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CHARMAINE GROVES is the founder of SABRI.  Her passion for SME and community development was ignited when an opportunity arose to take up the position of Operations Manager, and later, CEO of Old Mutual’s Masisizane Fund. Charmaine worked for more than 31 years in the financial services industry, and gained experience in, amongst others, actuarial consulting services, product development, structured insurance and employee benefits sales. She previously also worked with Gemini Consulting on the development and implementation of a turnaround strategy for a large insurance company. Charmaine holds an MBA degree from UCT (cum laude), and was an Old Mutual Gold Medallist for outstanding achievement on the MBA, and also won an award for Knowledge Management.  She obtained an SME Management Diploma from the Galilee International Management Institute in Israel.  Other studies include Property Management through Unisa and leadership and systems thinking through UCT. Charmaine provides leadership and direction to the SABRI team and is responsible for the business development activities.

ERWIN SCHWELLA completed degrees in law, sociology, public administration and a PhD in which he analysed the role of the media in the (lack) of public accountability in South African governance under apartheid.   He joined the University of Stellenbosch as a junior lecturer in 1981. During the 1980's he came under the impression of the real consequences of apartheid and an academic and activist critic of this system. During the 1990's he took part in the shaping of the new South Africa inside and outside South Africa forging new institutions for South African governance. He became a full professor at Stellenbosch in 1992 where he is currently the Professor of Public Leadership.  He served and still serves as an advisor to all spheres of South African governance and has consulted to international and national executives and governance institutions.

PETER PEDLAR is the former Deputy CEO : Operations and Capacity Enhancement at the Human Sciences Research Council, the premier social science research organisation in South Africa. His responsibilities included all operations activities including finance and ensuring that researcher trainees get the requisite post-graduate training and practical experience.

As Chief of Regulatory Affairs and Procurement at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), he was responsible for adjudicating tenders worth billions of Rands. He was also acting CEO of the organisation for six months from May 2007 and is a former non-executive director on the SITA board.

As Deputy DG in the Department of Science and Technology (DST), he was responsible for the Governance and Performance of South Africa’s science system. He also successfully managed the transfer and establishment of a number of Public entities, including stabilising the operational platforms of some state-owned enterprises. In 2007, he wrote the business case for the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), which has recently been institutionalised.

Peter holds business degrees from the University of the Western Cape and Stellenbosch Graduate School of Business, and also completed the Senior Executive Program at Harvard and Wits Business Schools.  He has served on a number of boards and is also a member of the Institute of Directors of South Africa and Africa Governance Institute.

SEDRICO HUSSELMAN has more than twenty years’ experience in the fields of group therapy and life skills education, development of community programming and management. Fundraising, strategic planning, volunteer training and development, with an emphasis on International and local organizational development. He has  strong skills in networking with volunteers and community organisations especially in developing communities. He researched, designed and implemented a Mentorship Program that functions as a support program to youth at risk projects. He founded and managed a business in a Social Upliftment magazine called Care Direct Magazine and set up a graphic design studio.  He is a fellow with Freedom House/USAID and was schooled in accountable governance particularly focusing on Southern Africa. He is currently employed at Artscape Theatre in the capacity of Audience Development Manager, he was selected to head up a trilateral mission between Chile, France and South Africa

JACQUES STOFBERG is the financial director of Vv4 AGRi (Pty) Ltd. Jacques has previously held positions as Managing Director of Possibility Holding and as Financial Manager for InnovUS Technology Transfer (Pty) Ltd. Jacques has a wealth of management and financial experience and is a fully qualified Chartered Accountant certified by (SAICA)

DENISE DOOKOO has been instrumental in changing lives and creating opportunities for entrepreneurs; she has been able to identify potential where individuals have simply given up on themselves.  Through her work at the Graduate School of Business at UCT, identifying township entrepreneurs to go on and achieve their dreams; through support from an international community of students. She holds an Associate in Management Diploma from the GSB – UCT; Certificates in Events Management, Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation.  She moved on to set up an information centre at The Business Place; where potential entrepreneurs could explore and test business ideas.  Following on from this she went on to manage Stakeholder Relations and Marketing for the Small Enterprise Development Agency   in the Western Cape.  Denise currently heads up the Waste Management Project in the Overberg District Municipality.

STEVEN BILLINGTON Has been the Operations Manager for SABRI for the past two years.  He has worked in senior management positions within the healthcare sector for over twenty years and has a wealth of experience in business consulting and operations. He has successfully developed and launched numerous small business opportunities focused on developing communities and sustainable business opportunities for woman and youth within South Africa. Steven oversees all projects and programs at SARBI ensuring efficiency and sustainability within the organization.

VUYOLWETHU XASO joined SABRI as a financial intern three years ago, and has developed into a competent financial administrator who manages all administrative functions relating to projects, specifically financial reporting and monitoring and evaluation.  She is a keen learner and, with minimal supervision, has set up SABRI’s financial system on QuickBooks. She is responsible for all financial and tax compliance.

SHARON RICKETTS has been appointed to manage and develop SARF (South African Recycled Furniture), a new SABRI project. Sharon comes from a background of eventing and functions managing the day to day operations of the Madame Zingara restaurant and eventing chain.  Sharon has a wealth of management experience in motivating and personal development and is an asset within the SARF Environment. She has also taken on the management of our new Café project.

Lizelle Aries heads up the SABRI shared services department.  All company or co-operative registrations are dealt with smoothly and efficiently by Lizelle.  Her engaging disposition and efficiency is always highly commended.

Dana Dreyer provides seamless efficiency between all internal and external role players ensuring day to day appointments, meetings and schedules are maintained and actioned. Her wealth of experience as an entrepreneur and business woman is of huge benefit to SABRI.