Maanda Makwarela joined SERI as a Senior Researcher in April 2018. Prior to joining SERI, her work focused on the development of civil society, public housing law, and refuge and asylum law. Maanda most recently worked with the Legal Aid Forum in Rwanda where she focused on work on improving access to justice, refugee rights, and the rights of detainees.
She holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, and Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Political Science with a concurrent focus on French Literature from the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada).