Our management team

 

Executive Director > Zohra Moosa
(she creates a community of philanthropy)

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 Research, Knowledge & Advocacy > Lara Fergus
(she makes knowledge create change)

Lara Fergus is Mama Cash’s new Director of Research, Knowledge and Advocacy as of March 2018.

Lara comes to Mama Cash from Our Watch – Australia’s national foundation to prevent violence against women and their children – where she was the inaugural Director of Policy and Evaluation. As the first person to hold the role, she helped establish the vision, political voice and strategic direction of the organisation.

Prior to Our Watch, Lara held a range of roles with a focus on using research to advance women’s human rights. She has undertaken research, design and advisory projects for AusAID, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Amnesty International and the UK Department of International Development.

Lara holds a Master in Public and International Law, a Master of Arts (Women’s Studies) and a Doctor of Philosophy.

Why do you like working for Mama Cash?
“I love being part of a group of activists who are passionate, smart, funny, and committed to getting up everyday to make the world a better place. There’s also a humility to Mama Cash’s work, a desire to learn – we don’t assume we have all the answers, and we are led by the voices of those who are most marginalised. I think this combination makes Mama Cash’s people – in the Amsterdam office and around the world – the heart and soul of feminist activism!”

What makes Mama Cash stand out? 
“The fact that Mama Cash is unapologetic in her demands for the rights of women, girls, trans and intersex people. This shouldn’t be so rare, but as civil society organisations struggle to maintain their independence and funding, work towards these rights often gets left behind or ‘compromised away’. The other stand out for me is the global platform that Mama Cash has created – one that enables us to bring together our collective knowledge and experiences in order to carve out new ways of understanding and driving change.”

What is the point on the horizon you’re working towards?
“Equality, justice, freedom – on the understanding that these rights are only real when everyone has them.”

Amanda Gigler > Director of Partnerships & Communications
(she builds relationships)

Amanda Mercedes Gigler has been director of the Partnerships & Communications team since June 2012.

Amanda has been working with feminist women’s funds in Latin America, the US and Europe since 2002. Prior to joining Mama Cash she was the co-founder and Executive Director of the Spanish women’s fund, Calala. There, she led the development of a grantmaking model to support migrant women’s groups and movements in Spain and in Central America. She also previously worked with Semillas in Mexico and the Central American Women’s Fund based in Nicaragua, bringing a feminist perspective to resourcing activism, communications and organisational development.

Why do you like working for Mama Cash?
“I like the creativity and willingness to take up challenges that characterise Mama Cashers. Also, the movements and groups we support inspire me with their radical action, joy and fierce dedication. Feminists everywhere and ingenuity: these are the two things that make me love working for Mama Cash.” 

What makes Mama Cash stand out?
“The principle that money is a tool for feminist social change. Back in the day, the women at Mama Cash were the first people I heard talking about using the power of money to fuel and support feminist visions.
The work that is being done, the relationships that are forged, the sweat that is being shed, the brain power that is being deployed: they are of course the heart of social movements. But it's the money that pays the phone bill, the rent, the buses that take everyone to the protest marches or lobbying meetings. Mama Cash makes this money more readily available.”

What is the point on the horizon you’re working towards?
“The journey is part of the radical change we are creating. We want to dance not only when the revolution takes place, but also on the way there.”

Director of Programmes > Happy Mwende Kinyili 
(she’s on a mission)


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
(he makes sure things run smoothly
)

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.”

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