Our Team

Our Team

Richard Chivaka, Founder and CEO

Inspired by a deep personal commitment to transforming future generations, Richard founded Spark Health Africa with the vision to improve public healthcare service delivery to better the lives of African communities. He possesses extensive expertise in service as a bridge between business, health, and governments. In this regard, Richard has over 15 years of multi-country experience strengthening organizations by designing and building teams and programs across diverse stakeholders. 

Chipo brings more than 10 years of critical and transformative thinking experience across diverse industries in several countries in Africa. Along with a passion for continuous improvement and a belief that people inherently hold solutions to their challenges, Chipo has dedicated most of her work life to empower public sector health management teams. Chipo also occasionally teaches in executive programs offered at the Graduate School of Business, UCT.

Chipo Mupure, Director of Programs
Tendai Gotora, Senior Systems Improvement Advisor (SSIA)

Tendai has 9 years’ experience in public health ranging from implementation science research, programme management, and statistical analysis. Having started his career in the field of risk management, insurance and actuarial science, Tendai combines the skills gained from his early corporate experience with his passion for public health data to derive new insights on how to unleash the power of data to improve the everyday lives of African communities.

Alison has 7 years of experience in public health ranging from research and policy analysis, implementation, and technical advisory. She is especially passionate about the sexual and reproductive health of African women, and actively seeks out work that supports the equitable provision of quality healthcare services to communities in Africa.

Alison Erlwanger
Alison Erlwanger, Communications And Grants Development (CGD) Manager
Ashlene Pingelly, Office Manager

Ashlene has over 10 years of experience in Administration, Project Co-ordination and Report Writing. She has mainly worked in the context of higher education in specialized project units co-ordinating and projects. She is passionate about providing administrative support to the Spark Health Africa team and finding solutions to complex administrative and bureaucratic issues that arise.


Fairoze Diedricks is an experienced Human Rights activist with over 10 years experience working in the NGO sector. She is driven by a passion for the rights of marginalised populations, and views her work at Spark Health Africa as an extension of this activism.

Fairoze Daniels, Administrator