The AT-Info-Map Leadership Team, which consists of all but one major actors in the project – the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD); the African Network for Evidence–to–Action in Disability (AfriNEAD), and the University of Washington – is providing strategic oversight, multi-stakeholder perspectives and joint direction to the Southern Africa Assistive Technology Expo (SAATE). The AT-Info-Map Leadership Team appointed the SAATE Advisory Committee, which meets monthly, to provide technical guidance, Expo content reviews and recommendations. Some of the key tasks and responsibilities the Advisory Committee, which consists of mostly assistive technology experts drawn from within Southern Africa and oversees, currently undertakes include:
- Propose specific activities to form the programme for the main Expo event; ranging from the AT suppliers/manufacturers and service providers' exhibitions, to workshops, lectures, and roundtable forums;
- Develop, through consensus with the AT-Info-Map Leadership Team, clear objectives and goals for each programme activity proposed;
- Develop draft eligibility/selection criteria for suppliers/manufacturing and service providers applying to exhibit AT and services for further review by AT-Info-Map Leadership Team;
- Develop abstract guidelines for speakers/presenters wishing to present/speak at some of the proposed workshops, lectures, roundtable forums; and
- Help in reviewing submitted abstracts.
Below is the list of the SAATE Advisory Committee Members:
Ms. Tone Øderud
Senior Researcher at SINTEF Digital, Department of Health Research, Oslo, Norway
Ms. Øderud has 30 years of experience from contract research and managing national and international R&D projects in the domain of assistive technology (AT), provision of AT, disability studies, user involvement and impact assessment. Experience from development of AT services and AT in collaboration with persons with disabilities, disabled people's organisations (DPOs), governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and private businesses in Namibia, Norway, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Ms Deborah Tigere
Country Representative, CBM Country Office, Harare, Zimbabwe
Ms Tigere has worked for a number of humanitarian and development organisations including national and international NGOs such as the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Since 2015, she has served Christian Blind Mission (CBM) as Senior Programme Manager and currently she is the Country Representative for CBM in Zimbabwe. Deborah holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and an MBA with the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI). Deborah has accumulated a vast knowledge and expertise by being involved and leading a rich variety of development and disability programmes. This includes programmes and projects funded by USAID, BMZ, CERF, EU and others in close partnership with a wide spectrum of Zimbabwean NGO’s and International organisations.
Mr. Christopher Mubita Likando
Head of the Prosthetics and Orthotics Dept. at Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia
Mr. Likando has 16 years of experience working for the Ministry of Health and Social Services with the Orthopaedic Department. The Orthopaedic department mainly provide prosthetics and orthotics assistive technology devices and services to all persons in need of such services especially Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Namibia.
Mrs. Hellena Kumire
Senior Occupational Therapist, Windhoek Central Hospital, Namibia.
Mrs. Kumire has 12 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist for individuals with physical ailments. Sherecently completed her Master’s In Public Health (MPH) with UNISA and is a DARE consult certified advanced wheelchair seating practitioner with a broad experience for provision of appropriate wheelchairs to PWDs across all age groups in Southern Africa.
Mr. Tendekayi Katsiga
Operations Manager at Deaftronics (Pty) Ltd, Geborone, Botswana
Mr. Katsiga is an award winning leader who founded Deaftronics, an organization which produces high quality low cost solar powered hearing aids made by people who are hearing impaired for people with a hearing loss. He is part of a team which developed the first rechargeable hearing aid battery, which lasts for 2-3 years and can be used in 80% of hearing aids on the market today. He trains hearing impaired people in Electronics Assembly.
Mr. Mussa Chiwaula
Director General at SAFOD, and Ex-officio member of the SAATE Advisory Committee
Mr. Chiwaula is an ex-officio member of the SAATE Advisory Committee who leads and represents the Secretariat team at Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD)by virtue of his current position since February 2014. He is the Director General of SAFOD currently based in at its Secretariat in Gaborone, Botswana.