SAWIP is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to our South African Board of Directors – two of whom are senior SAWIP alumni.
Sara has an academic career of distinction which began in Education and now includes an MA in South African literature with a key focus on women and gender issues; an MBA; and a PhD in Entrepreneurship. She has held significant professional positions focused primarily on the development of young people having begun her career in the KwaZulu Natal Department of Education and then, after ten years, moving on to take up the position of National Programme Manager of Junior Achievement South Africa and then joining the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation as Programme Manager. Currently she is the Executive Development Manager (Executive Education: Custom Programme) at the Gordon Institute of Business. Sara continues to contribute to the development of graduates in a part time capacity in an association with MACQUARIE and Connemara Consulting and actively engages in the SA Black Entrepreneurs Forum; the SA Business Women Association of Soweto; Oxfam SA; the Forum of Entrepreneurship Development at Higher Education Institutions; the Department of Trade and Industry; the SA Graduate Recruiters Association; Graduate Recruitment Programme Placement for top consultancy companies. She coaches and prepares Allan Gray Orbis Foundation students who find post-graduate academic opportunities in leading international universities. Sara has made a range of focused contributions to high level special human development projects and her main voluntary engagement focuses on under-graduate student language and learning coaching for academic and leadership success.
Simon Freemantle is a Senior Political Economist in Standard Bank’s global research team. Having joined Standard Bank in 2008 Simon first spent two years working from the bank’s Nairobi office as an East African Economist. In his current role, Simon is responsible for analysing the structural (macroeconomic and political) trends and dynamics shaping Africa’s broader outlook. Included in this analysis is an interrogation of Africa’s relationships with non-traditional partners, hinged on the BRICS. In 2011 Simon, together with a colleague, was named the top emerging markets research team by London-based publication Emerging Markets. Simon is also the bank’s dedicated South Africa political analyst, primarily serving both the local and international institutional investor community. In 2015 Simon was ranked 1st in South Africa in the Politics and Industrial Relations category of the Financial Mail’s annual Ranking the Analysts Awards; in 2010 Simon also led a team which was ranked 1st in the Other African Economies and Markets category. Simon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Economics as well as Honours in International Studies (cum laude), and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Amsterdam. Simon has also studied short courses at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Gordon Institute of Business Science in Johannesburg. Simon is a regular presenter on political and economic issues relating to South Africa and Africa on a variety of local and international platforms. Simon has also addressed audiences at both the New York University Stern Business School and the Columbia Business School. In September 2015 Simon delivered a talk at TEDx (Stellenbosch) the rising demographic, urbanization and communication trends in Africa.
Thulani was a member of the 2008 SAWIP Team during his term as SRC President of the University of Cape Town. He has remained an active and supportive alumnus, contributing to the development of the organisation in numerous ways. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Science with honours in Economics, and a major in Politics from the University of Cape Town where he also completed a Masters programme in Applied Economics. Thulani’s main interest is the creation of wealth as a tool for empowerment and poverty eradication. After working as an Engagement Manager at Pegasus Strategy and Development he joined Genesis Analytics as a Senior Associate. After a short internship at Canon Asset Managers he set up an investment partnership which focuses on managing the funds of individuals and investing them in equities across sub-Saharan stock markets and in undervalued businesses. Thulani is married to Fungai Chitapi who has become part of the SAWIP family.
Crystal was a SAWIP Team member in 2011 during her final year of postgraduate LLB studies at Stellenbosch University. Following her SAWIP experience, Crystal took up an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to study a Master of Arts in Development and Governance in Germany. She is currently an Associate in the Cape Town office of Webber Wentzel. She has, as an alumna, continued to be an active contributor to SAWIP’s development through participation in SAWIP events, alumni gatherings and organizational processes.