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Paul Edwards

Paul is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully built several businesses into the leading companies in their region. Most digital technologies fall within his ambit, but his experience also covers the investment banking and energy sectors. Besides being a passionate Chairman of JAM International, Paul is currently Executive Chairman of Equilibre Bio-energy Production Ltd, a Mauritian-based bio-energy business, and Chairman of ZappGroup, Africa Ltd, a mobile payments business focused on Africa. He is Deputy Chairman of NASDAQ-listed Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc, a global electronic payments and financial services group, and Director of Mauritius and South Africa listed Lighthouse Capital Limited, a European-focused property group.

He was formerly Executive Chairman of Emerging Markets Payments (EMP), a company he co-founded with Actis in 2010 that became the largest pan-African and Middle Eastern fully integrated electronic payments company and was sold to Network International in 2016.

Previous roles include Executive Chairman of Starcomms, a Nigerian telecom; Chairman of Chartwell Capital, a South African-based corporate finance group; Group CEO of MTN Ltd, Africa’s largest cell phone operator; Group CEO of Johnnic Holdings Ltd;  Founding President of Measat Broadcast Bhd (Malaysia), trading as Astro, Malaysian’s leading satellite broadcaster; Executive Vice-President of Star TV in Hong Kong, Asia’s largest satellite TV broadcaster; Chief Executive of DSTV MultiChoice, Africa’s leading satellite TV broadcaster; Chairman and CEO of ITC, South Africa’s largest credit bureau and Head of Banking Software Solutions at Spenser Steward Advisory Services.

Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and a past member of the Council of the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as a member of EDS’s Europe’s Advisory Board. He has been a regular speaker at international conferences on satellite communications, telecommunications, payments, and doing business successfully in Africa.

Isak Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter and Ann Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work.

As Group Chief Executive of JAM International, Isak oversees strategy, culture, leadership and business operations required for JAM’s future growth and success. Isak is committed to driving the organisation into the future and staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

During his tenure at JAM International, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a handout but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.

Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, having been Chair of the Pan Africa Chapter, Africa Regional Networks and now Membership Chair, Global Deal Network Africa Regional Chair, EMEA Super Region Chair, current Engagement Chair and incoming Vice Chair, as well as Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.

He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

Ann Pretorius

JAM’s Founders, Ann and her late husband Peter, resolved to do whatever they could to help alleviate the suffering of people on the African continent. Borne from what Peter witnessed while visiting a war-torn and famine-stricken Mozambique in the early 1980’s, this experience became the driving force behind establishing the organisation that Ann has served since its inception.

Together Ann and Peter received several prestigious awards including the 2018 African Ubuntu Award for Social Responsibility and were one of five finalists in the AidEx 2014 Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award.

Ann became Group CEO in August 2018 after the passing of Peter and headed up the organisation until May 2021. Ann now fulfils the role of Founding Director on JAM’s International Board.  As Co-Founder of JAM, Ann is the key relationship representative, focused on the history and heart of JAM through networking with governments, donors, ambassadors and at leading fund-raising events and launches.

Ann remains a champion of our beneficiaries and custodian of JAM’s vision.

Referred to by many as “Mama JAM” because of her big heart for the development of the people of Africa, Ann is proud to see JAM expand into new territories, reach more beneficiaries, fulfil more needs and impact more lives.

A mother of six, with 14 grandchildren, Ann has a great appreciation for the value of family and of course, her extended JAMily.

Nico Esterhuizen

Nico serves as JAM International’s Chief Financial Officer. He is professionally qualified as a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He 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.

With almost 20 years of experience in financial services and insurance, 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. Nico holds motivational talks on life purpose and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and was appointed as the Chairperson of ACCA South Africa board in late 2020.

Amanda Koech Otieno

Amanda is currently serving as JAM’s Chief Programmes Officer, supporting our African Regional offices and Donor Support Offices.

With over 20 years of experience in Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management, Public Relations and Media, her experience at JAM started in 2018 as Quality Assurance and Programme Manager for both South Sudan and Uganda.

Prior to this, she spent 13 years in various roles for International NGO’s including World Vision and Action Against Hunger in Kenya and Somalia. These roles included Programme Management, Communications, Marketing and Advocacy.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Community Development from Daystar University in Kenya. She is a gender champion and certified grant manager who enjoys photography and outdoor activities that include hiking and community service.

Killan Otieno

Killen joined JAM in 2017, and before his promotion to the position of Chief Operations Officer in  2020, he served as JAM’s Country Director for South Sudan and Uganda. He has brought to JAM close to 30 years of global humanitarian leadership experience, most of which 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) and for UN agencies, World Food Programme (WFP) as well as Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), as the National Food Security & Livelihood Cluster Coordinator.

As a global humanitarian leader, Killen was the Global Head of the Food Assistance and Nutritional Unit at Plan International’s 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 in the Horn of Africa. He served as Global Director of World Vision’s Food Aid Management & Emergency Response based in Johannesburg, South Africa. At World Vision and Plan International, Killen further participated as part of surge capacity in some of the largest humanitarian responses in Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, Niger, and Syria.

Currently, Killen serves as Board Member of CaLP – the Cash Learning Partnership Network, a global network whose aim is to strengthen and promote the use of multi-sectoral Cash & Voucher programming and is also a Board Member of the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection, promoting humanitarian professionalism.

Abeba Amenen

With over 17 years of humanitarian and development programming experience in fragile contexts, Abeba has led teams in various country offices, managing medium and large-scale programmes including Oxfam – GB where she served as the Regional Policy and Advocacy Advisor.

With an in-depth contextual understanding of humanitarian and development trends in East Africa as well as in the Horn of Africa and extensive experience in programme design and implementation, Abeba is dedicated to seeing the positive transformation of communities.

Her unshakable commitment to realizing a better future for children is drawn from many years of working alongside some of Africa’s most marginalised communities.

Arsénio Mucavele

Since March 2020, Arsénio has served as JAM’s Country Manager for Mozambique. He joined JAM in 2008 as an Admin and Logistics Officer and soon thereafter became our Procurement Officer, undertaking high-level purchases and the intricate liaison and logistics that this position requires. In 2014, Arsénio was promoted to National Admin and HR Manager. He worked under various Country Directors all of whom became personal mentors. He also became an expert in Mozambican labour law, which was crucial for the effective functioning of the organisation.

Having started as a banker, Arsénio pursued a career in Administration and Logistics working as Support Services Manager at PSI (Population Services International) where he analysed financial pipelines to donors and supervised procurement and logistics staff. All this before rising up to lead the management of JAM in Mozambique.

Sihle Mooi

Sihle Mooi

Sihle Mooi has joined JAM as Country Director for South Africa.

Sihle was born in Soweto and has a heart for Africa, with 17 years’ experience in community development work.

After graduating with a law degree from Wits University, he went on to study Theology at George Whitefield College in Cape Town and later at Cornhill College in London. He then lectured for four years at Johannesburg Bible College, pioneering the Soweto and Alexandra campuses and sitting on the board.

Until his appointment at JAM, Sihle was chief executive of Rays of Hope, an Alexandra and Sandton-based NGO that connects organisations and small enterprises.

Sihle views himself as a bridge between diverse communities and, as a visionary go-getter willing to inspire our team of dedicated staff, donors and stakeholders, is an answer to JAM prayers for a professional, able, solution-oriented leader for JAM SA.

Celio

Célio Njinga

Célio Njinga has joined JAM as the new Country Director for Angola. He is a humanitarian professional, having various qualifications to his name. He obtained a degree in health science from Lisbon University and holds a postgraduate diploma in humanitarian response from the Humanitarian Academy at Harvard University as well as a postgraduate diploma in health management from Catholic University in Portugal. Additionally he holds various certificates from top institutions, such as Johns Hopkins, University of Genève and the Kilimanjaro & Christian Medical College.

Celio, who is Angolan, previously worked as Grant Technical Advisor for the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) where he supported local civil societies to access funding. Before that he was the Health Programme Manager with World Vision Angola, leading various community systems. He was also the provisional coordinator for the Neglected Tropical Disease project at the Mentor Initiative in Huambo.

He is fluent in four languages: Portuguese, English, French and Hungarian and is passionate about development in Angola.

Bosco Mfashingoma

Bosco Mfashingoma is the Project co-ordinator for JAM in Rwanda. Bosco has a master’s degree in economics and has spent the past four years working mainly in community economic empowerment and youth leadership development for NGOs. A women’s rights activist, he has been involved in numerous projects, advocacy and policymaking around gender-based violence and other issues affecting women, such as reproductive and maternal health. He will be working towards a new strategy for operations in Rwanda, his home country.

Board

Ann Pretorius

JAM’s Founders, Ann and her late husband Peter, resolved to do whatever they could to help alleviate the suffering of people on the African continent. Borne from what Peter witnessed while visiting a war-torn and famine-stricken Mozambique in the early 1980’s, this experience became the driving force behind establishing the organisation that Ann has served since its inception.

Together Ann and Peter received several prestigious awards including the 2018 African Ubuntu Award for Social Responsibility and were one of five finalists in the AidEx 2014 Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award.

Ann became Group CEO in August 2018 after the passing of Peter and headed up the organisation until May 2021. Ann now fulfils the role of Founding Director on JAM’s International Board.  As Co-Founder of JAM, Ann is the key relationship representative, focused on the history and heart of JAM through networking with governments, donors, ambassadors and at leading fund-raising events and launches.

Ann remains a champion of our beneficiaries and custodian of JAM’s vision.

Referred to by many as “Mama JAM” because of her big heart for the development of the people of Africa, Ann is proud to see JAM expand into new territories, reach more beneficiaries, fulfil more needs and impact more lives.

A mother of six, with 14 grandchildren, Ann has a great appreciation for the value of family and of course, her extended JAMily.

Paul Edwards

Paul is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully built several businesses into the leading companies in their region. Most digital technologies fall within his ambit, but his experience also covers the investment banking and energy sectors. Besides being a passionate Chairman of JAM International, Paul is currently Executive Chairman of Equilibre Bio-energy Production Ltd, a Mauritian-based bio-energy business, and Chairman of ZappGroup, Africa Ltd, a mobile payments business focused on Africa. He is Deputy Chairman of NASDAQ-listed Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc, a global electronic payments and financial services group, and Director of Mauritius and South Africa listed Lighthouse Capital Limited, a European-focused property group.

He was formerly Executive Chairman of Emerging Markets Payments (EMP), a company he co-founded with Actis in 2010 that became the largest pan-African and Middle Eastern fully integrated electronic payments company and was sold to Network International in 2016.

Previous roles include Executive Chairman of Starcomms, a Nigerian telecom; Chairman of Chartwell Capital, a South African-based corporate finance group; Group CEO of MTN Ltd, Africa’s largest cell phone operator; Group CEO of Johnnic Holdings Ltd;  Founding President of Measat Broadcast Bhd (Malaysia), trading as Astro, Malaysian’s leading satellite broadcaster; Executive Vice-President of Star TV in Hong Kong, Asia’s largest satellite TV broadcaster; Chief Executive of DSTV MultiChoice, Africa’s leading satellite TV broadcaster; Chairman and CEO of ITC, South Africa’s largest credit bureau and Head of Banking Software Solutions at Spenser Steward Advisory Services.

Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and a past member of the Council of the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as a member of EDS’s Europe’s Advisory Board. He has been a regular speaker at international conferences on satellite communications, telecommunications, payments, and doing business successfully in Africa.

Isak Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter and Ann Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work.

As Group Chief Executive of JAM International, Isak oversees strategy, culture, leadership and business operations required for JAM’s future growth and success. Isak is committed to driving the organisation into the future and staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

During his tenure at JAM International, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a handout but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.

Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, having been Chair of the Pan Africa Chapter, Africa Regional Networks and now Membership Chair, Global Deal Network Africa Regional Chair, EMEA Super Region Chair, current Engagement Chair and incoming Vice Chair, as well as Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.

He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

Nico Esterhuizen

Nico serves as JAM International’s Chief Financial Officer. He is professionally qualified as a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He 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.

With almost 20 years of experience in financial services and insurance, 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. Nico holds motivational talks on life purpose and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and was appointed as the Chairperson of ACCA South Africa board in late 2020.

Muhammad Muntasir Nawool

Muhammad Muzammil Rengony

JAM United States

Board

Nathan A Conway

Nathan Conway is Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Energy Services, a Michigan based oil and gas well services company. Mr. Conway holds a BS degree from Minot State University and an MBA from University of Michigan. Mr. Conway has been recognized by Crain’s Detroit as one of their 40 under 40 business professionals and also by Oakland County Executive as an Elite 40 under 40.

He was also honored by Business Watch Magazine as one of the 40 under 40, Platt’s Global Energy Awards as a finalist for their Rising Star Award, Prairie Business for their 40 under 40 business award and business 30 in their Thirties. Mr. Conway was honored by his alma mater in 2013 with the Young Alumni Achievement Award given to one alumnus each year and delivered the commencement address in 2015.

He is active in his professional and local community serving as an Elder, Chairman of Personnel Committee and former member of the Board of Trustees of Kirk in the Hills, a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and past member of the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. He served as Chairman of the Golf for the Gulf Charity Open which has won national recognition and he is a board member of Joint Aid Management, an African relief organization feeding and educating children in Africa.

Christopher Helmich

Mr. Hellmich is a former Patton Boggs LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs) commercial litigation partner with strong experience handling complex national and international litigation. His litigation experience, including six years in the US Army JAG Corps, gave him the opportunity to personally try dozens of cases to juries and the court. During his fourteen years at Patton Boggs, he was part of the firm’s international dispute resolution group where he formed, managed, and led teams of outside attorneys and multi-disciplinary professionals on matters ranging from antitrust and banking to products liability and white-collar crime.

Mr. Hellmich now owns his own law firm providing outside general counsel advice to start-ups and litigation services to companies and individuals throughout the country. Mr. Hellmich is currently litigating a significant false advertising and patent infringement case against a large publicly-traded company.

For the last ten years, Mr. Hellmich has served as a pro bono general counsel to Joint Aid Management USA (JAM), a charity that works with its South African counterpart to daily feed nearly one million malnourished children throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Hellmich was elected to JAM’s Board of Directors in 2016.

David Blackwell

In his career, David was Vice President of Strategy for Wal-Mart International, a $100 billion division of Wal-Mart. Before Wal-Mart, David had a 20-year career in positions of increasing financial and management responsibility in the oil and gas industry with ARCO (Fortune 50). He gained a broad business and global perspective through expatriate assignments in the Middle East and North Africa, and through participation in negotiations of multibillion-dollar business ventures with the governments of China and Russia.

David began consulting upon his retirement in 2009 to provide strategic insight, planning, business, and organization development services to Ministry and Humanitarian entities. David assists organizations in identifying factors and trends that could impact their current operations and works with management to develop new opportunities and/or make strategic, organizational, and operational changes to achieve their mission.

He worked with a major African NGO to identify opportunities to integrate commercial ventures with humanitarian initiatives to create sustainable and self-sufficient communities. He assisted AARP with the restructuring of its “Drive to End Hunger” program into a framework integrating commercial partners and their infrastructures to improve the efficiency of multiple hunger-related humanitarian organizations.

He served as CFO of Pure Charity from 2009 – 2012, an internet-based platform with commercial and charitable organization partnerships that enable users to leverage everyday purchases to generate funding they can donate to humanitarian causes. In addition to a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, David obtained an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Joint Aid Management, a non-profit organization focused on sustainable community development in Africa, and a former member of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council.

Isak Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter and Ann Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work.

As Group Chief Executive of JAM International, Isak oversees strategy, culture, leadership and business operations required for JAM’s future growth and success. Isak is committed to driving the organisation into the future and staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

During his tenure at JAM International, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a handout but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.

Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, having been Chair of the Pan Africa Chapter, Africa Regional Networks and now Membership Chair, Global Deal Network Africa Regional Chair, EMEA Super Region Chair, current Engagement Chair and incoming Vice Chair, as well as Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.

He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

JAM United Kingdom

Trustees 

Ps. Karen Marais

Alberto Gava

Roger Clarke

Isak Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter and Ann Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work.

As Group Chief Executive of JAM International, Isak oversees strategy, culture, leadership and business operations required for JAM’s future growth and success. Isak is committed to driving the organisation into the future and staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

During his tenure at JAM International, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a handout but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.

Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, having been Chair of the Pan Africa Chapter, Africa Regional Networks and now Membership Chair, Global Deal Network Africa Regional Chair, EMEA Super Region Chair, current Engagement Chair and incoming Vice Chair, as well as Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.

He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

JAM Canada

Board

Simon

Simon McGregor

Simon McGregor is Chief Development Officer at JAM International. He was the managing director of JAM UK from 2019 until 2021 when he took on his current role. During 2018 he acted as country representative for JAM in negotiations with the Sierra Leone government.

Simon’s background is in financial research, corporate finance and stock transfer. He was a founder of financial information vendor, McGregor Information Services. When the business was sold to LSE-listed Naspers in 1999 it was the third largest provider of financial and business information in Africa. He also founded the sector research project that became the portal Who Owns Whom, now partly owned by LSE-listed UK credit information provider Experian. He founded bulk share dealer and shareholder analysis firm Mercantile Shareholder Services in 2001 and sold it to Computershare Analytics two years later when he joined their global executive. In 2004 he founded Symphony Investor relations and sold his shares when he moved to London in 2009 to take up the position of Managing Director at the UK’s largest registrar and stock transfer agent, LSE-listed Equiniti Group. From 2012 to 2017 he was CEO and founding partner of corporate finance house, Gatestreet. In 2017 he became a partner responsible for corporate finance at Africa-focused consultancy, Afriscope.

Steve Flemming

Steve Fleming has served Koinonia since founding it in 1984, in the greater Kitchener area. Over the years, their faithfulness has brought constant and steady growth. His compassion to help others has led him to serve on the board of directors for JAM. Steve and his wife Beth have 3 grown children. Their influence reaches far beyond many others throughout Canada.

Dave Koop

Dave Koop spent his early years pursuing further education, careers, and raising a young family. He spent many years in a successful career in the oil industry. After many years he pioneered a new church plant in the core of downtown Vancouver, Canada in 1994 with their young family.

His years of business and influence have being a value-added key to JAM He and his wife are proud parents of 4 grown children, 3 in-laws, and 3 beautiful grandsons.

Robert Dunford

Robert is a partner at Gowling WLG based out of the firm’s Hamilton office where he is an experienced trial advocate. Robert routinely acts for financial institutions, non-institutional lenders, and corporate clients both within Canada and Internationally.

Robert practiced as a barrister in the UK before moving to Canada in 2007. Outside the firm, he is highly involved in his community.

Robert and his wife Nicole have two grown-up daughters. His years of business and influence are of great value to the work of JAM.

Isak Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter and Ann Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work.

As Group Chief Executive of JAM International, Isak oversees strategy, culture, leadership and business operations required for JAM’s future growth and success. Isak is committed to driving the organisation into the future and staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

During his tenure at JAM International, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a handout but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.

Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, having been Chair of the Pan Africa Chapter, Africa Regional Networks and now Membership Chair, Global Deal Network Africa Regional Chair, EMEA Super Region Chair, current Engagement Chair and incoming Vice Chair, as well as Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.

He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

JAM South Africa

Board

Isak Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter and Ann Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work.

As Group Chief Executive of JAM International, Isak oversees strategy, culture, leadership and business operations required for JAM’s future growth and success. Isak is committed to driving the organisation into the future and staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

During his tenure at JAM International, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a handout but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.

Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, having been Chair of the Pan Africa Chapter, Africa Regional Networks and now Membership Chair, Global Deal Network Africa Regional Chair, EMEA Super Region Chair, current Engagement Chair and incoming Vice Chair, as well as Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.

He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

Nico Esterhuizen

Nico serves as JAM International’s Chief Financial Officer. He is professionally qualified as a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He 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.

With almost 20 years of experience in financial services and insurance, 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. Nico holds motivational talks on life purpose and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and was appointed as the Chairperson of ACCA South Africa board in late 2020.

Amanda Koech Otieno

Amanda is currently serving as JAM’s Chief Programmes Officer, supporting our African Regional offices and Donor Support Offices.

With over 20 years of experience in Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management, Public Relations and Media, her experience at JAM started in 2018 as Quality Assurance and Programme Manager for both South Sudan and Uganda.

Prior to this, she spent 13 years in various roles for International NGO’s including World Vision and Action Against Hunger in Kenya and Somalia. These roles included Programme Management, Communications, Marketing and Advocacy.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Community Development from Daystar University in Kenya. She is a gender champion and certified grant manager who enjoys photography and outdoor activities that include hiking and community service.

Killan Otieno

Killen joined JAM in 2017, and before his promotion to the position of Chief Operations Officer in 2020, he served as JAM’s Country Director for South Sudan and Uganda. He has brought to JAM close to 30 years of global humanitarian leadership experience, most of which 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) and for UN agencies, World Food Programme (WFP) as well as Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), as the National Food Security & Livelihood Cluster Coordinator.

As a global humanitarian leader, Killen was the Global Head of the Food Assistance and Nutritional Unit at Plan International’s 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 in the Horn of Africa. He served as Global Director of World Vision’s Food Aid Management & Emergency Response based in Johannesburg, South Africa. At World Vision and Plan International, Killen further participated as part of surge capacity in some of the largest humanitarian responses in Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, Niger, and Syria.

Currently, Killen serves as Board Member of CaLP – the Cash Learning Partnership Network, a global network whose aim is to strengthen and promote the use of multi-sectoral Cash & Voucher programming and is also a Board Member of the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection, promoting humanitarian professionalism.

David Brown

David Brown

David Brown moved into the position of Wellness and Human Resources Executive at JAM International in 2021 after many years as Country Director of JAM South Africa.

He holds Bachelor of Science (Building) and Master of Business Leadership (MBL) degrees and commenced his career as an industrial engineer in the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) and food processing industries. He also spent many years in strategic and operational consulting, both locally and internationally in a wide range of sectors.

David considers it a privilege to be able to be involved in the important work that JAM does, serving the beneficiaries and people of Africa.

Fiona

Fiona Hannig

Fiona Hannig is the Chief Communications Officer for Jam International. Fiona moved into the humanitarian sector after spending most of her career in a corporate environment at Liberty Holdings where she gained 11 years of experience in integrated external and internal communication, stakeholder and media management, change communication and leadership communication. Armed with a master’s degree in English, Fiona has travelled the world and is accustomed to operating in countries with diverse languages and cultures. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and ran a successful children’s book enterprise — creating numerous bestsellers in her wake — before joining JAM. 

To the NGO world she brings her hallmark of delivering measurable value and return on investment and her passion for driving special marketing projects that go beyond business-as-usual.

Simon

Simon McGregor

Simon McGregor is Chief Development Officer at JAM International. He was the managing director of JAM UK from 2019 until 2021 when he took on his current role. During 2018 he acted as country representative for JAM in negotiations with the Sierra Leone government.

Simon’s background is in financial research, corporate finance and stock transfer. He was a founder of financial information vendor, McGregor Information Services. When the business was sold to LSE-listed Naspers in 1999 it was the third largest provider of financial and business information in Africa. He also founded the sector research project that became the portal Who Owns Whom, now partly owned by LSE-listed UK credit information provider Experian. He founded bulk share dealer and shareholder analysis firm Mercantile Shareholder Services in 2001 and sold it to Computershare Analytics two years later when he joined their global executive. In 2004 he founded Symphony Investor relations and sold his shares when he moved to London in 2009 to take up the position of Managing Director at the UK’s largest registrar and stock transfer agent, LSE-listed Equiniti Group. From 2012 to 2017 he was CEO and founding partner of corporate finance house, Gatestreet. In 2017 he became a partner responsible for corporate finance at Africa-focused consultancy, Afriscope.

Our Co-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.

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