Speakers: Johannesburg

Jill Ritchie
Jill has been fundraising, training and advising others on resourcing organisations for over three decades. A writer before becoming a corporate and trust fundraiser, Jill found a natural home in the written aspects of fundraising, yet, there are few sources of funds for NPOs and universities that she has not successfully accessed.

She specialises in managing capital campaigns and consulting on raising money in the UK, where she has an office. She has served on many boards and councils, including the SA National Museum and TUT. She also chairs two London based organisations: The UK Fund for Charities and the SA-UK Trust Network. Jill has had 27 books published, 20 on fundraising.

Yolandi Greyling
Yolandi has been facilitating training courses for a decade. She also regularly runs workshops for Cape Peninsula University’s Event Organising students. This teaching includes the use of social media for publicising events. Yolandi also manages non-profit clients’ social media platforms, providing planned solutions across various channels and offers one-on-one training to NPOs to maximise their online income.

Ari Seirlis
Ari Seirlis is a former CEO of the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QPSA), which he led 18 years to be one of the most successful NPOs in the disability sector. Having graduated from Gibs’ Social Entrepreneurship Programme cum laude, he applied creative thinking, supported by solid strategy and relationship building, to achieve sustainability as well as excellent governance and compliance, ensuring that QASA fulfilled its mission and vision and that its theory of change was a reality. Ari consults to NPOs nationwide and offers training throughout the country. He has received numerous honours and awards and is undaunted by challenges – ideal characteristics in the tough and competitive non-profit arena.  

Patrick Schofield
Patrick Schofield, affectionately known as the ‘Godfather of crowdfunding’, is the founder of South Africa’s premier rewards-based crowdfunding platform for innovation & creative industries, ThundaFund.com. He also serves as the CEO of South Africa’s leading cause & activism donations crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy and is the COO/Co-Founder of South Africa’s first equity crowdfunding platform, Uprise.Africa. His passion for entrepreneurship and driving growth through innovation in Africa has been recognised in his selection as the winner of the ‘Top Billing – Entrepreneur of the Year 2007/8’ and the Ernst & Young / Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ for South Africa & Africa 2008/09. He is also an elected member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council: Design & Innovation 2011- 2012. A leader in social change, Patrick speaks regularly on disruptive financial instruments, entrepreneurship, and social enterprise.

Reana Rossouw
University of Stellenbosch Business School alumnus, Reana Rossouw, founder of leading management consulting firm, First Generation Consultants,has a wealth of experience in sustainable and business development. She has 30 years’ experience in business management at senior executive and director level, with expertise in creating and implementing strategies and brands for innovation, growth and sustainability. She has worked in several industry sectors including donor/philanthropy and grant-making. Reana is a regular speaker, nationally and internationally. She is also the author of three books, and annually publishes Africa’s research report on the future and impact of the social development and investment sectors. She is a visionary and one of Africa’s leading experts in the areas of socio-economic development and impact management and measurement and has received several nominations and awards. Reana developed Africa’s first impact assessment methodology, the Investment Impact Index™, to measure impact and return on investment of social and impact investment. Today,this methodology is applied across the continent by social and impact investors, donors and grant-makers.

Pearl Tsepantse
Pearl Tsepantse is a Senior Development Officer at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and completed a B-tech degree in International Communications from TUT.  She has ten years’ experience serving in various stakeholder engagement roles both at the University of the Free State and Tshwane University of Technology.  Pearl is passionate about building viable relationships for good causes.

Seymone Moodley
Seymone Moodley is a content writer and a storyteller. She has extensive experience as a journalist in TV: BBC, CNBC Africa as well as in print: Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa.  When her experience in research, content writing and storytelling met her curiosity for digital technology and social media marketing, Seymone started her new journey as a digital marketer where she focused on studying and understanding the connection between brands and their consumers and found ways to improve that relationship using journalistic practices in marketing to achieve business KPIs under her company Malteez Digital. Qualified with a BA Journalism degree, a weekly slot on one of South Africa’s top radio stations and multiple accredited online digital and social media marketing certificates, Seymone enjoys being a creative and is passionate about content and digital technology. Seymone has been telling stories and creating content for a decade now and is just getting started.

Serai Herbst
A skilled senior leader in the development sector, Serai Herbst is an experienced communication strategist and process designer specialising in both short and long term methods of increasing funding and improving the sustainability of ethical organisations of any size. Serai’s cross-cultural experience has contributed to context specific strategies which have not only been impactful but have also brought about lasting change. Raising on average EUR 2.5m annually in a resource poor environment within an NGO environment, Serai brings a creative and innovative approach to fundraising. She often functions as a bridge between technical and non-technical teams, where knowledge translation is an essential skill when positioning any charity for greater credibility. Having launched two highly success social enterprises which in combination have contributed more than EUR 10m to the local economy since inception, Serai's expert generalist skills greatly contribute to impact in the sector. Serai has contributed to the work of WWF Belgium, Oranjezicht City Farm, Common Good, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organisation, among others. 

Alison Mcvey
Johannesburg Children’s Home Accountant, Alison Mcvey has over 40 years’ experience in the NPO sector.  Her motto is: ‘Work in service is wonderful’, and Alison lives this every day. She has driven much of the implementation of income generating initiatives at the Home, initially driven by the necessity to survive in a tough arena where there is insufficient donor funding. Alison will generously share the learnings and successes of this journey. 

Sue Matthew
Sue Matthew has a social work degree, has owned her own businesses and has spent the past three decades advising NPOs on successfully generating income from ‘charity shops’ –  these days she also encourages such enterprises to be online too. Having set up and consulted around second hand shops for NPO income on three continents, there is not likely to be anyone more experienced in South Africa to enhance this panel.

Onyi Nwaneri
Onyi is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun Services. Her experience cuts across Legal Practice to Compliance, Research and Development, Business Development, Sales and Marketing; Customer Service and Relations; HR; Logistics; Operations; Stakeholder Management, Deal Generation and Conclusion, BBBEE and CSI. Onyi worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as a consultant, e advising on the legal framework governing National Aids Commissions in six African countries. Onyi holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the reputable University of Pretoria.  She has also concluded a variety of certificate courses. Her experience in working in NPOs and Social Enterprises across education, skills development, nutrition, health, gender and development programmes, has enabled her to develop and acquire extensive experience of end to end project management; fundraising, marketing, designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating projects.

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