Mr Riundja Ali-Kaakunga – Board Chairperson

Mr Riundja Ali-Kaakunga – Board Chairperson

Director and Chairperson of the Board Legal and Technical Committee (TLC) as well as a member of the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (HRRC) Riundja Ali Kaakunga (Othy) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) the ISO member body for Namibia and served on the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) Boards of Directors from 2005-2008 and am currently the Chairperson of the SADC Accreditation Service (SADCAS) Board of Directors and member of the Board of Directors of the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA). A former civil servant, strategic leader, academician and diplomat of over thirty years standing and with over 10 (ten) years of experience with technical and practical knowledge of the legislation governing the national quality infrastructure development in Namibia. He spearheaded the development of the Competition Act, 2003; the Accreditation Board of Namibia Act, 2005; the Standards Act, 2005, the Metrology Amendment Act, 2005 and the Estate Agents Act, 1976 (Act No.112 of 1976) review and replacement with a new Estate Agency Control legislation, new Regulations and a new Code of Professional Conduct for Estate Agents. Served as Deputy Director: Internal Trade responsible for Namibia’s Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology (SQAM) programme between November 1996 to August 2007 during which time he played the leading role in the development of the Namibian National Quality Infrastructure (NQI), the National Quality Policy (NQP) and SADC SQAM programme especially in the standardization and accreditation fields at the regional level. Othy completed his LL.M in International Economic Law (With Distinction), University of Warwick, UK.

Dr Martha Uumati - Deputy Chairperson

Dr Martha Uumati - Deputy Chairperson

Mr Fritz Charles Jacobs - Board Member

Mr Fritz Charles Jacobs - Board Member

PrEng MIEEE FCIS(SA &UK) FCIBM(SA) Director and member of the Board Finance, Risk Management and Audit Committee (FRAC) Mr Jacobs is a Registered Professional Engineer, Chartered Secretary/Business Administrator and fellow/member of various professional bodies and societies. He holds an MScEng and BScEng from the University of Cape Town and FCIS in Business Administration, Accounting and Finance from ICSA(SA&UK). He has extensive experience in governance, directorship, corporate strategy, engineering and business administration/leadership.

Ms Lovisa Indongo-Namandje – Board Member

Ms Lovisa Indongo-Namandje – Board Member

Director and Chairperson of the Board Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (HRRC) Lovisa Indongo Namandje is a Manager Inspection and AML at the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority. As a lawyer by profession she rendered professional advice and assistance to the Prosecutor General. Produced prosecutorial decisions. Drafted pleadings, prepared and conducted prosecutions in criminal trials, argued criminal appeals and reviews in the High Court. Conducted research, assisted the police in crime investigations. Represented the office of the Prosecutor General at the International Association of Prosecutors AGM. She also served as an commissioner and Secretary to the Commission of Inquiry into the activities, affairs, management and operations of the former Amalgamated Commercial Holding (PTY) (Ltd) and the former Development Brigade Corporation. She was a Lecturer in Criminology and Crime prevention at the University of Namibia’s Faculty of Law. Author of the Peace Officers Training Manual (2006) and Study Guide Criminal Law 2B (2008). And contributed in The Independence of the Judiciary in Namibia (2008) and Commentary on the Criminal Procedure Act 2004 (2009) Lovisa matriculated at Oshigambo High School with exemption and completed her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at the University of Namibia.

Ms Seno Namwandi – Board Member

Ms Seno Namwandi – Board Member

Mr Ignatius Thudinjane – Board Member

Mr Ignatius Thudinjane – Board Member

Ms Chaze Nalisa – Board Member

Ms Chaze Nalisa – Board Member

Mr Tileinge Sacharias Andima - Chief Executive Officer

Director and member of the Board Legal and Technical Committee (TLC) as well as the Finance, Risk Management and Audit Committee (FRAC) .As a Chief Executive Officer of the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) and Registrar of Businesses and Intellectual Property Rights, he also initiated the automation of business and trademarks registration system. Tileinge represented Namibia at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) General Assemblies since 2001 to 2012 and actively participated in the discussions of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee (IGC), WIPO Development Agenda, and Patent Cooperation Treaty & also represented Namibia at various international conferences and meetings in the area of Intellectual Property Rights, Trade Negotiations, at the World Trade Organization (WTO), Southern African Custom Union (SACU) – US, EU Trade Negations and the African Caribbean Pacific and EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations. He has basic expertise on International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV). The Convention provides a sui generis form of intellectual property protection, which was specifically adapted for the process of plant breeding and developed with the aim of encouraging breeders to develop new varieties of plants. Other areas of his expertise include negotiations on issues of Biotechnology and those of Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) mechanism on Genetic Resources and Traditional Knowledge. He served on the Agronomic Board as advisor and representative of the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Currently serving on the Public Accountants’ and Auditors Board and NSI. He completed his Masters in Dissertation and his thesis entitled Introduction to Information Communication Technology in the Namibian Educational System at the University of Twente, in the Netherlands, Faculty of Educational Science and Technology, Educational and Training Systems Design 1997 -1998.