Our Trustees


Founder and Executive Director

Melusi Simelane

One of Swaziland’s most recognizable activists, Melusi Simelane is a name synonymous with human rights. As the founder of Eswatini Sexual & Gender Minorities (ESGM), Simelane uses his voice to bring awareness to the conditions under which the LGBTI community and all minority groups live in Swaziland.


Sam Lapido

Sam Lapidos is a Property Manager, Real Estate Consultant and Interior Designer having worked in the architectural, planning and project management industry for over 5 years. Previous professional experience in administration and communication for almost 10 years.

Technical Advisor

Jamil F. Khan

Jamil F. Khan is a critical diversity scholar, columnist and author. He is currently enrolled for a PhD in Critical Diversity Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand.In his training on critical diversity he is equipped with theoretical and practical tools to analyse how power operates in society to marginalise certain bodies for the benefit of others. His work explores all axes of difference including race, gender, sexuality, ability and class. As a columnist, his critical analysis of socio-political events shaping the South African landscape pulls no punches in speaking truth to power – whatever the topic may be.His published work includes a book chapter titled Sexual and gender diversity, ageing and elder care in South Africa: voices and realities, a chapter in the literary collection, They Called Me Queer, and his own socio-politcal memoir Khamr: The Makings of a Waterslams.


Ms. Senele Mdluli

Counselling Psychologist by training. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Midrand Graduate Institute, South Africa. She currently lectures in the Department of Psychology at Eswatini Medical Christian University. Her academic interests are in the areas of Psychotherapy, Feminist perspectives in psychology and Community Psychology. She also practices part-time, providing psychotherapeutic services and psychological assessments. Senele is also a co-founder and director at Kushamiri Human Capital and Wellness, 100% woman owned organization that provides psychological, corporate wellness and human capital services. Senele is also involved in mental health advocacy. She has spoken at various mental health initiatives, sat in panels and written articles for the media addressing psychology and mental health related issues, including PSYCHTalk, a Kushamiri mental health initiative.

Legal Advisor

Mbali Dlulu

Mmbali Nokwanda Dludlu has been in Human Rights work since 2008. Her identity as an activist is informed by her active involvement in student politics during her university years. She graduated with an LLB in 2008 from the University of Swaziland and also graduated with a Higher Certificate on adult education from the University of Cape Town in 2014. She thrives on the Spirit carried in the recognition, protection and promotion of Human Rights… “As a Human Rights Activist, you don’t choose and prefer certain rights over others”

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