Afrika Msimang founded the Military Family Foundation, an organisation that aims to benefit the lives of military families. She and her team have established several early childhood development centres that benefit close to 500 military children and have empowered 47 spouses as teachers. Children of military parents are further empowered through robotics to ensure that the 4IR narrative is accessible to many others.
Koosum Kalyan was recently appointed to the Global Board of “The Hunger Project” in New York. She is the founding member of the Kendra Community Business Forum in Durban and Patron and Board member of the Oldest (99 years) and largest Home for the frail, aged, orphans and abused women.
Dolorah Fredericks serves on the board for Nkosi’s Haven, named after Nkosi Johnson, the young AIDS activist who passed away on International Children’s Day on June 1st 2001. The NGO offers holistic care and support for destitute HIV/AIDS infected mothers, her children, and resulting AIDS orphans (infected or not).
Leanne Jansen-Thomas is the Head of Communications for Equal Education. The Covid-19 pandemic has further broadened the gap between the rich and the poor, particularly when it comes to accessing digital and online educational material especially now during the lockdown in South Africa where our schools have been closed due to Covid-19. Equal Education is currently lobbing the government and private sector to invest more into addressing the disparities. They have recently won a court order for the South African Basic Education Ministry to feed 9 million hungry children during the lockdown.
Adeline Akufo-Addo is the Co-Founder and CEO of The Women’s Empowerment and Investment Group (WEIG) and the founder of The Lotte Accra. The Women’s Empowerment & Investment Group (WEIG) is a women-led and majority owned Ghanaian Investment Holding Company set up to efficiently channel capital and expertise into high-potential Small & Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) that prioritise female empowerment and entrepreneurship. In partnership with Annan Capital Partners and GUBA, they have set up a COVID stimulus fund, aimed at assisting female owned businesses directly affected by the pandemic. The Lotte has joined forces with The African Fashion Foundation, Fashion 4 Development with the support of Adonai Child Development Foundation to support young women in need and in danger in Ghana through the Kayayei Fashion Training Program.
Gina Din-Kariuki serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the Kenya Red Cross and runs the Gina Din Foundation, established to empower youth and women with high potential by connecting them to global resources and mentors. She is passionate about creating a positive narrative for Africa and is an ardent champion for “Shaping African Conversations.” In March 2016 Gina was appointed the UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund’s, honorary Ambassador. Her role is to support the Fund’s efforts to empower women and adolescent girls, with a focus on advancing their health and rights.
Alana Stott is the founder/ CEO of Breaking Chains Global founded in 2018 and has since raised over £1 million, supporting projects in the field of mental health and now combating Human Trafficking.
Roberta Annan started the African Fashion Fund in 2014 to empower African designers to access the global fashion industry and market. She is also the co-founder of Impact Fund For African Creatives—a fund that invests in creative businesses across Africa, in partnership with UN-ITC Ethical Fashion Initiative.
Julie Kurtzman Hinks
Julie Kurtzman Hinks leads social impact initiatives that include JMK Park in Tanzania, a non-profit, multi-sport facility located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The park’s staff of professionally licensed coaches is dedicated to providing sports and healthy lifestyle education opportunities to disadvantaged youth and the community as a whole since 2013. They have developed a programming strategy and partner negotiations (NBA, Sunderland AFC, Grassroot Soccer). Julie’s past community-based initiatives in Africa include HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in Tanzania, Symbion Power Training Center and Operation Warm Toes in Afghanistan, a project distributing over 2000 pairs of shoes and socks to children in need.
Sacha Jack works at The Red Cross and The Shine Centre teaching kids to read and write. Her dream is to develop a program to help kids with coping tools and skills to deliver this at schools.
Jazz Mace is a registered dietitian, currently working as the Nutrition Program Manager for a non-profit health organisation based in Burundi (with head quarters in NYC) called Village Health Works. Village Health Works provides quality and compassionate health care in a dignified environment while also addressing the root causes of illness, poverty, violence, and neglect.