PLENARY SPEAKERS

ASHOKA FELLOW

LIFECO UNLTD

PAT PILLAI

Pat Pillai is Founder and CEO of LifeCo UnLtd. South Africa. He’s a teacher and entrepreneur (Ashoka Globaliser Fellow). He has also been a South African national television news anchor for 15 years. LifeCo, established in 1997, has benefited over 112,000 beneficiaries in SA.

BOARD MEMBER

MO IBRAHIM FOUNDATION

JAY NAIDOO

Jay Naidoo is Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) headquartered in Geneva and launched at the 2002 UN Summit on Children as a public private partnership to tackle malnutrition…

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION

PARMINDER VIR OBE

Parminder Vir OBE, as CEO at the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading philanthropic organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria, she oversees the strategic development and implementation of its key programmes and activities including – the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

VENTURE PHILANTHROPIST

REACH FOR CHANGE

AMMA SEFA DEDEH-LARTEY

Amma leads the Africa region of Reach for Change – a Venture Philanthropist which runs accelerators, incubators and hubs for social entrepreneurs in key growth markets including Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Chad, Senegal and Ethiopia. Reach for Change identifies…

GLOBAL VP

ASHOKA

PAPE SAMB

Pape Samb comes to Ashoka with over 20 years of experience and is a well-known advocate for developing self-sustainable communities, women and youth-led initiatives. Pape Samb is the Executive Director of Ashoka Africa and a Vice President of Ashoka Global. 

RADIO PRESENTER

FIX SCHOLARSHIP

FIKILE MOETI

Fikile Moeti, commonly known as “DJ Fix” is a well-known South African radio presenter; DJ and TV Personality. Fix, made MTV history when she became the first female VJ on ‘MTV networks Africa’. The entrepreneurial beauty has graced our screens since 2006 when…

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

TV HOST AND RADIO PRESENTER

HULISANI RAVELE

30-year old TV Host & Radio Presenter, Hulisani Ravele, has 21 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Her career began in the late 90s, at  the age of 9, and her rise to fame was cemented on the popular kiddies programme, YoTV.

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

WESSEX SOCIAL VENTURES

BRADLEY HESLOP

Bradley graduated with a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2015. During which time, he led the Enactus Southampton international project portfolio, founded an initiative resulting in a new university…

SENIOR ADVISOR

BRITISH COUNCIL’S GLOBAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME

PAULA WOODMAN

Paula Woodman is the senior advisor for the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme which seeks to support ecosystems for social enterprise in nearly 30 countries. Paula has been awarded as a WISE100, recognising her achievements as a leader in the…

BUSINESS LEADER

CUMMINGS AFRICA FOUNDATION

ALEXANDER B CUMMINGS

Mr. Cummings, hailing from Monrovia, Liberia, has nearly four decades of business and management experience working at international businesses, highlighted by a 19-year career at The Coca-Cola Company. Within a relatively short period of time, he was promoted…

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR & HUMANITARIAN

GLOBAL YOUTH ADVOCATE

VIVIAN ONANO

Vivian Onano is recognized as an emerging woman leader with the courage to lead change on the African continent. She has a strong commitment to education, women economic empowerment and leadership. Vivian has a deep interest in re-defining Africa’s…

DIRECTOR

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

VANESSA MOUNGAR

Ms. Vanessa Moungar is Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society at the African Development Bank. She leads the Group’s strategy on gender and investments in women, to accelerate the transformation of the continent through a more inclusive growth. She is also in…

DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

IKAMVA YOUTH

JOY OLIVIER

Joy is one of the co-founders of IkamvaYouth and has been involved in all aspects of the organisation from the outset as a volunteer in 2003. She began working full-time for IkamvaYouth in 2010. Joy has an honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in…

OPEN INNNOVATION AFRICA LEAD

ACCENTURE

SANDISO SIBISI

Sandiso, an intrapreneur at Accenture, leads their Open Innovation Africa division, which is bridging the gap between start-ups and Accenture’s clients, by co-creating to solve business and social problems faced by large corporates and in parallel accelerate growth…

DIRECTOR

SAB FOUNDATION

BRIDGIT EVANS

Bridgit Evans is Director of the SAB (South African Breweries) Foundation which invests in and provides business support to approximately 100 small and growing businesses and social innovators per annum.

LABOUR &
CO-OPERATIVE MEMBER

HOUSE OF LORDS

BARONESS GLENYS THORNTON

Baroness Glenys Thornton was the Chief Executive of The Young Foundation from June 2015 to October 2017 and continues to support their work as a Senior Fellow. Glenys has had a career in the voluntary…

CEO

SORONKO ACADEMY

REGINA AGYARE-HONU

Regina Agyare is bringing women and girls in Ghana into the ICT space by providing them with the role models and tools to change them from consumers to creators of technology. Working directly with community…

CEO

CHANGAMKA MICROHEALTH

SAMUEL AGUTU

Sam has been an Ashoka and MMH Fellow since 2012. He is co-founder of Changamka Microhealth and Changamka MicroInsurance, developers of innovative mobile-based health financing and micro-insurance…

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

ASHOKA FELLOW

SYLVIA BANDA

Sylvia Banda is the president of the 48 member countries of pan-africa awep which is aimed at empowering african women alongside the objectives of the african growth opportunity (agoa). Sylvia runs three successful…

SENIOR THEMATIC ADVISOR FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT

SWISS DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

YVES GUINAND

Yves Guinand has been working since 2009 at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Headquarters in Bern, Switzerland. He is a Senior Regional Advisor on rural development, agricultural…

CEO

Impact@Africa

SALMA SEEDAT

Salma is the Interim CEO and board member of the UNDP founded African Impact Investing Taskforce, Impact@Africa, which was formed to address the crosscutting challenges facing impact investment in Africa …

PROGRAMMES DIRECTOR

BETHNAL GREEN VENTURES AND TRANSFORM

VICKY-MARIE GIBBONS

Vicky-Marie Gibbons is a Partner at Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV). BGV is an impact investor for technology startups who are building transformational solutions to social and environmental problems. BGV…

MEDICAL DOCTOR TURNED SOCIAL INNOVATOR

BERTHA CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

FRANÇOIS BONNICI

François is a medical doctor and the former founding Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at University of Cape Town, a globally recognised academic centre dedicated to advancing social…

PRESIDENT AND CEO

USADF

CD GLIN

CD Glin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the US African Development Foundation (USADF), an independent agency established by Congress to support and invest in African-owned and led enterprises…

PROGRAMME MANAGER

SYNERGOS INSTITUTE

MARLENE OGAWA

Marlene focusses on strategic collaboration and partnership building approaches with leaders and decision makers in cross and multi-sectoral initiatives towards systems change and impactful policy implementation…

FOUNDER AND CEO

CHANGAMKA MICROHEALTH

SAMUEL AGUTU

Sam has been an Ashoka and MMH Fellow since 2012. He is co-founder of Changamka Microhealth and Changamka MicroInsurance, developers of innovative mobile-based health financing and micro-insurance…

 

LEADERSHIP GROUP MANAGER

ASHOKA PARTNERSHIPS, PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

VISHNU SWAMINATHAN

Vishnu is presently the global leader for Partnerships, Planning and Management. He integrates the efforts to build funding partnerships across…

DIRECTOR

BRITISH COUNCIL OF SA

COLM MCGIVERN

Colm McGivern is the Director of the British Council in South Africa. He leads the teams in Johannesburg and Cape Town creating educational…

AMBASSADOR

SWISS FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (FDFA)

HELENE BUDLIGER ARTIEDA

Mrs Helene Budliger Artieda is the extraordinary and plenipotentiary Ambassador of Switzerland to the Republic of Botswana…

ACCESS TO MEDICINES MANAGER

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM

SIMON MANYARA

Simon Manyara is the Access to Medicines manager for Boehringer Ingelheim, Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of his responsibilities, Simon has…

COUNTRY EXECUTIVE AND COMMITTEE MEMBER

SOCIAL SERVICES KENYA

DR JOAN

Dr Joan Mwende Kiema is currently the County Executive Committee Member for Social Services, Youth, Culture and Gender, Embu County, Kenya. She holds a PhD in Education from Kenyatta University, a -Master of Arts…

FOUNDER AND PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

DEVELOPMENT DYNAMICS

JUDE OHANELE

Jude Ohanele is a human rights based social entrepreneur with special interest in the elimination of hunger, hidden hunger and violence in Africa and beyond. He advocates for the inclusion of farmers, food processors…

MAKANO MAROJELE

BIO coming soon.

ASHOKA FELLOW

LIFECO UNLTD

PAT PILLAI

Pat Pillai is Founder and CEO of LifeCo UnLtd. South Africa. He’s a teacher and entrepreneur (Ashoka Globaliser Fellow). He has also been a South African national television news anchor for 15 years. LifeCo, established in 1997, has benefited over 112,000 beneficiaries in SA.

BOARD MEMBER

MO IBRAHIM FOUNDATION

JAY NAIDOO

Jay Naidoo is Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) headquartered in Geneva and launched at the 2002 UN Summit on Children as a public private partnership to tackle malnutrition…

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

TONY ELUMELU FOUNDATION

PARMINDER VIR OBE

Parminder Vir OBE, as CEO at the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading philanthropic organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria, she oversees the strategic development and implementation of its key programmes and activities including – the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

VENTURE PHILANTHROPIST

REACH FOR CHANGE

AMMA SEFA DEDEH-LARTEY

Amma leads the Africa region of Reach for Change – a Venture Philanthropist which runs accelerators, incubators and hubs for social entrepreneurs in key growth markets including Ghana, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Chad, Senegal and Ethiopia. Reach for Change identifies…

GLOBAL VP

ASHOKA

PAPE SAMB

Pape Samb comes to Ashoka with over 20 years of experience and is a well-known advocate for developing self-sustainable communities, women and youth-led initiatives. Pape Samb is the Executive Director of Ashoka Africa and a Vice President of Ashoka Global. 

RADIO PRESENTER

FIX SCHOLARSHIP

FIKILE MOETI

Fikile Moeti, commonly known as “DJ Fix” is a well-known South African radio presenter; DJ and TV Personality. Fix, made MTV history when she became the first female VJ on ‘MTV networks Africa’. The entrepreneurial beauty has graced our screens since 2006 when…

PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

TV HOST AND RADIO PRESENTER

HULISANI RAVELE

30-year old TV Host & Radio Presenter, Hulisani Ravele, has 21 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Her career began in the late 90s, at  the age of 9, and her rise to fame was cemented on the popular kiddies programme, YoTV.

CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR

WESSEX SOCIAL VENTURES

BRADLEY HESLOP

Bradley graduated with a Masters in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK, in 2015. During which time, he led the Enactus Southampton international project portfolio, founded an initiative resulting in a new university…

SENIOR ADVISOR

BRITISH COUNCIL’S GLOBAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE PROGRAMME

PAULA WOODMAN

Paula Woodman is the senior advisor for the British Council’s Global Social Enterprise programme which seeks to support ecosystems for social enterprise in nearly 30 countries. Paula has been awarded as a WISE100, recognising her achievements as a leader in the…

BUSINESS LEADER

CUMMINGS AFRICA FOUNDATION

ALEXANDER B CUMMINGS

Mr. Cummings, hailing from Monrovia, Liberia, has nearly four decades of business and management experience working at international businesses, highlighted by a 19-year career at The Coca-Cola Company. Within a relatively short period of time, he was promoted…

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR & HUMANITARIAN

GLOBAL YOUTH ADVOCATE

VIVIAN ONANO

Vivian Onano is recognized as an emerging woman leader with the courage to lead change on the African continent. She has a strong commitment to education, women economic empowerment and leadership. Vivian has a deep interest in re-defining Africa’s…

DIRECTOR

AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

VANESSA MOUNGAR

Ms. Vanessa Moungar is Director for Gender, Women and Civil Society at the African Development Bank. She leads the Group’s strategy on gender and investments in women, to accelerate the transformation of the continent through a more inclusive growth. She is also in…

DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER

IKAMVA YOUTH

JOY OLIVIER

Joy is one of the co-founders of IkamvaYouth and has been involved in all aspects of the organisation from the outset as a volunteer in 2003. She began working full-time for IkamvaYouth in 2010. Joy has an honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in…

OPEN INNNOVATION AFRICA LEAD

ACCENTURE

SANDISO SIBISI

Sandiso, an intrapreneur at Accenture, leads their Open Innovation Africa division, which is bridging the gap between start-ups and Accenture’s clients, by co-creating to solve business and social problems faced by large corporates and in parallel accelerate growth…

DIRECTOR

SAB FOUNDATION

BRIDGIT EVANS

Bridgit Evans is Director of the SAB (South African Breweries) Foundation which invests in and provides business support to approximately 100 small and growing businesses and social innovators per annum.

LABOUR &
CO-OPERATIVE MEMBER

HOUSE OF LORDS

BARONESS GLENYS THORNTON

Baroness Glenys Thornton was the Chief Executive of The Young Foundation from June 2015 to October 2017 and continues to support their work as a Senior Fellow. Glenys has had a career in the voluntary…

CEO

SORONKO ACADEMY

REGINA AGYARE-HONU

Regina Agyare is bringing women and girls in Ghana into the ICT space by providing them with the role models and tools to change them from consumers to creators of technology. Working directly with community…

CEO

CHANGAMKA MICROHEALTH

SAMUEL AGUTU

Sam has been an Ashoka and MMH Fellow since 2012. He is co-founder of Changamka Microhealth and Changamka MicroInsurance, developers of innovative mobile-based health financing and micro-insurance…

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

ASHOKA FELLOW

SYLVIA BANDA

Sylvia Banda is the president of the 48 member countries of pan-africa awep which is aimed at empowering african women alongside the objectives of the african growth opportunity (agoa). Sylvia runs three successful…

SENIOR THEMATIC ADVISOR FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT

SWISS DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

YVES GUINAND

Yves Guinand has been working since 2009 at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Headquarters in Bern, Switzerland. He is a Senior Regional Advisor on rural development, agricultural…

CEO

Impact@Africa

SALMA SEEDAT

Salma is the Interim CEO and board member of the UNDP founded African Impact Investing Taskforce, Impact@Africa, which was formed to address the crosscutting challenges facing impact investment in Africa …

PROGRAMMES DIRECTOR

BETHNAL GREEN VENTURES AND TRANSFORM

VICKY-MARIE GIBBONS

Vicky-Marie Gibbons is a Partner at Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV). BGV is an impact investor for technology startups who are building transformational solutions to social and environmental problems. BGV…

MEDICAL DOCTOR TURNED SOCIAL INNOVATOR

BERTHA CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

FRANÇOIS BONNICI

François is a medical doctor and the former founding Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship at University of Cape Town, a globally recognised academic centre dedicated to advancing social…

PRESIDENT AND CEO

USADF

CD GLIN

CD Glin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the US African Development Foundation (USADF), an independent agency established by Congress to support and invest in African-owned and led enterprises…

PROGRAMME MANAGER

SYNERGOS INSTITUTE

MARLENE OGAWA

Marlene focusses on strategic collaboration and partnership building approaches with leaders and decision makers in cross and multi-sectoral initiatives towards systems change and impactful policy implementation…

FOUNDER AND CEO

CHANGAMKA MICROHEALTH

SAMUEL AGUTU

Sam has been an Ashoka and MMH Fellow since 2012. He is co-founder of Changamka Microhealth and Changamka MicroInsurance, developers of innovative mobile-based health financing and micro-insurance…

LEADERSHIP GROUP MANAGER

ASHOKA PARTNERSHIPS, PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT

VISHNU SWAMINATHAN

Vishnu is presently the global leader for Partnerships, Planning and Management. He integrates the efforts to build funding partnerships across…

DIRECTOR

BRITISH COUNCIL OF SA

COLM MCGIVERN

Colm McGivern is the Director of the British Council in South Africa. He leads the teams in Johannesburg and Cape Town creating educational…

AMBASSADOR

SWISS FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (FDFA)

HELENE BUDLIGER ARTIEDA

Mrs Helene Budliger Artieda is the extraordinary and plenipotentiary Ambassador of Switzerland to the Republic of Botswana…

ACCESS TO MEDICINES MANAGER

BOEHRINGER INGELHEIM

SIMON MANYARA

Simon Manyara is the Access to Medicines manager for Boehringer Ingelheim, Sub-Saharan Africa. As part of his responsibilities, Simon has…

COUNTRY EXECUTIVE AND COMMITTEE MEMBER

SOCIAL SERVICES KENYA

DR JOAN

Dr Joan Mwende Kiema is currently the County Executive Committee Member for Social Services, Youth, Culture and Gender, Embu County, Kenya. She holds a PhD in Education from Kenyatta University, a -Master of Arts…

FOUNDER AND PROGRAMME DIRECTOR

DEVELOPMENT DYNAMICS

JUDE OHANELE

Jude Ohanele is a human rights based social entrepreneur with special interest in the elimination of hunger, hidden hunger and violence in Africa and beyond. He advocates for the inclusion of farmers, food processors…

MAKANO MAROJELE

BIO coming soon.

 

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