Colleen Lowe Morna is the Chief Executive Officer of Gender Links, a Southern African NGO that promotes gender justice and equality through its work in the media, governance and justice sectors. A South African born in Zimbabwe, Colleen began her career as a journalist specialising in economic and development reporting including as Africa Editor of the New Delhi-based Women’s Feature Service. She joined the Commonwealth Secretariat as a senior researcher on the Africa desk in 1991, and later served as Chief Programme Officer of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to South Africa. She subsequently served as founding CEO of the South African Commission on Gender Equality. A trainer, researcher and writer, Colleen has written extensively on gender issues in Southern Africa, and is editor of Ringing up the Changes: Gender in Southern African Politics as well as “At the Coalface: Gender and Local Government in Southern Africa.” Colleen holds a BA degree in International Relations from Princeton University; Masters in Journalism from Columbia University and certificate in executive management from the London Business School. She has received awards from the Woodrow Wilson School of International Relations; the Newswomen’s Club of New York and the Mail and Guardian newspaper in South Africa. In 2007, Colleen was runner up in the Media Woman of the Year Award made by South Africa’s Media Magazine. She is married to a Ghanaian and they have two daughters.