The Board of Trustees

Canon Delene Mark (Chairperson)Father Michael Twum-Darko (Treasurer)Dr Christo Thesnaar (Secretary)Father Michael Lapsley SSM (Director)Professor Piet MeiringImam Abdul Rashied OmarNtombiMamosiloBonita BennettMarcus

Delene Mark is born in South Africa (Durban) and after completing secondary school moved to Cape Town, where she pursued her studies in Music, Organisation and Management and has a Masters degree in Social Policy and management at the University of Cape Town.
Delene Mark is a lay Canon in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa since 2006. She has served on the board of IHOM since 2007 and was elected Chairperson in 2008. Delene has also been a part of the Board of the IHOM NA and more recently a part of the IHOM global structure. Delene is the CEO of HOPE Africa, the social development outreach programme of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and has represented the Anglican Church globally as a trustee of the Anglican Alliance for Relief, Development and Advocacy , has been a member of the International Anglican Peace and Justice network, The Anglican Trade and Poverty task team. Currently Delene is a steering committee meeting for the Community of the Cross of Nails in Coventry as well as the Council for Anglican Provinces in Africa.
Delene is mum to Iqsaan (11) and in her spare time enjoys walks on the beach, reading and playing scrabble.

Rev Dr Michael Twum-Darko, PhD (UCT), FIAP, tssf
Rev Fr. Dr. Michael Twum-Darko, Ghanaian-South African, obtained his PhD in Information Systems from University of Cape Town (RSA), Masters in Computer Science from American Institute for Computer Sciences in Birmingham, Alabama (USA) and Honours Degree in Computer Science from now Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi (Ghana).
Michael spent twenty-two (22) years as a Computer Science, Business Information Systems, strategic management Lecturer in Ghana, Botswana and South Africa. He has also spent 13 years as an IT Project Management consultant, Software Development and IT/Business strategist in South Africa.
Michael is an ordained self-supporting Priest in the Anglican Church of Southern African and currently as the Assisting Priest-in-Charge of the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Sea Point in Cape Town. He is the Minister Provincial (African Province) of the Third Order Society of St Francis. Michael is a Fellow of the Institute of Analysts and Programmers (UK) and has served on many high profile committees in Botswana and South Africa as an academic and IT/Business strategist.
He is the Head of postgraduate research at the Graduate Centre for Management and Head of Centre for Business Innovation and Incubation (BIIC) in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences at Cape Peninsula of University of Technology.
Since 2006, Rev Fr. Dr. Twum-Darko has been the Honorary Consul of Ghana in the Western Cape.

Christo Thesnaar is from the Department of Practical Theology and Missiology, at the faculty of theology. His focus discipline within Practical Theology is pastoral care and counselling. From this discipline, he is responsible for two-master’s courses on pastoral caregiving from a Dialogical Intergenerational Pastoral Process approach. His research areas are on themes related to reconciliation such as memory, trauma, justice, healing and restitution. He is particularly interest in research from a transdisciplinary approach on the broad theme of reconciliation. He is currently chairing the Unit for reconciliation and Justice at the Beyers Naude centre. He is engaged in research projects with the Jena Centre for Reconciliation. I am also a founding member and councillor of the “The Institute for the Healing of Memories” in South Africa.

Michael Lapsley, born in New Zealand, joined the Society of the Sacred Mission and was sent to South Africa in 1973. There he became active in the anti-apartheid movement, ultimately joining the African National Congress. After surviving an assassination attempt, he returned from exile to found the Institute for Healing of Memories in Cape Town.

Piet Meiring is an emeritus professor, University of Pretoria. He was born in Johannesburg in 1941, and studied at the University of Pretoria and the Free University, Amsterdam. He is an ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC). After serving as Professor in Church History and Missiology at the University of the North (1973-1975), and having been pastor of two Pretoria congregations of the DRC, he was appointed to the chair of Missiology at the University of Pretoria (1988). He served on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1996-1998). He acted as advisor on reconciliation issues in a number of countries. In 2020 the Andrew Murray-Desmond Tutu Prize Committee named him the first recipient of the newly established Jaap Durand/Denise Ackerman Prize for Unity, Justice and Reconciliation.

Imam Dr. A. Rashied Omar is a Research Scholar of Islamic Studies and Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, USA. Omar’s research and teaching focus on the roots of religious violence and the potential of religion for constructive social engagement and interreligious peacebuilding. He is the author of Islam Beyond Violent Extremism (Durban: Afrika Impressions Media, 2017) and (co-author with David Chidester et al. of Religion in Public Education: Options for a New South Africa (UCT Press, 1994), a contributor to the Oxford Handbook of Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding (Oxford University Press, 2015), and a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Islam and the Muslim World (Macmillan Reference USA, 2016).
In addition to being a university-based researcher and teacher, Omar serves as Imam (religious minister) at the Claremont Main Road Masjid in Cape Town, South Africa, a trustee of the Healing of Memories Institute in South Africa, a member of the Interfaith Council for Ethics Education, Arigatou International in Japan, and an advisory board member for Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa.

Ntombi has over 30 years experience in the Human Capital Environment. She has worked in financial services, manufacturing, electronic and print media industries. Her experience has spanned across the private and public sectors as well as NGO/community environments. The size of the organizations where she has worked range from small medium sized locally based organizations, to large multinational global players.
She has published articles with the PMR magazine. She has also contributed articles on Employment Equity. She has participated and presented several papers at seminars and conferences on restructuring initiatives, the retention of staff, the effect of trauma on productivity, survivor syndrome in the face of retrenchments, Affirmative Action and Servant Leadership. She has also been a contributor into two publications, the most recent being a book on the Turnaround experience within the South African context.
Ntombi has been a part time faculty member at USB-ED(University of Stellenbosch Business –Executive Development) and was a member of the International advisory board. She has lectured at Wits Business school on the MAT program and others as well as at Duke Edinburgh University and has contributed to the Inseta programmes at Wits and UCT in the past.
Ntombi is a Life Champion at Life College Unlimited, Chairperson of the Life College Unlimited Trust, as well as being a long standing board member.
Ntombi is a past Deputy Chair of the Council of St Stithians College, was a member of the Transformation and Governance committees. She currently is Chair of the RemCo.
Ntombi is a long serving member of St Thomas’s Anglican Church, who has served on the church council and synod. She currently also is an acolyte in the Servers Guild.
Ntombi is committed to inclusivity, diversity appreciation and is very passionate on all issues regarding the development of girl children and women.
She is married to Ken and has two children, Thabz (32) and Thabang (20).
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Mamosilo Dumisa is an accounting major who has applied her accounting expertise both in the corporate sector, in the Church environment, and in the Non-Government Sector. She holds a BCom (Accounting) degree from the National University of Lesotho. She also holds a Management Development Programme (one year course) from the University of Durban-Westville (now part of Business of the University of KwaZulu-Natal). She also holds a Certificate for Commercial Property Practitioners, offered jointly by the University of Pretoria and SAPOA (South African Property Owners Association).
She has accumulated a wealth of experience and expertise which she accumulated in the corporate sector, at Shell SA (Pty) Ltd and Ithala Development Finance Corporate. The hands-on experience she got at Shell SA and Ithala prepared her well for the challenging task of jointly managing a dynamic SMME business in the information technology sector, Imvo Technologies & Systems (Pty) Ltd, called Imvotech. The ten years Mamosilo spent at Imvotech equipped her for the challenges Dumisa Invest, a family-owned business may encounter in the business sector. She is also using her expertise a lot as well as a Member of the Audit Committee of the Diocese of Natal and on other community and church structures.

I have been involved at the District Six Museum since 2008 and its director from July 2008 to January 2020. I have a background in education and as a human rights activist. I am currently completing a PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies, registered at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Both my parents are from District Six, and I grew up in a township on the Cape Flats together with other families who were forcibly removed, when the areas where they lived were declared for ‘whites only’.
The District Six Museum provides a wonderful platform from which to confront issues which directly affect the displaced community and their descendants, and to also raise awareness about the indivisibility of human rights and I continue to support its work as a research associate. I am deeply interested in issues relating to memory, human rights and heritage.

Born to a German dad and Irish mum, I grew up across Europe. In 2009 I found myself in South Africa, where I finished school in Cape Town before packing up and moving to the Eastern Cape to study. I started my bachelors degree at Rhodes University in Makhanda in 2014 and majored in Law, Economics and German. I then did a post-graduate LLB before moving back to Cape Town to join Fairbridges Wertheim Becker Attorneys for my articles.
During my final years at university I got involved with the Restitution Foundation and facilitated a dialogue series at a private school in Makhanda dealing with topics around restitution. Our focus was to find an understanding of what restitution is, why it is necessary, and what it looks likes practically in South Africa today.
I was introduced to the Institute for Healing of Memories when I attended the International Conference for Healing and Justice in 2019. This conference explored the relationship between healing and justice using case studies to highlight the need for true transformative justice across the globe.