BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PHIL LILIENTHAL, Founder and President, Global Camps Africa
Phil grew up in New York City and, following his graduation from University of Virginia Law School, went, with his wife, Lynn, to Ethiopia as a Peace Corps volunteer. He as a lawyer; she as a social worker. While there, Phil had the opportunity of starting Ethiopia's first residential camp. This was a defining moment in his belief that camp could be a vehicle for youth empowerment throughout the world.
Returning to the US, Phil was an Attorney/Advisor in the Peace Corps' General Counsel's office, went overseas with the Peace Corps as Regional Director in Mindanao, the Philippines, and as Deputy Director in Thailand.
When he returned to the US, he established a private law practice and headed the summer camp, Camp Winnebago, that his late father had owned. He has served on the board of the American Camp Association. Phil has been honored by the American Camp Association, the Ontario Camping Association, the Maine Youth Camping Association, and was the recipient of the 2013 Sargent Shriver Award for Distinguished Humanitarian Service by the National Peace Corps Association.
In 2003, he started WorldCamps, which changed its name to Global Camps Africa in 2007.
AMMAN MUHAMMAD - Chair
-CEO - Islamic Banking, First National Bank South Africa (July 2012 - Present)
-Managing Director - Islamic Banking, Absa (July 2009 - June 2012)
-Senior Manager - Financial Services Team, Deloitte South Africa( August 1999 - June 2009)
-Johannesburg Secondary School University of South Africa - Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting and Business/ Management
AMANDA TANDIWE (TANDI) NZIMANDE - Vice Chair
Tandi Nzimande is the CFO of both WDB Trust and WDB Investment Holdings (WDBIH). In addition to ensuring that adequate financial systems and controls are in place at WDBIH and WDB Trust, her role includes executing transactions and the monitoring of ongoing investment relationships. participating in the management of WDBIH’s portfolio of investments, as well as formulating strategic objectives for WDB.
She qualified in 1996 as a chartered accountant while with KPMG/ She was a senior associate in the investment banking division of Deutsche Bank where she spent five years gaining experience in mergers and acquisitions internationally and in South Africa.
ROSS RICHARDSON - Treasurer
Managing Director, Highveld Mushrooms
Consultant - The REL Consultancy Group (1992 - 1997)
University of Cape Town, B. Bus. Sc, Human Resources Management/Personnel/ Administration, General
LEBOGANG (LEBO) M. SIKWEBU - Secretary
Hollard Insurance Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Specialist managing Hollard ESD Programme which aims to support and develop more black-owned suppliers within the current supply chain.
BONGINKOSI (BONGI) GAMA
Bonginkosi Gama is currently a risk manager in one of the big four banks in South Africa. He has worked in various audit roles in the manufacturing, healthcare and in the aviation sectors and as a group financial accountant. He is an alumnus of several institutions in South Africa. His mission in life is to spread love by helping other people he comes across.
Troy Martens (Johannesburg , South Africa) is the Spokesperson and Media Liaison for the South African Minister of Basic Education where she provides strategic media support and manages reputational issues relating to the Minister. With a career spanning 10 years at various levels of the South African media landscape, including broadcast journalism she has gained many accolades for her work as a journalist and a communications specialist. She holds a BA Honours Degree in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Witwatersrand as well as a National Diploma in Journalism from the Durban University of Technology. Troy has a passion for social activism and has been involved in various campaigns related to gender equality and human rights, this includes participation in ANC politics and organising the National Mini Skirt march against gender based violence in the Johannesburg CBD in 2012. She lives in Johannesburg with her two cats and enjoys running and hiking in the beautiful South African countryside.