Southern Africa director, Africa Division

Tiseke Kasambala, Southern Africa director of the Africa Division, has worked on issues related to state-sponsored repression and violence, international justice, and economic, social, and cultural rights such as the rights to health and housing. Kasambala joined the organization in 2004 as Zimbabwe researcher and documented abuses surrounding the disputed presidential elections in 2008, marked by government-sponsored violence, the 2005 parliamentary elections in Zimbabwe, and the displacement of 700,000 Zimbabweans during mass evictions in 2005. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Kasambala worked as a campaigner and acting researcher on southern Africa for Amnesty International. She holds a master's degree in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.