Dagmar Honsbein - Board Chairperson

Dagmar Honsbein - Board Chairperson

BOARD CHAIRPERSON and a member Board Legal and Technical Committee – TLC as well as the Board Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (HRRC), Dagmar Honsbein is employed as the General Manager, Provision at AGRA Namibia. Mrs Honsbein is currently pursuing her PhD degree in Chemical Engineering and Applied Sciences, Aston University. She has over 15 years experience in research, project management, finance, and policy development and is a member of the National Planning Commission Board (2011 to date), Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) – Chairperson (2011 to date), Karakul (Swakara) Board (2013 – to date), National Energy Council (2009 – 2012) SME Bank Ltd Interim Board (2010 – 2012) and Seconded member to Financial Sector Charter Council (2009 – 2012). She gained high level management experience as General Manager of Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC), Namibia, Director of the Economic Policy Advisory Services, Ministry of Finance, Deputy Director of Development Cooperation Resource Management, National Planning Commission Secretariat, Namibia. She has also worked at the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia- Germany and Austria and handled finances and economic development matters. Mrs Honsbein has Completed IMF course on Financial Programming and Policies, Washington D.C. in the United State of America and has drafted policies in the Ministry of Finance and was the macroeconomic and fiscal policy advisor. She is the author of multiple papers within the fields of forestry, wood processing, bio-energy with particular focus to the Namibian and South African landscape; business strategy and management; know-how and technology transfer.

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Lovisa Indongo-Namandje - Vice Chairperson

Lovisa Indongo-Namandje - Vice Chairperson

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 proffesion 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 Asociation of Prosecutors AGM. She also served as ancommissioner 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.

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Kauna Ndilula - Board Member

Kauna Ndilula - Board Member

Mrs. KaunaNdilula is a Development Finance Specialist with diverse experience covering areas such as enterprise development, business growth strategy development, SME finance, and investment facilitation. She is currently the MD of Business Financial Solutions, overseeing the business advisory portfolio which has successfully consulted for clients such as the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Communication Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) etc. Prior to setting up BFS, she was the National Manager at Bank Windhoek ESME division, and before that Executive Director at the Namibian Development Foundation that supported exporting oriented SME’s, which was funded by the African Development Fund (ADF).She is also Namibia’s Technical Intervention Officer for the Centre for Development Enterprises (CDE) which is an EU–ACP support programme Kauna has influenced, developed and implemented a number of policy initiatives and programs such as the Roads Authority (RA) small contractors support policy,the Roads Contractor Company (RCC) policy on the development of a small contractors market, Development Bank of Namibia’s (DBN) commercial bank outsource model that provided a new input to commercial bank lending in the SME market,the dual financing and mentorship model presently used by the two leading banks in SME finance, Credit for Youth in Business program between Bank Windhoek and National Youth Council etc. She serves on various boards, amongst others; Nam-mic Holdings, ALN, Namdeb Holdings & Corporation and BFS and as Trustee of Kuleni Preservation Fund and NamPro Fund. Kauna holds a Master of Development Finance (Massachusetts) and MBA (Stellenbosch).

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Riundja Ali-Kaakunga - Board Member

Riundja Ali-Kaakunga - Board Member

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 Standardisation, 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 standardisation and accreditation fields at the regional level. Othy completed his LL.M in International Economic Law (With Distinction), University of Warwick, UK.

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Fritz Charles Jacobs - Board Member

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.

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Anna S.Van Zyl - Board Member

Anna S.Van Zyl - Board Member

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Tilenge Sacharias Andima - Board Member

Tilenge Sacharias Andima - Board Member

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.

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