Nonhlanhla Chanza is a democratic governance specialist with more than 10 years of research experience in parliamentary democracy and strengthening of democratic institutions. Over the years, she has participated in various research projects assessing the state of governance in Southern Africa. She has, in particular, served as an in-country governance expert for the Global Integrity/Africa Indicators Report and a Sub-Saharan Africa analyst for the Freedom in the World report. In her capacity as a non-governmental organization board member, she contributes to various efforts aimed at strengthening good governance within the civil society sector in South Africa.
Nonhlanhla is currently a parliamentary liaison officer at the Law Society of South Africa, where she provides extensive analysis on South Africa’s legislative developments, parliamentary processes and other key matters before parliamentary committees. She is a graduate of the African School on Internet Governance, a member of the Internet Society (South Africa chapter) and is active in internet governance fora. She is also a member of the BMW Responsible Leaders Forum.
She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and is currently pursuing a second master’s degree in public law at the University of Cape Town with a particular focus on the intersection of technology and gender-based violence. She is also a student of the Feminist Principles of the Internet.