REASON WE EXIST
The primary objective of Afrika Tikkun is to provide holistic development in disadvantaged communities. We aim to empower young people by affording them the opportunity to receive gainful education, good health care, nutrition and support for their families. In doing so, we equalise the playing field for unprivileged young people so that they have the same employment opportunities that privileged youth have. We offer a number of programmes that ensure an all rounded person as the outcome. Our 360 degree Model of care consists of three programmes, namely: Early Childhood Development, Child and Youth Development, and Career Development. Additionally, we have programmes which support our 360 degree Model, namely: Family Support Services, Primary Health Care, The Empowerment Programme, and Nutrition and Food Security Programme.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JUNE TATELMAN is a true investor in community change, June Tatelman’s career in education and commitment to philanthropy spans over 40 years. Finding ways to support HIV/AIDS infected individuals has been an especially deeply personal mission for her.
In the early 1990s, her husband, Eliot, lost his older brother to AIDS. In response to this tragic loss, June, along with her husband and their two sons, Josh and Michael, founded a Massachusetts-based family run non-profit organization called Camp Miracles and Magic. For the last 17 years, children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS have been able to spend one week at the camp each summer enjoying activities that build self-confidence, in an atmosphere where they feel safe and free of the stigma of HIV/AIDS. Following her visit to South Africa 11 years ago, June saw the need to extend these types of programs and services to its most marginalized populations. The result is that through the support of the June and Eliot Tatelman Family Foundation, Afrika Tikkun has been able to host summer camps that promote the psychosocial well-being of hundreds of marginalized young people and the greater community.
June is also an educator by profession and over two decades she taught both elementary and middle school students in the Sudbury, Massachusetts school system. June helped develop the K-8 Health Program curriculum and introduced a Peer Mediation Program into the Middle School. After retiring, Ms. Tatelman became a Guardian ad Litem in the Juvenile Court system of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. She has also worked as a counselor for Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts and Preterm of Massachusetts. Her career and volunteer work have focused on young people.
June’s husband, Eliot Tatelman, is President and CEO of leading furniture retailer Jordan’s Furniture. He is a prominent advocate for advancing adoption awareness and serves on the Advisory Board of the MA Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). Giving back to community and philanthropy are a big part of his business philosophy and Jordan’s Furniture has been active in hosting events, airing media campaigns, and donating funds for adoption and foster care initiatives. Today, over 360 foster children have found permanent homes through the Jordan’s Initiative.
June was raised in Valley Stream, New York and received her degree in Education from Boston University. She has served on the Advisory Board of Afrika Tikkun USA for the last 10 years. In addition, June has served on the Pathfinder International Board of Directors since 2008 and on the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Board of Trustees since 2014.
ELIZABETH (LIZ) NGONZI is the CEO of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North America representative of Afrika Tikkun– a cutting-edge South African organization that has for the last 23 years, successfully delivered innovative social development services to disadvantaged communities, and for which Nelson Mandela served as Chief Patron. Liz leads the organization’s mission to develop into a next-generation non-profit; building strategic partnerships and collaborations across individuals, corporations, non-profits, academia and global organizations. In September 2015, she led Afrika Tikkun’s role as a marketing partner to the U.S. Commerce Department’s Trade Winds Africa mission to South Africa, which included 150+ investors, small businesses and multi-national corporations.
Recently, Liz received the ‘Advocate of the Year’ Award at the 7th Annual African Diaspora Awards in New York, for her work with Afrika Tikkun and for her commitment towards developing the lives of children from ‘Cradle-to-Career’.
Liz is a global public speaker, who frequently addresses audiences about entrepreneurship, leadership, and technological innovations advancing international development. She is a member of the U.S. Speaker Program at the U.S. Department of State and has spoken worldwide, including: TEDx CornellU 2013, SXSW 2012, Yale Africa Business Practicum 2015, Wharton Africa Business Forum 2016, and Harvard Africa Business Conference 2017.
Liz has been quoted and/or featured in media outlets, including: Black Enterprise Magazine; CCTV America; CNBC; Crain’s New York Business; Forbes Woman; the Chicago Tribune; the Cornell Chronicle; MarketWatch; the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC); The New York Times; The Washington Post; and Voice of America’s Africa 54 program, among others.
Liz has over 14 years of teaching and training experience. Since 2009, she has been on the adjunct faculty at New York University Heyman Center for Philanthropy & Fundraising. She served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Cornell University (2011-2013), advising entrepreneurs on developing compelling value propositions for investors. Formerly, she had a boutique consulting firm that connected major organizations across sectors to meet their mutually beneficial strategic objectives. She spent the first half of her career as a management consultant at Arthur Andersen, in marketing at Digital Equipment Corporation and in B2B sales at MICROS Systems.
Liz earned a B.S. in Information Systems from Syracuse University and MMH degree in Services Marketing from Cornell University.
KAREN BLUMENSTEIN is the Principal at Flower & Stone, Ltd. and leads the development of commercial real estate projects including mixed use private partnerships (P3s) and municipal finance transactions. She has earned a stellar reputation in the development of real estate projects including power centers and grocery anchored shopping centers, with leading tenants such as Cabelas, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Sam’s Clubs, Target and Walmart.
In addition, she represents private and governmental entities in meeting their economic and development goals with an emphasis on public- for creative financing structures and has negotiated P3s with aggregate values in excess of two hundred million dollars.
Prior to establishing Flower & Stone, Karen was a developer with THF Realty, Inc. and Director of Development for residential real estate development firm. She also trained as an attorney, with a principal practice in real estate securities law in Chicago, representing public REIT’s and private real estate ventures.
A graduate of The George Washington University Law School and Michigan State University, Ms. Blumenstein has been honored as the Dealmaker of the Year by CREW Denver in 2013; a CREW Denver Woman of Influence Nominee in 2009, 2010 and 2011; and a Denver Business Journal Power Broker in 2012 and 2014. She is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Wilderness Institute and a current Board Member of Urban Peak.
In 2010, NICOLE CRAMER joined McCann Worldgroup as global chief of staff-charged with organizing a sandstorm of key initiatives and strategic imperatives into a highly organized, action-oriented sand castle. In the fall of 2011, she switched focus to serve as McCann’s global chief creativity catalyst, responsible for developing the network’s creative excellence initiatives as well as launching and subsequently managing the global Creative Leadership Collective.
Ms. Cramer devotes her time to numerous mentoring programs through organizations such as the Advertising Women of NY (AWNY) and her alma mater, Cornell University. She is an inaugural member of the Alumni Affairs Board of the United Nations International School; and serves as national co-chair for Interpublic Group’s Black Employee Network. In 2012 she was named to the Worldwide Who’s Who List of Executives and Entrepreneurs.
Nicole holds a B.S. in Communication from Cornell University and is a graduate of Mannes College of Music and the United Nations International School.
STEVE BRETT KATZNELSON, CFA is the Partner, Managing Director, and Chief Investment Officer at Radcliffe Capital Management, L.P. He founded the firm in 1996 and directs portfolio and risk management in his role as Chief Investment Officer.
Steve joined Susquehanna Investment Group in 1991 to run its convertibles department. He was the President and Associate Director at Susquehanna Capital Group and Susquehanna Financial Group Inc. Prior to this, from 1989 to 1990, Steve was the Director of Convertibles Research and a Convertibles Trader at Drexel Burnham Lambert.
Previously, in 1987, he was an Associate in the corporate finance department at Levesque Beaubien and began trading convertible bonds in 1988. Steve is a C.F.A. charter holder since 1994. He received an M.B.A. degree from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University in 1988 and a B.A. degree from Queen’s University in Kingston in 1984.
Dr. WILLIAM RECANT serves as the senior staff person regarding all of JDC’s non-sectarian programs and directs JDC’s Government Affairs program. He is one of America’s top experts in the field of international relations, disaster relief, and development. With more than three decades of work in global development and crisis management, Recant has successfully directed relief efforts and disaster assistance programs for the JDC in Japan, Haiti, Kosovo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cuba and countries affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Dr. Recant has advised and briefed U.S. Presidents, government agencies, members of Congress, local, national, international government officials, and embassy staff, as well as community leaders and academics. A highly sought-after source on crisis response, he has appeared in TV, print, and radio, discussing the rescue and relief of distressed populations, international disaster response and
preparedness, and global volunteerism.
Dr. Recant holds both a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University.
Tassilo is a passionate entrepreneur and business builder. Combining strategic vision with results-oriented focus, he has led some companies through exciting periods of rapid growth, and others through rapid turnaround. Tassilo has a track record of value creation for Venture Capital and Private Equity investors.
Most recently Tassilo launched a new startup in the virtual reality health space. Before that Tassilo completed the successful turnaround and sale of Serious Energy, a leading green building materials startup in Silicon Valley. Previously, he helped lead General Biofuels from unknown startup to respected developer of biomass pellet facilities with projects throughout North America. As President & CEO of Kern-Liebers USA, he grew this mid-market manufacturing company in the highly competitive automotive/industrial component sector. As Vice President of Business Development at TrafficStation, he helped shape the startup from concept into an operational, revenue-generating business. In his prior career as a McKinsey consultant, Tassilo developed successful hi-tech strategies for Fortune 500 telecommunications companies. As one of the youngest department leaders at Deutsche Bank New York, he structured complex trade finance transactions with some of the leading commodities and international trading companies in the world.
Tassilo has a passion for technology, especially Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, Neurotech, Fintech, Digital Media and Cleantech
1) Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality (for health applications)
2) Digital Media: content + tech = new experience, iTV/OTTV, traffic info services
3) Cleantech: Biomass, Green Building Materials, Alternative Energy, Project Development/Finance
4) Manufacturing: Automotive, high precision components, building materials
5) Venture Capital fund raising
6) Growth management
7) M&A: closed 6 acquisitions, 3 divestitures, 7 post-merger integrations
8) Turnarounds: led 7 successful turnarounds
Design and facilitate meetings, programs and training that support enterprise change strategies, deliver process improvement, integrate technology, lead human resources innovation, drive classroom learning and deliver on-line information sharing initiatives.
Coach leaders on improving personal effectiveness.
Specialties: Large Group Facilitation and Meeting Design (up to 1000 people)
Facilitate for Disaster and Crisis Intervention
On-line facilitation or training
Euvin Naidoo has joined Thomson Reuters (TR) as the Head of Financial Institutions- Africa. TR is a US$11bn plus in annual revenue company with the global Finance and Risk, including Financial Institutions, practice covering the following as an example: support for US$250bn in bond trading daily; 5 million price updates distributed per second to financial markets and 25 billion to the market overall per day at peak; 5000+ investment firms and hedge funds supported worldwide; 40 000 + regulatory alerts supplied to the world’s banks per year. With a presence in Africa since the 1860s, Thomson Reuters covers 47 countries across the continent with the Financial Institutions practice representing the largest part of the African business. Euvin will lead the Financial Institutions practice based out of TR Africa’s Head Office in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, supporting the pan African business across West, East and Southern Africa with offices and a team on the ground in Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Mauritius and South Africa. One of TR’s key value propositions is to work with leading public and private sector financial services institutions to develop solutions to better connect organizations to the right answers delivered at the right time focusing on digital innovation and support for the development of capital markets. To support this, TR has a network of world class Innovation Labs, dedicated to partner and drive creative digital solutions with customers through rapid prototyping. TR launched its first Innovation lab in Boston approximately 3 years ago and as a commitment to Africa, one of TR’s fastest growing regions, the Africa Innovation Lab has opened based in Cape Town. In 2017 TR was selected as one of the world’s Top 10 Fintech companies to work for, acknowledging the company’s role as an innovator within the digital, media, financial services and technology space. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.
JOHN CHALSTY was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. in February 1996 after serving as President and CEO from 1985. He joined the firm in 1969 as an oil analyst and over several decades helped build a rapidly growing investment banking firm. Prior to joining DLJ, he had worked for 12 years for Standard Oil of New Jersey (Exxon) in the United States and Europe.
During his career on Wall Street, Mr. Chalsty served as a member of the Board of Directors of The Equitable Companies Incorporated, AXA Financial, Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Sappi, Metromedia, Creditex, SDW Holdings Corporation, Anchor Glass Container Corporation and IBP, Inc. Additionally, he served as Chairman of The Teagle Foundation, Chairman of New York City’s Economic Development Corporation, President of Lincoln Center Theater, Vice Chairman of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a member of the Board of Governing Trustees of American Ballet Theater, a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Philharmonic, a member of the Board of Directors of the Associates of Harvard Business School, a member of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University, a member of the Board of Governors of the Hugh O’Brian Youth Foundation, and a member of the Board of Trustees of The Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
Mr. Chalsty served as Vice Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange from 1990 to 1994, and as a Director of the Exchange from 1988 to 1994. He is a member, past President and Director of the New York Society of Security Analysts, and a member and past Director of the Financial Analysts Federation. In 1995, he was appointed by Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to serve as Chairman of the New York City Host Committee for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations.
Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa in 1933, John Chalsty became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1964. He graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg where he earned a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Physics in 1952, a B.Sc. degree with Honors in Chemistry in 1953, and an M.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 1954. In 1957, he received an M.B.A. with high distinction from the Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. Mr. Chalsty has received many honors over the years including the AHA/ASA Heart of New York Mission Achievement Award, the Overcoming Obstacles Lifetime Achievement Award, and a Doctor of Commerce degree from his alma mater, the University of Witwatersand, where he was commencement speaker. Since 2007, John Chalsty and his wife, Jill, have lived in Charleston, South Carolina, where he commits his time to the boards of MUSC’s Hollings Cancer Center, Spoleto Festival USA, Community for Education Foundation, and the Gaillard Management Corporation for which he also serves as Treasurer.
SANJAY GUPTA has 20+ years of senior level global strategy and business leadership with top tier management consulting and Fortune 500 companies across financial services. He served as a Senior Vice-President, Global Consumer Product Management for Western Union. He established and lead a global team responsible for the consumer product strategy, innovation and commercialization of new products and services. Previously head of the US consumer payments and banking agent channels, Sanjay played a lead role in the turnaround of the payments business and drove rapid growth of the banking channel with major partnerships, electronic channels, new service offerings and customer experience redesign. Prior to this, he was the Global head, strategy and business development of Payments covering all C2B and B2C business lines. Led the global growth strategy and a major acquisition and entry into the rapidly growing cross-border B2B payments business.
Mr.Gupta was Senior Vice-President , Strategic Initiatives at Wells Fargo, leading the enterprise wide Strategic Initiatives and Global Supply Chain Management groups. He worked with the executive leadership across the retail, small business & corporate banking divisions, consumer lending, cards & payments services and wealth management on major business strategy, revenue growth and efficiency initiatives and led a global team of over 200 supply chain management professionals and managed a supplier spend of over $6 billion.
Sanjay was Vice President, Strategy & Analysis Capital One (Richmond, Virginia Area) where he led a strategy & analysis team for major enterprise business initiatives across Capital One, where he played a lead role in establishing an industry first agreement with the USPS and global operations for customer service that led to over $50 million in annual savings. Sanjay also worked in multiple McKinsey offices across Zurich, London, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Delhi and Singapore and was a part of Tata Administrative services from 1990 to 1995.
LISA ISSROFF and her husband founded and run the Issroff Family Foundation, which provides educational and related support for children and youth across Africa and in New York City. Born and bred in Johannesburg, Lisa is passionate about the nexus that unites youth, education, and empowerment and is focused on providing expertise and tangible support to develop comprehensive youth-focused organizations and schools primarily in Southern and East Africa.
Mrs.Issroff is an involved leader and actively serves on the boards of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, Educate!, Generation Citizen, Peace for Africa and Economic Development (PAD), the Advisory Board of Afrika Tikkun, and the Executive Advisors Circle of Echoing Green. She is also the New York Chapter Head for the African Leadership Academy.
Lisa graduated from Wesleyan University (BA in English) and currently lives in New York City.
ANDREW LEVY is the senior counsel at the DLA Piper. He serves the business and legal needs of participants in most aspects of, and product types in, the real estate industry throughout the United States and in Europe.
He has considerable experience representing privately held and capital markets industry clients in acquisitions and dispositions, public and private equity and debt transactions, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, joint ventures, REITs and real estate bankruptcies, foreclosures, restructurings, refinancing and leasing. Andrew is actively involved in inbound and outbound cross-border transactions and represents a number of diverse institutional and boutique real estate opportunity funds. His clients include lenders and borrowers, in balance sheet, securitized and highly structured financings. In recent years, he has represented private and state-owned Chinese investors in US real estate, in direct acquisitions and joint venture transactions.
Andrew’s practice also focuses on the hospitality sector, representing public and private clients acquiring single-asset and multi-asset companies, financing hotels and restructuring existing debt. He has been the chair and organizer of hotel and other conferences and has regularly been a moderator at annual Information Management Network conferences.
OLGA MESHOE describes herself as adventurous, energetic and possibly a little bit of a workaholic.
Before leaving 7.5 years of full-time legal practice to pursue her passion for community work, Olga was a partner in the banking and finance practice group of Webber Wentzel Attorneys, one of South Africa’s preeminent law firms. During her time at Webber Wentzel, Olga served on various firm and industry-wide committees, including being the youngest and only black chairperson of a subcommittee of the South African Securitisation Forum. Olga was served her profession by speaking at industry-wide conferences.
Olga then left standard corporate life and became a director and Lead Consultant at Transcend Corporate Advisors, where she worked with charities, non-government organizations and corporate entities, providing strategic advice and assistance in terms of B-BBEE legislation on community and social development programs that are sustainable, have impact and ultimately change lives.
Olga is currently studying towards an Masters in Business Administration degree at Regent University in the United States of America. She intends to use her business degree together with the her legal skills and community development knowledge to provide innovative solutions to Africa’s socio-economic transformation and growth.
Olga enjoys the arts, reading, and politics, and is passionate about the development and upliftment of young people. Olga sits as a director and trustee of several South African and American companies and trusts focused on community work. Olga is also a keen pro-peace and pro-Israel activist and is a regular on the speakers’ circuit. Olga serves as the Chief Executive Officer of DEISI International (Defend Embrace Invest(in) Support Israel), a non-profit organization headquartered in South Africa with the primary mandate to educate students on the truth regarding the Middle East conflict.
Olga has earned several acknowledgements in year career, including mention in the IFLR 1000 Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms 2010 in respect of capital markets work, being named by Parable Magazine as one of South Africa’s 2011 influential young Christian leaders, and receiving the 2016 Jerusalem Award from the World Zionist Organization Department for Diaspora Activities by the South African Zionist Federation Cape Council, in recognition of advocacy for the state of Israel and the South African Jewish Community.
Dr. TEBOHO MOJA is a Clinical Professor of Higher Education at New York University. She has authored articles on higher education reform issues in areas such as the governance of higher education, policy processes, and impact of globalization on higher education. She is a co-author of a book on educational change in South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1994. Her teaching experience includes high school and university levels.
Moja has held key positions at several South African universities including being appointed chair of the Board of Trustees to the largest university in South Africa, the University of South Africa. In 2010 she was appointed visiting professor at the University of Oslo (Norway) and University of Tampere (Finland). She was instrumental in setting up the Center for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) in South Africa to monitor and stimulate debates on change issues. Serves on the boards international bodies such as the UNESCO-Institute for international Education Planning and the World Education Market. Her course topics include Current Research in Higher Education, International Perspectives on reform, and Globalization and Higher Education. She has been a policy researcher and policy analyst for higher education in South Africa.
She was appointed the Executive Director and Commissioner to the National Commission on Higher Education appointed by President Mandela. The Commission produced a national report that provided a framework for higher education reform in South Africa. Before coming to NYU, Teboho Moja served as a Special Advisor to the Minister of Education.
JAMES A. NEWLANDS is a Partner at Ernst & Young, where he leads EY’s Americas-Africa Business Center based in New York. In this role he works with key EY accounts in the Americas, across a range of sectors, to assist them in developing, stress-testing and executing their Africa growth strategies, bringing to bear the practical experience he has gained in building EY’s business in Africa.
Mr. Newlands is a senior partner in the South African firm, having more than 32 years’ experience in providing assurance and advisory services to a number of the firm’s leading clients in the Oil & Gas, Retail and Consumer Products and Life Insurance sectors. He has also held a number of leadership positions in the firm, including Africa Oil & Gas Sector Leader and Western Cape Regional Senior Partner.
Over the past four years Mr. Newlands was responsible for leading the execution of EY’s Africa Investment Plan. This multi-year plan is focused on building capacity, expanding the firm’s footprint and enhancing EY’s brand across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was previously a Board member of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) and a member of the Education Committee of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
Mr. Newlands is a Chartered Accountant and has degrees in Accounting and Commerce from the University of Cape Town.
I am the Senior Marketing and Development Associate of Afrika Tikkun USA, the North-American representative of a multi-award winning non-profit and Nelson Mandela Patroned, Afrika Tikkun headquartered in South Africa. For the past two years, I have assisted in expanding Afrika Tikkun’s brand in the US. I have successfully contributed in increasing the online presence of the organization, through social media campaigns and by producing e-newsletters, that has resulted in generating funds for the organization. I regularly produce marketing material and partnership reports that leads to successful donor cultivation/management and has contributed in the growth of the organization.
I am passionate about working with global organizations who are making a significant impact in the development world. Skilled in Communication, Fundraising, Online Marketing, Grant Writing, and Social Media Content Writing, I have a demonstrated history of success with international non-profit organizations.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Politics and Advocacy from NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from Szabist University, Pakistan.
FW de Klerk Goodwill Award
Sports for Social Change Network (SSCN) Award
South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA)
Cyril Harris Humanitarian Award to Marc Lubner
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris is one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. He trained at the Jews College, and served suburban congregations in Kenton and Edgware and finally St Johns Wood from 1979. From 1966 to 1971, Harris also served as Senior Jewish Chaplain to the British Armed Forces. He later went on to become one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. Cyril Kitchener Harris was Chief Rabbi of The Union of Orthodox Synagogues of South Africa from 1987 to 2004. He was born in Glasgow, Scotland. During his tenure as Chief Rabbi, he was noted for his support of full democracy during South Africa’s apartheid years. He spoke at the induction ceremony of President Nelson Mandela in 1994, and also gave a blessing at Mandela’s wedding to Graça Machel in 1998. Mandela frequently referred to Harris as “my rabbi.”
He trained at the Jews College, and served suburban congregations in Kenton and Edgware and finally St Johns Wood from 1979. From 1966 to 1971, Harris also served as Senior Jewish Chaplain to the British Armed Forces. He later went on to become one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun.
After Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris’ death in 2005, his family and friends thought that the best way to remember and honor him as well as to continue his work would be to create a foundation, the object of which would be to assist the training of personnel for organisations in whose objectives he had a particular interest. The CK Harris Memorial Foundation has now been in operation for 10 years.
For those with whom the late Chief Rabbi worked, assisted, whose guidance he sought, who suffered his criticisms or sought his spiritual guidance, his skills in every aspect of communal endeavor and his lively personality remain very much alive in all of them. This of course is largely due to his own merits.
Bertie Lubner is one of the founders of Afrika Tikkun. He spent 41 years expanding the Plate Glass Group and developing their interests. By the early 1990’s, the Group was operating in 19 countries, employing 23000 people, with a turnover of over $1. He went on to take on various philanthropic initiatives and from this Afrika Tikkun was born. By the early 1990’s, the Group was operating in 19 countries, employing 23000 people, with a turnover of over $1. He went on to take on various philanthropic initiatives and from this Afrika Tikkun was born.
Bertie Lubner grew up in an entrepreneurial family. His father, Morrie Lubner, was one of the founders of the Plate Glass Group. After school, he completed a B-Comm at the University of Witwatersrand and then joined the Plate Glass Group in 1951 as a trainee. In 1953 he moved to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to develop the company’s interests in what was then the Central African Federation
After 14 years of having developed the Group’s interest in seven different countries of the region, he returned to South Africa at the end of 1967 and assumed responsibility for expanding the Group’s interest in the wood industry. By the early 1990’s the Group was operating in 19 countries, employing 23,000 people, with a turnover of over $1 billion.
After 41 years with the Plate Glass Group, Bertie changed his focus to allow him to undertake a number of initiatives which included continuing involvement with major business organizations, government bodies and his family’s philanthropic initiatives. In particular, he wanted to create organizations that would look after the future interests of the new generation of black children. This led him to initiate, and become a founder and thereafter the Chairman of a number of outreach programs and out of this Afrika Tikkun was born.
Ann was born in the UK and for 30 years she practiced as a solicitor in the City of London. Her late husband, Rabbi Cyril Harris was a community Rabbi in three different London congregations and in 1987, he became Chief Rabbi of South Africa. With this appointment, they moved to Johannesburg where Ann became one of the lawyers working in the Law Clinics at Wits University. Ann currently lives in Cape Town and is a respected member of the Afrika Tikkun Family since her husband became one of its founders.
Arnold Forman is a Chartered Accountant who completed his articles with Arthur young, in 1989, and remained in the profession until the end of 1994 when he left Coopers Lybrand Canada. He joined the Lubner Group in 1995, as a Financial director, and remains in the group, currently as the Chief Executive Officer, responsible for a multitude of companies ranging from property developments, direct property investments, nurseries, office automation, private equities, share trading companies and other financial services. In 1998, he took on the role of Financial director of Afrika Tikkun when the initial R100,000 was raised to start the organisation. Today, this organisation has a fundraising target of R80 million and a staff of over 500 employees. The time Arnold gives is pro bono and his input is considered invaluable in taking the organisation forward. He plays an active role in the Exco and the group as a whole.
Herby, who was among the earliest founders of Afrika Tikkun has, over the years, become Afrika Tikkun’s Ambassador, loved and deeply respected within the organisation, and far beyond its walls. Herby is a retired attorney, who has also served as the director-General of the South African Zionist Federation. Herby’s list of patronages and directorships include Worcester School for the deaf and Blind, Medunsa University and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency in New York, where Herby was the only South African on the board.
When Herby is told, “We can’t do that!”, his response is “Never mind – we’ll do it, we’ll do it!” Herby’s philosophy is to ‘listen to the donors and understand their diversities”. As a result, Afrika Tikkun aligns itself with sustainable relationships and re ects a 90% donor retention rate!
HISTORY OF AFRIKA TIKKUN
We were founded in 1995 by the late Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris and Philanthropist/Businessman Dr Bertie Lubner. Initially, the day to day needs of children was a priority but soon after, the organisation evolved into one focused on overall development. Renamed MaAfrika Tikkun and later Afrika Tikkun, our approach was refined and reformulated into a Holistic Developmental Model. This Model is aimed at providing education, health and social services to young people and their families through centres of excellence in South African townships. Our main goal was to create a sustainable future for the youth of South Africa and the credibility of this cause won the support of the organisations Patron-in-Chief Nelson Mandela.
Since then, we have built 4 centres of excellence across Gauteng and 1 in the Western Cape.