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.


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 …


Senior Grants and Contract Administrator

Emma joined AWARD in July 2018. She holds a BDS from the University of Newcastle and a diploma in Business Finance. Her passion for conservation and the environment led her to spending the last ten years working in the bush in the capacity of lodge management. She now manages the sub-grants and contracts at AWARD.


Senior Administrative Officer

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 …


Administrative and Logistics Officer

Una has a Media and Journalism background accompanied by a qualification in Journalism. He joined AWARD in September 2014. He has great passion for community building and enrichment of people in different circles of life. At AWARD he is working as a Logistics Support Assistant.


Financial assistant

Mpho is Financial Assistant at AWARD. She has a three-year experience in finance but is willing to learn more and give towards the growth of AWARD. She enjoys her work more knowing that she is contributing to a great initiative that impacts on the community around her.


Community facilitator and Fleet Assistant

Bigboy, with his affable and engaging personality, has been working with AWARD for the past 7 years as a community facilitator with a focus on community natural resources management. His roles include organising logistics for field work and community gatherings; interpreting during community gatherings and interviews; and managing the AWARD vehicle fleet.


General Office Assistant

Fortunate is a valuable member of the AWARD team. She joined the organisation on part-time basis in January 2016. Her commitment and hard work paid off and she was hired as a fulltime employee from April 2016. She enjoys her work and is mainly responsible for housekeeping. She has managed to keep the AWARD offices …


Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Vee has a degree in Environmental Sciences and amp; Hons in Geography from the University of Venda. She is working at AWARD as a Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting & Learning Officer. Her duties include assisting with the development and refinement of data collection and reporting tools, as well as playing a pivotal role in data management, …


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 …


Natural Resource Management & Agro-ecological Project Coordinator

Dr Cryton Zazu joined AWARD as the Natural Resources Management and Agri-Ecological Project Coordinator. In this position Cryton provides an oversight and management of climate-smart agro-ecological projects in the rural areas of the Olifants River Catchment, as well as support biodiversity and capacity development with a focus on initiatives that promote NRM custodianship (focusing more …