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Tebogo Ngoma

RME Unit Manager
Research and Monitoring & Evaluation

Tebogo Ngoma is Sonke’s Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit Manager. She provides strategic leadership for Sonke’s research, monitoring, evaluation and learning activities in order to position the organization as a knowledge leader through improved programme and advocacy quality, implementation and sustainability.

Prior to joining Sonke, Tebogo was based in the People’s Republic of China where she pursued her doctoral studies at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Focusing on transnational spatial development initiatives, her research assessed the institutional arrangements and mechanisms necessary for cascading broad regional policy imperatives to achieve equitable and sustainable outcomes at a local level. Living between Shanghai and Wuhan, Tebogo quickly came to appreciate the value of adaptability, initiative and resilience in solving complex problems. Not surprisingly, she describes living in China for four years as an intensely stimulating and nuanced intellectual, emotional and spiritual experience. She has a keen interest in the politics of knowledge and knowledge systems from the Global South. She has published in international academic journals and is a reviewer for the Journal of International Entrepreneurship.

During her undergraduate studies (BA Film and Media Studies) at the University of Cape Town, Tebogo was awarded an exchange scholarship to Smith College in the USA and in 2009 she completed her Masters in Management with distinction from Wits University. In addition to her academic achievements, she has gained management experience in the South African public service and NGO sector. Working at the national Department of Arts and Culture’s Heritage Institutional Development Directorate she acquired policy monitoring, governance and institutional development skills. As a project manager at the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) she had the opportunity to lead and coordinate its first multi-country project in Southern Africa. In her early career as a documentary filmmaker, Tebogo explored contemporary South African identity politics, class, sexual violence and the potential of alternative narrative forms. Between 2005 and 2007 her documentaries were broadcasted by the SABC and screened at the Encounters Film Festival, one of the oldest film festivals in Africa. Tebogo attributes her broad skills set, expertise and continued success to the support of her family, an unwavering desire to create and at least 20 seconds of courage each day.

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