Lisa Kropman CohenLisa Kropman Cohen


Sandton, South Africa

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Professional field

Occupational Position: Beyond Us Trust, Alpha Charitable Trust, Philippi Village

Professional History


Lisa joined The Bertha Foundation in August 2011 where she currently manages the South African activities for the Foundation. Prior to joining Bertha Philanthropies SA she managed the Entrepreneurial Development Trust at Investec, a black empowerment trust that developed and supported projects related to entrepreneurship and leadership in South Africa. Lisa started her career in law during which time she chaired the Witwatersrand Regional Committee of Lawyers for Human Rights. In 1997 she joined Investec. During her time there she headed up the Employee Relations division and the Black Empowerment and Sustainability portfolio for the group. She headed up the Corporate Social Investment Division at Investec.

Whilst at Investec she founded the Business Place - a network of entrepreneurial centres for small entrepreneurs that now have a national footprint and spearheaded Investec's founding role in establishing CIDA City Campus . She is a Bishop Tutu African Leadership Fellow of 2007; a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum in 2008; in 2011 she was nominated by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 20 dynamic young African women under the age of 45 who wield enormous influence in African business. Her work and passion remains to work with communities and local enterprises to find sustainable solutions to the myriad of social and environmental challenges in Southern Africa.

Qualifications


Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town and a Bachelor of Law from the University of the Witwatersrand

Programs


2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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