The ROCKBlue Team
ROCKBlue has a strong and mixed Board of eight professionals with a diverse background and skill set. The Board has 40 percent female participation and 40 percent Africa representation.
The ROCKBlue Board, chaired by Ms. Pallansch, is a strong and mixed board of eight professionals with a diverse background and skill set. The Board has 40 percent female participation and 40 percent Africa representation.
The organizational function of the Board, as documented in its bylaws, is responsibility for planning, policy, and reviewing work of ROCKBlue Directors and key team members. The Board of Directors is also responsible for other business and financial matters including approval of the annual budget.
The Board represents a six-year history. Three co-Founders and Board Members, Messrs. Macy, Menon and Noth have served since the early inception and formulation of ROCKBlue in 2013/14. They continue to serve today and represent skills in NGO management, utility management and international development.
Next, in 2015 Mr. Breslin joined the Board, bringing his expertise gained as CEO of Water for People and his no-nonsense, innovative approach towards development.
In 2016, one of the preeminent utility specialists in Africa, Mr. Mwanza joined as a Board member adding not only his expertise in utility management but also his knowledge and connections with key donors and stakeholders.
Early in 2018 Mrs. Nabakiibi joined, bringing greater gender balance to the team as well as her knowledge of the lessons learned from working with the National Water & Sewerage Corp. (NWSC) – one of the most significant utility “success stories” in Africa.
Mrs. Mohapi joined us in mid-2018 bringing her strong financial and accounting as well as CEO-level expertise to the team. We consider Mrs. Mohapi to be a pioneer, mentor and inspiration to female leadership in the water sector.
Ms. Pallansch joined the Board in mid-2019 and became Chairman of the Board in November 2019. She has extensive leadership experience including her existing role as CEO for Alexandria Renew Enterprises. She is also a brilliant strategic thinker and planner to help ROCKBlue transition from its startup phase.
ROCKBlue, as a small and dynamic organization, is currently led by five Senior Staff: Peter Macy, Chris Serjak, Chris Fahlin, Thomas Butler and Janien Macy. These staff are supported by nine Advisors and the Board of Directors.
The organizational function of existing senior management is to address the following areas: 1) corporate governance – led by Chief Operating Officer Chris Fahlin; 2) management – led by General Manager, Chris Serjak; 3) marketing and communications – led by the Director of Communications – Janien Macy; and 4) finance and operations – led by Thomas Butler. Fundraising is the responsibility of the CEO and President, Peter Macy – with assistance from his Fundraising Steering Committee (comprised of internal and external experts).
Janien joined ROCKBlue in 2015 assisting with social media and communications. Mr. Serjak joined in 2017 to establish initial procedures of the quickly growing organization, Mr. Butler joined in 2019 to help strengthen the financial and operational elements of the NGO, and Mr. Fahlin joined in 2019 to fine-tune corporate governance, making us more efficient and guiding our strategic planning.
ROCKBlue currently has seven country Resident Representatives: Mr. Ben Rafoneke (Lesotho), Mrs. Tshepo Setlhogile (Botswana), Mr. Charles Berkoh (Ghana), Erasmus Moffat (Zimbabwe), Gilbert Mafico (Zimbabwe), John Zambe (Zimbabwe) and Thami Mpala (Zimbabwe). We don’t have country Resident Representatives in Mozambique as this function is provided by our partner, Operation Water. Our Resident Representative in Malawi is currently serving in an interim capacity.
ROCKBlue determined, after testing the waters with its first partnership in Lesotho, that communication, trust and continuity could be greatly enhanced by having a local volunteer serve as a representative of the organization. This would be someone known to the partner utility and who had already established a trusting relationship.
Mr. Rafoneke joined in 2017 bringing his years of experience working with Water and Sewerage Co. (WASCo) and the respect that he maintains in the water sector of Lesotho.
In mid-2018 Mrs. Setlhogile joined bringing not only her strong understanding of the water sector in Botswana but also her partnership with Mr. Jaap Arntzen and the CAR (Centre for Applied Research) organization.
Mr. Berkoh joined in late-2018 due to his years of experience work with the Ghana Water Company Ltd. (GWCL) and his strong connections in and knowledge of the urban water sector of Ghana.
Mr. Erasmus Moffat joined in 2019 due to his extensive work in the water and sanitation sector of Zimbabwe and connections with key individuals from our partner utility Masvingo.
Mr. Gilbert Mafico joined in 2019 due to his extensive work in the urban water and sanitation sector of Zimbabwe, proximity to our Mutare partner, and his two decades of experience working on water and sanitation issues for Mutare.
Mr. John Zambe joined in 2019 due to his extensive work in the WASH sector of Zimbabwe and proximity to our Mutare partner.
Mr. Thami Mpala joined in 2019 due to his extensive work in the urban water and sanitation sector of Zimbabwe, proximity to our Ruwa partner and strong relationships with their management team.