Our Inspiration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prof Edward Solomon Ayensu
Guru

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prishani Satyapal
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.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Shakti Satyapal
Sustainability Maverick

Shakti is  a versatile & dynamic entrepreneur with experience in several industries and creative spaces. He is a strategic and systems thinker, a sustainable development specialist, a regenerative farmer and photographer with a background in marketing and communications.

Shakti has always had a deep connection to the more-than-human world, an innate curiosity for how ecosystems function, & a yearning to help protect our only home by mitigating the system pressures that the earth is experiencing.

He has successfully lead sustainable development projects in the mining and agriculture sectors, working with communities to develop livelihood security programs around health, human rights, climate smart agriculture & employment creation.

He is currently leading the transitionary journey of Roadway Farms in Pietermaritzburg, from a conventional farm to a regenerative agriculture operation. His ambition is to create a world-class regenerative farm and create a new blueprint for the local agriculture industry. Roadway Farms will be an ecologically sustainable and integrated fresh produce enterprise and will help communities and farmers understand their connection to food and nature, thereby improving human nutrition and health.

He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Marketing Communication from the AAA School of Advertising, a Master of Science degree in Sustainability & Responsibility from HULT Ashridge Executive Education in the UK and a certificate in Impact Investing from UCT Graduate School of Business.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Shahan Chundra
Sustainable Finance Specialist

Shahan is experienced in several commercial, corporate and independent roles in the investment management, capital markets, sustainable finance and impact investing markets.

He 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 financing opportunities.

Shahan has expanded his finance and investment skills by embracing the arena of Sustainable Finance, which encompasses ESG factors, Sustainable Development, Impact Investing and Socially Responsible Investing. Part of his work is evaluating the societal, environmental and economic benefits of sustainable development programmes and delivering these to an international Impact Investing audience, including fund managers and originators.

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 global equity derivatives. During this time, he ran a trading desk and conducted analysis on global financial markets and diverse financial instruments.

He was an Investment Analyst at Edge Growth Venture Capital where he was involved in financial analysis, modelling and projections, growth strategies for firms in the venture capital incubation stage and funding due diligence processes of impact investments. Edge Growth is a leader in providing transformative finance and socio-economic development for black-owned SMEs.

Shahan holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of the Witwatersrand, with majors in Investment and Corporate Finance. He is currently working towards Level 3 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Certification.


 

Our Team

Our collective Experience

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