People & Communities
Key Volunteers

Meet some of CASE in Africa's key volunteers: 

Victor DuggaVictor Dugga
Former Dean, Faculty of Arts
Federal University Lafia, Nigeria

Professor Victor Dugga is one of the pioneers of educational advancement practice in Nigeria and served as executive director of advancement at the University of Jos between 2004 and 2012. In that capacity, he raised funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York to develop the university's alumni relations, marketing and fundraising functions. In addition to raising funds from diverse sources for the university, Dugga launched the first annual fund programme in the West Africa sub-region.

Dugga is an awardee of the Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship, UK and Deutscher Akamischer Austauschdienst Fellowship, Germany. He has done research consultancy for the Association of African Universities and the African Union. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in theatre arts from the University of Jos, Nigeria, as well as a master's degree from University of Essex, United Kingdom; a doctorate from University of Bayreuth, Germany, and a postgraduate diploma in monitoring and evaluation from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Bruno Van Dyk

Bruno van Dyk
Director of Development and Alumni Relations
Durham University, United Kingdom

Bruno van Dyk is director of development and alumni relations at Durham University, UK. He has been involved in development work, university advancement and international activities for more than 25 years in Africa, Europe, the U.S. and the UK.

In addition, van Dyk served as president of a Teachers' Union and president of UNITECH (an association of marketing, communication and development offices in southern Africa.) He has represented the Danish Cultural Institute and the League for the Exchange of Commonwealth Teachers in South Africa and been an auxiliary staff member of the Leadership Centre of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and a visiting lecturer in philanthropy and social entrepreneurship at the University of Bologna, Italy. He has facilitated a number of international and national development initiatives and projects and has been chair and ordinary member of various boards and councils. He is co-author of "Exchanges: South African Writing in Transition". In addition, he served as chair of the CASE Africa Conference, 2015.

van Dyk holds both a master's degree English and a master's in commerce (Organisational and Management Studies) from the University of Natal, South Africa. He holds a certificate in managing partnerships and strategic alliances from INSEAD, France. 

Bev WittenBev Witten
Managing Partner

Bev Witten is a management consultant providing leadership, organisational development and advancement services to higher education institutions, business corporations and state-owned companies. She is part of a facilitation team at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies. Prior to this, she held the position of senior director of alumni relations at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa.

Witten also previously held the position of director, alumni relations at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She successfully increased the school's alumni portfolio and visibility by reorganising its volunteer structures and programming strategies. In addition to this experience, she has more than 20 years of corporate work experience in South Africa.

Before working and studying in the U.S., Witten owned a consulting practice where her clientele ranged across the public and private sectors in S.A., and included justice and education ministries, provincial and national governments. She also authored the first parliamentary training framework for the South African Development Community. The framework has been translated into Portuguese.

She is a graduate of UCT and has a master's degree in education technology from Harvard University.

Warren BufordWarren Buford
Associate Head of School for Advancement
St. Anne's Belfield School, Virginia, USA

Warren Buford is the associate head of school for advancement at St. Anne's Belfield, a K-12 independent school in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he leads fundraising and campaign efforts, alumni and external relations and community partnerships. Prior to this position, which he assumed in July 2013, Buford was the executive director of the School of Architecture Foundation, a senior development position at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. In this role, he successfully led a $25 million campaign as part of a $3 billion university-wide capital campaign and managed alumni and donor relations and administrative affairs for an advancement operation highly integrated into an undergraduate and graduate research institution. At U.Va., he also served as the associate vice president of major gifts for the School of Engineering Foundation where during two years, he personally secured $10 million in gifts and pledges. In addition, he co-founded and taught the course, "Design Entrepreneurship," and has lectured in such courses at U.Va. as "Leadership for Community Change," "Repairing Irreparable Wrongs" and the U.Va. Ghana Studio in Cape Coast, Ghana.

Prior to coming to U.Va., he worked for the Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., and Davidson College in North Carolina, and served as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Fellow in Cape Town, South Africa. An alumnus of the International School of Kenya in Nairobi, Kenya and the University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa, Buford brings to CASE knowledge of and passion for education in Africa. He currently advises the Association of International School in Africa in the area of advancement. Buford holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Davidson College and a master's degree in political studies from UCT.