THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NICLAS KJELLSTRÖM MATSEKE (CHAIRPERSON)
Niclas Kjellström-Matseke is a Swedish-South African business leader with a two-decade career as a marketing-oriented CEO, and international investor in Europe and Africa. He has a special focus on sustainable business, and engaged in the UN’s pioneering work with Sustainable Development Goals, as a Board Member of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Niclas was the CEO of Novamedia Nordics since its start 2005-2015. Novamedia/The Postcode Lottery became the industry’s most profitable company, and the world’s third largest private donor, under his leadership. In 2016, Niclas relocated to South Africa to build a portfolio of investments in the real estate, environmental engineering and finance industries. He is Founding Partner of the New York-based company 17Asset Management. He was a member of The Elders’ advisory board, and in 2013 received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights – The Ripple of Hope Award for his “dynamic and creative leadership” bringing together the business, political and civic communities.
John Allen is a writer, editor, and former executive editor of the African news website, allAfrica.com. He reported on the anti-apartheid activism of South African churches from 1976, and later worked for Archbishop Tutu for 13 years, first as his press secretary in the church, then as communications director of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and finally heading Tutu’s office at Emory University in Atlanta. He directed communications for Trinity Church Wall Street, and at present consults for the Archbishop of Cape Town, Thabo Makgoba. He has written a biography of Desmond Tutu and edited three collections of Tutu’s works. The books have been published in eight languages. He has served as an advisory board member of the Graca Machel Foundation’s Women in Media Network and serves on the advisory board of the Africa Portal of the SA Institute for International Affairs.
Zandile Gobe is an Actuary at General Re Corporation (Gen Re), a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway. She previously worked for MMI Group Ltd in the Investments division where she headed up the Product Management teams (Structured Solutions, and later, Income Solutions). She started her working career at Metropolitan in 2006 as an Actuarial Specialist. Zandile is a member of the Actuarial Women’s Committee, a body advocating for transformation and gender equity in her industry. During her student days, she managed the Ubumbo Rugby team, which was the first black rugby team in the UCT Internal league. Zandile holds an Honours degree in Business Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Actuarial Science from the University of Cape Town.
Colin Andrew Moses is a chartered accountant employed by Western Province Rugby where he oversees the finances of the Western Province Rugby Football Union (the amateur arm) as well as the Professional arm. He has held this position since 2014. Colin has extensive financial experience in the accounting and medical aid environments. He served as personal accountant to Archbishop Desmond Tutu from 1994 to 2007, as well as Trustee of the Archbishop’s Mpilo Ministries Trust from 2001 to 2013. Colin currently serves a number of non-profit organisations, particularly within the Anglican Church’s umbrella in the Western Cape Province. He is a member of the Philani Nutritional Centres Trust in Khayelitsha, a director of the Sports Science Institute of SA, a director of the Sports Science Institute Share Block Company, and Chairperson of “The Rugby Pension Fund”. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the prestigious St George’s Grammar School Cape Town.
Neeran Naidoo has a masters degree in communications from Leicester University in the United Kingdom. He has extensive experience working in leadership roles in the non-profit, private and public sectors. He was recently Director of Communications and Outreach at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Prior to that, he spent 8 years as head of corporate communications at Woolworths. He also served in the Speakers Office in the first democratic Parliament when Mandela was President. One of his notable achievements was designing the Mace of the National Assembly, one of our national symbols. Neeran held leadership positions at several NGOs such as the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town and The Hout Bay Partnership. He cut his teeth in media at the alternative newspaper, South, in the 1980s. He is currently Chief Executive Officer at Hewers, a crisis communication consultancy.
Dhiresh Ramklass has consulted to all three spheres of government in the fields of Economic Development and International Relations. He has specifically been involved in strategy development and strategic management, public sector institutional transformation and capacity building, development planning and knowledge management. He has also consulted private sector organisations and parastatal institutions in the fields of project and programme management, organisational development, mergers, turnarounds governance. He is currently the Principal Technical Advisor for National Treasury’s GTAC unit on Economic Development issues and was, unitl recently, a member of the Audit Committee of Home Affairs. Dhiresh is a founding director of the Economic Development Partnership in the Western Cape. An electronic engineer by training, he Is an accredited Director of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa.
David Schmidt is a Director of Strategies for Change, an independent consultancy specialising in public leadership, innovation and strategy. He was extensively involved as an activist for justice during the 1980s. As Western Cape Director of IDASA from 1991, he brought together the major political, civil society, municipal and business stakeholders in greater Cape Town to discuss the future of metropolitan local government and convened the initial multi-party talks. He then acted as director and facilitator of the multi-party Cape Metropolitan Negotiating Forum, before being appointed chief director for restructuring by the Cape Metropolitan Council. David has been a prominent figure in developing regional and city strategies in South Africa. David currently facilitates a Young African Leaders programme for the Building Bridges Programme of the UCT Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice that attracts important young leaders from across the continent.
In many ways, making peace is harder than waging war. It takes time to forgive and for our wounds to heal. It takes courage to acknowledge our own failings. But whatever our position, there comes a time when we have to accept each other with all our differences and reach common ground.