The valued members of our team are handpicked for specific projects to help our clients achieve their strategic business objectives.
Mags combines a drive to improve, reduce waste, save the planet and engage with stakeholders in developing strategies, writing and changing hearts (and minds). She also performs magic with graphs and infographics!
Mags contributes to diverse assignments. She has extensive knowledge of global supplier and enterprise development processes, a deep understanding of complex industry challenges and an ability to work with stakeholders across multiple value streams. Mags is the founder of Social Capital SA.
Dhiren is a hands-on young professional with more than 6 years’ experience in non-profit and public benefit management, both locally in South Africa as well as internationally, having worked on projects across Southern Africa, Asia and Europe.
Dhiren’s passion lies in the area where entrepreneurship, business and sustainability meet. He also has a penchant for youth leadership development as a strong believer in mentoring and reverse-mentoring as a means of bridging multigenerational communication gaps.
As the CEO of Brightest Young Minds (BYM), Dhiren contributes extensive insight into and knowledge of the global social investment and development sector. He is good at working with a large range of stakeholders and managing complex problems, systems and processes.
Wendy has a wealth of experience working with international funders and developing organisations, providing technical and organisational capacity-building. During her time at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Wendy assisted in coordinating the business input into the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Wendy’s deep insight into complex development processes and sustainability practices for non-profit organisations, her ability to raise and secure funding, as well as her knowledge of organisational management practices make her a valuable member of our consulting team.
Her diverse experience has equipped her with a wide range of skills. She has been involved with the Anglo-American Chairman’s Fund, Research Africa, Abbeyfield SA (as director) and the University of Cape Town (various development roles). She is a director of Words that Count.
Shanaaz is a proud Pan-African human rights activist and enjoys working with teams who are willing to break the mould. She was recognized as one of South Africa’s Top 100 Young South Africans by South Africa’s Mail & Guardian newspaper for her ongoing contribution to civil society initiatives and environmental activism. She applies the “work smart, not hard” approach to projects by tapping into a person’s strongest qualities and skills to achieve the best outcomes.
Shanaaz is an entrepreneur, development specialist and the CEO of Professional Evaluation and Research (PEAR), the first 100% female-owned, BBBEE level 1 business in the media monitoring and evaluation sector in South Africa.
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He brings a wealth of experience to Next Generation Consultants in the fields of socio-economic consulting, stakeholder engagement, research and investment management strategy. He is also a key author of the regional flagship Asia-Pacific Human Development Report.
As part of the Next Generation consulting team, Melanie focuses on grantmaking practices and raising funds for a variety of causes. Melanie assists organisations with the development of investment strategies, measuring the impact of their interventions as well as providing an outsourced management process for companies that do not have an in-house CSI resource. Melanie is a partner at Words that Count, a successful trainer and mentor.
Shireen sees herself as a social change entrepreneur. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the areas of strategy, sustainability, leadership and governance. Her key strengths are in establishing and managing operations, mobilising resources, developing strategy and policy, as well as driving innovation.
Her expertise includes the development and assessment of income generation strategies as part of building sustainable organisations. Her clients include UN Women, UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation), Irish Aid, GIZ (Development Agency of the Government of Germany), Resolve SA and the Graça Machel Trust. Shireen has an LLM degree and is the CEO of Tara Transform.
Nicola is particularly passionate about community economics, equality and human rights and the role of the public, private and non-profit sectors in creating a sustainable future for all. As such, she is a perfect fit for Next Generation Consultants.
With roots in critical discourse analysis, Nicola has specialised in public and development management with the view of working holistically and cross-sectorally. She is a published researcher and has contributed to public discussions on intersectionality, philanthropy and the future of the non-profit sector.
Michelle has personal experience of the health and healing benefits of tai chi and its impact on change processes. She integrates this mind/body practice into social justice work for personal as well as organisational transformation. Michelle is the director of an independent consultancy and the owner of a tai chi practice.
He has experience with multinational clients and companies across all industries, including FMCG, financial, technological, media, oil and gas, natural resources, public relations, government, academic and automotive.
His knowledge of industry mapping, media (traditional and digital) insight and measurement adds value to our team, as well as his strong focus on research, analysis and writing.
Drawing on an intricate knowledge of transitioning societal and commercial landscapes, Mandisa focuses on research and analysis of influencing ecosystems in strategic engagement areas, data collation and impact assessment of existing programme portfolios, as well as strategy design aligned to corporate objectives.
Mandisa’s knowledge and insight about the African continent, working with Pan-African organisations, international development agencies and indigenous communities are invaluable.
His extensive insights into complex stakeholder relations, stakeholder management and stakeholder engagement – one of Next Generation’s primary services – has assisted our clients with both qualitative and quantitative research. Gerhard has a thorough understanding of the South African consumer landscape and is gaining a deeper understanding and extensive insight into business and community relations.
Gerhard works as an independent consultant in strategic planning, research, quantitative modelling and business intelligence.
Philile enjoys opportunities to collaborate with other experts on CSI consulting projects. She has experience in network development, knowledge capture and social innovation programme design. Her personal community leadership project is on social leadership training and development of urban marginalised youths.
Suzaan is South African, but refers to herself as a citizen of the world and a daughter of Africa. She is a legal practitioner by trade, environmentalist through specialisation and social responsibility investigator by choice. She is an avid researcher and enjoys writing.
Her value to Next Generation’s clients is her experience in corporate and commercial law and her specialist knowledge of the environmental, mining and sustainability spheres. She is currently pursuing a postgraduate degree at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) in business, management and administration.
Lungiswa is a founder of and brand consultant at Border Frontier. Her passions include branding, communication and sustainability. Building brands that are purpose-driven, creatively engaging, business-orientated and socially impactful is Lungiswa’s contribution to the team.
Andile’s background is in social sciences. He has extensive experience in the social service organisational (non-governmental and not-for-profit) sectors. As owner of Skhunyana Consulting, he specialises in research and policy, strategy and enterprise supplier development. He also has experience in the public sector.
Ruth has a background in geography and environmental sciences and is an alumnus of the University of the Witwatersrand. She has previous work experience in urban food security, NPO management, cultural and archaeological heritage and complimentary healthcare. She completed a course in business sustainability management through the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
From urban food farming to high-end retail, Ruth is focused on solidifying her knowledge and expertise in corporate sustainability and social and environmental development. She is driven to learn, understand and evolve in the development space in South Africa and beyond.