The Ubuntuworks Board
WHO WE ARE
Eric Sirotkin, Founder
Eric Sirotkin mixes his experience as a lawyer, film producer, author and peacemaker, to contribute to the movement from the age of separation toward the era of ubuntu. He helps people and countries navigate their conflicts in a way that enhances health and well-being.
He has taught courses at the University of New Mexico School of Law as an Adjunct Professor of Law. He is an active trial lawyer in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and lectures to hundreds of lawyers and law students each year.
Eric contributed to the dialogue on the new Constitution in South Africa, was a UN-sponsored election observer at President Mandela’s election, and coordinated an International Monitoring Project of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It was through this experience that he learned about the wisdom of ubuntu and has integrated it into his work in North and South Korea and all areas of his life.
Dr. Kapil Narain
Dr Kapil Narain was awarded the prestigious Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University in 2023. Narain graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) 2020 medical class, and intends to read for a DPhil in Clinical Medicine, focusing on HIV immunology. His leadership and activist endeavors to combat injustices, including work with Greenpeace and Amnesty International contribute toward a better South Africa, Africa and World.
Joanne Lefrak is an educator, visual artist, and curator based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She spent 19 years working at SITE Santa Fe, 12 of those as the Ring Director of Education and Curator of Public Practice focusing on public programming, curating artists to co-create projects within the community, and expanding education throughout New Mexico. As a passionate advocate for the arts and education, she has a strong track record in long term authentic community engagement, partnerships and collaborations.
She is currently working on an education plan for the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and she serves as co-chair of the Forum for Leadership in Museum Education. She is a founder and leadership team member of the Santa Fe Community Educators Network which is committed to the power of collaboration and collective impact to successfully address community needs by creating and sharing resources across the non-profit sector. From 2011-2021, Lefrak volunteered as the Chair for the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission to improve the lives of children by supporting local non profit and school programs that work for youth.
Raphael Chisubo Masesa
Raphael is a lecturer at the IIE Varsity College in Cape Town, South Africa. He teaches Indigenous law and Integrative law among other law courses. He teaches indigenous law through oral tradition, storytelling, traditional music, poetry and praise on social matters. He has taught more than 15 years at the University of the Western Cape and the IIE Varsity College.
Fernanda Guerra Machado
Fernanda is a lawyer of real relationships and regenerative practices and the first professional in Latin America certified in Conscious Contracts. She works with legal innovation, legal design, visual law and plain language. Fernanda is a guest professor at Instituto Mediare, at the Escola da Magistratura do Estado do Rio de Janeiro and facilitates the construction of consensus through extrajudicial methods based on dialogue.