Staff

  • Dr Laila Smith

    Director of CLEAR-AA
    Dr. Laila Smith has been working for 20 years in the development arena both in Canada, South Africa and within Southern Africa.  With a PhD in urban geography, Laila has focused her professional interests on addressing inequality in service delivery…
  • Laurie Less

    Executive Manager
    Ms. Laurie Less is currently employed as the Executive Manager: CLEAR AA a project of the Wits School of Governance. She was previously employed in various government agencies the most recent one being the Community Schemes Ombud Services (CSOS), within…
  • Caitlin Blaser

    Senior Project Manager - Twende Mbele
    Caitlin Blaser has a decade of experience in monitoring and evaluation, research, and organizational development. She’s excited about understanding what drives change in complex social systems, and figuring out how to measure the impacts of policy change. Her background is…
  • Candice Morkel

    Senior Technical M&E Specialist
    Candice is an accomplished Monitoring, Evaluation and public policy specialist with over 18 years’ research and M&E experience in the public and non-profit sectors in South Africa. She spent more than 10 years in the public sector in South Africa…
  • Cara Waller

    Project Manager - Twende Mbele
    Since leaving the Australian Outback and her life evaluating Aboriginal health programs, Cara has been working in the evaluation space in South Africa for three years. With a Masters in International Health and Evaluation, she has been working in evaluation…
  • Basia Dennis Bless

    Senior Technical M&E Specialist
    Basia Dennis Bless has joined CLEAR AA as a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Specialist and will be driving the Innovations in African Evaluation business line. He completed his junior degree in Development Studies at the National University of Lesotho…
  • Dr Lewis Ndhlovu

    Senior Technical M&E Specialist
    Dr Ndhlovu holds a Ph.D. degree in medical demography obtained from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  As an M&E practitioner, he has conducted several evaluation studies in many sub-Saharan African countries.…
  • Dr. Takunda Chirau

    M&E Technical Specialist
    Dr. Chirau joined CLEAR-AA as Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Specialist; he holds a Ph.D. degree in Sociology (Rhodes University) and other degrees obtained from Rhodes University, University of Fort Hare and Stellenbosch University. As a Monitoring and Evaluation practitioner, he…
  • Khotso Tsotsotso

    M&E Officer
    Khotso is currently an M&E Officer at the Centre for Learning Evaluation And Results – Anglophone Africa (CLEAR-AA) and African Micro-Economic Research Unit (AMERU). Prior, Khotso has been a Junior Researcher for South African Institute of International Affairs and Wits…
  • Sheila Molapo

    Programme Administrative Officer
    Sheila Molapo has been an employee of Wits University since April 2004. She has worked at fees and Cashiers office, Central Finance (Account receivable) and Wits Business School as a Finance Officer. She joined the CLEAR-AA team in January 2013,…
  • Ezethu Mandlelize

    M&E Officer
    Ezethu Mandlelize is a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at CLEAR-AA. She is also an external examiner for the University of South Africa (UNISA). She is a graduate of the University of Johannesburg (UJ) holding a BA degree in Geography, BA…
  • Linda Khumalo

    Junior Researcher
    Linda Khumalo is a Junior Researcher at CLEAR-AA in the Legislative Oversight Business Line. She has previous experience in Performance Improvement consulting in the public sector. She also has experience in Social Research & Development Work. She has been involved…
  • Dr. Precious Tirivanhu

    Post Doctoral Research Fellow
    Dr Tirivanhu holds a PhD in Rural Development and has close to twenty years of experience in rural development practice. He has engaged in number of regional and local Community Driven Development and agricultural development programs in southern Africa with…
  • Kieron Crawley

    Honorary Visiting Research Fellow
    Kieron is a Masters Graduate from the WITs School of Public and Development Management. He has helped to establish the CLEAR Africa centre, lecturing to a range of students and government staff in the areas of Development Theory, Monitoring and…