The COI Team

Project Team

Our team working on this initiative has extensive experience in various fields.

Prof Deon Rossouw
Chief Executive Officer (The Ethics Institute)

Strategic Advisor

Deon Rossouw is the current CEO of The Ethics Institute based in South Africa and Extraordinary Professor in Philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch.

Prof Leon van Vuuren
Executive Director (The Ethics Institute)

Project Director

Leon holds the position of Executive Director: Professional and Business Ethics at The Ethics Institute (TEI).

Celia Lourens

Project Manager/Ethics Associate

Celia Lourens serves as Project Manager at The Ethics Institute

Dr Paul Vorster

Research Specialist

Dr. Paul Vorster is Senior Research Specialist at The Ethics Institute

Facilitators / Trainers:

Barbara Mommen

Project Associate/Ethics Associate

Barbara Mommen has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors in various capacities in middle and senior management over the past 30 years. More recently, and prior to joining the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative as COO in 2006, she managed Nelspruit’s Lowveld Chamber of Business, where in a short three-year period succeeded in raising the profile and reach of the organisation to provincial capital city status.
Barbara joined MCLI as COO in 2006 and was appointed CEO of MCLI in 2011. She held that position until the end of February 2019 and succeeded in streamlining the organisation’s management structures and widening the reach and scope of the organisation to include the Kingdom of Eswatini. She initiated the redrafting of the bilateral agreement which had been in place between South Africa and Mozambique since 1996 to include the Kingdom of Eswatini and to ensure that economic and infrastructure improvements critical to the success of the Maputo Development Corridor continue to serve the region in an inclusive partnership of public and private sector.
This is a process which continues under the auspices of the Southern Africa Development Community. She is a trade and transport corridor development specialist with an acuity for regional economic development issues and enabling the critical link between policy and implementation. She has, accordingly, developed extensive experience and expertise in process facilitation and stakeholder engagement and is passionate about collaboration across sectors to see Africa’s economic potential realised. She established Coalescence Consulting in March 2019. Barbara is a certified ethics officer.

Fernanda Fazenda

Project Associate

Fernanda holds a Bachelor’s Commerce in tourism management and honours in business management respectively from the University of South Africa and Instituto Pedagogico de Mozambique. She frequently serves as moderator during conferences and facilitates many high-level discussion and negotiations. Fernanda served as Executive director for ACIS Mozambique, one of largest commercial and service associations. She also acted as country Manager for Mozambique and Angola with a Multichoice Africa Project and in previous engagements worked with Vodacom in a different capacity. She has an extensive international work experience in telecommunications, sales and marketing, business development, commercial and management. Her widespread experience working in different markets such as Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, United States of America and South Africa. Fernanda is currently pursuing her certification as Ethics Officer and works closely with the project team at The Ethics Institute to advance ethics awareness.

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