Prof Edward Solomon Ayensu
Edward is an international development advisor on science, technology and economic development, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of the Trustees of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Ghana. He was formerly the Chairman of the World Bank Inspection Panel and the Chairman of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana.
Edward obtained his doctorate from the University of London, and was appointed a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford University. He is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, Foreign Fellow of the India National Sciences Academy, Fellow of TWAS Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Founding Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. He is twice the recipient of the Ghana National Science Award; the recipient of the Outstanding Statesman Award in Ghana during the Millennium Celebrations; and also the recipient of the 2004 Medal for the Biological Sciences by the TWAS Academy of Sciences for the Developing World.
A prolific writer and photographer, Edward has authored many books and scientific and technological papers.
Our Leadership Team
Chief Inspiration Officer
Prishani is the founding CEO of Sustainability Truthing.
Prishani is passionate about the long term value that business can create in society and she has worked with corporate environmental and social change processes throughout her 20+ year career. She has worked in areas requiring the development of new business models, unlocking value by managing and understanding sustainability risks and opportunities. Intrinsic to her learning is an in-depth understanding of the brave leadership required for corporate change, building trust and true environmental stewardship.
Prishani has worked in management roles in professional services, finance, and primarily mining. Her professional services roles included lead consultant, client manager and business development, sustainability and human rights auditor, and due diligence management. Her industry experience while in professional services includes gold and diamond mining, global apparel supply chains, banking, consumer products and industry associations. In Prishani’s corporate roles she developed policy, managed review processes, designed strategy and engaged teams in implementing change.
Prishani has also created professional development programmes for sustainability professionals with the University of Cape Town.
Prishani’s key strength is her ability to develop an understanding of complex issues at a broad systemic level, identifying the change levers at an operational level and developing strategies to drive sustainable change. She communicates with passion and enthusiasm and is able to engage with a wide range of role-players on complex issues.
In 2013, Prishani managed the Mining Industry’s engagement with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and the subsequent Day of Reflection on 7 September. She has supported the industry engagement with faith groups during 2014. Prishani has experience of mining across the world and for 8 years worked at AngloGold Ashanti, as Corporate Vice President Sustainability. During this time she also led the Sustainability Portfolio of the company’s Ghanaian operations for 2.5 years.
In 2013, Prishani was named one of the most Inspiring Women in Mining (Barclays Bank). Prishani has extensive multi-industry experience gained while working at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) between 1999 – 2007. Prishani has worked in over 20 countries in Africa, Europe, South America and Australasia. Prishani has a Master’s Degree in Business Responsibility and Practice from the University of Bath.
Lizenka De Wet
Lizenka has extensive experience working on large-scale transformation projects across the Financial, Mining, FMCG, Light and Industrial Manufacturing industries. Her work has taken her through Africa and Australia.
She engaged and worked with multiple organisational stakeholders from grass roots environments to senior executive level. During these engagements Lizenka has worked with these stakeholders to identify process improvement opportunities, design real solutions and ensure long-lasting implementation. She is a systemic thinker and takes pride in her ability to formulate practical solutions to seemingly complex problems. Her approach to design of strategic programs, change programs and business improvement programs is one of creating flow, ensuring simplicity and integrity. She believes in inherent potential and enjoys mobilising, energising and coaching teams in order to bring about the change required.
She completed a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch.
Shakti is a specialist in marketing and communications, with a focus on media strategy and implementation. He completed his initial degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Integrated Marketing Communications, majoring in media and brand management at the AAA School of Advertising in Johannesburg. He has worked with a number of international brands over several years.
Shakti has always had a deep personal connection to the more-than-human world, an innate curiosity for how ecosystems function, and a yearning to help and protect our only home by mitigating the system pressures that earth is experiencing. In his more recent professional and academic career, he has applied his marketing and communications experience, aiming to assist businesses to understand the need to transition from focusing on short-term financial goals, to adopting a longer-term objective of creating shared value through a purpose driven agenda, that delivers a more sustainable business.
Shakti joined Sustainability Truthing in April 2014. He manages the business and deliver’s the solutions needed for an agile young company. Personally, he has managed and supported a number of sustainability projects for a mining operation in rural south-western Tanzania. This included the development of sustainability strategy and policy, the writing of procedures, guidelines and management standards, as well as the implementation and rollout thereof, including the reporting design. Specifically, he managed the mines resettlement program, the implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights and supported in the formulation of a livelihood security and socio-economic development program for the Chunya and Singida regions.
He is currently doing a Master of Science degree in Sustainability and Responsibility at Ashridge Business School in England. His area of enquiry centres around, “How can I influence organisations to incorporate sustainability into their core business strategies, thereby creating shared value and benefits for the entire natural and social ecosystem, in which they operate?”
Shakti is a Director at Sustainability Truthing.
Visual Truthing Director
Shahir is the consummate film and documentary “All-Rounder”, having managed film crews and casts, acted, developed content, directed and produced, all in blue chip productions. He also has voice, singing, sound and music technical expertise and experience. Shahir has a Degree in Film Making. After qualifying as a Director of Photography, he made the inevitable step toward Directing.
Shahir started acting at the age of 5 and continues to do so intermittently, most recently appearing in the Emmy award winning United States produced series, Homeland.
Shahir’s repertoire includes:
- Directed ground breaking youth culture shows like Street Journal and Kasi 101 and Noted.
- Writing, copy writing, and being part of the writing teams for comedy shows like My Perfect Family and Majakhatata Records.
- Series director of Reality Check, Bootcamp Msanzi Celebrity Edition and Zavion.
- Content director on Survivor South Africa and Masterchef South Africa- Season 3.
- Head of Content on the recently much lauded reality show, Power Couple.
He has lived and worked in London, New York, (studied Acting at the New York Film Academy), and is based in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Teegan is an Environmental Scientist who previously worked in the Mine Environmental Research and Sustainable Development Directorate at the Department of Mineral Resources in South Africa.
Teegan’s background is in research and includes a major focus on Water, Acid Mine Drainage and Climate Change. Teegan also has experience in monitoring using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing having worked on ArcMap and Earth Resource Data Analysis Systems (ERDAS) respectively.
Since joining Sustainability Truthing, Teegan has focused on Closure Planning, Policy and Standards Development, Implementation, Web Design and Media Publications. Specifically, Teegan has developed an Integrated Mine Closure Plan supported by Environmental Management Standards for a mining company in Tanzania. Teegan has also worked on the organisation of large events such as the Mining Industry’s engagement with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He has also supported a workshop focused on bringing dignity back to South African schools through the installation of proper sanitation facilities.
Teegan has a Bachelor of Science, Honours degree in Environmental Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.