Denise Namburete is a social change expert with extensive experience in policy outreach and advocacy who has devoted her 20-year career to enabling behavioral, social and policy change. She is the founder and Executive Director of N’weti, a Mozambican non-profit organization working in the field of health communication. N’weti’s mission is to improve the health status of Mozambicans and to promote access to universal, equitable and quality public health services.
Recently, Denise successfully led the StateBudget Monitoring Forum (FMO), a platform of 21 local and international organizations, in campaigning for fiscal transparency and accountability in the “hidden debt” scandal in which Mozambican official embezzled nearly US$2 billion. Denise led the work pursuing various advocacy and litigation actions to nullify the loans, hold responsible parties accountable, and repatriate the funds.
In 2021, she received the Anti-Corruption Champion Award by the U.S. State Department in recognition of her exceptional courage in holding her government accountable for its role in the scandal amid threats of violence and intimidation. Denise has also promoted a Sovereign WealthFund to ensure Mozambique’s future natural gas-fueled windfall is managed in a transparent way that benefits all Mozambicans.