Meet the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Boards of Trustees

The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation is strategically guided by our distinguished Boards of Trustees, who are dedicated to the liberation of greatness in our beneficiaries through an investment in formal education and entrepreneurial development .

South African Board of Trustees

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Dr. Zanele Bridgette Gasa – Trustee

Dr. Bridgette GASA holds a Bachelor of Building Arts in Architecture (University of Port Elizabeth), a cum-laude Post-graduate Diploma in Project Management, (TfMC, Newport University), a Certificate in Project Management for the Public Sector (University of Stellenbosch), a Masters Degree in Project Management (University of Natal), a Construction Management Programme qualification (University of Stellenbosch) and a Global Executive Development Programme Certificate through the Gordon’s Institute of Business Science (GIBS). A PhD in Construction Management with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

She is registered with many well-known professional institutes, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building as well as its Past-President for the African Region. She was the first-ever female and first-ever African President of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) appointed during the year 2008. She serves on a number of Boards and in 2010, Gasa was appointed by the President of South Africa to serve as a National Planning Commissioner. Bridgette is widely traveled. In 2008, she established The Elilox Group Pty Ltd. The Elilox Group focuses on: Programme and Project Management Consulting, Infrastructure Development and the provision of services within the rail sector.

Dr. GASA is the recipient of prestigious awards, notably: Department of Science & Technology Award for a Leading Woman Scientist in Industry (2008), an Award recognizing her as South Africa’s Most Influential Business Woman in Basic Industries (2013), the Choiseul Africa’s 100 Economic Leaders of the Future (2015) and as SADC’s Most Influential Woman in Construction (2016).

 


Professor Njabulo S Ndebele – Trustee

Professor Njabulo S Ndebele, a former Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Cape Town, is a Fellow of UCT and Senior Research Fellow at the University’s Department of Social Anthropology. He is Chair of the Idasa Board, the MTN (SA) Foundation and the Cape Town Partnership, and sits on the board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Mandela Rhodes Foundations.

Earlier positions include Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation in New York; Vice-Chancellor of the University of the North; Vice-Rector of the University of the Western Cape; Pro Vice-Chancellor National University of Lesotho, and Chair and Head of the Department of African Literature at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Professor Ndebele is a graduate of the Universities of Lesotho, Cambridge, and Denver. He has served as Chair of the South African Universities Vice-Chancellor’s Association; Founding Chair of the Southern African Regional Universities Association; and President of the Association of African Universities. He holds honorary doctorates from universities in the Netherlands, Japan, South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States and is an Honorary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. He is the author of internationally acclaimed fiction, literary and cultural critique. “Fools” and Other Stories, Rediscovery of the Ordinary, The Cry of Winnie Mandela, and Fine Lines from the Box are among his major works.

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Ayanda Nogantshi – Trustee

Ayanda joined Allan Gray in 2014 as Head of People Operations (traditionally called HR). Prior to joining Allan Gray, she worked as a Strategic Development Executive for the Clicks Group, as well as held various positions within the Massmart Group. Ayanda is a trustee of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation.

Ayanda holds a BSc. In Computer Science and Physics from Wits University, an Masters in Business Administration from GIBS, a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Natal University School of Business, and a Diploma in Business Analysis from the Faculty of Training Institute.

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Sawa Nakagawa – Trustee

Sawa Nakagawa is the Chief Executive Officer of E2 Investments (Pty) Ltd, the empowerment partner to Allan Gray Limited. E2’s mission is to change the unemployment landscape and alleviate poverty in South Africa through investing in the businesses created by Allan Gray Fellows, as well as supporting social entrepreneurs.

Originally from Japan, Sawa has over 10 years of experience in the global finance industry focused on corporate finance and investments across Asia, Europe, Africa, U.S., and Latin America. She has previously worked as Principal at Absa Corporate & Investment Bank, where she was responsible for corporate M&A transactions and organic expansions for Absa Group. Prior to that she worked at the International Finance Corporation in Washington D.C., and UBS Investment Bank in Tokyo and London.

She is passionate about entrepreneurship and investing. She served as Independent Member of the Board Investment Committee of the National Empowerment Fund from 2013 to 2016. She is an active VentureCorp member of Endeavor.

Sawa has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She is a CFA Charterholder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gary Morolo – Trustee

Gary is one of the three co-shareholders and principals who found Aka Capital, a private equity/ investment holding company in 2001. The same 3 principals had previously found a similar company, Coordinated Network Investment (CNI) in 1996. Previously Gary has served as CEO of a management consulting company, Coordinated Management Consulting.

Gary is a director of Aka Capital, and sits on the boards of some of its investee and subsidiary companies, most notably one of the listed investee companies, Datacentrix, as its previous CEO and Executive Chairman and now non-executive Chairman.

He has also served on the board of the Financial Services Board, and on the boards of then listed companies, Unihold and (as chairman) of IST.

He has also served for a number of years on the St. Stithians Council and its Council Executive committee, including serving varying terms as Deputy Chairman of Council, and as chairman of the Governance Committee and of the Transformation Committee.

Gary holds a BA from the University of Botswana & Swaziland (Political Science and Sociology) and an MBA from Michigan State University. He has completed the Advanced Executive Program through the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, as well as the Business Leadership Development Program through the Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute in Boston. He also holds a certificate in Corporate Governance and Leadership from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Namibian Board of Trustees

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Thando Mhlambiso – Trustee

Thando leads Allan Gray’s activities outside South Africa. Over the last twenty years, he has worked in various capacities in principal investing, investment banking, and corporate law in Southern Africa and the United States. Thando earned an AB in Biology from Brown University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a JD from Columbia University School of Law. He is a non-executive director of Allan Gray Namibia, Allan Gray Botswana, Allan Gray Swaziland, an executive director of Allan Gray Proprietary Limited and a trustee of E².


Dr. Omu Kakujaha-Matundu – Trustee

Dr Omu Kakujaha-Matundu is the deputy dean of Economics and Management Sciences at the University of Namibia and serves as a commissioner to the Namibian Competition Commission. He earned a PhD from the Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands, an MA from the University of Botswana and a BA from the University of Namibia. He is a non-executive director of Allan Gray Namibia.

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Andrew Theunissen – Trustee

Andrew Theunissen is an attorney with the Supreme Court in Namibia. He earned his LLB from Stellenbosch University. He is a trustee of Windhoek Gymnasium Private School and a chairman of the board and he is also a trustee of several inter vivos trusts. Andrew is an active farmer.

 

Botswana Board of Trustees

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Ambassador Legwaila: Joseph Legwaila – Chairman

Ambassador Legwaila served as Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for Namibia and Special Representative of the Secretary General of the OAU in South Africa. He also served as Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE). Previously he worked for the Botswana presidency as Senior Private Secretary to the President, before going to New York as Botswana’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He obtained a BA and an MA from the University of Alberta in Canada in politics, history and international relations. He is a non-executive director of Allan Gray Botswana.


Thando Mhlambiso – Trustee

Thando leads Allan Gray’s activities outside South Africa. Over the last twenty years, he has worked in various capacities in principal investing, investment banking, and corporate law in Southern Africa and the United States. Thando earned an AB in Biology from Brown University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a JD from Columbia University School of Law. He is a non-executive director of Allan Gray Namibia, Allan Gray Botswana, Allan Gray Swaziland, an executive director of Allan Gray Proprietary Limited and a trustee of E².



Goleele Mosinyi – Trustee

Goleele worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers in Johannesburg and Gaborone for seven years before moving on to Fieldstone Capital doing project finance in New York and Johannesburg. Goleele spent the next four years working on mergers and acquisitions, debt capital markets and ratings advisory for JP Morgan London and Johannesburg. He is currently the Founding Executive Director of Kago Capital, a financial advisory and investing firm, with Brait SA as a significant minority shareholder. He is a non-executive director of Allan Gray Botswana.

Swaziland Board of Trustees

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Dr Michael Matsebula – Chairman

Dr Matsebula is currently the CEO of the Swaziland Sugar Association. Previously, he was an Economics Professor at the University of Swaziland, where he had served continuously since 1972. He is a founding member of the African Economic Research Consortium as well as the Economics Association of Swaziland, which he served as its president for ten years. He is a member of the Monetary Policy Consultative Committee which monitors national and international developments for the purpose of advising the Governor of the Central Bank. He has been decorated twice with national honours in recognition of his meritorious efforts and had earned a doctoral degree at the Queen’s University in Canada, a master’s degree in Economics at the University of Manitoba, Canada and a bachelor’s degree at the then University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. He is a non-executive director of Allan Gray Swaziland.


Thando Mhlambiso – Trustee

Thando leads Allan Gray’s activities outside South Africa. Over the last twenty years, he has worked in various capacities in principal investing, investment banking, and corporate law in Southern Africa and the United States. Thando earned an AB in Biology from Brown University, an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and a JD from Columbia University School of Law. He is a non-executive director of Allan Gray Namibia, Allan Gray Botswana, Allan Gray Swaziland, an executive director of Allan Gray Proprietary Limited and a trustee of E².



Zodwa Mabuza – Trustee

Zodwa is currently the CEO of the Federation of Swaziland Employers and Chamber of Commerce. She earned a MSc degree in International Business from Lancaster University and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Swaziland. She is a non-executive director of Allan Gray Swaziland.