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 the Operations Director at Sustainability Truthing and deliver’s the solutions needed for an agile young company. Shakti is a versatile and dynamic entrepreneur with experience in several industries and creative spaces. At heart, he is a marketing and communications professional, and a sustainability specialist.
Shakti worked as a strategist in the advertising industry, developing media and communication master plans for several local and international brands. He has a deep understanding of products, markets and consumers as well as the connection points and interrelationships that exist between these groups.
He 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 the earth is experiencing.
He has applied his marketing and communications experience to advising organisations to understand the need to transition from short-term financial targets to adopting a longer-term shared value creation, that delivers a more sustainable business.
He has led several innovative sustainability projects that created shared value for a mining organisation in southwestern Tanzania. He has worked with rural communities to develop livelihood security programs, centred around health, agriculture and employment creation. He has a strong project management and stakeholder engagement experience and has done training and education workshops on human rights and security.
Shakti has a BA in Marketing Communications and is currently doing an MSc in Sustainability at Ashridge Hult in the UK. His area of research focuses on integrating sustainability into organisations using branding as the key access point.
He has designed and co-built the Sustainability Truthing offices from shipping containers and recycled material.
He is an avid photographer of natural and city landscapes, as well as portraiture. Shakti has also worked professionally as a musician for 8 years in a rock band.
Visual Truthing Director
Shahir is the consummate film, documentary, and television “All-Rounder”, having managed film crews and casts, acted, developed content, written, 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 from AFDA (JHB). After qualifying as a Director of Photography, he made the inevitable step toward Directing. Shahir has also studied copywriting at the AAA school of Advertising, creative writing through Random House and studied Acting at the New York Film Academy – NY campus.
Shahir started acting at the age of 5 and continues to do so intermittently, most recently appearing in the Emmy award-winning HBO produced series, Homeland and SABC 3’s Bedford Wives.
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 much-lauded reality show, Power Couple SA.
- Director on numerous corporate messaging pieces, including RMB, Sasol, and most recently telling the story of a values roll out and the subsequent sustainable projects for a Gold mine in Tanzania.
Shahir is also is keenly interested and involved in the Sustainability space, working on strategy with a particular lean toward design and business flow. In his role at Sustainability Truthing he has also:
- Supported the roll-out of a Sustainability strategy at a Mining Company in Tanzania, April 2015 – Present
- Developed sustainability policy
- Developed and implemented sustainability management standard, procedure and guideline
- Designed the sustainability reporting function
- Managed the mine’s resettlement program
- Supported the development of a livelihood security and socio-economic development program for the Chunya and Singida regions.
- Developed a company values integration and socialisation program
- Developed weekly and monthly communiqué highlighting issues around health, safety, asset protection, community engagement and environment.
- Directed and produced a documentary on the new mining order.
He has lived and worked in London, New York, and is now based in Johannesburg.
Teegan is an Environmental Scientist with a passion for policy development and climate change mitigation. At heart, Teegan is interested in technological responses to social and environmental challenges.
Teegan’s background in research includes a major focus on Water, Acid Mine Drainage and Climate Change. Teegan has experience in monitoring using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing on ArcMap and Earth Resource Data Analysis Systems (ERDAS) respectively.
He has experience in mine closure planning, sustainable development policy and management standards development, stakeholder engagement, management of environmental and social impact assessments.
Teegan has worked on the organisation of 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 engagement that created partnerships for restoring dignity to South African schools through the installation of proper sanitation facilities.
He has a Bachelor of Science, Honours degree in Environmental Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He previously worked in the Mine Environmental Research and Sustainable Development Directorate at the Department of Mineral Resources in South Africa.
Finance Futurist in Training
Shahan is a Finance Specialist. He has experience in several commercial, corporate and independent roles. Shahan is passionate about exploring next-generation finance models that explore the fusion of environmental and social risk with traditional finance. He is particularly interested in the perceived intangibility of sustainable development risk and exploring how these can be incorporated into a future-looking financial model that translates risk into innovative opportunities
His previous roles have included time at Investec Asset Management where he was an Investment Consultant, engaging with high-net-worth clients and the management of their portfolios.
Shahan founded and managed his own fund for 5 years, where he traded equity derivatives. During this time he ran a trading desk and conducted analysis on global financial markets and diverse financial instruments.
Most recently he was an analyst at Edge Growth Venture Capital where he was involved in financial analysis, modeling and projections, growth strategies for firms in the venture capital incubation stage and funding due diligence processes.
Shahan holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of the Witwatersrand, with majors in Investment and Corporate Finance. He has completed Level 2 of the Chartered Financial Analyst Certification.