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Our Board

SA Harvest has come a long way in a short space of time, thanks in part to the incredible support of our Board members who share our vision for a better world.

Gidon Novick
Gidon Novick (Chairman of SA Harvest) founded South Africa’s first low-cost airline,, and more recently a niche hotel brand, Home* Suite Hotels. He was previously CEO of Vitality, the world’s largest wellness program. When he turned 50, his objective was to spend 50% of his time on building a scalable and sustainable non-profit organisation in SA. He provided the seed capital for SA Harvest and is intimately involved in the formulation of the organisation’s strategy.
CEO & Founder
Alan Browde
Alan Browde (CEO and founder SA Harvest) grew up in Johannesburg. He began his career at Stellenbosch Farmers Wineries. After joining the Grey Advertising Group as managing director of Grey Action, (the marketing services provider to the group’s clients) he went on to start his own marketing services company which he ran for 25 years before launching SA Harvest. Alan and Ronni Kahn (OzHarvest Founder) grew up as neighbours in Johannesburg and have remained life-long friends.
Founder OzHarvest
Ronni Kahn
Ronni Kahn (CEO & Founder OzHarvest) has built OzHarvest into one of the leading food rescue operations in the world. She has become a household name in Australia and in the 14 years of operation has overseen the delivery of 110 million meals. She was responsible for having the laws around food rescue amended in Australia to encompass the Good Samaritan Law. She is the recipient of the Order of Australia, the highest award for a citizen of that country.
Board Member
Vika Shipalana
Vika Shipalana, Founder & CEO of VS Luxury Group – a luxury marketing consultancy based in Johannesburg, was born and raised in the Eastern Cape province, one of the poorest provinces in South Africa. She has seen first-hand the devastation that hunger can cause in families & communities and is very passionate about providing for those in need but also helping them to be able to provide for themselves. A seasoned marketer and saleswoman with over 19 years’ experience, Vika hopes to use her skills and networks to further advance the cause and mission of SA Harvest.
Board Member
Charlene was born and raised in South Africa where she co-founded the award-winning global digital marketing firm, Clicks2Customers, with her husband Vinny Lingham. Charlene moved to Silicon Valley in 2007, where she worked as a growth marketing consultant for Facebook and various startups. She was formerly the US-based ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Institute and now spends most of her time leading global social impact projects for the Lingham Family Trust.
Board Member
Miles Kubheka is a visionary, leader, public speaker and trailblazer for purely traditional South African food. Miles, a successful gastronomist is the founder, owner, and believer behind the renowned Vuyo’s brand. Armed with his passion for changing the South African food landscape, he has opened restaurants, food carts and trucks. Miles fervently believes that every South African should have access to good, healthy, nutritious food and his mission is to make it happen.
Board Member
Ozzy Nel
Ozzy Nel is COO of SA Harvest. He has over 20 years of experience in the food and hospitality industry, having studied and worked as a chef, manager and team builder extraordinaire. His skills, insight, hospitality experience and most importantly, his passion for supporting vulnerable people, ensured that was a perfect fit for the SA Harvest structure, and his influence is felt throughout SA Harvest’s operations.
Board Member
Cosmas Runyowa
Cosmas Runyowa is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant who is a holder of a Bachelor of Accountancy (Hons) degree and a diploma in Taxation. He completed a Dynamic Management Programme with Duke University in 2011 and is currently completing a Program for leadership development (PLD) with the Harvard Business School. Cosmas has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, and is currently the COO for the South African Private Banking Operations at Investec. He is married and has three beautiful daughters.
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