SADC: GL welcomes new ED and two new board members

SADC: GL welcomes new ED and two new board members

Date: January 15, 2021
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Johannesburg, 14 January: The Gender Links (GL) Board is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Kubi Rama (South Africa) and two board members, Marie Annick Savripenne (Mauritius) and Celine Marie Yolande (Madagascar) effective 1 January 2021.

Rama served as Deputy CEO and brings more than 25 years of experience to the position. The incoming Board members, Yolande, is the President of Federation Pour la Promotin Feminine et Enfantine (FPPE) in Madagascar, while Savripene is a renowned journalist and editor in Mauritius.

“I would like to thank the Gender Links Association, Board and particularly Colleen Lowe Morna, outgoing Chief Executive Officer (CEO), for their confidence and trust. This appointment means a lot to me and I will do my very best to uphold GL’s values and high standards. The succession has been seamless underpinned by mutual respect and a commitment to ensure that GL goes from strength to strength to achieve an inclusive, equal and just society in SADC,” said Rama.

Rama takes over from GL founder and CEO, Colleen Lowe Morna, who is now Special Advisor to the Board responsible for the Sustainability Hub. This hub is GL’s income generating arm which brings together its intellectual and physical properties to help sustain GL for the future.

“Kubi and I have worked together for over 15 years in various roles at GL. Over the last year, in her capacity as Deputy CEO, she understudied all the key executive functions of the organisation, in readiness for her new role. She brings a wealth of experience, passion and commitment to the job. She will bring fresh energy and innovation during this critical period in the life of all Women’s Rights Organisations,” said Lowe Morna.

“I thank the GL Board for its vision in opting for a succession model that assigns the founder some key long term tasks as she exits to ensure stability and sustainability. I look forward to the new challenge of developing an anchor for GL as we build up to our twentieth anniversary,” she added.

Emily Brown, Chairperson of the Board noted that, “planning for the future is a necessity in any organisation and GL has done so quite progressively. The succession received the time, consultation and study required to ensure a gradual handover in the leadership of the organisation. This ensured the desired mentoring, training and grooming of staff remains a priority so that service-delivery would never be compromised and that the team would feel valued and trusted.”

Kubeshni Govender, Chairperson of the Association added: “GL has proven itself in purpose, action and sustainability. Over these two decades we have seen challenges and victories. Regardless of the circumstances, GL has always moved forward. Our leadership transition is a mark of renewal during the most difficult of times.  We are deeply grateful to our founder Colleen Lowe Morna who has guided a remarkable path and keenly look to the steady, grounded leadership of Kubi Rama as our journey continues.”

Pat Made , Loga Virahsawmy and Thoko Mpumlwana have retired from the Board after serving three terms. Made and Mpumlwana will join the GL Association.

For more information contact Tarisai Nyamweda, Communications for Social Change Manager  on or call  +27 76291 9227 /+27 11 029 0006

15 thoughts on “SADC: GL welcomes new ED and two new board members”

N. Masipa says:

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Kubi Rama for a new post as ED I have all the confidence that she will take GL forward with the support of the board of course. We have been part of GL from long and we know the partnership will still go on with her leadership.

Odenda Lumumba says:

Colleen, kudos for transition accomplishment. It is a good show of leadership given the current political chaotic scenarios of leaders short-circuiting democratic processes of transition. Together we move on and look forward to a time beyond COVID limitations when we shall convene as the cohort that made it.
Odenda Lumumba

Maina-Kenya says:

Congratulations to the new appointee. Its such a wonderful history of achievements and good track record in organizational management. On behalf of the Kenya Basic Support Foundation, and on my own behalf, I wish to pay tribute to the outgoing incumbent CEO Colleen Mona and incoming CEO and all her team. Gender Links has set the pace in South Africa and in the SADC block on matters related to gender. The tremendous effort, commitment, passion and zeal of the founder and outgoing CEO Colleen Mona is self evident. Again personally, I wish thank the team for coherent in planning the smooth transition which will go a long way in ensuring continuity and uninterrupted operations of GL -SA. I feel proud to be associated with GL through the NLTF and I have obtained new lessons particularly on Social Enterprise Hub as a model for sustainability an idea that I will replicate in the case of my organization. I will make plan to come and visit as a case study. Last but not the least, I wish the entire Leadership, management and GL fraternity all the best in their endeavour.

Prof.K Muvangua says:

Compliments for the new year to all new and old members of GL, SADC Communities and the Globe at large. I m happy that genderlinks is feeling in the most important post with a very important people that will bring about change and contribute to a positive impact to the organisation and SADC Region at large.

You are all welcome!!!

Amina says:

WE wish them a good job and good lick for the new tasks they are going to take it on.

Wornderfull to have the new members

Am an GL Members in Mozambique


Virgilio Benesse Benesse says:

Welcome Ms. kubi Rama I’m representative of Paralegal’s network in Niassa provinve. The name of our CSO is REPADES-JAC, and the gender links is our priority on our strategic plan (2021-2030). Ms. Rubi Rama, you have to have an agenda to visit our province and our CSO (REPADES-JAC). Our contact in Mozambique: +258-844-288-850 or +258-871-722-844. I’m Bord of Director of REPADES-JAC, the Civil Society Organization (CSO).

Thank you for update, awesome

Joseph Kayira says:

Congratulations Kubi.

Sara Hlupekile Longwe says:

Warm welcome to the new Board of Directors for Madagascar🇲🇬 and Mauritius 🇲🇺 in my personal capacity. Also congrats Kubi Rama for your new position as the new COE of Gender Links that you have been party to its building-up for 15 years. Aluta continua!🙋♀️ Finally, a million thanks to Colleen Lowe-Morna, my comrade-in-gender-battle, the outgoing long standing CEO for Gender Links and for initiating this formidable institutions and for your unwavering passion to building it up into this unstoppable gender-train changing the SADC region into realising gender justice for ALL its habitants‼️👏🎉 🙋♀️
Sara Hlupekile Longwe
Zambia Board Member

Veronica Sapalo says:

Happy new year

thank you for information and congratulatios for the new position of the board of Gender Links Kuby and other collegues.

regards and all the best new team in Gender links

Ntholeng Molefi - Lesotho says:

Congratulations are in order Kubi Rama. I wish you God’s best in your new assignment as ED, same goes to two new board members. Keep up the good work you have been doing and maintain that strong personality you have because the world needs you. Thank you Collen Lowe Morna for your outstanding transformative leadership and passing of the baton. Great leaders do that. Kumi Rama, take that baton, hold it, and run extra mile. You are in my prayers. Compliments of the new year to everyone.

Athanas Chidzurira says:

You are a shining example of good corporate governance. You have demonstrated succesion planning. Kudos to you

Lucy Mkandhla says:

Noted thank you. congrats to the appointees! we look forward to a fruitful working relationship with them.

Clemence James says:

Congratulations and welcome

Proscardness mwiinga says:

Congratulations to KUbi Rama

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