Meet Our Team

Our team is made up of staff that strive for positive and sustainable change within all the communities we work in.

Barbara Sakala

Sponsor a Child Administrator

Originally from the Northern Part of Zambia, Barbara graduated from university with a diploma in project management and then later pursued a bachelor’s degree in the same field. Barbara joined African Impact is 2019 as a Volunteer Coordinator, and is now working with the African Impact Foundation as the Sponsor a Child Administrator.

As a Zambian native, her main drive is to create a lasting impact within the communities of Zambia.

Claudette Robinson

Partnerships & Product Manager

Claudette has been a custodian of the brand since November 2018. She joined the team following 12 years in the property and art industry in the UK. She enjoys shaping internships that accelerate the personal growth of people who often leave as ambassadors for Africa.

She shamelessly ropes her kids into fundraising antics and hopes they will forgive her when footage surfaces one day.

Denise Sholtz

Finance

Denise joined our team in November 2014 as the Finance Coordinator. Denise has a financial background which has been invaluable in her new role. Denise is enjoying her work and loves seeing the impact the Foundation has on the communities and individuals it serves. One of her favourite quotes by Dr Minor Myers Jr. sums up why she wants to make a difference,“Go into the world and do well, but more importantly, go into the world and do good.”

Divine Nxumalo

Farmers of the Future Trainer

Divine Nxumalo has a real passion for Agriculture. For the past 9 year Divine has been working in and training young people in permaculture techniques, has run many community based projects and loves sharing his knowledge. As an Environmental Monitor in the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere Divine really understands the value and relevance of holistic agriculture in wildlife areas. As one of the trainers in our Farmers of the Future program he would love to see young people in the communities to have good knowledge and to be able to provide for themselves through their own businesses, especially considering the scarcity of employment in South Africa.
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Emmanuel Hamweemba

Impact Coordinator

Emmanuel grew up in Livingstone. His passion mainly revolves around promoting the rights of children and young adults and their access to social, economic and health opportunities and services. That passion led to him volunteering with different youth-centered NGOs and interning with the Human Rights Commission. He is currently a Mastercard Scholar pursuing postgraduate studies at the University of Edinburgh.

As Impact Coordinator, he endeavours to improve the welfare of young people in the community of Livingstone through promoting and coordinating youth-friendly and gender-sensitive programmes that integrate their health and wellbeing, education, livelihoods and gender equality.

Johann Nortje

Farmers of the Future Project Supervisor

Johann has been working for many years in community engagement in many countries around the world. Johann developed Farmers of the Future as a small business training program to address the vast unemployment number in the Greater Kruger region. Johann thoroughly enjoys the bush life and has a real desire to share this passion and grow it through the participants he works with. He believes that the best way to protect our wild areas is to stat with the people. The more opportunities people have, the more they will look towards protecting our wildlife areas.

Memory Mundia

Project Coordinator, Livingstone

Born and raised in Mongu, Western Province, Memory received an Advanced Diploma in Business Administration and Management Studies from Evelyn Hone College in Lusaka. With a love of mathematics she is currently pursuing her degree in accountancy. She has been with the Foundation since March 2010 as a sponsor A Child Coordinator and later in 2013 she was appointed as the Project Coordinator. She truly believes that education is key to success and enjoys encouraging students to pursue their education. She loves that she gets an opportunity to meet different kinds of people with different attitudes and behaviors.

Michelle Procter

Director

With years of business, travel and volunteering experience behind her, Michelle Procter has finally found her dream job. Originally from the UK, Michelle worked in Human Resources and People Development before packing it all in to move to rural St Lucia on South Africa’s East coast to manage an African Impact volunteer project for three years. Now Executive Director of the African Impact Foundation, Michelle is motivated by the knowledge that every challenge overcome, every lesson learnt and every cent (or penny!) raised is another step closer to a better life for an adult or child in need. “My passion for Africa’s people, wildlife and environment has been part of me since I first visited Kenya in 2001. Helping to make a difference in people’s lives in rural Africa is a wonderful and humbling job.”

Sarah Nielsen

Impact Manager

Originally from Canada, Sarah joined the African Impact Foundation in 2019. After volunteering during her first visit to South Africa in 2015 she developed a love for the continent and a passion for creative approaches to community development, specifically youth development. This lead to her pursuing post-graduate studies in fundraising management and international development. Working in a variety of roles for a variety of organizations around the world has given her experience in multiple levels of sustainable philanthropy and project development.

As the Impact Manager, Sarah is dedicated to building community-led programs and partnerships.

Sasha-lee Moolman

Digital Marketing Coordinator

Sash’s eye for detail is behind all things digital at African Impact Foundation. Her passion for community development, communication, and good design has led her to hone her skills in the NGO sector for close to ten years. Working on everything from strategy to implementation, she is driven by the possibility of seeing young people’s untapped potential come to fruition.

Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow. - River Phoenix

Yonela Avene Mhlauli

Team Administrator & Intern Supervisor

Yonela provides administrative support to the African Impact Foundation Team and supervision our interns on the NGO internship program.

She has a background in administration and sales with design and textile companies and has a degree in surface design. Apart from providing support and supervision – Yonela aims on creating an environment for interns to thrive while helping the foundation team continue to make an impact. Yonela developed a strong sense of devotion for the nonprofit sector after spending a year as a Team leader on the Desmond Tutu Foundation Youth Program. This experience gave her a deep appreciation for how non-profits seek to improve the quality-of-life in communities.

Carol

Carol Shikombelo

Sponsor a Child Coordinator

My name is Carol Shikombelo, I was born and raised in Lusaka. i am a Social Worker by profession.

I have always had a passion to interact with different people from all works of life and at a tender age, I volunteered whilst in school to take up leadership roles which lead me to study social work.

I love to read, listen to music and spend time with family as a hobby. I am driven to work towards mentoring young people to attain their dreams and aspirations in the best way I can.

Professional Volunteer

Bob Sheldrick

UK Administrator

With a keen interest in African wildlife from early childhood, Bob developed a passion for Eastern and Southern Africa after many visits spanning 25 years. So, after a long career as a research scientist in the biopharmaceutical industry, Bob was delighted to join the Foundation in 2016 as their UK Administrator. In this role, he works closely with our team on many aspects of the Foundation’s work. As well as their African safaris, Bob and his wife, Alison, have enjoyed many walking and sailing holidays, and have travelled to the Arctic on several occasions, including trekking to the North Pole in 2003. Nowadays, they spend their holidays exploring the UK with their African-named dogs, Zanta and Zuri.