About Lesley

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Lesley is a Consultant & Entrepreneur that advocates for the future of business. She integrates personal and organizational change, innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship & collaboration as part of her practice.

I believe that living your full potential is a basic human right and I strive to create this opportunity through all the work I do.

Profile:

Lesley has over 15 years of experience in the Impact Economy, you may find an overview of her career as follows:

  • Co-founder & CEO of Impact Hub Johannesburg, a co-working space and accelerator for social innovation and profitable social ventures
  • Convener of I AM AFRICA, a movement to facilitate ordinary people to take action in transforming Africa – born out of the 2015 Xenophobia attacks in South Africa
  • Facilitator for the Health Systems Trust’s Wellness for Effective Leadership Programme
  • Co-founder of Africa++ in London and Johannesburg with monthly networking events that took place in London, Johannesburg and Lagos providing education on sustainable development in Africa and linking opportunities for trade for both the African Diaspora and friends of Africa
  • Creator of the first ever Amazing Race that addresses team dynamics, sparks innovation and promotes cross-cultural integration by incorporating social entrepreneurs & NGOs as beneficiaries at every stage of the value chain and contributing to job creation
  • Previously Director of Pioneers of Change; an international community of practitioners and learners of systemic change
  • Previously worked at the Gordon Institute of Business Science for a unit called Policy, Leadership and Gender Studies where she created Young Professionals Forum under the leadership of Prof. Gill Marcus (previous Governer of the South African Reserve Bank)

Affiliations:

  • UNDP, Impact Investment in Africa: Task Force member
  • Social Economy Working Group, South Africa
  • The David & Lucille Packard Foundation, Climate Strategies Accelerator (CSA): CSA Scout

Board Experience:

  • Impact Hub Global Association
  • AIESEC – University of Johannesburg
  • Secretariat of the South African Business Club, London
  • Young South African Women in Dialogue, national steering committee member (founded by the former South African First Lady, Mrs. Zanele Mbeki)

Awards:

  • 2015: recipient of an Unashamedly Ethical Award in the Business Category
  • 2011: selected onto the list of the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans
  • 2009: selected as one of sixty young global leaders on a BP Antarctica Expedition focusing on Climate Change

Publications:

  • 2013: Biz.Community.com: Good Neighbourliness Makes Good Business
  • 2013: Sunday Times Newspaper: Making Sense of Social Engagement