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Who We Are

ZeniZeni works on a partnership model that allows us to retain a lean, core team and bring in the expertise through strategic partners as and when needed.

Our Team

Malango Mughogho

Founder and Managing Director 

Malango Mughogho is the Managing Director of ZeniZeni Sustainable Finance Limited.  She has over 20 years’ experience in banking and development finance, with IFC, the Development Bank of southern Africa, WWF South Africa, ING and Standard Chartered. 

Key successes include raising project preparation funding for the USD4b Lesotho-Botswana Water Transfer project, leading the team that developed the early stages of South Africa’s National Climate Finance Strategy, serving on the Regional Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership’s Southern Africa Coordination Unit (GWPSA RTEC), and co-authoring UNEP’s Global Environment Outlook 6 (GEO 6) for Business brief entitled ‘Changing finance to catalyse transformation: how financial institutions can accelerate the transition to an environmentally sustainable economy’. 

Her current research interests include what constitutes a state of sustainable finance, how transitions in the financial sector occur, and financial sector policy strategies that support better climate and gender outcomes. 

A strong believer in the power of the collective and living a life of purpose, she served for several years on the board of the Alternative Prosperity Foundation, which aims to advance inclusive black leadership in South Africa, particularly among youth and women.  She also co-founded the ‘Endometriosis Coalition of South Africa’, an umbrella organisation of endometriosis focused organisations that is helping advance the diagnosis and treatment of women and girls with this debilitating disease. 

Malango was the 2015 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellow at the African Development Bank, under the presidencies of Dr Donald Kaberuka and Dr Akinwumi Adesina, and holds a BSc (Hons) in Banking and International Finance from City, University of London, and an MSc in Economics and Finance from Warwick University. 

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Dr. Magalie Masamba

Senior Associate

Dr. Magalie  Masamba is a law and policy advisor who is passionate about Africa’s development. Magalie advises on global economic governance, sovereign debt, climate finance, and infrastructure development (resilient infrastructure, infrastructure financing, and public-private partnerships). She has advised governments across Africa, as well as multilateral and regional organisations, NGOs, and private corporations.


Magalie serves as a non-executive director on the board of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin (CORB) Fund, a Senior Fellow at the African Debt Justice Network (AfSDJN) and is an Advocate of the High Court of Zanzibar.

Magalie was previously a Doctoral Researcher at the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human rights (South Africa) and Boston University’s Global Development Policy Center (USA); a Legal Specialist (consultant) in the World Bank’s Tanzania PPP Support Program and an Oxford Policy Fellow advising the Zanzibar Ministry of Finance and Development.

She holds  a Doctor of Law degree from the University of Pretoria focusing on sovereign debt restructuring, human rights, and development in Africa. Magalie also holds a Master’s degree in International Trade and Investment Law from the University of Pretoria (with an exchange semester at the University of Amsterdam), and a Bachelor of Law degree from Walter Sisulu University.

Magalie is an avid speaker, and has received speaking engagements from a number of international organizations, including the European Union Parliament, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development


Nicole brings over 20 years’ experience in problem solving to the role of communications co-ordination and business administration associate at ZeniZeni.


They have worked at South African, US, and UK-based companies including Amazon, Age UK and EMI Music, and, more recently, had the privilege of being a formative team member in the media tech startup space.

Nicole holds a bachelor’s degree in Communication Science from UNISA and a copywriting certificate from the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business.

Nicole Halleen



Ellen Hagerman is a highly experienced Senior Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) expert. She provides strategic guidance and technical assistance, develops tools and initiatives, and has extensive experience in gender impact assessments and strategy development.


She is currently working on a short-term contract for the World Bank's transboundary water program in Africa called Cooperation in International Waters in Africa (CIWA).


Ellen has worked with organisations including UNICEF, USAID, UNDP, and Global Affairs Canada on projects such as conducting qualitative research and designing and delivering training programs on gender equality and social inclusion.


Her expertise spans across various sectors, including climate change, infrastructure, including renewable energy, food security, and health.

Ellen Hagerman

Senior Associate:

Gender and Social Inclusion


Sibusiso Gumede is a skilled data analyst and supply chain management professional with experience in business analysis and logistics planning.


He has worked on various contracts, including with Root Kauz Konsult and Imperial Logistics, where he was involved in data analysis, process improvement, and stakeholder engagement.


Sibusiso has expertise in SAP, data analytics, and proprietary logistics systems. He is currently pursuing further studies in business analytics and Lean Six Sigma certification.

Sibusiso Gumede

Data Analyst

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Louise Brown

Louise has 13 years’ experience working in government, civil society organisations, multilateral development organisations and the private sector on issues spanning climate and sustainable development policy, governance, and finance.


Previous roles include four years coordinating a climate change trust fund at the African Development Bank (AfDB), four years at the World Resources Institute, including a year seconded to the Green Climate Fund Secretariat,  and two years as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow, posted to the Office of the President in Guyana. Louise is a member of the Executive Committee of the AfDB’s Adaptation Benefits Mechanism and on the Advisory Council of the Global Evergreening Alliance’s Evergreening the Earth Campaign. She is currently based in her home country, Namibia.

Louise is the Founding Director of Triple Capital, a business focused on providing interdisciplinary solutions to align societal, ecological and financial returns for a more inclusive and sustainable future. In this role, she supports a broad range of actors including governments, the financial sector, and non-profits in sub-Saharan Africa to develop strategies, enhance public policy, mobilize and deploy funding and strengthen awareness and capacities to advance low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable development. 

Strategic Partner: Climate Finance

Former Associates

Jacqueline Musiitwa

Lead: Clean Economy

Jacqueline Musiitwa was a Senior Associate at ZeniZeni Sustainable Finance and is an international attorney specialized in environmental, social and governance matters.  She previously served in various leadership capacities at Rio Tinto, the Trade and Development Bank (TDB Group), World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and as an attorney running a legal consultancy.  Jacqueline researches China’s compliance with international law as a Research Associate at the China Law Development Project at Oxford University.   

She recently co-authored a report for ZeniZeni Sustainable Finance on strategies to integrate climate change considerations into sovereign debt negotiations, and, building on this work, is developing policy options to address climate and finance, with a particular focus on strategies related to China and Africa.


She was a Young Global Leader 2011 (World Economic Forum), an Archbishop Desmond Tutu fellow 2011 (African Leadership Institute), the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Leadership Fellow, and a 2014 New Voices Fellow (Aspen Institute) and is a Term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  


She serves a member of the United Nations Committee for Development Policy and on the boards of the International Rescue Committee UK and  Jacqueline received a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne.

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Zaid Railoun's role as an Associate at ZeniZeni focused on sustainable infrastructure development and investment. 


Zaid's research experience and interests include urban water security, the financing of resilient infrastructure and promoting investments that positively impact livelihoods in Africa through the development of the continent’s natural resources.  

He currently writes market-oriented pieces that provide critical insights on water security issues in Africa for US-based Bluefield Research, and has published works on Forest Ecology and Management in South Africa in the Water & Sanitation Africa Magazine. His writing has been published in Smart Water Magazine USA, Daily Maverick South Africa, Municipal Edge South Africa, Independent Media South and the Cape Times Business Report on African Countries Infrastructure Investment Environment.   


Zaid holds an honours degree in Environmental and Water Science from the University of the Western Cape, and a Master's degree (cum laude) in Conservation Ecology from Stellenbosch University. 

Zaid Railoun

Associate: Sustainable Infrastructure Development and Investment

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