Team

Dinie Nijssen

Dinie Nijssen

Director Jacana Foundation

Hello, I am Dinie Nijssen, My responsibilities are the day to day management of Jacana Business Empowerment in Zambia. I train and coach enthusiastic small entrepreneurs in Zambia who want to expand their business. My strength is to motivate people and bring out the best in them. I worked in the Netherlands as a director of my own company and after that I was a consultant for teachers and school managers, whom I trained and coached. During the last seven years I worked in African development countries, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. I have learned that listening to people is very important. Letting go of the Western way of “thinking, dealing and judging” is and remains a challenge. Email: dinie.nijssen[at]jacana.help

Pious M. Nyirongo

Pious M. Nyirongo

Field officer Zambia

Hello, my name is Pious M. Nyirongo. I have a diploma in Human Resource Management. I worked for the mines as assistant human resource manager in 2011, later as guest house manager and HR manager for GCMF. In my free time I am a senior Pastor in Lusaka. Currently I am working for Jacana Business Empowerment as a field officer.

Reuben Churu

Reuben Churu

Security and general worker

Reuben is an experienced mason and a fast learner. He was born and raised in Chipata.
Reuben participated in the drilling training done in March 2017. He performed well in this training. He also participated in the sanitation training conducted by UNICEF.

Patrick Maunda

Patrick Maunda

Security and general worker

Patrick is a reliable person and an all-rounder. He was born and raised in Chipata.
Patrick is good in gardening and maintains the office garden very well.

Thressa Shumba

Thressa Shumba

Office attendant Zambia

I am Thressa Shumba, I was born in the family of Mr. Shumba in Chipata. I am 18 years. I take care of my sisters and brothers at home. I stopped my school in grade 11 at Hill Sand Girls secondary school in Chipata. It’s my hope that one day I will finish my school, but now I am working at jacana to save money for that.

Laura Kurth

Laura Kurth

Chairperson The Netherlands

My name is Laura Kurth, I am the secretary of the Jacana foundation. Currently I am executing a PhD research at the University Maastricht. In my free time I sew cloths, cook Italian dinners, sweat at the gym and enjoy political discussions. During my studies of international and sustainable development I learned to think strategically about initiatives for development cooperation and their effects. In my board function of secretary at JACANA I apply this knowledge in order to empower African entrepreneurs to find sustainable business opportunities. As a Chinese proverb says: “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

John Vaessens

John Vaessens

Treasurer The Netherlands

I’m John Vaessens, In my board function of treasurer at Jacana Business Empowerment I want to apply my knowledge on reporting and auditing to inform partners in our projects on the results of these projects. At the moment I’m employed at Mediq Pharmacies as a financial controller. In the past I was employed with EY in the auditing department.

René van Dongen

René van Dongen

Board member The Netherlands

I’m René van Dongen, a software consultant specialized in database management.

Rik Haanen

Rik Haanen

Secretary Board The Netherlands & Zambia; Volunteer Zambia

My name is Rik Haanen, I am the chairman of the Jacana foundation. In the eight years before I travelled to Africa, I owned a company and managed the team in the Netherlands. I have learned to listen to experts and know how to make plans, and I’ve got the flexibility required to execute them. During the last seven years, I have worked in African development countries, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia on different projects. I am grateful for all the chances that’ve been given to me and all the inspiring people that I met. I enjoy the fact that people can grow above their own expectations when they are encouraged to follow their heart and experience the value of making mistakes and learning from them. Email: rik.haanen [at] jacana.help

Mr. Benedicto M. Phiri

Mr. Benedicto M. Phiri

Chairman Zambia

Benedicto is a renowned and seasoned life coach and a Youth motivator who has more than 20 years of experience in working with young people with projects related with livelihood, health and education and integrated water resource management. He stated his work career as a United Nation Volunteer in rural Malawi and has worked with both national and international NGOs in Zambia in different capacities of programming and project life cycle. Benedicto has a Diploma in Farming for Profit from UK, bachelors in Business Administration from USA, Master in Human rights from India.

Mr. Anderson Zulu

Mr. Anderson Zulu

Treasurer Zambia

Mr. Zulu has a chartered Institute of Bankers Qualification in banking and at the moment is a Branch Manager at Finance Bank Zambia Plc in Chipata. He has more 35 years’ experience in banking and having worked before for Barclays bank Zambia Plc and Cavmont banks prior to joining Finance bank. He is therefore experienced in finances and is Jacana’s Treasurer.

Ms. Josephine Matibini

Ms. Josephine Matibini

Board member Zambia

Ms.Josephine Matibini is soil scientist at Msekera Research Station. She studied chemistry at University of Zambia. She has worked from 1998 in Chipata and she knows the town very well.

Ms. Elizabeth Chipeta

Ms. Elizabeth Chipeta

Board member Zambia

Ms. Chipeta is a lawyer and studied at Cavendish University where she graduated in 2013. She worked for a firm in Lusaka and Chipata. In 2015 she decided to start for herself in Chipata as director for Temitope Real Estate”.

Mr. Brian Kalindi

Mr. Brian Kalindi

Board member Zambia

Mr. Brian Kalindi is a Water Engineer by profession. Graduated from Natural Resources Development College. Currently working for the Department of Water Resources Development (DWRD) as an Assistant Water Engineer (Engineering Assistant). His duties:

  1. Undertakes timely inspection of project sites in order to monitor compliance to regulation.
  2. Coordinates timely maintenance and rehabilitation of surface water infrastructure projects in order to enhance and sustain their operability.
  3. Undertakes effectively monitoring and evaluation of surface water infrastructure projects and programmes in order to facilitate decision making and identification of interventions.