Commissioners

Chairperson: Mrs. Elsie T. Nghikembua

Elsie Tuleingepo Nghikembua is a Namibian citizen who has a sound and solid academic background and work experience relating to issues of public administration and management. She had the opportunity to serve as an academic at the University of Namibia and a practitioner within the Namibian Public Service and Public Sector. Amongst her Executive experience is having served as the Director of Specialised Services at the National Council where her duties mainly included providing procedural advice and administrative support to the Members of Parliament in the Chamber and Standing Committees.

Her Executive experience was further cemented when she served as the Deputy Executive Director of the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), a Member of the NIPAM Governing Council; and the NIPAM Training and Development Board. From a Corporate Governance perspective, she served as a Board Member of the Namibia Qualifications Authority (NQA) and the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE). Nghikembua was also a Senior Staff Member of the University of Namibia Business School. She is currently serving as a Commissioner of the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) from October 2016 to September 2021. Whilst being a Commissioner at ECN, she was the Chairperson of the Commission’s Human Resources Committee.

Educationally, she holds postgraduate qualifications in Public Administration and Management. As part of her Executive Development, she completed the Senior Executive Fellows Programme (SEF) Certificate at Harvard Kennedy School (USA), Legislative Drafting Certificate at Tulane Law School (USA) as well as other courses at the University of Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch. Her research interests are in Public Affairs and electoral governance.

Commissioner. Gerson Tjihenuna

Gerson Uaripi Tjihenuna has been serving as the Director in the Office of the Speaker of Parliament since August 2015. He is also a member of the oversight team of Emmanuel Church in Windhoek. Before that, he served in various capacities both in Government and in academe. He has close to thirty (30) years of public service experience and he, inter alia, served as an Under Secretary in Cabinet Office and as a Director in the Office of the Rector of the then Polytechnic of Namibia. He served for three years as the Board Chairperson of Air Namibia (2016 – 2018).

He taught at Namibia’s three main universities in the areas of Labour Studies and African Politics and Governance. He is a published author and poet and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration as well as a BA Degree in Political Science. He has submitted a research proposal to UNAM for a Ph.D. Programme. During his stint as a free-lance consultant (2007 – 2009), he did consultancy work for the International Labour Organisation (ILO), NANGOF, and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES).

He also served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Namibian Journal of Managerial Sciences (an IUM quarterly peer-reviewed academic publication).

Commissioner: Evaristus Evaristus

Evaristus Evaristus is a seasoned Administrator with vast experience on strategic leadership and management at executive level. Currently, he is employed as an Executive Assistant to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia, where he deals with the stakeholder management function and providing administrative support and advice as a Director in the office. Moreover, he possesses sound experience in networking and relationship building, fundraising and the ability to successfully lead change management initiatives.

At the University of Namibia, Mr Evaristus also served as a Deputy Director at the UNAM Foundation as well as Acting Director of the University Central Consultancy Bureau. As a Football Administrator, he served as a Member representative of the Namibian Premier League Board of Governors of the University of Namibia Football Club.

As part of his pro bono services in academia and in light of his knowledge on political and public administration, he assists with part-time lectures (Politics and Administration) at the University of Namibia.

On his education qualification, he holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and Sociology from the University of Namibia, as well as a Change Management Certificate from the University of Cape Town.

He is currently serving his first term as an Electoral Commissioner following his appointment in April 2019, for a period of five years.

Commissioner: Dr. Emmerentia Leonard

Dr. Emmerentia Leonard is an academic with over 12 years of teaching experience at university level and excellent research skills. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and Social Work at the University of Namibia. She has over the years worked in a bilateral agency, public enterprise and the public service, and has gained experience in programme and project management, monitoring and evaluation, administration and social justice.

Dr. Leonard has extensive experience in corporate governance having been the Chairperson of the National Youth Service Board and a member of the Namibia Press Agency Board, as well as a board member of a Not-for-Profit Organisation. She chaired the Namibia Training Authority’s Health Care and Social Services Sector Skills Committee which advises the entity’s Board of Directors on relevant skills for the country within the sector and also served as a Subject Matter Expert for the Namibia Qualifications Authority. Dr. Leonard is an avid reader with a continued desire to better herself as an academic and leader through hard work and intellectual curiosity. She is driven by service excellence, integrity, commitment and values human relationships.

Dr. Leonard holds a Doctorate in Social Work, Masters of Business Administration, Masters in Development Studies and a Bachelor of Social Work. In addition, she has a Certificate in Corporate Governance and an Advanced Diploma in Project and Programme Management.