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Dr Greg Munro

Secretary-General

 

Dr Greg Munro became Secretary-General of CLGF on 1 August 2016. His role is to lead the organisation in meeting the challenges of localising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, delivering a comprehensive programme for CLGF’s members in promoting local democracy and decentralisation and tackling key issues for local government internationally, working with the Commonwealth Secretariat and other partners. Dr Munro has wide international and local government experience: he was previously Associate Director at the International HIV AIDS Alliance and has extensive knowledge of working internationally on developmental issues, including interaction with governments and donors at senior level. He had previously worked with UNAIDS, the World Bank, and as local government official at executive level in in Cape Town and Durban.


Lucy Slack

Deputy Secretary-General

 

Lucy is the Deputy Secretary General of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum, having worked for the organisation since 1999. She is responsible for policy, which contributes to the strategic direction of the organisation, and takes a leading role in the development and management of CLGF’s capacity building projects. Her specific areas of expertise are decentralisation, intergovernmental frameworks, local economic development, local government finance and inclusive local government. She is responsible for managing the work of CLGF’s programme and relationship-building and advocacy work with members and partners across the Commonwealth. She directs the work of CLGF’s regional offices in Fiji, South Africa, Ghana, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago. She has also been pivotal in the design and management of CLGF’s biennial Commonwealth Local Government conferences.
 
Before CLGF, Lucy worked for the Local Government International Bureau (the international section of the Local Government Association for England and Wales) where she was responsible for the day-to-day management of a UK, government-funded programme of support to local authorities in Central and Eastern Europe. She also worked for a number of years in the planning and economic development department of a local authority, before which she was living and working overseas. She has a BA in German and Politics from the University of Bradford.

 


Noor Akbar

 

Project Officer (Pakistan)

 

Noor is a member of the CLGF Programmes Team and working on the project: Strengthening the Associations of Local Governments and their Members for Enhanced Governance and Effective Development Outcomes in Pakistan, coordinating with the project team, partners and donor. Noor has spent the last decade advocating (through voluntary and non-voluntary roles) for the inclusion of the voices of young people and women in the social and political development of their societies.


Prior to joining CLGF Noor worked as a Programme & Campaign Officer with the Centre for Peaceful Solutions in the Violence against women and Honour killing Project and, before that worked as Research Associate at King’s College London in the project “Tolerance in Muslim Society: The Theory beyond west”. Noor has Master degrees in Human Rights, Political Science and BA in Mass Communications.

 

 

 

Susan Handley

Communications Manager

 

Susan is responsible for CLGF’s communications: corporate branding, website, social media and publications. She specialises in communications and media linked to local government and international policy development. Her years of experience in the public sector include working for UK local authorities (London borough of Southwark and Central Bedfordshire); the Local Government Association for England and Wales; and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. 

 

For for ten years, she advised councils on international partnerships and strategies; representing the LGA on several national, European and international working groups. She researched, wrote and edited several publications, including a handbook on international links; designed and managed capacity-building projects in various countries after securing external funding; and presented at events/delivering bespoke training on local government partnerships. She was an internal communications adviser at the FCO and has a BA in German and Business Studies.


Sam Tekyi-Berto

Director of Finance

 

Sam joined CLGF in 2001. He is responsible for managing the organisation's finances and budgeting.


Dzifa Tay

HR and Finance Manager/ Membership

 

Dzifa joined CLGF in 1995 and is responsible for the organisation's HR and membership engagement and is deputy finance manager.


Executive Assistant 

To be confirmed.

 


Claire Frost

Programme Manager

 

Claire is a core member of the CLGF Programmes Team developing funding proposals, interfacing with donors and partners and supporting CLGF projects at the regional and country level including design, development and delivery with an emphasis on monitoring and evaluation. She currently coordinates CLGF’s DFID funded programme Reducing poverty through local economic development (LED) in the Commonwealth working in Southern Africa, West Africa and South Asia at the regional, country and local level; and the EU funded project Empowering Local Authorities in partner countries for enhanced governance and more effective development outcomes working in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific on localising the SDGs; and CLGF EU funded project Strengthening the Associations of Local Governments and their Members for Enhanced Governance and Effective Development Outcomes in Pakistan. She is also a member of the team managing the Commonwealth Women in Local Government Network (ComWLG) working to support work in local politics and decision making, as well as supporting CLGF’s Strategic Partnership with the European Union, Cities Alliance and PLATFORMA among other partners. She has been CLGF's technical representative on the EU Policy Forum for Development (PFD) since 2017.

 

Prior to joining CLGF she worked as a Programme Officer with United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in Barcelona on the GOLD project (Global Observatory of Local Democracy and Decentralisation) and during her time with the team produced multi-region reports on local government finance and local government service provision. She has a Masters degree in urban planning and a BA in communications.

 


 

 

Research Officer

To be confirmed.


Chaminda Kevitiyagala

Finance Officer

 

Chaminda oversees the accounting and book-keeping at CLGF, including supporting the registration and payment for the CLGF conferences and events. 


Chaminda has extensive practical experience, as well as academic and professional qualifications in the UK and Sri Lanka. Chaminda is currently pursuing the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants ACCA course, building on his accounting experience in Sri Lanka and the UK. Chaminda has worked for Friends of The Elderly, Regis Mutual Management as well as the Heritage Group before joining CLGF.

 


CLGF Pacific

 

 

Karibaiti Taoaba

Regional Director

 

Karibaiti first joined CLGF in November 2006 as a Senior Project Officer based at the Pacific office in Suva, Fiji. She became Regional Director in 2009 and has overall responsibility for CLGF Pacific in achieving its strategic vision and outcomes including planning, resourcing and staffing.


Before joining CLGF, Karibaiti worked for the Government of Kiribati for 18 years at middle and senior positions. She served as Permanent Secretary for three ministries in Kiribati which included the President's Office (1996-1998), the Ministry of Environment and Social Development (1998 - 2003) and the Ministry of Internal and Social Development (2003 - 2006). As Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs, Karibaiti had oversight for the overall implementation of policies and administration in local government, support services to 22 island councils and 3 urban councils, decentralisation and rural development for all island councils in Kiribati. Karibaiti was in charge of the Electoral Commission and the national and local government elections in Kiribati from 2003 to 2006.

 

Karibaiti holds a BA in Administration and Politics from the University of the South Pacific and an MSc (Human Resource Development) from Victoria University, Manchester, UK. 


 

 

Terry Parker

Regional Advisor

 

Terry Parker is currently CLGF Regional Adviser and works on new and special projects, as well as provides advisory assistance to CLGF activities in the regions. He started with CLGF in 2004 as Regional Manager for the CLGF Pacific Programme, then Regional Adviser to the Southern Africa Programme. Before joining CLGF, Terry was a local government Chief Executive Officer in his home country, Australia. He was also the first Director of Urban Government, and later Chief Executive Officer of Manzini Municipal Council, both in Swaziland (now e-Swatini).

 

He has also worked with the United Nations as manager of the regional Alliance of Mayors Initiative for Community Action on AIDS at the Local Level (AMICAALL) programme based in Namibia. Terry holds a Bachelor of Business (Local Government) degree from Charles Sturt University, Australia.

 


CLGF Southern Africa

 

 

Nyasha Simbanegavi

Regional Programme Manager

 

Nyasha is responsible for leading the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and reporting of the Southern Africa Regional programme which seeks to support CLGF members to localise the Sustainable Development Goals. Nyasha coordinates and supports country projects in the region as well as facilitating regional peer-to-peer learning.  Before being promoted to Regional Programme Manager, Nyasha worked as a Governance Officer and Project Coordinator for CLGF projects in Zimbabwe and South Africa respectively. Prior to joining CLGF, Nyasha worked for the Housing People of Zimbabwe, a housing NGO and the Parliament of Zimbabwe.


Nyasha has a Masters in Public Administration: International Development from University of York, Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Management from Nottingham Trent University and a Bachelor of Science Sociology Honours from the University of Zimbabwe.

 


 

 

Rajah Shanmugarajah

Project Manager - Sri Lanka Programme

 

Shan is currently responsible for managing and reporting CLGF’s DFID funded programme - Reducing Poverty through Local Economic Development (LED) in Sri Lanka. He also worked on CLGF’s Commonwealth Secretariat funded programme Strengthening Local Governance for National Development (Sri Lanka). Before joining CLGF in August 2013, Shan worked as Senior Programme Officer at the Sri Lanka Local Government Association (FSLGA) and served as Deputy Project Coordinator at Swisscontact (Swiss Technical Corporation) for nine years. 


Shan holds a Master’s Degree in Development Studies & Public Policies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. Shan also has got a Higher Diploma in International Relations (merit pass) from the Bandaranayake Centre for International Relations, Colombo, Sri Lanka.     
 


CLGF Asia

 

 

Anuya Kuwar

Regional Programme Officer

 

Anuya has been working with CLGF over a decade managing various donor-funded programmes in the South Asia region. A postgraduate in Social Work from the University of Mumbai, Anuya started her career by working with renowned Child Rights organizations in India. 

 


 

 

CLGF Caribbean

 

 

Sandra Singh

Programme Officer

 

Sandra has extensive experience in the Local Government sector with an aggregate of 16 years in managing regional and national Local Government Associations. Sandra pioneered the establishment of the Caribbean Association - CALGA and served as its Senior Technical Officer in the EU funded ARIAL Programme, which was designed to strengthen Local Government Associations in the ACP bloc of countries. Her experience in the Local Government sector includes conceiving, developing, and managing projects aimed at developmental Local Government. 

 

 

 


 

 

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