Board of Directors
Andrew Ainslie, Ph.D.
University of Rochester Simon Business School
Born in South Africa, Andrew is the Dean of the University of Rochester Simon Business School. Previously, Andrew was Senior Associate Dean at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he also served as a marketing professor for more than ten years. Before that he was on the faculty of the Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management. Prior to his academic career, Andrew had a ten year career in business in South Africa. Andrew received an M.B.A. from the University of Cape Town and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Booth. His academic interests are in economic and statistical models in consumer behavior and in direct marketing. Andrew joined the South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2015.
David Allen, M.D., M.P.H.
South Africa Country Representative,
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
David is the Country Representative in South Africa for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He received his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. David worked as a pediatrician in Washington D.C. before joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a 20 year career. At CDC, David worked in a variety of public health areas including infant mortality, homeless health, community health, epidemiology training and HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, David served as an advisor to the South African Department of Health, the Director of the CDC Global Aids Program for South Africa, the Regional Director of the Global Aids Program for Southern Africa and the Director of the Global Aids Program Caribbean Regional Office. David has served on South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors since 2005.
Penelope Andrews, LL.B., LL.M.
Dean of the Faculty of Law,
University of Cape Town
From South Africa, Penelope recently completed a 3-year term as President and Dean at Albany Law School. She is currently a Scholar in Residence and Consultant to the Faculty at New York Law School. In January 2016 Penelope will become the Dean at the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law. An Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, Penelope is a noted human rights scholar and advocate and has considerable project and consultation experience, having consulted for the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the Ford Foundation in Johannesburg. Her international law teaching experience and extensive research and scholarship have focused on international human rights law, comparative constitutional law, gender and racial equality and the judiciary. Penelope received her Bachelor of Laws from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Masters of Laws from the Columbia University. She joined South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2015.
Douglas Brooks, M.S.W.
Senior Director, Community Engagement
Douglas is currently the Senior Director for Community Engagement at Gilead Sciences. From 2014 until this year he was President Obama’s Director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy. Prior to joining the Obama administration he was the Senior Vice President for Community, Health and Public Policy at the Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a health and human service agency in Boston. He was executive director of the Sidney Borum Jr. Community Health Center at JRI and has assisted domestic and international governments and non-governmental organizations in their HIV/AIDS efforts. Brooks was chair of the board of trustees of AIDS United. He also has served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Brooks received a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Boston University and is currently residing in San Francisco.
David Dolbashian – Treasurer
Vice President, Treasury Services
David developed a keen interest in social and environmental justice issues at any early age, particularly how they impact economic systems. His relationship with South Africa Partners grew from his involvement with the anti-apartheid movement and the recognition that this exceptional organization is aligned to his passion for social causes. David earned his B.A. at Colby College, and his career in the banking industry for the past 30 years includes 20 years at Wainwright Bank & Trust in Boston. Today David works with their successor, Eastern Bank, as a Relationship Manager and co-chairs their Sustainability Network. David has served on South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors since 2009.
Mitalene Fletcher, Ph.D.
Director, PreK-12 and International Programs,
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Mitalene is the director of PreK-12 and International Programs at Programs in Professional Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education. Originally from Canada, she began her career as a secondary school teacher in Toronto. At New York University she earned her M.A. in Educational Theatre and Ph.D. in International Development and Education. Mitalene’s interests include teacher development in South Africa, the development of higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa and the internationalization of higher education. She is a certified mediator. Mitalene joined South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2010.
Elmer R. Freeman, M.S.W.
Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc.
Elmer is the Executive Director of the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. (CCHERS) a community/academic partnership comprised of universities, hospitals, the health department and a network of 15 community health centers in Boston promoting community engagement through education, research, and service. He has 35 years’ experience in Boston’s communities of color as a community organizer, health care clinician, administrator, public health practitioner, and more recently as community researcher. Prior to CCHERS, he served as CEO of the Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA for 17 years. During his tenure at CCHERS he has developed partnerships with NGOs in South Africa as a Kellogg Foundation fellow 1992-96 and as a member of a Massachusetts delegation under the state’s “twinning agreement” with the Eastern Cape Province 2000-2005. Elmer joined the South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2015.
Ilana Hurwitz, Esq. – President
Visiting Law Professor,
Boston University School of Law
A South African native, Ilana is an attorney and visiting professor at Boston College Law School and Boston University School of Law where she has taught for 18 years. Ilana supervises students in Harvard Law School’s Advocates for Human Rights program and advises refugees on career development at Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights. She served as director of Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project, advisor of TRIAD Trust and commissioner of Newton Human Rights Commission. She was an associate at Boston’s Hill & Barlow, a clerk for a federal court judge and a fellow at Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg. Ilana earned a Bachelor of Arts and Laws at University of the Witwatersrand and, as a Fulbright Scholar, a Master of Laws at Harvard Law School. She joined South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2012.
Jonathan Joffe, S.J.D.- President Elect
QTec Analytics LLC
Jonathan (“Jonty”) is the CEO of QTec Analytics, which specializes in big data analytics and machine learning. He grew up in South Africa, where he spent many years in the Anti-Apartheid movement, including as President of the National Union of South African Students (NUSAS), an early leader of the united Democratic Front (UDF), and as a human rights lawyer. He came to the U.S. in the early 1990s to complete a doctorate at Harvard Law School. He later joined a leading global management consulting firm where he led the strategy and finance business, spending time in Johannesburg, London and Boston. He joined the South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2015.
Joellen Lambiotte, M.P.P.M.
Senior Program Advisor,
Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University
Joellen is a Senior Program Advisor with Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. She leads major project startup teams, manages leadership transitions and is part of the global programs management support team. She is a former management team member of Management Sciences for Health, Vietnam Country Representative for Pathfinder International (based in Hanoi) and Regional Africa Representative for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (based in Nairobi).
Having grown up in the South during the Civil Rights Movement, the issue of apartheid resonated with Joellen when she first visited South Africa in 1981. In 2009 /2010, she lived in East London, South Africa, where she led the startup of South Africa Partners’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded program — Integrated Access to Care and Treatment (I ACT). Joellen has a M.P.P.M. from the Yale School of Management. She joined South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2008 and has served as President since 2014.
Director & Senior Consultant,
Boston Trust & Investment Management Company
Stephen was economist and portfolio manager with Walden Asset Management and a manager of environmentally and socially engaged portfolios at Boston Trust and Investment Management where he still serves as Board Director and Senior Advisor. His connection to Africa began in 1963 with his senior thesis at University of California at Berkeley on Julius Nyerere’s founding of the Tanganyika African National Union; he then taught Ethiopian and Africa history in the Peace Corps. He has been involved in South Africa ever since he first visited there in 1985. Stephen has been on South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors since 2009 and served as President 2012-2014.
KIPP Houston Public School (KIPP Generations College)
From South Africa, Bonisile earned a B.A. in Culture and Society from the University of the Western Cape. He then completed his honors degree in Psychology at the Stellenbosch University. Bonisile began his career with LEAP1 School, located in the township of Langa in Cape Town, South Africa. LEAP1 is the first in a series of five schools aimed at excelling black learners in South Africa, particularly in math and science, to increase their chance of attending University. He launched his career with LEAP as the Life Orientation teacher, which develops students into community leaders. Later, his work evolved into International Liaison for the LEAP schools, and finally Principal of LEAP1. Currently, Bonisile is a 10th Grade Sociology Teacher and Grade Level Chair at KIPP Houston Public Schools in Houston, Texas. Bonisile joined South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2014.
Nkateko Nyoka, L.L.B., L.L.M.
Nkateko (“Snakes”) is the Chief Officer for legal, regulatory, risk and stakeholder relations for Vodacom Group Limited from 2007 until this year. Prior to joining Vodacom, Snakes held several positions at MTN (Pty) SA Ltd, including Group Executive for Corporate Services where his responsibilities included Legal and Regulatory as well as the MTN SA Foundation. He has also been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) from 2001 – 2003 where he played a vital role in facilitating competition enabling environment in South Africa’s communications sector. Snakes holds Masters Degrees in Law and Public Administration from Harvard University as well as a Bachelors of Laws (LL.B) and Baccalareus Procurationis (B.Proc) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Snakes currently resides in Johannesburg.
Mike Page, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs,
From South Africa, Mike is the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Bentley University. His 35 year career includes appointments at the University of Cape Town and at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He serves on the governing boards of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the International and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD), as well as on five university and business school advisory boards located in France, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Thailand. Mike continues to be research active and holds professorships in Finance and Management at Bentley, and is a professor extraordinaire at Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa. Mike received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town. He has served on South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors since 2012.
ALI Fellow, Harvard University
(Retired) President, Fidelity Management and Research Company
Born in South Africa, Jacques was president of Fidelity Management & Research Company, a position he held from 2009 until his retirement from Fidelity in 2014. In 2001, he was founder, president and chief investment officer of Geode Capital Management LLC, a sub-advisor to Fidelity and other institutions. Jacques originally joined Fidelity in 1986. Prior to his tenure at Fidelity, Jacques was a founder of software start-up ASI and provided consulting services to several asset-management firms. Jacques received a B.A. in economic history and a graduate degree (Hons.) in industrial sociology from the University of Cape Town. He chairs the Board of World Music, Inc., a Boston-based non-profit organization and serves as a Trustee of Boston University. He is currently an Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow at Harvard University. Jacques joined South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2015.
Karen Shmukler, Ed.D., L.M.F.T.
Assistant Superintendent of Student Services,
Public Schools of Newton, MA
From South Africa, Karen currently serves as the Deputy Superintendent of Student Services in the Public Schools of Brookline, Massachusetts. Prior to that she served as Senior Executive of Wraparound and Child and Family Services at Brockton Area Multi-Services, in Brockton. Karen consults nationally on wraparound and systems of care in public child welfare, mental health and education.
Karen completed her undergraduate and postgraduate education at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her dissertation focus for her Masters in Clinical Psychology was in the development of resilience in children exposed to violence. She completed her doctoral degree in Education at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, with a concentration in the development of community based networks of care for children with complex needs and their families. Karen joined South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2015.
Ellen M. Sullivan, M.Ed.
International Advancement, Boston College
Ellen shapes cultivation and gift development strategies for Boston College’s top potential campaign donors, and manages a portfolio of international principal giving prospects. She was previously at Harvard University for 21 years, most recently as Director of International Advancement, focused on engagement of individual donors, private foundations, corporations and foreign governments. Earlier roles at Harvard include Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, Associate Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies and Admissions Officer for Harvard College. Ellen has a B.A. in political science from Boston College) and a M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on international education. She serves on the Board of Trustees of CASE, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, where she is Chair of the International Committee. Ellen joined South Africa Partners’ Board of Directors in 2014.