Who we are

NICG was established in 2016 to pave the way for like-minded corporate governance professionals in Namibia to have a common place to develop their skills, compare experiences, impart learnings and share practices, with the ultimate aim of encouraging a high-level corporate governance culture in Namibia.

Although Namibia can pride herself in being a regional and global leader in corporate governance, there is still much room for growth and improvement in order to ensure that every single Namibian citizen benefits from the ethical and effective leadership of our organisations, both public and private.

What we stand for

The NICG has High Level Statements that inspire our every motive


NICG promotes sound corporate governance practice by fostering a culture of ethical and effective leadership in all governing bodies, creating sustainable organizations for the benefit of Namibian society.


The NICG is the custodian of corporate governance in Namibia, adopting and championing global best practices for the benefit of all governing bodies. It does this through capacity building and advocacy and thought leadership in both private and public sector.

Our Values

  • Professionalism & Integrity
  • Transparency
  • Fairness
  • Innovation & Dynamism
  • Innovation & Dynamism
  • Synergy & Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Efficiency
  • Effectiveness & Accountability

Strategic Themes

Financial Sustainability

Membership Development

Advocacy, Research Thought Leadership


Institutional Capacity

Brand Development & Awareness

Capacity Development of Corporate Governance in Namibia

Board of Directors

Steve Galloway

Steve has 40 years of working experience in exploration, mining, government, investments, corporate and project finance, banking and strategic management; and has served on boards of several financial and mining companies. Steve retired from banking in early 2017, but still serves on governing bodies of various banking, ICT, tourism, environmental, community and governance organisations and on selected policy committees.

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Desmond Nikanor
Deputy Chairperson

Desmond Nikanor is an specialist Strategist and an experienced corporate Executive with a specific affinity for Strategic Management, High Performance culture establishment and Corporate governance across a number of sectors. Mr. Nikanor is a holds a Masters of Science degree in International Business from the University of London, specializing in International Management practices pertaining to strategy. He is a certified Director of Companies through the Institute of Directors for Southern Africa (IoDSA), as well as a certified Balanced Scorecard professional with the Balanced Scorecard Institute. Mr. Nikanor is also a certified Organisational Culture and Change practitioner with the Hofstede Insights institute of Helsinki, Finland.

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Vincia Cloete
Executive Director

Vincia is a Governance and Legal Practitioner, with the right of appearance in the High Court of Namibia. Vincia’s professional experience of over a decade in the corporate legal industry has provided her the opportunity to understand and to offer board solutions to troubled, as well as functional boards and organisations alike. Her key areas of focus have been Corporate Governance, Commercial and Company Law, Information & Communications Technology, and Intellectual Property Law.

Vincia is a member of various professional bodies, such as the Namibia Institute of Corporate Governance, the Law Society of Namibia, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Lawyers Association. She serves as a Director on various Boards, such as Nednamibia Life Assurance Company Limited and Nedplan Insurance Brokers Namibia (Pty) Ltd, The Namibian Ports Authority, the Public Private Partnership Committee, Law Society of Namibia Legal Ethics & Investigatory Committee, SADC Lawyers Association (SADC LA) EXCO and Council, and the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) Academy Accreditation Committee. Vincia heads the Namibia Institute of Corporate Governance since April 2021.

Vincia is also a Thought Leader and has been a Columnist for The Namibian newspaper on Corporate Governance issues. As an Author, she has co-authored a book with John Nakuta in 2002, titled “The Justice Sector and the Rule of Law in Namibia: The Criminal Justice System”. Moreover, she has published her LL B Dissertation (passed with distinction), “The protection of refugees in Namibia: An analysis of legal and policy framework in light of international refugee law”, written under the auspices of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in 2009.

Vincia’s educational background includes a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law (Cum Laude) from the Stellenbosch University; and LL B, B Juris and B Accounting degrees from the University of Namibia.

As part of her social responsibility, Vincia offers mentorship to various young adults and believes in undeclared, random acts of kindness. She also delivers motivational talks on various platforms.

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Karin Coetzee
Non- Executive Director

Ms Coetzee is an admitted legal practitioner as well as a sworn translator, and has been involved in the banking and insurance industry for 14 years. Ms Coetzee has an LLB degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Taxation (H.Dip Tax) from UNISA, as well as a Certificate in Money Laundering from University of Johannesburg. Her experience in corporate governance spans over 11 years, in her position as Company Secretary of Sanlam Namibia Ltd, a position which she currently still holds.

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Tangeni Erkana
Non-Executive Director

A dynamically experienced and qualified general, risk and operations manager; Tangeni Matsidiso Erkana leverages insight and ability developed over the course of a high-impact 25+ year long career. Beginning in the finance & audit environment, Tangeni served on behalf of globally leading industry players [E&Y, PwC] in roles including; trainee accountant, senior accountant, assistant manager and forensics manager. In early 2011 Tangeni made a move into the insurance & financial services arena, serving as Operations Manager and Acting Head of Distribution for the Retail Mass Market Division of Old Mutual Namibia thereafter assuming accountability for the role of Risk Officer for AgriBank of Namibia.

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Sam Januarie
Non-Executive Director

An innovative and solution-focused HR Director / Senior HR Professional with in-depth experience and specialist transformation expertise. A motivational leader, with a proven record of supporting clients and senior managers to bring sustainable, commercial success, develops new opportunities, improving existing performance levels and forging organic relationships, which are based on trust and respect. Strategically focussed, with a clear emphasis on organizational & people needs analysis, requirement gathering, reporting, stakeholder engagement and planning/forecasting.

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Erenstine M
Erenstine M Tuneeko
Non-Executive Director

Ms. Tuneeko is an admtted legal practitioner and has worked for several public enterprises as governance and legal advisor to the Board and management. Her work experience includes public law, civil litigation and legal compliance.
Ms. Tuneeko has a B. Iuris and LLB degrees from the University of Namibia.
Her experience in corporate governance spans over 14 years and includes Board membership to the Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA) where she is the Deputy-Chairperson.

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Patrick Swartz
Non- Executive Director

Patrick has more than 30 years of experience in accounting, financial management, auditing, taxation, strategy, training, mentoring, planning and reporting, serving the following industries and sectors: mining, finance, service, manufacturing, fishing, transportation, local authorities, government, non-profit making and SMEs.

On 1 April 2017, he became the founding Chairperson, Administrative Head (CEO) and Member of the Central Procurement Board of Namibia. When his term ended on 31 March 2022, he returned to lecturing at Unam. Before this assignment, Patrick served as Deputy Chairperson of the Tender Board of Namibia, Chairperson of the Namibia Training Fund Council and trustee of Adonai Trust.

Apart from lecturing management accounting, financial management and corporate governance, Patrick mentors SMEs and CEOs, and he further provides training on financial management and corporate governance topics. He is an Associate of the Chartered Corporate Governance Institute.

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Annette Ndjadila
Administrative Officer

Annette attends to day to day administrative affairs of the Institution. She is an Accounting major with more than 8 years of NGO administrative experience. Annette is passionate about leadership. She has attended a leadership course and obtained a certificate from the
African Leadership Institute.

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Augusta Negongo
Marketing and Business Development Officer

Augusta is a graduate from the Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) - South Africa. She has more than 10 years experience in the Marketing and Trade Investment Industry. A proven leader who has the passion and dedication needed to drive new business. Augusta is charged with ensuring the growth in membership and maintaining relationship with the Members.

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