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Who we are

We are a global family coming together to do more than we can on our own, committed to serving Africa.

Our organisation was founded on Christian values. It is with this fibre and heart that we continue to serve our continent and our people without discrimination of race, religion, gender, political stance or any other form. We thank God for the privilege of our calling to serve our people.

01. Global leadership team

Paul Edwards is Chairman of ForAfrika, formerly known as JAM International, and is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully built several businesses into leading companies.

Most digital technologies, such as electronic payments and telecommunications, fall within his ambit, but his work also covers the investment banking and energy sectors.

His CV lists an impressive array of positions held at major companies around the world and he is also a regular speaker at international conferences on satellite communications, telecommunications, payments, and doing business successfully in Africa.

Paul is currently Executive Chairman of Equilibre Bio-energy Production Ltd and Chairman of ZappGroup, Africa Ltd.

Additionally, Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and a member of EDS’s Europe’s Advisory Board.

Isak Pretorius is the son of social entrepreneurs Peter and Ann Pretorius, who founded JAM International out of which ForAfrika has risen.

He is passionate about impact development in Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. With 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent, he is well positioned to drive the organisation into the future while staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings which provides end-to-end business development, strategy, facilitation and capital-raising services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. He has also played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and large NGOs on sustainable assistance programmes.

He has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, chairing various roles over the years and being named Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a BComm graduate from the University of South Africa. He is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

Simon McGregor is Chief Development Officer at ForAfrika, having previously been managing director of the organisation’s UK office from 2019 to 2021.

Simon’s background and impressive career is in financial research, corporate finance and stock transfer. He founded various companies that went on to enjoy major success.

His financial information vendor, McGregor Information Services, became the third largest provider of financial and business information in Africa. His sector research project became the Who Owns Whom portal, now partly owned by LSE-listed credit information provider Experian. His analysis firm Mercantile Shareholder Services was sold to Computershare Analytics two years after it was established and he sold his founding shares in Symphony Investor Relations when he moved to London in 2009 to take up the position of Managing Director at the Equiniti Group.

From 2012 to 2017 he was CEO and founding partner of corporate finance house, Gatestreet before becoming a partner responsible for corporate finance at Africa-focused consultancy, Afriscope where Isak brought him on board.

Nico is professionally qualified as a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He holds a Master of Science degree in professional accountancy (with distinction) from the University of London and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy degree in Leadership in Emerging Economies, from the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg.

With almost 20 years of experience in financial services and insurance, previous employers include the South African Insurance Association, OUTsurance, and Discovery.

Furthermore, Nico is part of a Christian outreach ministry with a focus on rural and township areas in South Africa. Nico holds motivational talks on life purpose and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). He was appointed as the Chairperson of the ACCA South Africa Board in late 2020.

Amanda Koech Otieno is currently serving as ForAfrika’s Chief Programmes Officer, supporting our regional offices and donor support offices. Her role at ForAfrika started in 2018 as Quality Assurance and Programme Manager for both South Sudan and Uganda.

Amanda has over 20 years of experience in development, humanitarian assistance, wildlife and natural resource management, public relations and media. She spent 13 years in various roles for other international NGOs including World Vision and Action Against Hunger in Kenya and Somalia. These roles included programme management, communications, marketing and advocacy.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Community Development from Daystar University in Kenya. She is a gender champion and certified grant manager who enjoys photography and outdoor activities such as hiking and community service.

Killen Otieno joined ForAfrika in 2017 and, before his promotion to the position of Chief Operations Officer in 2020, served as Country Director for South Sudan and Uganda.

He has brought to the organisation close to 30 years of global humanitarian leadership experience, most of which focused on food security and livelihoods programming in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Killen has worked in top positions for leading humanitarian organisations, such as World Vision and the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and was the Global Head of the Food Assistance and Nutritional Unit at Plan International’s headquarters in London.

Currently, Killen also serves as board member of the Cash Learning Partnership Network (CaLP) – a global network whose aim is to strengthen and promote the use of multi-sectoral cash & voucher programming.

He is also a board member of the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection, promoting professionalism in the humanitarian sector.

Dr Mary Okumu is an accomplished development expert in health policy and health service delivery and has about 38 years of experience at various humanitarian organisations around the world, including the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF), Oxfam and the United Nations, where she has served at senior levels including being a Representative of UN Women in Sierra Leone.

She has been responsible for generating groundbreaking programmes in maternal and child health as well as community upliftment and organisational development projects in more than 15 African countries.

She strongly believes in the participation of the community, especially the youth, in all development initiatives since this ensures local ownership and sustainable transformation. She also believes that gender mainstreaming is an important strategy in achieving equitable and sustainable human development. Dr Okumu holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health (Maternal and Child Health) and a PhD in Human Rights Law.

David Brown moved into the position of Wellness and Human Resources Executive at ForAfrika in 2021 after many years as Country Director of South Africa.

He holds Bachelor of Science (Building) and Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degrees and commenced his career as an industrial engineer in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and food processing industries. He also spent many years in strategic and operational consulting, both locally and internationally in a wide range of sectors.

David considers it a privilege to be able to be involved in the important work that ForAfrika does, serving the people of his continent.

Fiona moved into the humanitarian sector after spending most of her career in a corporate environment at Liberty Holdings where she gained 11 years of experience in integrated external and internal communication, stakeholder and media management, change communication and leadership communication.

Armed with a master’s degree in English, Fiona has travelled the world and is accustomed to operating in countries with diverse languages and cultures. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and ran a successful children’s book enterprise — creating numerous bestsellers in her wake — before joining ForAfrika.

To the NGO world she brings her hallmark of delivering measurable value and return on investment and her passion for driving special marketing projects that go beyond business-as-usual.

Edward, or Eddie, as he is better known, brings to ForAfrika a wealth of international experience spanning three decades and covering the full spectrum of humanitarian and development work.

Prior to joining us, Eddie was with World Vision for over 23 years, including six years as National Director of Ethiopia. He also served as National Director in Zimbabwe from 2010 to 2016 and was Senior Director for World Vision US Humanitarian Emergency Affairs, Relief Director in World Vision Angola and numerous leadership roles in Sierra Leone from 1999 to 2002.

He was a highly decorated non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993, earning the Combat Action and two Humanitarian Service medals among other awards.

He has been a part-time PhD student at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies writing a thesis on “Covenant Leadership” and earned a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and has travelled to over 100 countries. He is married to Sandra Marisa Guerra Carmelino Brown, born and raised in Angola. They have two daughters Eliana and Grace.

02. Operational country directors

He is a humanitarian professional, having various qualifications to his name. He obtained a degree in health science from Lisbon University and holds a postgraduate diploma in humanitarian response from the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard University as well as a postgraduate diploma in health management from Catholic University in Portugal. Additionally he holds various certificates from top institutions, such as Johns Hopkins, University of Genève and the Kilimanjaro & Christian Medical College.

Celio, who is Angolan, previously worked as Grant Technical Advisor for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) where he supported local civil societies to access funding. Before that he was the Health Programme Manager with World Vision Angola, leading various community systems. He was also the provisional coordinator for the Neglected Tropical Disease project at the Mentor Initiative in Huambo.

He is fluent in four languages: Portuguese, English, French and Hungarian and is passionate about development in Angola.

Having started out as a banker, Arsénio pursued a career in administration and logistics working as Support Services Manager at PSI (Population Services International) where he analysed financial pipelines to donors and supervised procurement and logistics staff.

He joined ForAfrika in 2008 as an Administration and Logistics Officer and soon thereafter became our Procurement Officer, undertaking high-level purchases and the intricate liaison and logistics that this position requires.

In 2014, Arsénio was promoted to National Admin and HR Manager. He worked under various country directors all of whom became personal mentors. He also became an expert in Mozambican labour law, which has been crucial for the effective functioning of the organisation.

Under his leadership, the country office has gone from strength to strength, and has gained valuable partners on the way, including other international organisations such as UNICEF and USAid.

Sihle was born in Soweto and has a heart for Africa, with 17 years’ experience in community development work. After graduating with a law degree from Wits University, he went on to study Theology at George Whitefield College in Cape Town and later at Cornhill College in London. He then lectured for four years at Johannesburg Bible College, pioneering the Soweto and Alexandra campuses and sitting on the board.

Until his appointment at ForAfrika, Sihle was Chief Executive of Rays of Hope, an Alexandra and Sandton-based NGO that connects organisations and small enterprises.

Sihle views himself as a bridge between diverse communities and, as a visionary go-getter willing to inspire our team of dedicated staff, donors and stakeholders, is an answer to prayers for a professional, able, solution-oriented leader for the organisation in South Africa.

With over 17 years of humanitarian and development programming experience in fragile contexts, Abeba has led teams in various country offices, managing medium and large-scale programmes including at Oxfam in the United Kingdom where she served as the Regional Policy and Advocacy Advisor.

With an in-depth contextual understanding of humanitarian and development trends in East Africa as well as in the Horn of Africa and extensive experience in programme design and implementation, Abeba is dedicated to seeing the positive transformation of communities.

Her unshakable commitment to realising a better future for children is drawn from many years of working alongside some of Africa’s most marginalised communities.

Under her leadership, South Sudan has extended its programmes exponentially and reached many more people than originally targeted.

Bosco Mfashingoma is the Project co-ordinator for JAM in Rwanda. Bosco has a Master’s degree in economics and has spent the past four years working mainly in community economic empowerment and youth leadership development for NGOs. A women’s rights activist, he has been involved in numerous projects, advocacy and policymaking around gender-based violence and other issues affecting women, such as reproductive and maternal health. He will be working towards a new strategy for operations in Rwanda, his home country.

Fred Mutenyo has a Master’s in agricultural economics from Makerere University in Kampala.

He is currently finishing his Master’s in monitoring and evaluation and will be pursuing a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) at Cavendish University.

He has spent the past 21 years working for various international development agencies in different capacities in the development sector. His specialities lie in programme design and implementation project leadership, monitoring and evaluation.

Under his leadership, our programmes in Uganda have garnered praise from both the government and our United Nations partners.

Fred is passionate about getting refugees from a state of surviving to thriving and his programmes are testament to this.

03. Affiliate country office boards

Australia

Before immigrating to Australia with his family in 2020, Glynn founded and developed a number of hospitality and tourism businesses in Africa from concept to profit generation. Glynn's unique combination of skills allow him to merge his passion for Africa with design & technology.

Etienne is a skilled assurance specialist with a solid background in internal auditing, risk management, assurance, governance and data analytics.

Advanced business and technical acumen ensure a firm understanding of effective processes and systems including resolving issues and implementing appropriate improvements, while enhanced liaison and negotiation skills allow me to collaborate successfully with stakeholders from many professional, technical and cultural backgrounds.

Highly developed analytical expertise and problem solving, time-management and organisational skills guarantee precise attention to detail, exemplary performance under pressure and the ability to achieve tight deadlines in fast-paced environments.

Janet’s direct project management portfolio includes projects such as Stag, Legendre, Patricia Baleen , Mutineer Exeter, Pluto, APLNG and the Bonaparte Floating LNG. She has overseen the successful delivery of complex engineering on these Projects, including a full subsea tieback to an onshore gas plant, FPSO (floating production, storage and offloading) developments, offshore platform projects and onshore LNG developments.

In her current role as Bonaparte LNG Project Development Manager, Janet is responsible for leading the development of three offshore gas fields in the Bonaparte Basin. The JV partners each possess quite distinct histories and strengths, rendering skillful, experienced and careful management a key factor for success.

Alison is an experienced lawyer based in Perth who is interested in assisting those living in poverty in Africa.

Canada

Simon McGregor is Chief Development Officer at ForAfrika, having previously been managing director of the organisation’s UK office from 2019 to 2021.

Simon’s background and impressive career is in financial research, corporate finance and stock transfer. He founded various companies that went on to enjoy major success. These include: McGregor Information Services, the Who Owns Whom portal, Mercantile Shareholder Services and Symphony Investor Relations.

He moved to London in 2009 to take up the position of Managing Director at the Equiniti Group. From 2012 to 2017 he was CEO and founding partner of corporate finance house, Gatestreet before becoming a partner responsible for corporate finance at Africa-focused consultancy, Afriscope where Isak Pretorius brought him on board.

Pastor Steve Fleming has served Koinonia Christian Fellowship since founding it with his wife Beth in 1984, in the greater Kitchener area in Canada.

Over the years, their faithfulness has brought constant and steady growth. His compassion to help others has led him to serve on the ForAfrika Board of Directors.

Steve and Beth have three grown children. Their influence reaches far beyond many others throughout Canada.

Dave Koop spent his early years pursuing further education, careers, and raising a young family.

He spent many years in a successful career in the oil industry before pioneering a new church in the core of downtown Vancouver, Canada in 1994 with his young family. He and his wife are now the proud parents of four grown children, three in-laws, and three beautiful grandsons.

His years of business and influence have been a value-added key to ForAfrika.

Robert Dunford is a partner at Gowling WLG based out of the firm’s Hamilton office where he is an experienced trial advocate. Robert routinely acts for financial institutions, non-institutional lenders and corporate clients both within Canada and internationally.

Robert practised as a barrister in the UK before moving to Canada in 2007. Outside the firm, he is highly involved in his community. Robert and his wife Nicole have two grown-up daughters.

His years of business and influence have been of great value to the work of ForAfrika

Chief Executive Officer Isak Pretorius is the son of social entrepreneurs Peter and Ann Pretorius, who founded JAM International out of which ForAfrika has risen.

He is passionate about impact development in Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. With a BComm degree and 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent, he is well positioned to drive the organisation into the future while staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

He has also played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and large NGOs on sustainable assistance programmes and has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009.

Germany

"For as long as I can remember, helping people live with dignity has been a priority for me. When a child dies every six seconds as a result of starvation and malnutrition, it is a tragedy that concerns us all. Changing that is what motivates me to work professionally to give children a real chance at a happy life."

"JAM's help starts exactly where it is most useful. Because Africans help Africans at JAM, many of the frictional losses of other organizations do not arise in the first place. The progress seen in areas with JAM projects over the years shows that the concept is working. This is how aid projects that bring about lasting change should be."

“As a little girl, I had a fondness for my dark-skinned doll. Different cultures and nations have always fascinated me and have shaped and enriched me over the course of my life. The social injustice that exists worldwide shocks me deeply. Every child should have a fair chance in life - regardless of the country in which they were born. And that's exactly why I decided to work for social justice."

“Even as a child I had a strong sense of justice and always wanted to help those who were treated unfairly. Later I had to learn that I cannot save the world all by myself, but that we can only
make the world a better place together. Article 1 of the German Basic Law states that human dignity is inviolable. This is also my personal belief and I believe that JAM is an organization that helps restore human dignity. It is a great honor for me to contribute a small part to making a lasting positive change in people's lives."

South Africa

Isak Pretorius is the son of social entrepreneurs Peter and Ann Pretorius, who founded JAM International out of which ForAfrika has risen.

He is passionate about impact development in Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. With 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent, he is well positioned to drive the organisation into the future while staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings which provides end-to-end business development, strategy, facilitation and capital-raising services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. He has also played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and large NGOs on sustainable assistance programmes.

He has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, chairing various roles over the years and being named Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a BComm graduate from the University of South Africa. He is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

Nico is professionally qualified as a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He holds a Master of Science degree in professional accountancy (with distinction) from the University of London and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy degree in Leadership in Emerging Economies, from the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg.

With almost 20 years of experience in financial services and insurance, previous employers include the South African Insurance Association, OUTsurance, and Discovery.

Furthermore, Nico is part of a Christian outreach ministry with a focus on rural and township areas in South Africa. Nico holds motivational talks on life purpose and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA). He was appointed as the Chairperson of the ACCA South Africa Board in late 2020.

Amanda Koech Otieno is currently serving as ForAfrika’s Chief Programmes Officer, supporting our regional offices and donor support offices. Her role at ForAfrika started in 2018 as Quality Assurance and Programme Manager for both South Sudan and Uganda.

Amanda has over 20 years of experience in development, humanitarian assistance, wildlife and natural resource management, public relations and media. She spent 13 years in various roles for other international NGOs including World Vision and Action Against Hunger in Kenya and Somalia. These roles included programme management, communications, marketing and advocacy.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Community Development from Daystar University in Kenya. She is a gender champion and certified grant manager who enjoys photography and outdoor activities such as hiking and community service.

Killen Otieno joined ForAfrika in 2017 and, before his promotion to the position of Chief Operations Officer in 2020, served as Country Director for South Sudan and Uganda.

He has brought to the organisation close to 30 years of global humanitarian leadership experience, most of which focused on food security and livelihoods programming in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Killen has worked in top positions for leading humanitarian organisations, such as World Vision and the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and was the Global Head of the Food Assistance and Nutritional Unit at Plan International’s headquarters in London.

Currently, Killen also serves as board member of the Cash Learning Partnership Network (CaLP) – a global network whose aim is to strengthen and promote the use of multi-sectoral cash & voucher programming.

He is also a board member of the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection, promoting professionalism in the humanitarian sector.

David Brown moved into the position of Wellness and Human Resources Executive at ForAfrika in 2021 after many years as Country Director of South Africa.

He holds Bachelor of Science (Building) and Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degrees and commenced his career as an industrial engineer in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and food processing industries. He also spent many years in strategic and operational consulting, both locally and internationally in a wide range of sectors.

David considers it a privilege to be able to be involved in the important work that ForAfrika does, serving the people of his continent.

Fiona moved into the humanitarian sector after spending most of her career in a corporate environment at Liberty Holdings where she gained 11 years of experience in integrated external and internal communication, stakeholder and media management, change communication and leadership communication.

Armed with a master’s degree in English, Fiona has travelled the world and is accustomed to operating in countries with diverse languages and cultures. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and ran a successful children’s book enterprise — creating numerous bestsellers in her wake — before joining ForAfrika.

To the NGO world she brings her hallmark of delivering measurable value and return on investment and her passion for driving special marketing projects that go beyond business-as-usual.

Switzerland

Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, ein Motto, das mich seit meinem Start bei JAM konstant begleitet und immer wieder aufs Neue fasziniert. Bei JAM dürfen wir Menschen in Afrika helfen, wieder auf die Beine zu kommen, damit sie dann selbständig weiter gehen können.

Eine bessere Zukunft für Kinder! Ich habe Privilegien wie Schweizer Pass, gute Ausbildung, Berufsjahre auf verschiedenen Kontinenten, wertvolle Erfahrungen in der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit … Sie sind für mich Grund und Motivation mitzuwirken, damit weniger privilegierte Kinder eine echte Chance im Leben haben!

Die Überwindung der Armut ist kein Akt der Barmherzigkeit, sondern ein Akt der Gerechtigkeit − Nelson Mandela

Seit ich im Jahr 2011 aus beruflichen Gründen zwei Monate in Johannesburg, Südafrika, verbringen durfte, fasziniert mich der afrikanische Kontinent. Die Liebe zu Afrika nun aus einem ganz neuen Blickwinkel, für die Ärmsten, ausdrücken zu können, freut mich besonders.

Als Teilnehmer wie auch als Einsatzleiter habe ich mehrfach vor Ort erlebt, wie die Hilfe von JAM in Afrika das Leben von so vielen Leuten verbessert. Passend sagte Nelson Mandela einst: „Es sieht immer unmöglich aus – bis man es gemacht hat.

Menschen sind es wert, dass wir uns für sie einsetzen... Diese Aussage begleitet mich seit vielen Jahren. Unterstützung zu geben, damit Menschen den Weg in eine eigenständige Existenz und Selbständigkeit finden können, liegt mir sehr am Herzen. Mit meinen langjährigen Erfahrungen kann ich meinen Beitrag dazu leisten.

United Kingdom

Karen Marais is married toThabo Marais, senior pastor of the CRC church in London. Apart from looking after their five children, she also helps oversee diverse aspects of the CRC churches and campuses in the UK, Europe, Pakistan and India.

Born in South Africa, Karen studied at the University of Pretoria where she obtained a Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy.

She is passionate about building teams, strategic development, raising others up and motivating them to build the local church.

After supporting ForAfrika through church projects initially, Karen became a proud trustee member in 2017.

Roger Clarke has a BA Honours in European Studies from Bath University and spent some time working for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he had postings in Kinshasa, Paris, Windhoek and the UK Mission to the United Nations in New York.

It was while in Windhoek, helping the British aid programme, where his humanitarian work began and he has filled various posts in this sector, working with large organisations such as the World Food Programme and the International Red Cross. He ended his civil service career helping to manage the UK’s Syrian Refugee Resettlement Programme.

Since retirement, he has been volunteering at various charities and enjoying outdoor pursuits with his wife Ann Mortlock.

Chief Executive Officer Isak Pretorius is the son of social entrepreneurs Peter and Ann Pretorius, who founded JAM International out of which ForAfrika has risen.

He is passionate about impact development in Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. With a BComm degree and 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent, he is well positioned to drive the organisation into the future while staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

He has also played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and large NGOs on sustainable assistance programmes and has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009.

Alberto Gava owns an architectural and engineering survey company, GLA and its property development arm in the United Kingdom. He believes that business has the privilege of helping people achieve their full potential. Married to Hattie, with three children, Alberto is also very involved in his church and is a trustee of ForAfrika.

United States

Edward, or Eddie, as he is better known, brings to ForAfrika a wealth of international experience spanning three decades and covering the full spectrum of humanitarian and development work.

Prior to joining us, Eddie was with World Vision for over 23 years, including six years as National Director of Ethiopia. He also served as National Director in Zimbabwe from 2010 to 2016 and was Senior Director for World Vision US Humanitarian Emergency Affairs, Relief Director in World Vision Angola and numerous leadership roles in Sierra Leone from 1999 to 2002.

He was a highly decorated non-commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1993, earning the Combat Action and two Humanitarian Service medals among other awards.

He has been a part-time PhD student at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies writing a thesis on “Covenant Leadership” and earned a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish and has travelled to over 100 countries. He is married to Sandra Marisa Guerra Carmelino Brown, born and raised in Angola. They have two daughters Eliana and Grace.

Chief Executive Officer Isak Pretorius is the son of social entrepreneurs Peter and Ann Pretorius, who founded JAM International out of which ForAfrika has risen.

He is passionate about impact development in Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. With a BComm degree and 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent, he is well positioned to drive the organisation into the future while staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

He has also played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and large NGOs on sustainable assistance programmes and has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009.

Nathan Conway is Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Energy Services, a Michigan-based oil and gas well services company and has received various accolades for his many achievements.

Nathan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Minot State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan. He is active in his professional and local community in various capacities.

Christopher Hellmich has his own law firm providing advice to start-ups and litigation services to companies and individuals throughout the country.

His litigation experience, including six years in the US Army JAG Corps, has given him a wide variety of opportunities to practice. He serves as pro bono general counsel to ForAfrika and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016.

Before his retirement in 2009, David Blackwell had an illustrious career, filling various top positions in the oil and gas industry with ARCO (Fortune 50) and at Wal-Mart International.

He gained a broad business and global perspective through expatriate assignments and began consulting to ministry and humanitarian entities upon his retirement.

In addition to a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, David obtained an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas. He is a former member of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council and sits on ForAfrika’s Board in the US.

Norway

Lisa Rollnes is a trained speech therapist and teacher, and works as an inspector for 1.-7. steps at OKS Primary School. She is active in church life.

Bård Rollnes is a trained plumber, and is the owner and general manager of the company Blikkenslagermesteren AS. In addition, he is an artist, and is active in church life.

Lena Erasmus works as a teacher at Sørumsand School. She has previously run a kindergarten, and is active in church life.

Anton Erasmus works as an architect and designs cruise ships for Disney. He also leads a climbing group and is active in church life.

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