NAFSAN operates as a dynamic, inclusive, agile and lean membership-based organisation. This graphic here illustrates its operations and interaction with the Food and Nutrition Security Council, as Namibia's platform for multi-sectoral multi-stakeholder coordination. 

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The Nutrition and Food Security Alliance of Namibia (NAFSAN) is operating through its Secretariat, with Mr. Ben Schernick as the Director of NAFSAN.

Mr. Schernick is a registered Social Worker by profession and an accredited Mediator at the High Court of Namibia. He has over 15 years of experiences in Namibia in consulting, facilitating dialogue processes, lecturing and project management in the context of civil society organisations, academic institutions and government.

Mr. Ben Schernick

The role of the NAFSAN Board is to ensure good governance and to oversee effective coordination and efficient administration of NAFSAN and its activities. Board members are elected by all NAFSAN members during Annual General Meetings as per NAFSAN's Constitution.

The Board is responsible to ensure overall accountability of the organisation towards its members, partners and all other internal and external stakeholders. The Board also sets NAFSAN’s strategic objectives and priorities, which are to be implemented through an annual plan endorsed by the Annual General Meeting.

Board members provide their services in a pro-bono capacity, and exercise their powers strictly in accordance with provisions of NAFSAN's Constitution, the laws of Namibia and the highest ethical standards.

Mrs. Dalinka von Marees

Dr. Penny Hiwilepo-Van Hal

Mr. George Waliomuzibu

Mr. Moses S. Mberira

Mrs. M. Charlotte Keyter


Mrs. Dalinka von Marees (NamDairies), Chairperson(acting) & Treasurer

Mrs. Dalinka von Marees is Senior Project Manager in the Project Office at Namibia Dairies, part of the O&L Group of Companies and Namibia's largest dairy production and processing company.

Her expertise lies in the fields of multi-tiered project management, strategy planning and implementation, and process conception and implementation. Her passion is engaged leadership that identifies and grows leadership in others – and takes teams and organizations to the next level.

Dr. Penny Hiwilepo-van Hal (University of Namibia)

Penny Hiwilepo-van Hal is an academic with over 15 years’ experience in product development and value addition, research and standards in the agricultural sector, as highlighted in her talk on “Food Security in Namibia and the Role of Agro-Food Processing".

She has a special interest in training and human capital development. She is the current Senior Lecturer at the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of Namibia (UNAM).

Mrs. M. Charlotte Keyter (Individual Member)

Mrs. Charlotte Keyter is a Nutritionist by profession was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Namibia's before she became the Head of Department of Physical and Sport Sciences at the School of Allied Health Sciences within the Faculty of Health Sciences & Veterinary Medicine.

She is passionate about improving the nutritional status of Namibians for several decades in very practical terms, as highlighted in her talk on “Nutrition in Namibia: Concepts and Controversies", and she also serves as Board Member and Chair Person of the Technical Committee at the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL).

Mr. Moses S. Mberira (Omaheke Community Development Foundation)

Mr. Moses Shivakola Mberira holds a BA in Mass Media from West Surrey College of Arts and Design (now UCA), and is the co-founder of the of the Filmmakers Association of Namibia (FAN) in 1991, as Namibia's first black Namibian film maker. He is currently the regional film research and development executive for Omaheke, Kunene and Otjozondjupa Region, and through his experiences on the ground, he has become a strong advocate for nutrition, as well as for rural and marginalized communities in Namibia.

Moses Mberira is therefore also a founding member of the Omaheke Community Development Foundation (OCDF), which contributed significantly to the success of the NamSUN-CSA Project in 2018-2020, by implementing nutrition awareness and advocacy activities all over the Omaheke region and in Windhoek. Mr Mberira hereby guided OCDF in producing a series of nutrition-related audios and videos for educative and advocacy purposes.