Marcha Bekker

Strategic Partnerships and Operations Lead

Work is not just work.  It has to have meaning.  It has to make a difference.

Starting her career at a grass-roots NGO working with orphans and vulnerable children in townships across South Africa in 2000, Marcha established herself as a “get stuff done” person from early on.

She received her Masters degree in Philosophy in HIV/AIDS Management (Cum Laude), Honours degree in International Relations and Bachelor of Arts degree, all from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Marcha’s area of expertise – working at the intersection of digital tools and development – started to take shape in 2008 when she was appointed as the first employee at South African ICT4D start-up, Praekelt.org. In her 11 years at Praekelt, she played a pivotal role in the expansion of the organization and its reach in terms of staff compliment, impact, partnerships and revenue.

Marcha joined Ona in 2019 as Strategic Partnerships and Operations Lead, working with the digital health team – particularly around OpenSRP – on business development, strategy, partnerships and operations.She lives and works in Johannesburg, where she is wife to Chris; mom to two human children — Steph and Kara — and two rescue-dog children — Bonny and Clyde.