Our team is agile, multidisciplinary and award-winning with an extensive track record in philanthropy, social development and entrepreneurship, impact investment, social finance, public sector policy and the private sector.
We are supported by a committed board of trustees and a diverse group of industry-focused expert consultants, specialising in education, sustainability, futures thinking and place-based transformation
Executive Director & Lead: Collective Resilience building in human resource management
Tamzin is an award-winning venture catalyst and entrepreneurial leader in charitable and social development, philanthropy and impact investment. She has worked across the public, private and civil society sectors, driving a greater impact in the allocation of capital to the greater good. With foundation degrees in Commerce, Anthropology and Economics, Tamzin spent three years working with ex-political prisoners in South Africa during the release phase in the early 1990s. She subsequently refocused her career to engage the corporate sector for the greater good.
In 1998, Tamzin was the creator of the GreaterGood/GreaterCapital group, working to build a bridge between the financial and the social/ environmental/ philanthropic sectors. Recognised as one of the ten most trusted non-profits in South Africa, Tamzin subsequently established the South African Impact Investing Network (SAIIN) under GreaterCapital’s ambit, laying early foundations for unlisted impact investment and ultimately establishing the world’s first regulated impact investment exchange board in collaboration with the Stock Exchange of Mauritius, in June 2011.
Tamzin completed an MPhil in Climate and Development with ACDI in 2014, focusing on environmental citizenship and sustainable consumption. She is currently completing her PhD at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Surrey. Awarded the GIBS Social Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2007 and appointed an Ashoka Fellow in 2008, Tamzin won the Thomson Reuters 2012 TrustLaw Innovation Award for the Impact Exchange and was a finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Award for the design of solutions to address 21st Century challenges in 2009 and 2010 and a Finalist in the Global Development Network Award for the Most Innovative Development Project (2009).
Programme & Product Lead: Resilient Futures
Abigail Steinberg has led end-to-end projects and product development in sustainability, fintech, education, and e-commerce, with a particular dedication to promoting access to opportunity for users in emerging markets. Currently, she is remotely managing and co-developing a fintech savings product in Rwanda funded by the Gates Foundation and managed by IDEO, a design consulting firm whilst leading curriculum development for Routes to Resilience with a focus on resilient futures in the world of work.
Before working with the IDEO team, she was hired to launch and manage a publishing company inside of a $100M ecommerce company, Veya. She successfully launched Lemur Press, signing over 120+ authors, publishing 380+ titles, building supply chains across the United States and abroad, partnerships across 4 countries, and increasing the team by 5X. Previously, she served as a Project Manager at global consultancy firm, BFA Global, where she headed the multi-year, multi-million dollar Mastercard Foundation FIBR program to invest and promote financial inclusion across East and West Africa.
As a Princeton Fellow, she directed public health project implementations across Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. She was a strategist at Digital Divide Data (DDD) working across Kenya, Cambodia, and Laos. and before that a Partnerships Fellow for Purpose Global. Abi has managed projects for the World Bank, IFC, and UN and has spoken about her work at World Bank, IFC, UN, Global Off Grid Lighting Association (GOGLA), Columbia University, Fordham University, and at World Water Week.
Abi graduated with a BA magna cum laude and an MA in Global Studies, both from Brandeis University. In 2020 she also completed a fellowship at Wharton and a Masters of Science at University of Pennsylvania focused on management, finance, and organizational dynamics.
Nwabisa Mjoli is Programme Coordinator at Routes to Resilience where she is integrally involved in the roll out of the accredited Sygnature Award, a CPD and Duke of Edinburgh accredited learning programme that uses a blend of learning pedagogies and experiential encounters to help young people develop a resilience mindset and the skills to become intentional, active citizens capable and competent to live sustainability leadership in personal and professional practice. Nwabisa previously worked with the Grootbos Foundation engaged in community-based learning projects that promote the strengthening of sustainable livelihoods. Her dual focus engaged adults in training around organic food production as livelihood as well as encouraging environmental appreciation through natural education excursions with primary school groups. As part of her role, she developed skills in the field of sustainability planning and monitoring, analyzing and interpreting carbon footprint, water footprint and waste management data as well as coordinating communication for employee pro-environmental behaviour at Grootbos Reserve. Nwabisa completed a Bachelor of Science at Rhodes University with majors in Environmental Science and Geography and a Masters in Environmental Science with a focus on natural resource management in rural communities of the Eastern Cape.
Shaun has taught and led in inner city schools in the UK and in international schools for 25 years. As founding Principal he established The Studio, an innovative, tech-focused state school for 14-19 year olds in Liverpool, UK. Shaun recently developed a Changemaker curriculum at UWC Atlantic where he was Director of Learning Innovation. Both The Studio and UWC Atlantic are Ashoka Changemaker schools and Shaun has been actively involved in this network of 15 schools from across the UK. He is Senior Project Coordinator: Changemaker Education a role that focuses on helping Greater Manchester become the first Changemaker City Region in the UK.
After graduating from Oxford University with an honours degree in English, Mike Freedman began his working life as a copywriter, then creative Director and ad agency partner, winning many international awards, including world’s best copywriter.
After breaking his neck in a car accident, he began a portfolio career that spans research, brand development, think-tanks, urban futures, writing and social impact, propelled by the belief that he has consolidated these interests into FreedThinkers.
FreedThinkers is a partnership that specialises in market research, brand development and placemaking. Mike consults on purpose-driven strategy for corporates, NGOs, Governments, towns and cities.
Simon was born in Zambia in 1962 and moved to Cape Town a few years later. He has worked and lived for periods in London and in Sydney, subsequently joining a British adventure travel company to work as an overland expedition leader. After four trans-Africa expeditions and two around South America, and a short spell as a white-water rafting guide back in Australia, Simon returned to Cape Town and to his profession as an Actuary, quickly rising to be the leading consultant at South Africa’s largest firm of consulting actuaries.
In 2003, Simon and his wife, Magda, also an actuary, joined forces to start an investment management company. In 2015, their company, Sygnia, was listed on the JSE and the company continues on a strong growth trajectory under Magda’s leadership. Sygnia is considered a disruptor in the financial services industry and as a fintech company places a lot of focus on the use of new technologies in delivering investment products and financial services at low cost to consumers.
In March 2017 Simon stepped down from some of his responsibilities at Sygnia to be able to focus his time on multiple other initiatives. Simon graduated from UCT in 1984 with a Bachelor of Business Science degree, majoring in Actuarial Science, and qualified as a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries in Edinburgh in 1987.
TRUSTEE, PARTICIPANT OBSERVER, EFFECTIVENESS ADVISOR
Dr Gerry Salole has been the Chief Executive of the European Foundation Centre (EFC) since 2005. The EFC is an association of over 200 public-benefit foundations and corporate funders active in philanthropy in Europe and elsewhere. His previous posts have included serving as Representative at the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office, based in Johannesburg, and Director of the Department of Programme Documentation and Communication of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, based in The Hague. He has also worked for Save the Children Federation (USA) in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe, and Redd Barna (Norwegian Save the Children) and OXFAM UK and UNHCR in Ethiopia.
Gerry studied Social Anthropology and African History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He holds an M.A. (Econ.) and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester. Gerry sits on the board of the Impact Trust, the Advisory Board of the Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition (Parma), the Supervisory Board of the European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam), The Board of the Firelight Foundation (Palo Alto) and the Advisory Board of the African Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment (Johannesburg).
Gillian Kettaneh has worked as a corporate lawyer, project financier, strategic investor in emerging markets since 1989. She started her career at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (New York), then spent 10 years working for development finance institutions – The World Bank (Washington DC), The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London) and the International Finance Corporation (Johannesburg). Following the IFC she worked for Royal Bafokeng Holdings, the asset management company for an indigenous South African community with commercial assets of GBP 3 billion.
Gillian has a BSc Economics degree from the London School of Economics; Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently a trustee of the Impact Trust South Africa and Bioversity International (UK). Her interests are in the areas of sustainable natural resource use, innovative financing mechanisms and community development.
With a background in finance and ten years experience in the banking industry, Tony switched to fulfil a career in leisure and hospitality management, establishing his own business in the New Forest in 2007.
Passionate about securing South Africa’s future, he has spent the last three years committed to supporting development initiatives that unlock the potential of youth and vision a resilient future.
Advisor & Programme Contributor
Elspeth is Deputy Director of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, South Africa. She joined CISL in 2008 and in addition to designing open and customised programmes in South Africa, she is a tutor on CISL’s Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Business and the Anglo American Advanced Sustainability Management programme. Prior to this, she was at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business.
Advisor & Programme Contributor
Dr Gary Kendall
Gary has been working at the intersection of business strategy and sustainability for more than a decade. Prior to joining Nedbank in 2013, he was Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and previously served as Executive Director at SustainAbility in London, where he advised numerous blue-chip organisations on how to strengthen their business strategies with enhanced systems intelligence.
Gary’s career in sustainable development began when he joined WWF International’s Climate & Energy team in 2006. Gary is the author of the WWF publication on electromobility titled “Plugged In”. He has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Liverpool and has held a season ticket with Liverpool FC since 1991.