Philippe Talavera was born in France where he also completed his studies. He has a PhD in Veterinary Sciences, a DEES in Human Biochemistry and he studied performing Arts. He went to live in South Africa in 1995 and Namibia (where he still resides) in 1997. He created the ‘Ombetja Yehinga Organisation’ in 2001.
Founder and Director of the Ombetja Yehinga Organisation, Philippe Talavera has worked in Namibia on HIV prevention and education programmes through the arts since 2000. As Director, he has led the organisation in developing its creative programmes with both school-going and out-of-school youths. He has pioneered the use of IEC media and outreach programmes, including OYO’s youth magazine, OYO, young, latest and cool, national and regional youth tours, and videos and DVDS of the numerous plays and films OYO has produced. Under his leadership, OYO has also run teacher training programmes in Kunene Region and Erongo Region, and published, amongst others =Hira//os, the Hyena’s Disease, written with the children of Kunene Region (2001); Challenging the Namibian Perception of Sexuality – A Case Study of Ovahimba and Ovaherero Culturo-sexual Models in Kunene North in an HIV/AIDS Context (2002); and Sang Pensees m’Ecrier, with Bruno Talavera (2002). He received the AfriComNet chairman’s Award of 2009 for his outstanding contribution in HIV/AIDS prevention and impact mitigation through communication.
Peter Watson is a Human Rights lawyer at the Legal Assistance Centre in Windhoek, Republic of Namibia. In addition he is a consultant on environmental issues and has undertaken several appointments from various industries in Namibia, notably in the Mining Sector, advising and constructing legal compliance registers and undertaking environmental audits.
Presently Peter is mostly engaged as a legal consultant on the Legal Assistance Centre’s Land Environmental and Development Project. As such, he focuses on issues pertaining to Land Reform, Rights of Indigenous People in terms of domestic and International Instruments, Intellectual Property rights in respect of Traditional Knowledge, Environmental and Development Issues, Conservancy support, Communal Land matters, Customary Law issues, Traditional Authority Issues and Urbanisation and Informal Housing.
Peter has also been appointed as the Chairperson on the Lands Appeal Tribunal by the Minister of Lands and Resettlement, in terms of the Communal Land Reform Act, on several occasions. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1987, from the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, majoring in Contemporary African Political Science, Industrial Psychology and Law and obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1993, becoming admitted and began practicing as an attorney for his own account in 1997.