MEET THE TEAM
Alan Browde (CEO and founder SA Harvest) grew up in Johannesburg. He started his work life on a kibbutz in Israel and returned to South Africa to begin 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.
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.
Gidon Novick (Chairman of SA Harvest) founded South Africa’s first low cost airline, kulula.com, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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