Our management team

 

Executive Director > Zohra Moosa


Zohra Moosa was Mama Cash’s Director of Programmes since May 2013, and has been Executive Director since July 2017.

Zohra came to Mama Cash from Action Aid (UK), where she was their Women’s Rights Advisor for three and a half years. She led AAUK’s policy and advocacy work on women’s rights through research, policy analysis, programme advice, campaign development, and media and advocacy.

Prior to joining AAUK, Zohra was the Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer at the Fawcett Society in the UK, one of the UK’s oldest and best-known feminist organisations. Zohra has also been a freelance blogger and reporter for the Guardian’s “Comment is Free,” openDemocracy and The F-Word since 2007.

Why do you like working for Mama Cash?
“As a person from the Global North, I like working in an organisation that offers useful contributions worldwide, without acting like it always knows what the best approach is. An organisation that is an ally to the groups she support and follows their leadership , and doesn’t tell them what to do with the backing she provides. This for me is an important way of working.”

What makes Mama Cash stand out?
“Mama Cash is quite radical in her approach: in the language she uses, the issues she supports, the ways she does her work. Mama Cash doesn’t shy away from using terms like ‘feminism’ for example. I find that a very strong characteristic.”

What is the point on the horizon you’re working towards?
“I want a full revolution. So that everybody can live a beautiful life, with joy, and community.” 

Director of Programmes > Happy Mwende Kinyili 

Happy Mwende Kinyili has been working for Mama Cash since 2014, first as Senior Program Officer for the Body Portfolio and since July 2017 as director of the Programmes team.

Happy comes to Mama Cash from UHAI - the East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, an indigenous, activist fund supporting East African LGBTI and sex worker movements. Happy joined UHAI in 2009 and served as the Director of Programmes from 2013. In addition to supporting the activist-led peer grantmaking process each year, Happy led in crafting skills and knowledge strengthening programmes for UHAI as well as guiding co-creation processes with activists in the region to host three of Africa’s then largest conferences bringing together sex workers and LGBTI activists and donors. 

Why do you like working for Mama Cash?
“Because it’s a space where I can work to make my feminist visions real, and work with other feminists to collectively build and give space to strong, resilient, vibrant feminist movements.”

What makes Mama Cash stand out?
“Mama Cash focuses explicitly on creating space for people who normally remain unseen and unheard, and gives support that enables them to get a seat at the table and make their voices heard. The other thing that makes Mama Cash unique is the guiding principle of self-determination: the emphasis on the fact that each person has agency and the right to determine their own future.”

What is the point on the horizon you’re working towards?
“I want to get to the place where feminists from all parts of the world and from all kinds of movements – whether it be environmental rights movements, trade unions or LGBTI rights movements – get together to strategise, celebrate and break bread together, as part of their own paths of liberation and change. I want to be part of nurturing the spaces where these meetings can take place.” 

Director of Finance & Operations > Jappe Kok


Jappe Kok has been working at Mama Cash as director of the Finance & Operations team since April 2017.

Before joining Mama Cash, Jappe worked for 25 years at Hivos, an international organisation focusing on a wide range of human rights issues - from sexual rights and the empowerment of women to sustainable food and renewable energy. As a staff member and later head of the Audit and Control department, he was responsible for Hivos’ subsidy procedures and later worked for the Finance and ICT department.

Why do you like working for Mama Cash?
“Because every day that you come here, you know that you’re going to contribute something to a better world.”

What makes Mama Cash stand out?
“Mama Cash combines a fairly radical political approach and very clear, outspoken ideas about respect for the autonomy of self-led groups with good access to institutional donors. Mama Cash is therefore in a unique position to provide financial support that actually benefits the groups she works with.”

What is the point on the horizon you’re working towards?
“I'm hoping for a world in which my grandson will wonder why his grandpa ever worked for an organisation like Mama Cash. And not because he will have become a nasty macho guy (because of course he won’t), but because by that time equality and self-determination have become completely self-evident.”

Karen Kraan > Director Research, Knowledge and Advocacy


Karen Kraan was Acting Director of Programmes since July 2019, and she has been Director of Research, Knowledge and Advocacy since March 2020. Karen has experience working as a faciltator, fundraiser, manager, and strategist with a wide variety of community groups, (I)NGOs, networks and alliances, (local) government and multilateral organisations around the world. Her thematic experience is in gender justice, human rights, key populations & marginalized groups, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and an increasing focus on environmental justice and climate change. In a voluntary capacity, Karen is the chair of the executive board of PlanetRomeo Foundation, a global LGBTQI small grants funder, and a founding board member of the Giving Circle 'Give A Damn'. 

Why do you like working for Mama Cash?

"Mama Cash is a leading women's fund and provides critical support to advancing the feminist movement and agenda. I choose to work for groups and organisations that strive contribute to big waves of change, and Mama Cash does. I work towards change that can last because it is rooted in self determination, both within Mama Cash and in the groups we support."
 

Sharon Petrie > Interim Director of Partnerships & Communications

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