Director of Country Programmes
Cape Town, South Africa
Karabo Rajuili is Director of Country Programmes at Open Ownership, providing country support to governments implementing beneficial ownership transparency. She comes with extensive experience with initiating and implementing legislative and policy reforms to advance transparency and access to information as an antidote to corruption and to promote good governance in the public and corporate sector.
Prior to joining Open Ownership, she worked for five years at award-winning independent investigative journalism centre, amaBhungane, as the Advocacy Coordinator.
In this capacity, using policy analysis, research, parliamentary engagement and strategic public interest litigation, she worked to secure information rights in the interest of investigative journalism and, wherever possible, the wider public, on an array of policy areas including cyber security, digital rights, the intersection of privacy and access to information laws and beneficial ownership transparency in procurement law reform.
She also worked on the most recent review of the Companies Act in South Africa, and was part of successful efforts to advocate for and subsequently draft South Africa’s first political party financial transparency law.
While at amaBhungane, she served as country chair and regional support (Africa) for the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN- IFRA) Media Freedom Committees in South Africa, Uganda and Kenya, working with senior journalists and editors in print, digital and broadcast media.
She has published numerous comment and analysis pieces on topics including freedom of expression, transparency and privacy rights. Karabo holds a BA (HONS) in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is an alumnus of the International Peace and Security Institute (IPSI) through which she completed a graduate course in Public International Law at Leiden University, as well as an alumnus of the African School of Internet Governance (Afrisig). She is currently pursuing further studies in the legal field.