JAM International is led by a dedicated team, who are responsible for steering JAM International’s global activities. The team is responsible for overseeing the efficient and effective running of the organisation, as well as increasing the presence of JAM on the international non-profit sector for the benefit of those we serve. Being involved in a range of humanitarian and missionary work means the JAM leadership team is more tuned in to what is happening in the development sector.
Here’s a brief synopsis of JAM International’s leadership team, specifically relating to each of their areas of education, expertise and interests:
Ann Co-Founded Joint Aid Management (JAM) International in 1984. JAM is a South African-founded international, Christian, non-profit organization. Her husband Peter had a heart-breaking experience while visiting the war-torn and famine-stricken Mozambique where thousands of people were dying as a result of hunger and malnutrition. Peter and Ann resolved to do whatever they could do to alleviate the suffering of the people, and especially the children. This was the driving force to establish an organization focused on emergency relief and nutritional feeding.
Many describe Ann as “Mama JAM” due to her heart for the development of the people of Africa, but she describes herself as “a highly motivated, compassionate and emotional woman, passionate for the cause.” This mother of six, who now has 13 grandchildren, is a true family woman. Ann is gifted with great ability in Administration and Marketing and her contribution in these areas has brought JAM to where it is today. JAM has served more than 1.2 billion meals to its beneficiaries in the past 30 years.
Nico is professionally qualified as a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom and he is a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Professional Accountancy (with distinction) from the University of London and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy degree in Leadership in Emerging Economies, from the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg. Nico has almost 20 years’ experience in financial services and insurance and previous employers include the South African Insurance Association, OUTsurance and Discovery. Furthermore, Nico is part of a Christian outreach ministry with a focus on rural and township areas in South Africa; he holds motivational talks on life purpose and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and a member of the ACCA South Africa Board.
Killen joined JAM in 2017, and until January 2020, he was the Country Director for JAM South Sudan & Uganda. During his appointment, his leadership brought together close to 30 years of global humanitarian leadership experience, most of this focused on food security & livelihoods programming in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Killen also worked as Regional Head of Food Security & Livelihoods at the Danish Refugee Council (Eastern Africa and Yemen). He worked for UN agencies, World Food Programme (WFP) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), as the National Food Security & Livelihood Cluster Coordinator.
As a global humanitarian leader, Killen was also the Global Head of the Food Assistance and Nutritional Unit at Plan International headquarters in London, UK. Prior to that, he provided leadership as the Head of Mission and Response Director for World Vision’s Syrian refugee response in Jordan as well as the Horn of Africa. Killen also served as Global Director of World Vision’s Food Aid Management & Emergency Response based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In World Vision and Plan International, Killen further participated as part of surge capacity in some of the largest humanitarian responses in Indonesia, Philippines, Haiti, Niger and Syria.
Amanda has over 20 years of experience in Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management, Public Relations and Media.
Amanda’s experience in JAM spans over three years in Quality Assurance and Programme management for both South Sudan and Uganda. Prior to this, Amanda spent 13 years in different roles for International NGO’s including World Vision and Action Against Hunger in Kenya and Somalia. The roles range from Programme Management, Communications, Marketing and Advocacy.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Community Development from Daystar University, Kenya. She is a Gender champion and certified grant manager. When she is not working, Amanda enjoys photography, outdoor activities including hiking and community service.
Our Founder, Peter Pretorius
The late Peter Pretorius was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JAM International.
Peter began his career in the family construction company, with his father. After purchasing land in the Eastern Low-veld of South Africa, Peter began farming tobacco, a lifelong dream of his. Within three years of operating, Peter won the Golden Leaf Award for the highest yield per hectare in that region.
Peter’s involvement in Christian outreach crusades steered him toward becoming involved in humanitarian aid work, which led him to a fateful experience in 1984 where he was left stranded at a relief and food distribution centre in Mozambique for 10 days, with no food and very little water.
Being exposed to poverty, extreme hunger and ultimately death, at a place that was supposed to provide relief, Peter upon his return to South Africa, made the decision to dedicate his life to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Together with his wife Ann, they established Joint Aid Management. In just over 30 years Peter and Ann grew Joint Aid Management into the phenomenal organization that it is today. We continue to honour the legacy that Peter has left.