African Impact Group

 


Our site is currently under construction. Please email philippa.smit@africanimpact.co.za to learn more about our team. 

Our team 

Clint Bartlett MBA, MAM  

Clint is an impact investing consultant with over 15 years’ experience in development, social impact, and corporate advisory areas. He has advised numerous non-profits on funding sustainability, JSE-listed companies on social impact, and various South African government-funded entities on private sector engagement. His past positions include executive director of the Saint Patrick’s Trust, executive director of the Metropolitan Foundation, trust manager of AIDS Risk Consulting and CEO of African Investment and Risk Group. He holds an MBA from UCT GSB, and a Master of Advanced Management from Yale University.

Peter Henkel MBA, MAM 

Peter is an entrepreneur and business consultant with over 10 years' experience in the import, distribution, and consulting industry, having launched his import enterprise at the age of 19. He has consulted for multinational companies in the engineering, mining, printing, and food production sectors, focusing on business strategy and procurement processes. He holds an MBA from UCT GSB and a Master of Advanced Management from Yale University. 

Diane Ritson BPL, PGD HR Strategy  

Diane is an entrepreneur and strategy consultant with 37 years of business experience, focusing on strategic human resources, HIV and wellness management, and Corporate Social Investment. She has consulted across a wide spectrum of multinationals, government departments, and NGOs, and is trained in industrial psychology and HR strategy. Diane has been involved in various leadership positions including the SABCOHA Board of Governors for the Western Cape, acting CEO of the Old Mutual Foundation, the chairperson of the Western Cape Institute for Personnel Management, and was, until recently, the vice-chairperson for Habitat for Humanity South Africa.

Philippa Smit MBA, MAM  

Philippa is a social worker with over 7 years’ experience in the social service delivery sector. She has implemented and facilitated various projects relating to community development, and has worked with international, government, and private funders investing in social impact programs. She holds a Clinical Social Work Specialization Degree from UCT, an MBA from UCT GSB, as well as a Master of Advanced Management from Yale University.


Senior advisors 

Mark Claassen  

Mark formerly lead PWC’s Actuarial, Risk, and Quants practice in South Africa and has over 30 years of experience in actuarial and financial services fields, including insurance, healthcare, social security, and employee benefits. Mark is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on National Health Insurance (NHI) in South Africa and chairman of the costing, tax, and revenue sub-committee of the MAC, overseeing the initial costing work for the proposed NHI system. Mark also has significant teaching experience as a Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, where his responsibilities included the pioneering and successful implementation of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in financial risk management and quantitative asset management.

Josephine Buys  

Josephine is formerly the CEO of the IAB (Internet Advertising Bureau) of South Africa. While there she launched the Education and Transformation Council and started the process of IAB becoming a patron to the Professional Body for Digital to address the shortage of digital professionals in the current workforce. Previously her diverse career has placed her at the forefront of embracing digital in a variety of industries and platforms, from publishing and entertainment, to agencies and the public sector. Her experience spans sales, marketing, brand development, communications, and e-commerce; and includes running her own brand development consultancy.

David Norman (UK)  

David’s deep skill-set focuses on strategies and partnerships for sustainable development between companies, governments, and non-profit organisations. His past experience includes leading global work on stakeholder engagement in sustainable development policy at SABMiller. His previous non-profit roles include leading Campaigns and External Affairs for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-UK) and education policy at Save the Children. He has also worked in politics as Director of Policy and Communications for the UK’s Liberal Democrats.