Vice President: Social Impact for CEMEA
Carl helps to bring Visa’s socially focused ambitions and initiatives to life. As Vice President for Social Impact across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEMEA), Carl’s focus is on enabling community impact with local, regional, and global partners. He co-creates and empowers partnerships that support small and medium-sized businesses and help individuals and households to thrive across the region.
Highly experienced in enabling community impact projects, Carl’s career includes a successful spell as Chief Operating Officer at Ecobank Foundation, where he led social impact work in 33 markets around Africa. He has also held several important leadership roles at the African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), Economic Commission for Africa, The Global Fund and UNDP.
A Mo Ibrahim Foundation Fellow and an Aspen Institute New Voices Senior Fellow, Carl holds an Undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard Kennedy School.
Old Mutual – South Africa
Chief Executive Officer
Iain was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in July 2020, after serving as the Interim Chief Executive Officer from May 2019. He joined the Group in 1993 and following various roles across employee benefits and personal finance, he relocated to London to a Corporate Development role at Old Mutual plc.
In 2003, Iain returned to South Africa serving in a number of roles across distribution, technology and finance before being promoted to CFO Retail Affluent and then managing director of the Retail Affluent segment. He was appointed as Old Mutual Emerging Markets’ Finance Director in 2015, as Chief Operating Officer in 2017 and has also previously been the Interim Chief Executive Officer in 2017.
Qualifications: BBusSc (Actuarial Science), General Management Programme (Harvard), FASSA
Board Committees: Responsible Business; Technology and Platforms
Absa Bank Kenya PLC
Chief Executive Officer
Jeremy Awori is the Chief Executive Officer at Absa Bank Kenya PLC (formerly Barclays Bank of Kenya), a position he assumed in February 2013. Prior to joining Absa, he held various positions within Standard Chartered Bank (SCB); among them, CEO Standard Chartered Tanzania (2008 to 2012), Regional Sales and Performance Director at SCB Middle East, South Asia and Africa (2005 to 2008) and Head of Consumer Banking in SCB UAE (2003 to 2005). He also served Standard Chartered as Executive Director and Head of Consumer Banking for East Africa. Jeremy has in addition lived and worked in the in UK, North America and Asia.
He completed his Master degree in Business Administration from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Manchester University in the United Kingdom.
In addition to his responsibilities at Absa Kenya, Jeremy is a Director at Absa Financial Services Limited (AFS), a pan-African Insurance and Wealth Management Company; Absa Kenya (Nominees) Limited; First Assurance Company Limited; First Assurance Holdings Limited; Absa Life Assurance Kenya Limited and Absa Asset Management Limited.
Furthermore, Jeremy is a board member of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) and the former Chairman of the Kenya Bankers Association where he sits on the Governing Council. He is additionally a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and an Aspen Global Leadership Institute fellow. In March 2020, Jeremy was appointed by the President of the Republic of Kenya as a board member of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.
Jeremy is married with three children. He enjoys swimming and several other sports.
Enel Green Power – Southern Africa
Head of Sustainability
Lizeka Dlepu joined Enel Green Power as the Head of Sustainability Southern Africa in 2015. Her responsibility is manage project stakeholders as well as ensuring the success of the business in meeting its sustainability and shared value strategy by implementing sustainable projects aligned with the study of the social, economic and environmental contexts where EGP operate. Prior to joining Enel Green Power she worked as an Economic Development Manager for various companies.
In 2001 she was appointed a Director responsible for Youth, Disability and Women’s desks for the then Department of Communications. She has rich experience in Economic Development and has expertise in Human Resources Management, Transformation and BBEEE management
She joined the Board of Directors of the Nojoli and Gibson Bay Wind Farms in 2017 until 2020. She was also a Board member for the South African Civil Aviation Authority for 3 years where she was a Chairperson for Human Resources and Remuneration Board committee. She currently serves as a Trustee in nine Community Trusts and Social and Ethics Board committee member for three project companies.
Ms Lizeka Dlepu holds Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Town and Regional planning.
Maria Cristina Papetti
Enel Green Power – Italy
Head of Sustainability Projects and Practice Sharing
Maria Cristina is Head of Sustainability Projects and Practice Sharing at Enel. Born in Milan, she studied Foreign Languages and Literature first at Silvio Pellico School for Interpreters and then at IULM University.
She worked in Edison, Ferrovie dello Stato and Trenitalia before joining Enel in September 2007. She has been in charge of Executive Education, Executive Education and Cross Cultural Center, International Internal Communication and in January 2012 she was appointed Head of External Relation of Enel Green Power and started to deploy the creating shared value approach inside the company.
Since October 2014, she had led the CSV, Sustainability Projects and Practice Sharing Unit, within the Innovation & Sustainability Function of Enel Holding, being in charge among others of the definition and deployment of the Creating Shared Value Model throughout the business value chain of the entire Group.
UN Global Compact
Sanda Ojiambo is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Launched in July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is the Secretary‑General’s strategic policy and advocacy initiative calling for the alignment of business operations and strategies with 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It also motivates companies to integrate the SDGs into their core business strategies and operations.
With more than 10,000 corporate participants and other stakeholders from over 160 countries engaged through 68 country networks, the Compact is the largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative in the world. Endorsed by chief executive officers, it is a practical framework for the development, implementation and disclosure of sustainability policies and practices, committing businesses to sustainability and shared responsibility for achieving a better world.
Ms. Ojiambo brings 20 years of experience to lead the UN Global Compact. She has served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc, Kenya since 2010. Ms. Ojiambo was also the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations, Kenya from 2008 to 2010, during which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organisations.
Throughout her career, she has cultivated and managed relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations, including her capacity development work in Somalia with UNDP and CARE International.
Ms. Ojiambo holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.
SVAI Steering Committee
Sazini is currently chairperson of the SVAI Steering Committee, having served on the committee since 2019. Sazini is a trisector leader whose expertise lies in the development and execution of strategic plans linked to business development, focused on the small enterprise development, creating shared value, sustainability and financial inclusion. A Harvard Business School Graduate, Sazini is a strategist and development specialist by training, holding a double major degree in Sociology and Industrial Psychology as well as having obtained a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from the University of Cape Town.
Prior to joining Absa Group Limited, she was the CEO and co-founder of Hand in Hand Southern Africa, an NGO with the focus on micro and small business development in peri urban and rural areas with a special focus on youth and women. She has over 17 years’ experience, working in government, civil society including corporate and private sector. She has the ability to pioneer innovative approaches to tackling socio economic business challenges enabling customer growth and critical stakeholder buy in, and is passionate about making an impact in people’s lives through her work
Old Mutual – South Africa
Chief Communications Officer
Tabby is a highly experienced Public Affairs professional with two decades of strategic communications, marketing, stakeholder and regulatory management leadership under her belt. Working with a number of blue chip companies during this time, she has strived to create time, space and opportunity for growth by connecting the dots, bringing out people’s strengths, and effectively managing risk.
Career highlights include:
- Working closely with key stakeholders across sectors to successfully position and grow the BMW brand post the 1994 transition.
- Spearheading the launch of South Africa’s first ever reality television show, Big Brother 1, to critical success during her tenure at MNet
- Reinforcing brand product messaging to the business and youth segments while at MTN
- Honing her stakeholder communication, investor relations and compliance competence in roles at Microsoft and Nedbank
- Bringing to bear the impact of the illicit trade in tobacco products to key audiences in both government and the media whilst serving as Head of Communications at British American Tobacco South Africa
Tabby joined Old Mutual as Chief Communications Officer in February 2018 where she immediately led the communication around the Group’s listing activities, brand repositioning, its unbundling from Nedbank, as well as its reconnection with investors and shareholders as Old Mutual Limited.
She has played an instrumental role in driving an effective reputation recovery plan for the Old Mutual Group, this following a protracted legal battle with its former CEO, which resulted in multiple negative impacts to the business.
Drawing inspiration from life, Tabby takes a leadership role in whatever she does. Whether as a wife, mother, runner or community activist, her passion for bringing people and purpose together is palpable as is her desire to deliver on time and in full, every time.
Tabby holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the AAA School of Advertising in Johannesburg, an MBA from Bond University in Australia a certificate for the Executive Leadership Development Programme from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).
SVAI/Shift Impact Africa – South Africa
Chief Executive Officer
Tiekie is the Founder and CEO of both Shift Impact Africa and the Shared Value Africa Initiative, and leads the way in bringing the Shared Value concept to Africa.
Tiekie is driven by her passion for the Shared Value Business Management concept, which is about reconnecting company success to social progress.
She is a Shared Value Strategist and Business Development expert, Gold Member of the GRI, Member of Vega School of Brand Leadership Advisory Committee, Member of the global Shared Value Steering Committee, Member of AgriLuxe Marketing Advisory Committee, a Board Member of Creatella Impact, an impact investment firm from NYC, and member of faculty at Strathmore University Business School.
Tiekie has extensive experience in the Shared Value Business Management concept and advising organisations on its implementation and alignment. Tiekie was the co-creator and co-lecture for the first ever Shared Value course to be delivered on the Africa continent that took place online in September 2020.
In 2017, Tiekie was nominated for the South Africa Businesswomen’s Association Regional Business Achievers Award, in the Social Entrepreneurship Category.
In 2019, Tiekie completed the Harvard Business School Creating Shared Value: Competitive Advantage through Social Impact course, which was delivered by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer.
In December 2020, she was recognised as one of Africa’s Women Leaders by the World Women Leadership Congress and Awards.
SVAI/Shift Impact Africa – South Africa
Vuyo Lutseke is Head of Fundraising & Membership at Shared Value Africa Initiative and Shift Impact Africa. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Cultural & Literary Studies, and went on to receive a Certificate in Media Law & Ethics from Wits University. She cut her teeth in publishing, ultimately leading to strategic oversight and publisher roles. Ongoing career development includes the King Baudouin Foundation: The Art & Science of Fundraising programme in New York City, and the International Fundraising Conference in Holland.
Previously at Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust, Vuyo developed and implemented an overall communications and public fundraising strategy to support this capital campaign, construction and opening of the hospital – the largest campaign of its kind in SA. As part of the SVAI/Shift team, she participates in taking social impact beyond philanthropy and into the more strategic focus of Shared Value. In October 2020, Vuyo was appointed as a Director of both SVAI and Shift.