Board

Non-executive Board members

Valli Moosa (Chair)

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Valli Moosa
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Current positions: Director of Lereko Investments; Principal of Lereko Metier Capital Growth Fund; Non-Executive director of Sun International, Anglo Platinum, Sanlam and Imperial Holdings. Member of the Advisory Board of the Auditor-General of South Africa. Member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment  and Development.
Previous positions: Minister of Constitutional Development; Minister of Environment; Chair of UN Commission on Sustainable Development; Director of Eskom; President of IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature); Member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC.
Qualification: B.Sc. (Mathematics, Physics), UKZN.


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Cheryl Carolus

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Cheryl Carolus
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Current position: Executive Chairperson of Peotona Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Chairperson of Gold Fields
Previous positions: Executive Officer of SA Tourism, High Commissioner in London, Deputy Secretary General of the ANC, Chairperson of South African Airways (SAA)
Services and boards: WWF International Board member, Chairperson of the South African National Parks Board, Chairperson of Lovelife, Boardmember of Investec Ltd and Investec plc, Boardmember of BDFM, Boardmember of The Constitution Hill Trust
Qualification: BA Law, B Ed (UWC)
Awards: LL D (UCT)

Shameela Ebrahim

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Shameela Ebrahim
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Current position: Senior Strategist at JSE Limited
Previous positions: Manager: Strategy and Regulation Integration at Standard Bank, Strategic National Client Services Manager at Safrican Insurance Company Limited
Qualifications: BCom, PDBA, MBA, Masters in Sustainability Leadership (Cambridge) 

Thebe Ikalafeng

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Thebe Ikalafeng
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Current positions: Non Executive Director at South African Tourism, Vice-Chair at Brand Council of South Africa, Founder and Chairman at Brand Africa, Founder and Chairman at Public Sector Excellence, Non Executive Director at Mercantile Bank, Founder and MD at Brand Leadership, Founder and MD at Brand Leadership Group
Previous positions: Executive Director - Marketing at NIKE Africa, Account Management at Public Relations International - Leo Burnett Group, Marketing Management at Sun International, Brand Management at Colgate Palmolive
Qualifications: BSc (Business Science), MBA 

David Lawrence

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David Lawrence
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Current position: Deputy Chairman of Investec Bank Ltd
Previous positions: Chairman of Citibank in South Africa, Managing Director of FirstCorp Merchant Bank
Services and boards: Serves on the operating board of the Banking Association of South Africa, Director of JSE Limited and African Oxygen Ltd.
Qualification: BA (Econ) (Hons), MCom

Maya Makanjee

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Maya Makanjee
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Current position: Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs, Vodacom
Previous positions: Maya Makanjee has had a successful career working at senior levels in leading global organisations, most recently as CEO of FinMark Trust, and before that as corporate affairs director (Africa and Asia) for SABMiller and communication and public affairs director for Nestlé (Southern and Eastern Africa region).
Services and boards: ECD Projects
Qualification: BA (Dance), Mumbai University; BCom (NU); Masters in Business Leadership (UNISA) (cum laude)

Joe Matsau

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Joe Matsau
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Current position: Chairman of Pareto Ltd., Chairman of Imara Capital SA, Non Exec Director of Sandwell Engineering, Chairman of African Revival Investments Holdings
Previous positions: Investment Promotion Manager of Lesotho National Development Corporation, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Lesotho Electricity Corporation, Executive Director: Distribution Division of Eskom, Executive Director in the Office of the Chief Executive of Eskom, Managing Director: Corporate Division of Eskom, Managing Director: External Relations Division of Eskom, Executive Committee Member of the Union of Producers and Transporters of Electricity (UPDEA)
Services and boards: Board member of Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, Board member of National Business Initiative, Board member of Public Officers DC Pension Fund-Lesotho, Chairman of Imara Capital SA, Board member of Imara Holdings, Chairman of the Enerkey Governing Board, Trustee of ELB Group Ltd Education Trust, Board member of the Field Band Foundation, Chairman African Revival Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Director of TPE Energy Development (Pty) Ltd, Trustee of NBC Negotiated Solutions Retirement Fund
Qualification: Diploma in Marketing (Helsinki) and a Diploma in Transport Economics (Germany)

Mr Mavuso Msimang

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Mr Mavuso Msimang was recently appointed to the WWF Board.
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For the past 16 years, Mr Mavuso Msimang has been involved in the transformation and restructuring of state-owned entities, namely SA Tourism, SANParks, the State Information Technology Agency and most recently the Department of Home Affairs. He also set up the Tourism provincial organisation.

Murphy Morobe

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Murphy Morobe
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Previous positions: CEO of Kagiso Media, Head of Communications in the Presidency, CEO and Chairman of the Financial and Fiscal Commission, Manager at PG Bison Ltd, Public Secretary of the United Democratic Front, Trade Unionist with the General and Allied Workers Union,
Services and boards: Board of Food & Trees for Africa, Co-chair of City Year South Africa

Tony Phillips

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Tony Phillips
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Current position: Chairman of Newman Lowther and Associates, Chairman of Austro Holdings Ltd, Chairman of Kwikspace modular Buildings (pty) Ltd, Director of Eqstra Holdings Ltd
Previous positions: CEO of Barloworld Limited; Managing Director: Barlow's Equipment Co; Finanzauto SA, Madrid; Barlow Limited Caterpillar operations
Services and boards: Trustee of the Bright Kid Foundation (Edutainers), Director of NOAH (Nurturing Orphans of AIDS for Humanity), Associate Governor of Michaelhouse
Qualification: BSc (Eng) (NU)

Herman Wessels

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Herman Wessels
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Current positions: Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee, Remgro Ltd, Director at Naspers Beleggings Ltd, Director at Keeromstraat 30 Beleggings Ltd, Trustee at Media 24 Retirement Fund, Director - FMHA Ltd, Vice-Chairman at IRBA Education Committee, Director and Audit Committee member at Trencor Limited, Director and Audit Committee member at Peace Parks Foundation
Previous positions: Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Chairman of the Public Accountants and Auditors Board, President of the Cape Society of Chartered Accountants
Qualifications: B.Comm, CTA, CA  

Executive Board members

Dr Morné du Plessis

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WWF-SA CEO Dr Morné du Plessis
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Current position: CEO of WWF South Africa
Previous positions: Director of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence at the University of Cape Town (UCT); Director of Percy FitzPatrick Institute at UCT; Assistant Director at former Natal Parks Board; Post-doctoral Research Associate at University of California, Berkeley
Services and boards: Board member/Trustee of the following: Green Trust; Leslie Hill Succulent Karoo Trust; National Parks Trust, Table Mountain Fund; Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies; Mammal Research Institute (University of Pretoria)
Qualifications: BSc Agric (US), BSc Hons (UP), PhD (UCT), MBA (UCT)

Ian Goodwin

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Ian Goodwin, Finance Director at WWF South Africa
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Current position: Finance Director of WWF South Africa
Previous positions: Manager responsible for Finance, HR, IT and Administration across the Pragma Holdings Group; Head of Finance of Woolworths Financial Services (Pty) Ltd; Finance and Risk Manager of Norwich Investments SA Ltd/Fedsure Asset Management; Head of Group Internal Audit of Norwich Life Ltd; Asset Manager of Gilbey Distillers & Vintners ( Pty ) Ltd; Audit and Finance Manager of Citizen Bank Limited
Qualification: BCompt Hons (UNISA), CA (SA), CAIB(SA) (Banking exams) Safex compliance exams, Registered Persons Examinations (Stock broking)