HIVSA Board of Directors

Krisen Pather(Chairman) has worked at an executive level in development and mainstream communication, media and broadcast. He joined Times Media TV as a Producer in 1997 and played a strategic role in the organisation’s growth strategy, extending the footprint for edutainment content and spearheading social behaviour change communication (SBCC) initiatives. Through his various roles as Producer (Effect Media), Business Development Executive (Ochre Media), Divisional Head (Ochre Communications), Chief Executive (Ochre Active) and Development Executive (Ochre Moving Pictures), he has been involved in developing a range of broadcast programs , strategic integrated communication solutions and social behaviour change campaigns Krisen is the Head of Edutainment for Ochre Media and is one of the founding members and co-channel heads of the Good Life Network ( SA’s first health, fitness and lifestyle channel). Krisen Pather is a BSoc Sc (UCT) graduate and has completed TV Production programs at Thames Valley University and St Martin’s College (UK).



Jean Armstrong has 15 years' experience in NGO programme management in the development sector, with a focus on early childhood development, training, and community-based support programmes. She holds BA and Honours degrees majoring in psychology and community development, and is currently working towards a Master's in the social aspects of HIV and AIDS.





Jason Bygate is a development specialist and social entrepreneur with over 15 years' experience consulting in the development and business sectors. He has worked across multiple sectors including healthcare, child services, youth development, sustainable livelihoods, food secturiy, micro-finance,renewable energy,environment and ICT for development. These projects have included deployments in multiple countries, including South Africa, Zambia,Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia and Guatemala. Jason is a founding member and managing director of Capacitate Social Solutions,founding member and non-executive director at Medibucks and founding member of Microserve BCD. Jason has a passion for innovation and enterprise and aims to leverage his collective experience to contribute to enabling social impact.



Born and educated in the UK with a BSc in Applied Chemistry and PhD in Corrosion Science and Technology, Isaac Coker has lived in South Africa since 1992, where he has held various business development and management positions for corporates and SMME. Isaac has worked in various industries including agriculture, financial services,utilities, IT services, and health care. He obtained an MBA from Henley Business School in 1999 and has been a part-time member of faculty since then. He was also an Academic board member from 2008-2014.




Neo Mohajane holds a BA Honours Degree (Cum Laude) from the University of the Free State. She is passionate about the development sector, particularly issues of children, youth and women, poverty alleviation, skills development and the eradication of HIV and AIDS. Her career has spanned over various sectors, including Early Childhood Development, Farmworker rights, health research and health communications, fundraising and HIV and AIDS advocacy and programming. Neo says “I am excited to be joining the Board of HIVSA, having worked in the organisation for the past 2 years (as a member of management team) and believing in the vision and mission of the organisation.”



Yashmita Naidoo is a social worker by profession. While her initial work experience was centred around child protection, she has gained considerable experience working in the field of training and development and HIV since joining the HIVSA team in 2008. Yashmita is now Programme Director for HIVSA's Community Systems Strengthening programme.This is an area of passion for Yashmita, who has always viewed community development as critical for the delivery of effective services to vulnerable groups, especially children.Yashmita is part of the Executive Committee and is responsible for contributing to the long term sustainability of HIVSA.