SANDILE SWANA – CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD
Sandile has a B. Comm from Wits University, Johannesburg and a Business Advisors Programme at WBS – Centre for Developing Business. He also has an MBA from the University of Pretoria and a B.Th in Ethics from UNISA. Sandile is a member of the Institute of Directors and has several years’ experience in the retail sector. He was Group Operations Manager for the JSE-listed Don Group. He is currently a consultant to industry, serves on several boards and has a passion for Africa, development and transformation.
SUSANNAH FARR – CEO
Susannah led the founding process of gold Youth Development Agency in 2004 and was the visionary behind gold-enterprises in 2011. She is a big-hearted big thinker with the passion to lead others toward a common dream of emerging market youth living out their given purposes in life. She holds an M Phil degree (cum laude) in Management of HIV and AIDS in the World of Work and did her thesis in Youth Peer Education using the methodology of peer to peer leadership and behaviour change. She has a business management qualification from the University of Stellenbosch. She has been involved in youth development for the past 20 years and is actively committed to building bridges across the cultural and socio-economic gaps that are so prevalent in Southern Africa. She is the primary pioneer in the methodology and material that currently makes up the gold Model. Susannah is an Ashoka Fellow and won the Regional Business Women Achiever Award for Social Entrepreneur category 2016.
ALICIA DAVIDS – TRAINING AND ACCREDITATION
Alicia is a qualified educator who started out her career in 1989 as a high school teacher. After leaving the teaching profession, she spent a few years working in social welfare as a corporate liaison officer. Since 2002, she has been working as an independent education practitioner, contracting with tertiary institutions, NPOs and corporates in training and development with a particular emphasis on leadership development. More recently she has taken on an additional role as Academic Programme Manager for the ASISA Academy in Newlands. Alicia is a strategic woman with a passion for empowerment through education.
ZINZI MGOLODELA – SUSTAINABILITY SUPPORT
Zinzi Mgolodela is the Head of Transformation at Woolworths. In the years prior to the democratic era she graduated with an Honours Business Degree, and inherited the conviction to be part of the ongoing process of socio-economic transformation in South Africa. She chose to make this a reality in the corporate world and spent almost ten years in the financial services industry (Old Mutual and Metropolitan). She then moved back to retail. Zinzi’s career has been dominated by driving socio-economic issues in corporate in a way that makes business sense, covering issues like HIV and Aids, CSI, sponsorship and transformation.
ANDREW STEGMANN- ENTERPRISES SUPPORT
Andrew Stegmann has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Cape Town. Subsequent to his studies he worked as an IT Manager as well as an IT and Finance consultant respectively. He then started a company with two partners called GreenJar, which was absorbed by Peregrine Systems as one of its products. Andrew is currently the MD at Relocation Africa Group: a company that provides relocation and immigration services to expatriates relocating into Africa. This company is an expression of Andrew’s conviction to stay in South Africa and be part of making a difference.
ALICE TEMBO – ZAMBIA FOCUS
Alice is a Chartered Accountant and a partner in the Audit Department of Deloitte & Touche, Zambia. Alice became Deloitte & Touche, Zambia’s first female partner in 2005, aged 33. She has a Bachelors Degree in Accountancy from the Copperbelt University and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Alice has specialized in managing audits as a key resource of World Bank/International Development Association and other donor funded projects. She has great experience in dealing with development issues within Southern Africa and is committed to seeing youth and young women in Africa reach their potential.
THAPELO OTLOGETSWE-BOTSWANA FOCUS
Thapelo is a corpus linguist and lexicographer in the Department of English, University of Botswana. Thapelo was educated at the University of Botswana, University of Oxford and University of Pretoria. He has compiled the largest Setswana corpus (textual database for linguistic research) comprising over 13 million words. Thapelo has written widely on the linguistic challenges of language contact faced by the Setswana language. Thapelo is a media advisor on orthography, and served as a columnist for many years.