Team

The UWC Short Course was founded by alumni of Waterford Kamhlaba United World College of Southern Africa who wanted to extend their unique experience to other promising young people. Today, it is organized by UWC alumni and enthusiasts from around the world, including several participants of previous editions.

Team Members

Ema Vergles Coordinator

Ema graduated from UWC Atlantic College in 2008. Originally from Croatia, she has lived in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America. She has a passion for economic development, and did a BA in Economics and International Development and MA in International Public Management. Ema has worked on development projects in Namibia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, and Indonesia. She currently works in banking supervision at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

Thandolwethu Shakes Dlamini Coordinator

Shakes graduated from Waterford Kamhlaba UWC in 2014, and was a facilitator for the 2017-2018 short course in eSwatini. He is currently pursuing his bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University. Shakes is passionate about energy, the environment, and youth development.

Siyabonga Dlamini Coordinator

Siya is from Manzini, eSwatini. He studied Community Development, and currently works for a non-profit organisation that provides Sexual & Reproductive Health Services to young people. Siya was a participant of Together for Development in 2011-2012, and a coordinator for the 2017-2018 course. He is passionate about youth development, loves playing pool and traveling.

Olga Gormalova Programme Coordinator

Olga is originally from Latvia and graduated from Mahindra United World College in 2002. She holds MSc. in Development Studies from School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. She has been living and working in Ghana for the past 5 years, and is in charge of sustainability for a international cocoa trading company. She loves traveling, learning new languages, and kitesurfing.

Diane Keyes Programme Coordinator

Diane has facilitated both UWC Pearson and UWC-USA’s short courses. She was also Program Coordinator for Changemaker Residency, a month-long program which supports the development of aspiring change makers. She is currently finishing her degree in Cultural Anthropology & African Studies at the University of British Columbia. Diane loves asking questions, listening to stories, and facilitating spaces where people can feel safe to be themselves.

Clément Moliner-Roy Participant Coordinator

Clément Moliner-Roy is originally from Québec, Canada. He attended UWC Atlantic College, and is a self-declared citizen of the world. He spent two summers in Japan supporting HELIO, the pilot project of the new era of Japanese higher education, then returned to Canada to launch Changemaker Residency, a month-long program to empower young change makers.  He has countless tricks up his sleeve…he is a circus performer, dancer, cyclist, outdoor adventurer, acro yogi, and more!

Joy Dekker Participant Coordinator

Joy is from the Netherlands, where she studied Anthropology and Psychology with a focus on African and Gender studies at University College Utrecht. Joy currently works in informal education for various NGOs. As a Waterford alumni ’14 she is very active with the Dutch National Committee and helped organize the UWC short courses in Tanzania and Germany. Joy is obsessed with dogs, loves traveling and cannot wait to get back to eSwatini! 

Nayantara Mukherji Communications Coordinator

Nayantara is from India, and graduated from the Mahindra UWC in 2002. She works in marketing in New York, and helped coordinate the 2018-2018 edition of Together for Development. Nayantara is passionate about education, and previously worked as a high school teacher, college advisor, and mentor. She loves traveling, radio, and playing boardgames.

Margherita Tommasini Logistics Coordinator

Margherita graduated from UWC Mostar in 2014 and then attended College of the Atlantic, in Maine, USA. Her studies have centered around human ecology, sustainability, and climate politics. Margherita is excited about community building and has worked as resident advisor and outdoor leader, bringing people together over shared meals and bonfire songs. Ice-cream, soccer, and sing-alongs are some of her favorite things! 

Neliso Mazibuko Logistics Coordinator

Neliso is a law student at the University of eSwatini. He was a participant in the 2017-2018 edition of Together for Development, and is excited to share the experience with others. He is the co-founder of eSwatini Youth Information, an organisation that empowers young people through skills and information training, and has worked with  community organisations, including FLAS, the Municipal council of Mbabane, YALF and HOOP. He enjoys dancing, food, traveling, and youth involvement.

Juliana Bitarabeho Fundraising

Juliana is originally from Uganda but grew up in eSwatini. She graduated from Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA in 2008 and then completed a BA in International Economics and Finance. She has been working in the nonprofit world ever since and is passionate about healthcare, youth development, education and advocacy in Africa. Juliana is a former Rotaract President & member of the UWC Uganda National Committee. She currently works for a medical school startup, and is based in Kampala.