Nicola GalombikFounder & Board Chair
Nicola is a founder of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and is currently its Board Chair. She is also the Executive Director at Yellowwoods, an investment holding company with several businesses in the financial services sector and restaurant and leisure sectors. Nicola sits on the global Yellowwoods board and is responsible for inclusive and sustainable growth and positive social value creation across the Yellowwoods business and investment portfolio. She also leads Yellowwoods’ impact investment and social enterprise portfolio focusing on inclusive economy, youth employment and education, financial inclusion and on change leadership in business and society. Prior to joining Yellowwoods, Nicola established and was Managing Director of Converse Consulting, a management consulting business focused on large-scale organisational change and leadership development in the public sector, parastatals and private sector businesses. Previously, Nicola held senior executive positions in television broadcasting, policy and regulation and in education, and was a documentary filmmaker. Nicola was a Fulbright scholar and holds an MA from New York University. She is a fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, a board member of the African Leadership Network and of several private sector businesses.
Maryana IskanderChief Executive Officer
Maryana Iskander is Chief Executive Officer of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and brings a track record of scaling organisations through partnership models, data-driven delivery, talent management and technology innovation. Previously, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a US$1 billion organisation that is America’s largest provider of women’s reproductive healthcare and she currently sits on the board of directors. She has been an associate at global business consultancy McKinsey Co., a strategy consultant for W.L. Gore & Associates, and a law clerk at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and Vinson & Elkins in Houston. Maryana also served as Adviser to the President of Rice University and as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She earned a B.A. magna cum laude from Rice University, an M.Sc. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School. She is a Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Kasthuri SoniChief Financial Officer
Kasthuri Soni is Chief Financial Officer of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. Kasthuri spent 10 years as a chartered accountant at Deloitte, where she focused on audit and advisory services to social investment and development projects. She then became CEO of The Soul City Institute, one of South Africa’s largest health and development NGOs, focused on health promotion and social change communication. Kasthuri also serves as a director of the Open Society Institute, the Competition Commission, Yellowwoods Trust Investments (Pty) Ltd and is a member of the South African Global Fund Country Co-ordinating Mechanism & Oversight Committee. She obtained her degree in Accounting (Honours) from the University of South Africa.
Evan JonesChief Information Officer
Evan Jones is Chief Information Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. Evan joined Harambee from Webhelp, a French/UK-based global BPO operator, where he served as COO to rapidly scale Webhelp’s South African operations to nearly 2,000 staff in sites across Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. Previously, Evan worked with Discovery Health to transition and operate their North American operation, Destiny Health. At TalkTalk (Carphone Warehouse), Evan was responsible for the company’s offshore (UK & South Africa) contact centre outsourced relationships, managing 5 outsourced partnerships covering 3,500 staff undertaking various BPO functions. Evan has also served as the Director of Operations for Merchants South Africa, managing the country’s largest outsourced operations across various verticals and geographies. Evan has personally been responsible for many of South Africa’s early adopters of offshore BPO solutions and has been known to design, transition and operate most of the country’s premier BPO operations.
Mosuoe SekonyelaChief Operating Officer
Mosuoe Sekonyela is Chief Operating Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator where he is responsible for leading a high-volume, high-quality operation across multiple sites that pathway young Africans to build their employability, grow their work readiness and secure opportunities. Mosuoe leads teams that test matching solutions drawing on global best practice, and enable research and learning to support an evidence for change. Mo brings prior experience in business development, psychometric tools and organisational development. He holds an Honours Industrial Psychology degree from the University of Johannesburg.
Tammy ChettyNational Client Services
Tammy Chetty serves as Chief Operating Officer of Harambee Academy and Western Cape Executive of Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. Tammy brings over two decades of private sector management and sales experience, most recently running the business banking division for Barclays (Absa). In this role, she led a team of over 2,000 people to ensure growth targets were achieved on a R200 billion balance sheet. Tammy has completed an Executive Masters in change management at INSEAD (France), as well as an MBA at the Gordon Institute of Business Science and certifications at the National Institute of Design (India), Knox D’Arcy Management Consulting (UK) and Barclays’ (Absa) Accelerated Leadership Initiative in Dubai, Malaysia and Vietnam.
Bernard NgosiPublic-Private Partnerships
Bernard Ngosi manages public-private partnerships at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator where he leads significant initiatives supporting Harambee’s work with government. Bernard brings nearly two decades of experience in strategic human capital and public sector stakeholder management. Amongst these are senior level support to National Treasury in the restructuring of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality, stakeholder management support in the turnaround of the Department of Water Affairs & Forestry as well as deployment of a Human Resources Management framework for the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) that informs how municipalities approach human capital planning. Bernard has also worked in the private sector as an Associate Director with Resolve Workplace Solutions and has been a partner at Manto management consultancy.
Lebo NkePartnerships & Advocacy
Lebo Nke leads partnerships and advocacy efforts at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator where she engages with Harambee’s partners across the private, public and social sectors. Lebo brings 18 years of experience in organisational change management, having worked at Accenture and De Beers Group before serving as the Managing Director of Converse Consulting and Management Services, which was acquired by Ernst & Young. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Economic History from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and a Masters degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD – France, Fontainebleau Campus.
Dianne WoodwardSolutions Design
Dianne Woodward leads solutions design at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and has been part of Harambee’s founding team since 2010. She brings over 30 years of human capital corporate and management consulting experience in organisational design and restructuring, industrial relations, training and development, talent management, change management, performance management, workforce planning, recruitment and selection, role profiling, job evaluation, payroll management and remuneration. Dianne has worked in sectors that range from insurance, banking, business services, mining, property, film to telecommunications. She has successfully delivered very complex, large-scale projects in both the public and private sectors which require stakeholder engagement and project management at multiple levels.
Helen SmithSolutions Design
Helen Smith leads solutions design at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and has been part of Harambee’s founding team since 2010. Helen began her career in human resources working in both South Africa and the United Kingdom for international oil companies Amerada Hess and Exxon Mobil. She joined Resolve Workplace Solutions from 2002-2010 leading large-scale teams and projects across all disciplines of human resources and change management. Helen has driven the establishment of the Harambee sourcing and assessment model, the creation of a key accounts function and the design of multiple pathways for young people to find employment opportunities. Helen has a management degree from the University of Witwatersrand.
Sharmi SurianarianSolutions Design
Sharmi Surianarian leads solutions design at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, focusing on the African continent. Sharmi brings extensive experience in human capital management, education, and facilitating links to employment across Africa, India, and the United States. She served as Vice President of Lifelong Engagement at African Leadership Academy (ALA) where she oversaw a network of 2,000 young African leaders, managed ALA’s Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, Africa Careers Network, and ALA’s alumni engagement team. Prior to ALA, Sharmi provided strategic advice to African clients including the Development Bank of South Africa, Transnet Capital Projects, and the Government of Mozambique. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University, a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Rob UrquhartKnowledge & Learning
Rob Urquhart manages knowledge and learning at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. Rob joined Harambee from Ernst & Young where he served as Associate Director in Advisory Services in the People and Organisational Change division. He led consulting efforts in South Africa and beyond focused on talent management and thought leadership related to organisational change. Prior to EY, Rob served as senior manager of the Resolve Group where he spent over a decade in the human capital consulting space. Rob has both a Masters in Industrial Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Witwatersrand.
Masakhane MlamlaEastern Cape Province
Masakhane Mlamla leads the Eastern Cape provincial team for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator where he overseas operations, stakeholder management and public-private partnerships. Masa brings extensive experience in operational management, training and development, and organisational design. He holds a degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in the Eastern Cape.
Maimoona SalimKwa-Zulu Natal Province
Maimoona Salim leads the Kwa-Zulu Natal provincial team for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator where she overseas operations, stakeholder management and public-private partnerships. Mai brings over two decades of experience in business development, key account management, operations, and youth programme development. She holds a diploma and Masters of Business Administration.
Siven MaslamoneyCurriculum Design
Siven Maslamoney directs curriculum design at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and has been part of Harambee’s founding team since 2010. Siven was Associate Director at Ernst & Young’s Business Advisory Services and a co-founder of Converse Consulting and Management Services, where he designed numerous change interventions and leadership simulations. He is the former Head of Programmes on SABC1, South Africa’s largest television channel where he commissioned projects that have pioneered popular public service broadcasting. He serves on the boards of the Soul City Institute and the South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE). Siven earned a BSc in Zoology from the University of Natal.
Kuben NairNetwork Management
Kuben Nair leads network management at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator. Prior to Harambee, he spent over six years at SAB Miller, one of South Africa’s premier marketing organisations. He served as portfolio development manager for the entire SAB brand portfolio where he led strategy, research, innovation and ideation. He then served as the Strategic Insights Manager where he led the team supporting consumer research and brand insights to inform strategy and marketing plans for SABMiller. Previously Kuben worked as a research analyst at McKinsey & Company and was a junior developer at Standard Bank following his B.Sc Honors in Computer Science from the University of Natal.
Bryony MaxwellBrand Management
Bryony Maxwell leads brand management for Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator, including marketing and communications. She brings over 20 years of experience across a diverse range of brands including L’Oreal, Apple and Cell C. She worked on the 2010 FWC Campaign for Coca-Cola, successfully launched the iPad and rolled out new iStores across South Africa. Bryony holds a bachelors from the University of Cape Town and a marketing management diploma from IMM.