Zyaan is passionate about the role that responsible media can play in helping to foster social development and equity. In her current position as content manager at Trialogue and editor of the CSI Handbook, she contributes to thought leadership on issues relating to corporate social responsibility and sustainability.
She attained a BA from UCT and her postgrad in New Media, Governance and Democracy from the University of Leicester.
A bit about myself: I headed straight out of my studies at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as an advertising consultant. This involved helping businesses identify their unique offering and to conceptualise advertisements for print publications in addition to managing the design thereof. That opened up an opportunity to work for Ads24, working on daily and community press on a national level and then afterwards for DStv Media Sales as a key accounts manager in Cape Town and Durban. Whilst dealing with advertising agencies and learning about media strategy at the coalface, I studied a major in media planning at AAA school of advertising and went on to do honours in brand leadership at VEGA. I’m also a part of the Advertising and Marketing Association of South Africa, AMASA (currently Chairperson) and I serve on the VEGA Advisory Council.
I have a heart for people and I decided to go the brand strategy route and to target organisations that are driving social change. After 10 years within the Naspers group, I joined a boutique brand agency and then started up LIFE brand at the end of 2013. I'm doing what I always wanted to do, create and innovate whilst being an active citizen.
About LIFE brand: LIFE brand is a communications agency for the social sector. We revamp, create and build brands. We look at all the touchpoints that your brand needs to develop to communicate effectively with your target audience in way that achieves desired objectives.
Tina Thiart is the directors of HGG NPO Sustainability Solutions PTY Ltd established as a company in 2014 that works with independent funds and Non for Profit organisations to achieve sustainability. HGG NPO Sustainability Solutions is a dynamic group of skilled and experienced financial, business, marketing and Development specialist.
She is a Women’s Rights Activist and works with grassroots women-leaders to advance women’s rights.
Since 2000 she has been working with Community Foundation and Women’s funds in Africa to strengthen their work and to prepared sustainability strategies. In addition she is working with MedicAlert® Foundation of Southern Africa as a marketing consultant. She is one of the founder members of 1000 Women Trust and is a founder member and coordinator for Grant.net a Network of CSI practitioners and Grantmakers in the Western Cape.
From 2006-2010 she was the Executive Director of the International Network of Women’s Funds (INWF) for the past four years and was pivotal in establishing the secretariat and setting up the structures for the organization. She played an important role in strengthen the membership base and encouraged more regional collaborations in the Global South.
Tina Thiart is a Board Member of WINGS (Worldwide Initiative for Grantmaking support organisations) and a Trustee of Southern Africa Fundraising Leadership Academy and of ForwardFund where she supports women start-up enterprises. Tina is the Chairperson of Women’sNet and encourages women’s organisations to use ICT’s to advance their mission.
Tina holds a BA (Ed) degree from the Nelson Mandela University, has also completed a higher diploma in computer studies, and has certification in fundraising, marketing, and project management.
Sophie Hobbs, Head of Strategic Communications & Business Development at NACOSA, holds a BA Dramatic Art (Hons) and has over 15 years’ experience in non profit communications, marketing and fundraising in South Africa and the United Kingdom, where she worked for leading youth charity, The Prince’s Trust. Before joining NACOSA, Sophie headed up GreaterCapital’s NGO Consulting Services providing strategic communications services tailored to the specific needs of non profits and social businesses and provided advice and services to corporate, non profit and development agency clients with a special interest in the use of strategic communications in health and social development.
Sam Posselt is affectionately known as the Speaker of Hashtags.
She is a certified Google AdWords Professional, Google for Nonprofits Trainer and Co-Founder of The South African Business, Blogger and NPO Tribe. Avid Tweeter that shares NPO Social Media Marketing Tips daily via: #sanporgz
- Founder of www.thundafund.com – South Africa’s premier crowdfunding and mentorship support platform for innovation & creative industries – online launch June 2013
- CEO of www.backabuddy.com - South Africa’s premier cause & activism donations crowdfunding platform.
- Founder of The Indalo Project, Streetwires www.streetwires.com, Streetwires Training & Development, Billboard Information Services
- Elected Member – World Economic Forum – Global Agenda Council: Design & Innovation 2011- 2012
- South African Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Top Billing 2008
- Schwab / Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – South Africa 2009
- Schwab / Ernst & Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award – Africa 2009/2010
- Schwab Fellowship – in recognition of work done in Social Entrepreneurship 2009
- Cape Times - Business Personality of the Year Award (editors choice) 2002
“I have always believed that successful entrepreneurship is reflected in what a company contributes to society alongside the profits it makes. For me success is when both contribution and profit are in the positive. Because of this the businesses I have started have had a community focus, from community magazine Billboard to Streetwires bead and wire enterprise, for which I was honoured to be named Schwab/E&Y Social entrepreneur of the year for South Africa & Africa in 2009/10. Looking for business that had scope across Africa, and the power to deliver powerful positive change, I have become passionate about Crowdsourcing and crowdfinancing. In 2014 Thundafund.com was established, South Africa's most successful Crowdfunding platform, focusing on entrepreneurial ideas, and in 2015 we had the relaunch of Backabuddy, a sister platform focusing on causes and activism. Technology innovations are shifting the business landscape, and our group of platforms will play a part in a dynamic and exciting South African landscape. ”
Patrick Schofield invests in innovation. He believes in the new world order of capitalism with a human face. His passion for entrepreneurship and driving growth through innovation in Africa has been recognised in his selection as the winner of the ‘Top Billing – Entrepreneur of the Year 2007/8’ and his selection as the Ernst & Young / Schwab Foundation ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ for South Africa & Africa 2008/09
Most recent accomplishments:
2013 – the launch of www.thundafund.com – Africa’s first crowdfunding platform bringing together funding and business development support to drive entrepreneurial development in the innovation and creative sectors. Thundafund is the leading crowdfunding platform for Africa.
2015 – the re-launch of www.backabuddy.com – South Africa’s leading homegrown cause & activism crowdfunding platform. Backabuddy has raised over R27 000 000 for 900 charities from over 30 000 individual people.
Patrick Schofield speaks regularly on disruptive financial instruments, entrepreneurship and social enterprise. His previous speaking engagements have included,
- World Economic Forum-Davos,
- World Economic Forum – Dalian, China,
- Global Competitiveness Forum – Saudi Arabia 2012
- and numerous local conference / lecture presentations in South Africa.
Travelling regularly within and beyond South African borders, Patrick is deeply knowledgeable in the field of entrepreneurship and social enterprise.
University of Cape Town – Honours Degree, Bachelor of Business Science (Marketing) 1990 – 1995, INSEAD: Diploma – Social Entrepreneurship 2010
NANCY RICHARDS is a freelance print and radio journalist, speaker, media trainer and founder of WOMAN ZONE. She writes for a number of publications on a variety of subjects – including the ‘green’ pages for Pick n Pay’s FRESH LIVING magazine.
She presents: THE ENVIRO-SHOW on Thursday evenings and SAfm LITERATURE on Sunday afternoons on SAfm National Public Broadcaster.
She’s founder of Woman Zone: An initiative bringing women of Cape Town together, and the Women’s Library based at Artscape
She’s proud to be a Board member of Soil for Life www.soilforlife.co.za
And author / co-author of:
- BEAUTIFUL HOMES as featured in Fairlady (Human & Rousseau)
- WOMAN TODAY: A Celebration, Fifty Years of South African Women (Kwela) with Hilary Reynolds
- BEING A WOMAN IN CAPE TOWN: TELLING YOUR STORY : (Face2Face) with Carol du Toit
- Born in London, she’s based in Cape Town.
GOVERNANCE TRAINER FOR NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATIONS
Malcolm is the Founder and Chairman of Third Sector Insights NPT, a Trust registered in South Africa which focusses on training Trustees and Executives on Governance issues. It also provides advice to charities and trustees on legislation relevant to matters relating to Governance and compliance.
His exposure to both for profit and non-profit organisations has allowed him to develop a greater understanding of the differences and similarities that exist between them and to apply this knowledge in these fields. He has a passion for excellence in the non-profit sector with particular focus onto Corporate Governance, Leadership, Executive Management as well as measuring the impact of interventions in this sector.
He has invested many years internationally researching and investigating the non-profit sector which is both his passion and professional activity. He lectures at Stellenbosch University Business School on matters relating to good Governance and benchmarking standards internationally. He is a sought after presenter and facilitator on applied governance issues.
Malcolm is a leading light in the World Institute for Governance of Non Profit Organisations initiative, where he has the responsibility to bring new and innovative training to Trustees and Executives within the Not For Profit sectors, globally on matters relating to Governance. He is acknowledged and respected internationally as a thought leader on these matters. The main role of the World Institute for Governance of Non Profit Organisations is to address the issue of waste and mismanagement within the donor sector globally and in so doing play a significant role in alleviating the distress of the neediest in society who are not receiving the funds allocated to them.
Malcolm is the Deputy Chairman of the Board of World Vision South Africa, and is Chairman of the National Resource Development committee. He has conducted training on behalf of the Board, on governance and facilitated a Board Performance Evaluation process on their behalf. World Vision is a global relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice, and serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. He has led and facilitated governance workshops for the Board of Médecins Sans Frontières South Africa Association, as well as recently presented to their 2016 General Assembly, attended by over 500 delegates internationally, including the International President. He is recognised as a global leader and motivator on matters relating to Governance and trained the leadership, trustees and executives of the World’s leading charities. He has published many works and material on Governance and guidelines on the subject and on monitoring and measuring performance and impact.
He holds numerous University qualifications and has completed postgraduate studies at Harvard Business School in the area of Governing for Non-profit Excellence and Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.
Owner of MSConsulting providing Strategic Communication- & Creative Content Consulting to businesses, SME's, NGO/NPO's and Sport Organisations, as well as Personal Online Brand Styling and Management to high profile individuals.
- Manager Marketing and Communications: Iziko Museum of Cape Town for 9 years.
- Present: Manager Marketing and Fundraising, Durbanville Children’s Home.
- BA Degree from US.
- Certificate in Advancement and Resource Mobilisation from Rhodes University.
Frank Julie is an organizational development practitioner, activist, consultant, advisor, strategist, facilitator and author (www.nonprofitconsultant.org.za).
His journey in the development sector started in the late 1970’s as a volunteer, organizer and programs manager for various community based organizations. In the early 1990’s he launched the Resource Action Group (RAG), a youth development agency focusing on building capacity amongst young marginalized youth to access sustainable livelihoods.
He was the executive director for 10 years. Frank acts as strategic advisor for many non-profit organizations. He is a founding trustee of the Youth Development Network (YDN), where he served for 5 years (www.ydn.org.za).
He is also the co-founder and chairperson of People First Foundation, a group of highly experienced development practitioners sharing their skills and experiences with survivalist and marginalized community based organizations (www.peoplefirstfoundation.weebly.com).
Frank is also a co-founder and current chair of the Southern African Fundraising and Leadership Academy (SAFULA) and the founder of YoungPeople@Work, an agency supporting unemployed youth (www.youngpeopleatwork.weebly.com). He is the author of amongst others "The Art of Leadership and Management on the Ground" and "The Roots of the NGO Crisis in South Africa - A Look Beyond the Surface".
Frank studied social science at UWC and adult education at UCT culminating in a Masters in the phliosophy of Adult Education. He studied professional fundraising at the Centre for Development and Population Activities in the USA.