Our Team

Executive Director

Filippo Ferraro

Filippo is a Missionary of St.Charles. Born in Italy, he completed his Bachelor Degree at the Theological Institute of Northern Italy (Milan) and obtained a Diploma in Pastoral Theology of Migration from SIMI (Scalabrini International Migration Institute - Pontifical Urban University in Rome). He started his pastoral ministry with migrants as Chaplain of the French speaking refugees community at the Archdiocese of Cape Town in 2014. Since the end of 2017 he is the Executive Director of SIHMA and the Coordinator of social projects of the Scalabrinian Congregation in Africa.

Filippo Ferraro

Admin Officer

Samantha Coetzee

Samantha was born and raised in South Africa. She’s currently in the last semester of her LLB, at the University of South Africa, and hopes to specialize in Human Rights Law and Advocacy within the next three years. Before working at SIHMA she was volunteering at the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (SCCT). She started with the Women’s Platform (WP), which assists migrant women by teaching them integration skills and how to be self-sufficient through facilitating connections as well as sharing knowledge and resources in a variety of bi-weekly peer-led training sessions. She also facilitated the 10-week WP Conversation Club which assists newcomers with basic English skills before starting their WP journeys. She then moved to the Advocacy and Paralegal services team within SCCT. This team provides legal advice and services and advocates for legislative and policy reform in order to strengthen the rights and integration of migrants in South Africa. She still volunteers with the Advocacy team on a part-time basis. In her free time, she also volunteers at the local soup kitchen for the homeless. She hopes her time at SIHMA will give her a holistic perspective on the plight of migrants in Africa, which she hopes to use to make a difference in the lives of people on the move and other marginalized groups.

Samantha Coetzee

Researcher

Muluh Momasoh

Born and raised in a rural community in the North West Region of Cameroon, Momasoh Cletus Muluh is a junior researcher at SIHMA. He is a holder of a Master's degree in Development Studies from the University of the Western Cape. He is currently doing his Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cape Town with research and teaching interest around African migration, integration, social change, and policy formation. He lectured introduction to Sociology and Development Studies at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology for first and second-year students. He is very passionate about working with migrants and understanding the survival mechanisms and or strategies they use in their integration process within their host communities. Working with SIHMA, he desires to provide insights and understanding on the challenges that confront migrants in their new spaces and make suggestions on policy options that can help bridge the gap between migrants and host community members.

Muluh Momasoh

Financial Manager

Malcolm J. Salida

Malcolm Salida is a highly skilled, trained and respected finance executive having professionally assisted many companies, organisations and international developmental projects. He has held multiple roles primarily in finance as Chief Financial Officer, Financial Director, Managing Director, Board Member, Finance Advisory and Mentor/Finance Capacity Trainer. With close to 30 years working experience, of which at least 18 have been at an executive and board level, Malcolm brings an enthusiastic leadership style to all roles he assumes. He applies his financial and business management skills with an attention to detail and a willingness to get actively involved at all levels to ensure processes and systems are aligned to achieve strategic business goals and objectives. He has a strong passion to ensure that governance, ethics, professionalism, transparency and authenticity are foremost in any business/organisation he manages.

Malcolm J. Salida

Accountant

Siphosethu Patonisi

Siphosethu was born and raised in a rural village in Eastern Cape, South Africa. She holds a BTech in Taxation and completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Accountant in Practice at a medium-sized accounting firm based in Cape Town. She is a very energetic, ambitious person who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that she undertakes. With her 3 years’ experience as a trainee accountant combined with her personal skills allows her to be more flexible in changing situations, always pay high attention to detail. She has developed so much love working for NGO’s as she is currently working for two successful NGOs as her allocated clients and wishes to use her free time volunteering to places that assists people in need.

Siphosethu Patonisi

Remote Admin and Comms Volunteer

Abagael Theut

Abby grew up in Clarkston, Michigan and is now a fourth-year undergraduate student at Michigan State University in the United States. She is currently pursuing an English degree and after her graduation in Spring of 2023, she plans to attend Law School somewhere in the United States. Though she is not entirely sure what type of law she wants to specialize in, she hopes this internship will allow her to gain the important experience needed to narrow down her choices. Her skills include being an excited learner, always putting her best foot forward both academically and professionally, easily working well with others, and useful writing and editing skills, which she will be using to contribute to SIHMA during her internship. In her spare time, Abby enjoys reading all genres of books, watching some of her favourite television shows or movies, going outdoors and getting exercise, and spending quality time with her friends and family. Abby is very passionate about human rights and learning more about issues happening in different regions across the globe, which is why she is eager to learn more about these problems through her remote internship with us, where she will be posting to SIHMA’s social media as well as blog posts.

Abagael Theut