Paula Monjane is the Executive Director at CESC (one of the members of SOTU) and serves as the chair of the coalition.
She is the executive director of Civil Society Capacity building Centre (CESC) in Mozambique. She was the director of knowledge management at the Foundation for Community Development (FDC) in Mozambique where she also served as acting executive director for two years. Paula serves in a number of governance and advisory structures, including as a trustee of the Southern Africa Trust, as a management committee member of the civil society support mechanism in Mozambique and as a coordinating member of the Mozambique Civil society Budget Forum. She is a social activist woman with senior management experience and brings both grassroots and global dialogue experience to the coalition. She has extensive experience in civic engagement in governance and development work for more than fifteen years. She has published numerous reports on civil society in Mozambique and holds a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands.