OUR TEAM

Kate Kuper

Director

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Kate is an established board contributor and strategic leader with excellent judgement and impact focus. This was honed by 20+ years of operational and board roles in emerging markets, philanthropy, impact investment and education.

 

She worked for the World Bank Group, Bain & Company and Government of South Africa before building a leading education foundation. In addition to strategy and operations, her expertise includes procurement, social & environmental risk and M&E. She has achieved results and enduring client partnerships in
varied contexts and countries.

Stephen Harvey

Director

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Stephen is an experienced results driven leader with a track record of delivering organisational growth. With over 18 years of senior leadership experience, he focuses on what is required to achieve success, delivering wide-ranging strategies which have changed the culture and direction of organisations.

 

He has built and led high performing teams, creating an environment where people succeed, and is an accomplished fundraiser and communicator. Stephen led teams at Oxfam, Riders For Health and Practical Action before becoming CEO of CHIVA Africa.

We work with a select group of highly skilled associates based around the world and construct teams focused on meeting client needs.

Fiona Lewis

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Fiona has worked extensively in several specialist areas within the higher education and schools sectors, mostly in Africa.

 

From research and analysis to policy and planning, monitoring and evaluation, and operations management within a public entity, Fiona has worked for over 20 years in areas as diverse as inclusive education and disability, school turnaround and education management, and student financial aid. She is now based in Australia but works globally.

Louise Brown

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With over twenty five years of digital product management experience including work for Microsoft, UK public service broadcaster Channel 4 and the Wellcome Trust, Louise has a deep understanding of meaningful digital transformation.

 

Louise’s expertise is in enabling strategic visions to become operational - leading teams to create products, services and content that deliver on organisations’ visions for lasting public impact. She has hands-on product and content development experience, understanding how to deliver, measure and monitor results.

Shelley-Anne Salisbury

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Shelley-Anne’s diverse career path, spanning over 30 years, includes her roles as a company commercial lawyer, law lecturer , in-house commercial consultant and start-up entrepreneur,  all of which have stood her in good stead for her current role as a mediator and arbitrator.

 

With a keen eye for getting to the heart of the matter and her excellent interpersonal skills, Shelley-Anne is able to achieve attitudinal shifts in all types of disputes, overcoming inflexibility and rigid perceptions to attain a resolution enabling parties to move forwards productively.

Varsha Venugopal

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Varsha is an international development expert with over 15 years of experience in creating and implementing organisation and team strategy. She has set up teams and practices, and developed vision and strategy for non-profit organisations as well as bilateral and multilateral institutions such as the World Bank and CDC.

 

She has assisted several US local governments, foundations and UN agencies in managing, monitoring, and evaluating programmes. Her content expertise is in improving governance, creating and implementing programmes to improve women’s lives, and urban and rural development.

Matthew Kentridge

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Matthew has over 20 years’ experience as a strategy adviser, working in corporate strategy consultancies and independently to design and lead projects in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He has extensive experience in the consumer packaged goods (CPG) and retail sectors in the UK, Africa, continental Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

 

He has worked with numerous government departments, aid agencies and foundations in South Africa, the UK and Sweden.  Most recently, he has worked with DFID and Sida (the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency) mapping and evaluating the impact of challenge funds driving economic development.

Jos Kuper

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Jos is a research professional with more than 40 years of experience across multiple countries. She is the founding partner of Kuper Research which specialises in media, marketing and socio-political analysis, and qualitative and quantitative primary research.  

 

She is the lead director of futurefact, a survey that has been monitoring the significant social, political and economic attitudinal changes in South Africa since 1998. She has worked intensively on the relevance of social mobility, social dissent and cohesion, the digital society as it evolves and the mindsets of relevant cohorts within specific sectors.   

 

Jos has given many papers internationally and has received several awards for innovative research.

Yael Simon

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Yael Simon specialises as an innovative funding strategist for both corporates and non-profits to drive ‘smart expansion’ and serves as a valued and trusted advisor to many philanthropic families and foundations. 

 

By utilising her exceptional communication skills combined with thorough research, critical analysis and lateral thinking, Yael has been able to inspire client confidence and foster growth at all levels. She is a sought-after speaker and writer and holds  an LLM in International Business Law. 

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