Scarlett Lanzas is a social entrepreneur and nonprofit management executive with a demonstrated history of working with public and private sector agencies, nonprofits and international development and humanitarian assistance organisations. She is passionate about human rights and gender equality.
Scarlett founded Accountable Impact (AI), a social impact enterprise that activates networks in South Florida focusing on systems change addressing multiple dimensions of sustainable development by utilizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. Scarlett co-founded Emergent Global Consulting, a consultancy and advisory firm providing services to organisations, public institutions and corporations that focus on sustainable development and social impact. As an impact investor, she focuses on the development of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics, research and development of financial services related to impact investing at Emergent Global Investments. She co-founded Social Impact Movement, a Miami nonprofit organisation and a catalyst for change for youth engagement, activism, and education on the SDGs.
During the span of her career, Scarlett worked in diverse areas ranging from international development and humanitarian assistance through her role at the United Nations World Food Programme. Previous roles included Executive Director of Puentes New Orleans, a nonprofit organisation in Louisiana that focused on policy and advocacy and the development of economic, health and community assets and leadership building initiatives for Latinos. At Florida International University she worked on specific projects related to data review, assessment, and accreditation processes for graduate programs.
Scarlett holds an Executive Master of Public Administration degree from Florida International University, a master’s in International Development and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. Scarlett supports causes ranging from civic engagement, social justice, and the protection of human rights around the world. Scarlett is committed to fostering relationships and developing partnerships with organizations that work on the achievement of the UN SDGs.
Colin Bloom is a teenager living in New York City (NYC) and is a dual USA / South African citizen. He visits South Africa often and will be attending the African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa from January 2023.
In NYC, Colin volunteers as a literacy tutor with Reading Partners in Harlem each week and since 2017, has provided free after-school STEM classes to underprivileged children at Washington Heights. Colin founded his school’s Architecture and Urban Planning Club and worked in construction over the summer. He plays water polo, golf and referees flag football games on weekends.
Colin founded Libraries for Literacy, an organisation dedicated to increasing access to books for South African schools. In March 2020, he established his first library at an under-resourced school in Doornkop, Soweto. Colin collected and transported over 1,500 beginner and early reader books to create the school’s first library.
In March 2022, Colin brought over 3,000 books to launch the new Tshaneni Primary School library in rural KwaZulu Natal. He also collaborated with Room to Read Africa to purchase more than 100 children’s books in Zulu. As the school building didn’t have space for a library, Colin spent half a year fundraising and reached out to partner with Breadline Africa to place a converted shipping container next to the school hall.
After graduating from Gannon University in Pennsylvania, USA, Richard Deuink travelled to South Africa to meet his grandparents and extended family. His mother was born outside Witbank (now called Emalahleni) in Mpumalanga and lived there until the age of seven and following World War II, she emigrated to the USA with her new husband, while her family returned to South Africa from the United Kingdom.
This short visit turned into a three year stay in Africa that saw Richard working for De Beers Diamonds, based in Oranjemund in Namibia. 1977, he returned to the USA to begin his post-graduate education in Sociology, graduating from the State University of New York at Albany in 1978 and moving on to a PhD programme from there.
Preferring a family life and a job to academia, he married and began a career, first within State government, then with the Federal government, where he worked for 30 years in the Baltimore – Washington DC corridor.
Having spent his entire working career in government service in the USA, he returns to his roots in Africa as an ambassador for Breadline Africa. He explains that he had the privilege of knowing one of the organisation’s founders, Frances Greathead, and spoke with her several times about its mission, adding that he could think of few more important contributors to the lives of South Africa’s young people.
“Breadline Africa has stepped up admirably by offering practical solutions to communities in need of educational facilities from where services can be based and made real,” he says.
Douglas Bragdon earned a master’s degree in English at West Virginia University in 1981, and then began a successful career with the Federal Government. In 2008, he formed a small company to provide engineering and management services to the Government and during the course of 2021, retired from all government work and sold the company.
As Douglas began to contemplate a restful retirement, he began to write funding proposals for local non-profit organizations in the human services sector. The organisations he supports care for foster children, provide mentorship for inner-city youth, support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and encourage young people to explore science and technology education.
In addition to a successful ‘second career’ as a grant-writer, having written and coordinated the submission of grant proposals for six non-profit organisations, Douglas has served as a volunteer, advisor, and board member for various non-profit groups.
He says: “While there are many worthy and underfunded causes within the US, I believe there is also a recognition among some of us that the needs may be even greater in other regions of the world – and there is an accompanying willingness to help.”
As a proudly South African young entrepreneur, speaker and business owner of a swimwear company called She Succeeds, Bianca Bezuidenhout probably looks quite familiar – and she should, as a Miss South Africa finalist and audience favourite!
She was born in Newcastle, Kwazulu Natal and matriculated in Bloemfontein in 2017. After obtaining a BA degree in Marketing Communications from AAA School of advertising in 2020, she decided to pursue a childhood dream of becoming one of the youngest contestants to make it to the top five of Miss South Africa in 2021. And being the resolute young lady that she is, that is exactly what happened.
In addition to her business, Bianca is a Zumba dance instructor, taking the opportunity to bring people together through dance and in celebration of health, fitness and unity. Through her passion for community work, she is a youth ambassador for several community projects and lives out her passion and mission to move South Africa forward, faster.
She sums herself up in three words: Faithful, compassionate, purposeful.
An experienced financial services professional in South Africa with business interest in the UK. Sanelisiwe has accomplished career highlights in broadcasting, marketing and publishing. She is a seasoned thought leadership, investments, wealth, economics and premium lifestyle writer; trained corporate spokesperson in representing listed financial services providers, as well as a trained studio reporter and has successfully reached SA and the broader African continent audiences in expressing economic data on television, radio, print and online.
Gantsho is a non-executive director, board member, Trustee and Chairman of the UK board for Help2Read and a member of the executive committee for the South African Chamber of Commerce UK. She is passionate about being an instrument for global social impact investing, international trade – under the banner of environmental, governance and socially (ESG) cohesive practices.
Gantsho holds an MBA, Bcom Hons Economics; Bcom Economics and Business Management, specialising in Econometrics, Investment Analysis and Financial Econometrics. She is also an invited guest writer and author at Lucy Cavendish College (University of Cambridge), Stellenbosch Visio and the Stellenbosch Wine Routes half century celebratory book.
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