She volunteered with the Ministry of Education and sports where she worked with schools in specific regions of the country to carry out sports competition among schools. This involved training on how a certain sport is performed, budgeting and implementing health and fitness challenges in schools through different sports.
She is planning to pursue an ACCA course starting June 2017.
Jordan Byekwaso Lwanga joined Teach A Man To Fish in January 2015 as a Project Officer and is currently responsible for the Mackay Memorial business development project, developing a Multi-School Project and acting as the Uganda office liaison.
Jordan brings over 4 years of experience working with youth and community groups to Teach A Man To Fish. Prior to joining Teach A Man To Fish, Jordan worked with National Community of Women Living with HIV (NACWOLA) and Mentor Coach Empower Uganda (MCE Uganda) as a program officer. These experiences have given him a strong appreciation for the impact of education in transforming people’s livelihoods. Jordan holds a Masters degree in Adult and Community Education from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.
Sarah Nassanga joined Teach A Man To Fish in 2015 supporting the School Enterprise Challenge team in managing 300 schools and in 2016 she went on to become the School Enterprise Challenge Monitoring and Evaluation Officer where she works closely with 29 schools assessing the impact of our business model.
Prior to this Sarah volunteered for a year at the National Agricultural Research Organization providing technical support to the Human Resources team and assisted in all recruitment, selection, training and performance appraisal of 200 staff.
Sarah has a BA in Public Administration and Management from the Uganda Christian University.
Godwin Ahabwe joined the Teach A Man To Fish in May 2017 as an Empowerment for Girl Education Field Officer based in Jinja, Uganda. Godwin is managing and coordinating 14 schools in both Jinja and Mukono under the Empowerment for Girl Education (EGE) consortium.
Godwin brings almost 2 years of experience in mentorship from Educate! Uganda.
Godwin also volunteered as a curriculum trainer with Balloon Ventures for 3 months. He has trained over 850 youth in different life skills, which have created more than 100 business start-ups in the districts of Kampala, Mbale, Mukono, Iganga, Bushenyi, Wakiso, Luwero, Mitoma among others in Uganda.
Godwin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Finance Option) from Makerere University.
Nodrine Nabatanzi joined the Teach A Man To Fish team in May 2017 as an Empowerment for Girl Education Field Officer based in Wakiso, Uganda. Nodrine manages and coordinates 14 schools in both Kampala and Mukono under the Empowerment for Girl Education (EGE) consortium.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Development Economics from Makerere University and is a founder of GRO-GANDA - a project to financially empower slum residents.
She has also served as a Student Representative on the School Management Committee of Happy Days Nursery & Primary School in Najjeera where she exercises administration duties as well as engages with the pupils directly.
Saitoti Letowon joined Teach A Man To Fish in Jan 2018 as a School Enterprise Challenge (SEC) support volunteer in Kenya, supporting the SEC team with carrying out weekly communication to participating schools and other programme support.
He earned his bachelors’ degree in Computer Science at Kampala International University. Letowon is also currently the Technical Support Officer at the Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), conducting field trainings to community members and in-house staff training on ICT related issues.
Modecai Osano joined Teach A Man To Fish in February 2018 as the School Enterprise Challenge Programme Assistant. He supports and coordinates the delivery of School Enterprise Challenge activities and carries out regular updates on communication and registration. He is passionate about providing support to his community and is enthusiastic about learning new skills.
Prior to joining Teach A Man To Fish, Modecai completed training through DOT REACH-UP UGANDA on small and medium-sized enterprises (SME's) and worked with organisations including Samplex Africa as their Due Diligence Field Officer, Uganda Telecom as their I.T Support officer and Challenges Worldwide under International Citizenship Service(ICS) for 3 months as a volunteer Junior Business Consultant in the SME sector.
Modecai holds a BA(Hons) in Information Technology from Uganda Christian University
Brenda Ayoo joined Teach A Man To Fish in January 2017, as a School Enterprise Challenge support volunteer in Uganda office where she worked closely with schools in training, implementing M&E, and visiting schools to assist them with their businesses. She is also currently working as a Girls Education Challenge Field Officer based in Kampala, Uganda. She is coordinating to implement the School Enterprise Challenge in 14 schools in partnership with PEDN.
Prior to joining Teach A Man To Fish, Brenda volunteered with Challenges World Wide under International Citizen Service (ICS) for 3 months where she was working as Junior Business Associate taking informal sector entrepreneurs through entrepreneurship development.
She holds Bachelor (Hons) Degree in Business Education (Accounting Option) from Gulu University.
Kelly Jones joined Teach A Man to Fish in March 2018 as a Resource Mobilization Consultant, focusing on the financial sustainability of the Africa Regional Office in Kampala, Uganda.
Prior to joining Teach A Man to Fish, Kelly lived in Paraguay managing the resource mobilization department at Fundación Paraguaya, a sister organization of Teach a Man to Fish. She has 8+ years of combined experience in grant writing, project design, strategic planning, human resources and relationship management, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.
Kelly has a MSc in International Development and a BA in Political Science from Tulane University, in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.
Sharon Munyazikwiye joined Teach a Man to Fish in April 2014 as an Enterprise Development Technical Officer in Nyarugu District, South Rwanda. As the TO of Teach A Man To Fish, Sharon is working with 28 schools in Nyaruguru district to develop business plans and implement school businesses as part of the “Rwanda Girl’s Education Advancement Project.” These school businesses will generate income for the schools and act as an educational resource for the students, developing their technical, business and soft skills.
Prior to joining Teach A Man To Fish, Sharon worked as a Senior Facilitator in ICT, Business and Life Skills at Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Rwanda under DOT’s Internship Program, where he delivered the ReachUp! Program, impacting more than 600 beneficiaries and 20 startups in Karongi, Western Rwanda. He served at Smart Enterprises Ltd as the Operations Manager under Nyabivumu Integrated Waste Management Project; and work with LUTI “Let Us Transform Life Initiative,” developing training and drafting projects and business plans. Sharon has also served as a Business Coach to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) beneficiaries.
Sharon holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Chemistry from the former National University of Rwanda and a Business Management Certificate from the universal Class, with self-directed learning and capacity building in business and project planning.
Emerence Dusabimana was born and raised in Rwanda and joined the team in September 2015. She graduated in 2012 from the National University of Rwanda. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree with honors in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. She hopes to return to study her Masters in the future.
Her previous professional experience includes working as business facilitator and coach at Digital Opportunity Trust from 2012 to April 2014 where she gained critical work experience; she worked as an agent of change to her community by empowering young women and men to use resources at their disposal to create businesses and make them profitable. In addition to this she has also temporarily worked as a research assistant on various projects specifically agriculture related and socio- economic development projects.She believes that “Networking and idea sharing are the most effective weapons used to change the community mindset and reach their well-being”.
She is passionate on constructive idea sharing for generation change and traveling which has helped her to raise awareness and make opportunities profitable for sustainable community well-being.
Eglin López joined Teach a Man to Fish in February 2016 as Network Support Officer based in Managua, Nicaragua. Her role is to promote the School Enterprise Challenge in Nicaragua and Honduras as well as to support schools that are participating in this program. She will also work on scaling up the Enterprising Schools Network through communication with potential new schools and partner organisations.
Prior to joining the team, Eglin worked with entrepreneurship projects for women from rural areas in Nicaragua, supporting women to write their business plan and coordinating activities between volunteers, target groups and donors. Furthermore, she has wide experience in teaching, reaching from teaching primary school children as a volunteer, to working as a part time professor at a local university.
Eglin is an Environmental Engineer and has just finished her Master’s degree in International Cooperation and Development Project Management from Menédez Pelayo International University and the Ortega-Gasset Institute in Madrid, Spain which was granted by a scholarship from Fundación Carolina
Ariana Fernandez, born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua joined Teach a Man to Fish in June 2015. She is working in lead on all finance aspects in the regional office in Nicaragua and supporting in the creation of an organizational finance system that is efficient for the UK office and regional offices, as well as in the creation of small manuals for easy use in Central America. Besides the finances she is also supporting the Central America team in the implementation of the Enterprising Schools Network.
Ariana has previously volunteered in social movements in Nicaragua like Mision Bosawas - a movement that works with the nature reserve BOSAWAS - where she supported in the creation of the administrative and finance system, and has work experience in accounting and administration in various Nicaraguan companies.Ariana also has participated in important programs like “Agentes de Cambio 2014” that is a regional training programme Social Policy from the foundation Friedrich Ebert Stiftung(FES) and she has been formed and educated to promote the human rights for indigenous groups from Bosawas. Currently, she is finishing her degree in Finances at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA) in Managua
Diana joined Teach A Man To Fish in August 2017 as Honduras Project Officer based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Her role is to promote the School Enterprise Challenge in Honduras, support the schools participating in the program, create strategic alliances with partners as well as influence the education plans of the country to include important topics of business planning and entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining the team, Diana worked as Foreign Language Assistant at Lyceé Alain Bourne in France, then in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) where she found out the need of education and development for her country. She has also started her own business to be able to better support entrepreneurs and farmers in her role as consultant.
Diana is a Business and Industrial Manager and finished her Master`s degree in Project Management in 2015 at the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC) in Honduras.
Veronica Valverde joined Teach A Man to Fish in October 2018 as our Administrative Assistant based in Managua, Nicaragua. Her role is to support the Nicaragua Programs Coordinator with a variety of administrative tasks, supporting the Nicaragua team by organising workshops, meetings, visits from donors, and arranging travel. Also, she leads on all finance aspects in the Regional Office in Managua.
Prior to joining the team, Verónica worked as a Marketing Assistant at Aceitera El Real and had an internship in Marketing at Agricorp in Managua, Nicaragua. Veronica also participated in Online Volunteering Program from the United Nations. Designed interactive digital Christmas cards for the Xtremas Organization from Costa Rica in order to help the environment at not using physical cards.
Veronica has a Bachellor Degree in Marketing, graduated at Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), Managua, Nicaragua in 2015.
Susannah Morcowitz joined Teach a Man to Fish in July 2013 and supported the management of the School Enterprise Challenge programme before re-locating in December 2016 to South Africa to run one of our major EuropeAid funded projects. In addition she overseas corporate partnership development and monitoring and evaluation of our programmes.
Prior to this Susannah carried out research for a Primary Care Trust on HIV and access to social care. Susannah has a background in community development and capacity building, working with socially excluded groups in the UK and India. Her experience includes a year in India supporting rural NGOs with organisational and disability specific programme development. Previously Susannah has worked with community groups in London tackling issues such as anti-social behaviour, racism and social exclusion.
Susannah has an MSc in Anthropology and Development from the LSE and a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Bristol.
Sanelisiwe Moloi joined Teach A Man To Fish in July 2017 as Programme Support Officer. She supports the management of European Union funded Entrepreneurial and Environmental Empowerment for South Africa’s Youth (EEESAY) programme. Sanelisiwe is a passionate individual in the field of Agricultural Extension & Rural Resource Management.
Prior to this Sanelisiwe was a Rural Economic Development Officer at The Siyazisiza Trust and Mahlathini Development organisations, where she mastered the skills of facilitation and gaining developmental support for farmers. Leading on the improvements of crop production, effective use of community resources & increased economic status through securing stable market access for cooperatives in Nkandla & Msinga Region (110 farmers).
Sanelisiwe holds a Bachelor of Agriculture Honours (Cum Laude) and Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (Top Undergraduate Student) from the University of KwaZulu Natal
Stephen Makubabha joined Teach A Man To Fish in August 2017 as Senior Finance Officer for the South Africa office where he is responsible for the EEESAY Project finance’s.
Prior to coming to South Africa 9 years ago, Stephen worked in Zimbabwe for over 15 years in the private sector in different finance positions.
Stephen's educational background is in Finance and Business Management, having attained Accounting, Finance and Business Management diplomas, he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2012 and proceeded to achieve his Masters of Business Administration from MANCOSA University.
Nontobeko Makhaye joined Teach A Man to Fish in June 2018 as programme support officer for The School Enterprise Challenge, based in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. She will be working to support schools in KZN and South Africa to plan, set up and develop educational and sustainable school enterprises. Previously she worked at Agribusiness Development Agency and Lima where she gained experience in supporting school businesses, local communities and agricultural projects and managing a range of environmental, social development and income generating projects in South Africa. Nontobeko has a great passion for working with schools and the business sector and has supported various school business across South Africa. Through her work at Lima she provided facilitation to different training to schools, government officials and the private sector. Nontobeko holds an honours degree in Geography and an undergraduate degree in Rural Resource Management from University of KwaZulu Natal.
India Jankel is the Senior Programmes Officer at Teach A Man To Fish, joining the team in August 2015. As part of the School Enterprise Challenge team, she is responsible for leading on the creation of educational materials, systems development and the mentors programme.
Before joining Teach A Man To Fish, India taught English at a primary school in the Dominican Republic for a year. She has also worked abroad as an intern for the Red Cross Centre for Cooperation in the Mediterranean in Barcelona and the Egyptian Center for Women’s Rights in Cairo.
India holds a BA in International Relations with advanced proficiency in Spanish from the University of Exeter.
Christophe Walder is the Programmes Officer at Teach A Man To Fish. He joined the charity in September 2016 after returning from Kenya where he spent three months working with informal-sector entrepreneurs. Originally from France, he graduated from the University of Leeds where he studied German and Spanish in 2015.
During this time he spent a term studying in Granada and a year working in Cologne and in his final year specialised in international business practices. He also has experience working in fundraising and at a social enterprise helping charities connect with millennials.
Hazel Ingham is the Programmes Assistant at Teach A Man To Fish. She joined the charity in July 2017, providing support to the School Enterprise Challenge team.
Before joining Teach A Man To Fish, Hazel led a team on a community entrepreneurship project in rural Nicaragua for an international NGO and then worked as part of the operations team coordinating projects.
Hazel graduated from King’s College London with a BA in in Spanish and Portuguese.
Yolanda Merino is the Finance and Programmes Support Officer at Teach A Man To Fish. She joined the team in February 2018 as the Junior Finance Officer intern inside a European Social Fund mobility programme. In November 2018 she took over the role as Finance and Programmes Support Officer to maintain and improve the financial processes as well as offer support to the on-going projects of Teach A Man To Fish.
Yolanda's educational background is in finance having completed an Administration and Business Management degree from The University of the Basque Country in 2017. During her degree, she worked as a Finance Assistant in multinational inspection, product testing, and certification company and as a Bank Teller.
Christine Moser is the MEL and Consultancy Services Manager at Teach A Man To Fish. She joined the charity in June 2012 as Tourism Officer at the La Bastilla Technical Agricultural High School in Nicaragua, and continued as Honduras Coordinator in September 2013, based in the Dr. Stephen Youngberg Technical Vocational School. She has been supporting the school to set up two new businesses, as well as with the optimisation of the four existing enterprises, and is helping to introduce a Monitoring & Evaluation system. Starting in March 2014, she has also taken over the role of Enterprising Schools Network Coordinator in Central America.
As part of the network coordination she is working with the Central America team to roll out the School Enterprise Challenge and is developing a strategy for the network to connect schools that are setting up school businesses, or are on their way to financial self-sufficiency, in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala.
Christine attended a Higher Vocational School for Tourism & Catering in Austria and spent 5 years working in tourism and transport administration in a variety of European countries, working in all aspects of the running of small and medium enterprises, before getting her BA in Hispanic Studies & Sociology from the University of Aberdeen and spending a semester abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Susie joined Teach A Man To Fish as our Communications and Marketing Officer in November 2018.
Passionate about education, Susie joins us after eighteen months as the Partnerships and Communications Associate at United World Schools, an NGO that specialises in primary education in South Asia. With a background in communications, Susie oversaw a brand revamp at UWS, revitalising their social media, digital strategy, and supporting the creation of their website.
She has previously held roles as a Schools Outreach Officer at the cultural education charity Shakespeare’s Schools Foundation, and as a Publicity Assistant at the Arts PR agency FLINT.
Susie was heavily involved in the University of Cambridge’s access opportunities, where she graduated in 2016 with a BA in English from St Catharine’s College. During her time as a student Susie also relaunched Student Minds Cambridge at her college, and volunteered for the charity Student Hubs.
Josu Álvarez joined Teach a Man to Fish in November 2018 as a Programme Intern, providing Communications and Marketing support to the team. He is currently focused on helping develop the School Enterprise Challenge.
Before joining Teach a Man to Fish, Josu studied at the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain). There he finished his Humanities studies, specialising both in Philosophy and History. Josu then decided to explore new possibilities by studying an innovative master’s degree in Entrepreneurship, where he had the chance to understand the business world from inside.
He gained experience in the sector by working in an innovation centre in Bilbao for half a year, where he developed valuable skills for his current work in Teach a Man to Fish!
Alexander Dowden-Yates joined Teach A Man to Fish in September 2018 as a Finance Apprentice to study towards an AAT qualification in accounting.
Before joining Teach A Man to Fish Alexander studied for A level qualifications in Business studies and Public services, while also being a longstanding member of his local Police Cadet unit, in which he became a section leader and assisted the police at numerous events over the 3 years he was a member.
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