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Our Strategic Services Team

Michael Wray

 

Founder

Michael Wray (CA, MBA) was born and raised in Zimbabwe and received his tertiary education in South Africa. He worked in London and then Switzerland for 15 years in the finance industry, his last role as CFO and board member of a global hedge fund group. In 2013 he changed his focus to education and consulted to Barclays on their Education CSR strategy as well as piloting innovative models working with PestalozziWorld Foundation. Michael founded Edulution in 2015 and with a dedicated team developed and then deployed the Edulution ‘Technosapien’ learning platform model which is now reaching more than 12000 thousand children in inner city townships, remote rural areas and refugee camps in Zambia, Namibia and soon South Africa.

Richard Akwei

Fundraising & Stakeholder Engagement

Richard Akwei (B.Com, MBA) is a citizen of Ghana and the United States and was raised in numerous countries around the world.  He has over 32 years of experience in developed and emerging markets across investment banking and asset management with Makeda Partners, Musa Group, the Rohatyn Group and J. P. Morgan.   Richard has been a passionate advocate of improving educational outcomes throughout his career as a tutor, strategist and, fund raiser and was initially introduced to Edulution in 2017.  He is principally responsible for market entry strategy and fund raising but also provides input in broader firm strategic initiatives. 

Sharon Panicco

Program Manager

Sharon has dedicated her career to education and has a wealth of experience. She is respected for her dedication and ability to bring new concepts to reality by using innovative approaches and inspiring others to take action. Joining Edulution at the very beginning she has played a key role in opening all the Edulution centres in Zambia, Namibia and soon in South Africa.

David Fair

 

Training Design & Delivery

David Fair (MA Counselling Psychology) is a human capital development specialist with over 20 years’ experience in employee engagement, youth development and coaching. With a background in psychology, David is the mastermind behind the design and delivery of our bespoke innovative training content and coach recruitment processes. David has a lifelong passion for developing human potential through learning experiences and effective mentorship. He firmly believes that professional and personal growth are inextricably linked, a philosophy exemplified by the rapid development of leadership and personal maturity in Edulution's coaches. 

Kapya Sakala

Head of Technology

Kapya is a self-taught software developer with a background in Biomedical Sciences. His considerable expertise, commitment and innovative approach to problem solving make him a valuable member of the Tribe. 

Sandy Mattison

 

Special Projects

Sandy Mattison (BSc, MBA) spent 25 years working for large, blue chip companies.  Sandy’s practical training as a chemical engineer and operational experience across a variety of industries combined with her ability ‘see the bigger picture’ are valuable skills when designing effective business strategies. Sandy’s school-going children have given her the opportunity to observe the positive impact of a learning environment that is tailored to each child’s intellectual abilities and emotional needs. The Edulution model creates such an environment, for some of Africa’s most vulnerable children, under some of the harshest conditions. Sandy is excited about growing Edulution’s reach and impact in Africa 

Mike Clarke

 

Fundraising & Communications

Mike Clarke (Msc, Dip. Clin Eng.) a Biomedical engineer and outdoor adventurer with 21 years of experience in operations, technology management & deployment, management consulting and sales & marketing,  brings a valuable mix of skills to the Edulution team.  Mike spent the last 10 years driving business development and sales for a Fortune 500 consumer technology brand in 25 Sub-Saharan Africa countries and has deep knowledge of the African socioeconomic ecosystem. Born and raised in Africa, Mike is passionate about the continent and driven to improve the education outcomes of its people. 

Peter Griffiths

Procurement & Deployment

Peter Griffiths (B.Acc.Sci, MBA) has 18 years executive management experience in sales & distribution, after-sales support as well as channel management across Sub-Sahara Africa. Peter is passionate about education and the potential it has to change lives.

Marie Thelander

Fundraising & Donor Relations

Marie has 17 years international business development, sales and marketing experience working with luxury brands and ultra-high net worth individuals. She is a dynamic, entrepreneurial professional with a passion for sales and building solid businesses relationships. Marie excels at converting her enthusiasm for what she is doing into action and success.

TOGETHER WE CAN

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