She comes to the Foundation from a career in activism and in the development sector, both locally and globally. Most recently, Janet was the Deputy CEO (and Acting CEO for the period Feb 2021 to Feb 2022) at the DG Murray Trust. At DGMT Janet worked to grow the organization as a public innovator aiming to build a South Africa where all people can fulfil their potential. At DGMT, Janet specifically led strategies focused on creating platforms for youth leadership, tackling youth unemployment, and growing an innovative and inclusive society.
Janet has held governance roles and worked in various capacities with a range of organizations such as Amandla.mobi, Activate! Leadership, Amnesty International South Africa, CIVICUS, and the South African Girl Child Alliance.
Janet’s brings to her work a drive to build a more compassionate, connected, and just world, with the technical skills to build strategies to fulfil this vision.
Janet completed a BA (Hons) degree in History at Rhodes University as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar. Her academic work then took her to Oxford University, where she completed an MPhil in Development Studies as a Rhodes Scholar. In 2009-10 she was a Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Fellow based in Montreal, Canada.