Cheryl Frank is Head of the Transnational Threats and International Crime Division. She is the former Director of the Pretoria Office of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). She has also held the positions of Executive Director at child rights organisation RAPCAN, Director of the Criminal Justice Initiative at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, Research and Programmes Director at APCOF, Senior Research Consultant at the ISS and Researcher at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cape Town. She began her career as a social worker with the National Institute for Crime and the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Nicro). She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Social Work) degree from the University of Natal, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town.
Allan Ngari joined the ISS in 2014. He is a Senior Researcher in the Transnational Threats and International Crime programme in Pretoria. Allan oversees ISS engagement on international criminal justice and works on counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. Before joining the ISS, Allan was project leader for the Kenya and International Justice Desk at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in Cape Town. He also worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Allan has a Masters degree in international criminal law (cum laude) from Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Cathi Egan joined the ISS in April 2008 as the Programme Accountant in the Pretoria Office. A diploma in Credit Management formed the basis of a career in accounting. Having worked in various aspects of finance for most of her working career, a move into the NGO enviroment in 2002 as Financial Officer for a church mission expanded her knowledge of proposal writing and grant accounting and reporting.
Mr Martin A. Ewi joined the ISS in July 2010, as a Senior Researcher, International Crime in Africa Programme (ICAP), Pretoria Office. He previously served as a Political Affairs Officer at the headquarters of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) based in The Hague, the Netherlands from 2005 to 2010. Before joining the OPCW, Mr Ewi was in charge of the African Union Commission’s counter-terrorism programme in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was concurrently in charge of security strategic issues from 2002 to 2005.Mr Ewi holds a MA degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, at Southbend, Indiana, United States of America. He also holds a BA (with Distinction) in Peace Studies and International Politics from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, United States of America. His research focus is in the area of counterterrorism and the competences of regional organisations in Africa on strategic security issues.
Ottilia Anna Maunganidze is a senior researcher in the office of the Managing Director. She explores new areas of work for the ISS with a focus on emerging threats, and helps to inform institutional strategy. Ottilia also undertakes research and provides technical assistance support to the Transnational Threats and International Crime (TTIC) division at the ISS where she worked from 2009 until early 2014. Her areas of interest are international criminal justice, international human rights law, and criminal justice responses to complex crimes and transnational threats. Before joining the ISS, Ottilia was a junior legal advisor and human rights education officer. She has a Master of Laws (LLM) in Fundamental Rights Litigation and International Human Rights Law from the University of South Africa (UNISA), and a post-graduate Diploma in International Studies (Peace and Conflict in Africa) with specialisations in the sociology of gender, development, African international relations and peacekeeping from Rhodes University, South Africa.
Penny Mandula joined the ISS in February 2014. She is currently Programme Administrator in the Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis division in Pretoria. When she first joined the ISS, she was Events Coordinator for the Transnational Threats and International Crime division. She is completing her Bachelor of Law degree with the University of South Africa, majoring in international human rights.
Willem Els joined the ISS in May 2013 and is a senior training coordinator in the Transnational Threats and International crime division in Pretoria. Before joining the ISS he was the Commander of the Pretoria Explosives Unit of the South African Police Service (SAPS). Willem’s fields of interest are explosives, bomb disposal, first responder, crime scene management, counter-terrorism, training, and mentorship. He joined the SAPS in 1984 and served in various units including the Guard Unit, Anti Hijack Unit, Crime Intelligence Service and Explosives Unit, where he was responsible for the development and delivery of various bomb disposal courses for the Explosives Unit, K9 unit, VIP unit, and Special Task Force. Willem has completed various bomb disposal and investigation courses in South Africa and abroad.