About Us

Meet our team

Feryal Domingo

Acting Executive Director / Inyathelo Advancement Specialist

Feryal has qualifications in public relations, corporate governance and citizenship, and a postgraduate qualification in management studies at the Graduate School of Business, University of Cape Town. She obtained a certificate in Fundraising Management, a programme by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy based in the US.
Her former work experience includes 23 years at the multi-national oil major BP Southern Africa, where she was responsible for the corporate social investment strategy; implementation of employee engagement programmes, and monitoring and evaluation of CSI projects in eight sub-saharan countries. Feryal led an international non-profit organisation that uses soccer as a platform to educate South Africans about healthy lifestyles and the prevention of HIV/AIDS. She served on several boards of non-governmental organisations in various capacities, including chairperson, treasurer, and secretary. These organisations focused on several sectors including education, road safety, child-care, youth development, sports development, and community development.
She is an advisor, trainer and speaker on the Ten Elements of Advancement, nonprofit operations, organisational governance, and resilience, leveraging on her skills and practical experience as a nonprofit leader for over 20 years.

Soraya Joonas

Finance Director / Inyathelo Advancement specialist

Soraya has worked in leadership positions in Mauritius, Canada, and South Africa across private, public, and non-profit sectors. She joined Inyathelo as Finance Director in 2007 and has refined her skills as a non-profit finance professional.

She has developed curriculum and trained on various aspects of non-profit financial management based on her practical experience as a key architect in reserve building and non-profit financial sustainability.  Through the Inyathelo clinic and capacity building training initiatives and programmes, Soraya has advised and trained non-profits on financial sustainability approaches through sound budgeting techniques and on the importance of sound financial governance structures and financial ethics.

Soraya holds an MBA from The Graduate School at the University of Cape Town and the Andersen School of Management at UCLA, California.  She also holds a BSc Honours degree in accounting with certification from the UK based ACCA, and obtained a Certificate in Fundraising Management, a programme by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.  She has authored non-profit financial management articles in various publications including CFO Magazine and Accountancy SA and contributed to various radio slots, television, and speaker forums on non-profit financial sustainability.  She authored a Chapter on Financing for Sustainability in the publication, Striking the Rights Chord, Perspectives on Advancement from Human Rights Organisations in South Africa, 2012.

Jocelyn Collins

Inyathelo Programme Officer

Jocelyn is the Inyathelo Programme Officer since joining in 2012. She holds an Honours degree in the Natural Sciences from the University of the Western Cape. Jocelyn has been involved in the administration, logistical arrangements, and implementation of several community-related, outreach and research projects including overseeing the delivery of multiple training courses and workshops.  Jocelyn has contributed to and facilitated several sessions during training on Advancement to universities and non-profits. She holds a Certificate in Advancement and Resource Mobilisation: Rhodes Business School; attended an international workshop on Resource Mobilisation: Resource Alliance in partnership with South Africa Fundraising Leadership Academy and attended an Executive Fundraising course at the Fund-Raising School, a program of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in the US.

Suzanne Solomons

Executive Assistant / Inyathelo Programme Assistant

Suzanne obtained her qualification: Bachelor of Arts Honours in Development Studies with UNISA in 2023.

She has worked in the non-profit sector for sixteen years and has experience in resource mobilisation; devising and organising fundraising campaigns and events, prospecting, writing proposals and grant applications as well as managing donor databases. She joined the Inyathelo team in  August 2019 and has since expanded her knowledge and skill in developing and conducting training, specifically in resource mobilisation. She  researched and developed the Investment Readiness Tool for nonprofits – designed to help NPOs discover where there are gaps in attracting external support.

Bayanda Gumbi

Database Officer

Bayanda, a dedicated member of the Inyathelo team since 2016, holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degree in Information Systems and Business Management, providing him with the skills and knowledge vital for his pivotal role. As the go-to person for all things tech-related, he takes charge of managing the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system, Salesforce, and website maintenance. Furthermore, Bayanda conducts training sessions on the use of the Funding Finder tool and prospect research.

His expertise in database queries related to the Funding Finder tool solidifies his position as a key asset within the organization, ensuring that data-driven operations and technology components are seamlessly integrated and optimized to meet Inyathelo's objectives.

Rachel Allies

Intern Receptionist/Data Capturer

Rachel matriculated in 2019. She has sound experience in reception, hospitality and administrative duties.  She has a keen interest in data management.

Cassandra Smith

Finance Co-ordinator

A real “problem-solver” Cassandra has over 25 years of experience in office administration within the education sector. A key member of the Finance team, responsible for ensuring that accounts are paid, and that financial and other information records are maintained. Cassandra also supports the conferencing and venue hire unit, with procurement. She has also presented on training sessions on financial administration and record keeping.

Jacques Swart

Operations Co-ordinator

Jacques joined Inyathelo as its Operations Coordinator in October 2013. He has over 15 years of experience working for civil society organisations in South Africa. The operations coordinator maintains the facility, tracking and monitoring all hub activities related to income generation. Bookings of venue hire and healthy, safety and environment champion. Responsible for sale of Inyathelo products/publications and key liaison with tenants and venue hire clients. He has also presented on programme content as it pertains to sustainability of income streams.

Sandra de Jongh

Hospitality & Office Cleaning

Having worked variously as a welder and maintenance in a chicken factory, Sandra de Jongh joined Inyathelo in January 2009 to assist with office cleaning and with various other maintenance tasks. Sandra holds a strict 'no complaining' policy and brings a seriously positive energy to her work environment and her colleagues.

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