Ann is a social entrepreneur, a collaborator, a leader and a deeply experienced facilitator. She began her career in the private where she worked first as an investment banker; then as a consultant at the global strategy boutique firm Monitor (since purchased by Deloitte); and then as an entrepreneur when she started a children’s publishing and marketing organisation.
Wishing to make greater social impact, she moved to civil society where she focused on education, social development, health and the environment. Initially, as CEO of the Learning Channel and then, once her brief of a turnaround and sale had been achieved, as co-founder and CEO of the Mindset Network, she focused on the use of multimedia to deliver educational and health content to disadvantaged areas. Mindset received many global and local awards.
Ann left Mindset to establish Convene, which was founded on systems thinking and committed to effecting profound social change. There she designed, led and implemented the LINC, Kago Ya Bana and Bridge projects, respectively aimed at creating systems change in the children and education sectors in South Africa. Ann was also the Interim ED of Greenpeace Africa for a year.
She returned to the private sector to join EY as an Executive Director with the responsibility of developing the Cape-based People Advisory Service practise. There she focused on organisational development, purpose led transformational work, leadership development and shared values projects. She worked extensively using co-creation and innovation-based approaches which I believe to be core in driving adoption.
Ann recently left EY to focus on building her own organisations that equip individuals, organisations and society with the necessary tools, skills and capabilities to make more conscious future facing choices.