Board of trustees

Marcel Jakubec: Chairperson

Marcel is a strategy manager at Accenture with experience in retail banking across sub-Saharan Africa. He sits on both the main SaveAct board and the Gauteng board.

Kajal Singh

Kajal is a chartered accountant who has a management role at Umgeni Water, specialising in treasury management and financial planning.

Tim Hobden

Tim is an economist and public policy professional with experience in the design, management and evaluation of donor and philanthropic programme.

Mandla Nkomo

Mandla is the Chief Growth Officer for the Excellence in Agronomy programme, CGIAR, with experience in NGO, government and large programme implementation.

Thabang Phago

Thabang is a savings group member with a master’s degree in Botany. He works as a climate change specialist at the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries.

Michel Hanouch *

Michel leads CGAP’s work on Open APIs in financial inclusion and has over 13 years of experience working on fintech-enabled product and business model innovation.

Paula Nimpuno *

Paula is an independent consultant in the development sector. She works globally to address issues of poverty, economic and social empowerment and sustainability.





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