Executive director

Dr. Sharon Pollard is the Executive Director at the Association for Water and Rural Development (AWARD), conducting pioneering research and advocacy work around water supply in underprivileged areas in South Africa. She has a strong background in the water sector with a special focus on integrated catchment management planning and implementation. She has managed many …


Assistant director

Derick has been working for AWARD for more than a decade. Although originally trained as an evolutionary ecologist Derick branched off into education, with a focus on environmental education. He has a deep interest in learning theory and its emancipatory possibilities.


Office manager

Prince carries a wealth of experience in administration and management. Joined AWARD in December 2016 as an Office Manager. He is responsible for the provision of leadership in the development, maintenance and monitoring of efficient and effective systems for the day-to-day administrative and management services. His responsibilities also includes office operations and logistics, human resources, …


Finance Manager

Julia has been an accountant for 16 years and has been financial manager at AWARD for the past two and half years. She has extensive project accounting and NGO background. She holds a qualification in financial accounting and she is a registered tax technician and practitioner. Julia is currently studying for a Management …


Administrative and Logistics Support Coordinator

Admire has worked for AWARD since January 2013 as an Administrative and Logistics Support Coordinator. He has a vast background and knowledge on events planning and management which he uses at the organisation. He coordinates various in-house events as well as facilitating a large number of requirements in office management. He has worked well in …


Stakeholder Engagement Researcher

Dr Chikunda is a senior researcher, his work focuses on stakeholder engagement, professional & capacity development and training to support resilience building. Dr Chikunda holds a PhD in Education with focus on Science Education and Education for Sustainable Development. He has over fifteen years’ experience in higher education focusing on these fields. With his sound …


Systems and Climate Change Actions Researcher

Dr Taryn M Kong has a transdisciplinary background with a BBA in Accounting and a PhD in Natural Resources Studies, specialising in ecology and applied anthropology. She has worked on a range of climate change adaptation projects for multi- and bi-lateral donors, UN agencies, development banks, provincial and local government and NGOs. In addition, she …



William has a BSc ( Environmental Science and Economics) and a BSc Hons (Environmental Science) from Rhodes University. He is working within AWARD's Municipal Support Initiative programme on land use planning. His duties are to work with stakeholders for collaboration, organise and facilitate Land Use Planning workshops with internal and external partners, and to …


Grants and Contracts Coordinator

Margaret, an accounting, financial management and administration professional, joined AWARD in December 2015 as Office Manager and later moved to the Grants Unit as Grants and Contracts Coordinator. She is responsible for sub grants and contracts management, including the development and implementation of coherent tracking and monitoring systems, risk management, preparation of sub-award agreements, conducting …


Media and Communications Manager

Fidelis is Media and Communication Manager. An accomplished writer and journalist having worked for several media houses. He specialises in science, environment, climate change, development, agriculture journalism. Having covered conferences such as UNFCCC COP conferences since Kyoto. His writing has appeared in national and international publications including Discover, Mongabay, Popular Science, Smithsonian, New Scientist, Nature …



Hugo has a BSc (Zoology & Environmental Science), BSc Hons (Environmental Science), and MSc (Water Resources Science) from Rhodes University. He is now an Integrated Water Resources Management researcher at AWARD. He works in modelling water quality in the Olifants River basin with the aim of contributing to a co-operative, implemented and Integrated Water Quality …


Biodiversity Researcher

Jan has a BSc (Genetics & Biochemistry) & BSc Hons (Genetics) from Stellenbosch University, and MSc (Conservation Biology) University of KZN. He is currently a biodiversity & systems researcher at AWARD. He is involved in integrating biodiversity conservation work with water resources management in response to threats posed by climate and environmental change for the …