Our Leadership Team
Dr. Patrick Makokoro is an educational researcher and development practitioner with extensive experience working in community and international development. He is a dedicated child rights activist and passionate about social justice issues around the world. He is founder of the Nhaka Foundation, the Zimbabwe Network of Early Childhood Development Actors and was a founding member of the African Early Childhood Network. Patrick has a PhD from the University of Victoria and is an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship and Global Leader for Young Children Fellow of the World Forum Foundation. Patrick is excited to apply his extensive experience in Network-building and creating impact for children, families and communities across the African continent as he leads the CAP Network’s efforts with our Canadian and African partners.
Claire acts as senior advisor to the Network through her consulting company Small Shop Big Impact. Claire has been with the CAP Network off and on since the beginning, joining the board in 2004 and then serving as part-time Executive Director (2010-2021). Claire has 18 years’ experience specializing in fundraising, grant writing and organizational management of small-medium sized NGOs. She has worked with NGOs in Canada, East Africa and India focused on gender equality, food security, education, health and life skills. Claire has a passion for grassroots participation and the efficacy of community-based initiatives as both a means of advancing community development goals and effectively engaging with community partners. Claire holds a B.A.H in International Development from Queens University, an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and a Certificate in Impact Assessment for International Projects from the University of Victoria.