Linda Roos currently serves as Head of Human Resources for the ooba Group of companies. Prior to joining ooba, Linda headed Organisational Development, Human Resources and Social Investment, respectively, for the Petousis Hotel Group and served as Chairman of the group’s social investment initiative, Our Kids of The Cape. Linda has worked in various industries, including advertising, marketing, financial services, ICT and hospitality. Linda previously served as a director of the South African Organisational Development Network’s board as custodian of the Communications portfolio.
Kieran Crowley is currently the Head of Finance for Go2Africa, a bespoke African Safari Specialist. Prior to Go2Africa, Kieran was the Financial Manager at ooba. He obtained his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the University of Cape Town majoring in Financial Accounting and Finance. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Dave Romero qualified as a Professional Accountant (SA) in 1987. He Joined a Corporate Finance Company after qualifying where he got his first taste of Venture Capital. After a variety of interesting positions, he resigned as Executive Chairman from REF Finance and Investment Corporation Ltd, and went on to pursue a career in consulting and business mentoring. In 2012, Dave decided that he wanted to enter the Private Equity arena again so he founded Caban Investments Limited of which he is the Group CEO, as well as founding four holding companies.
Simphiwe Silwana is studying at the University of Cape Town a degree in Law and Politics. He was a beneficiary of Life Choices since Grade 10, starting as a peer educator (Dream2Be).At the beginning of 2014 he joined Leaders' Quest and now forms part of our Alumni. He plans to pursue a career in politics.
Nomzamo Ngqulana-Kasana is the Head of Human Resources at Glacier. Prior to joining Glacier, she was head of HR for 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organizing Committee and was involved in formulating HR strategy initiatives for Clicks Centralized Distribution Centre, Musica and Discom Brand. She holds a BA (Hons) in Educational Psychology, BA (Degree) in Psychology from UWC as well as a Higher Diploma in Education. “I try to engage with people and promote a team approach to ensure that there is a strong vision and that everyone is working towards the same goal. My style is definitely inclusive.” She is forward thinking, pro-active and always looks for ways of developing those around her in an organisation.
Sofia Neves is the Salesian Life Choices Managing Director. In 2005, she helped the Salesians to establish the organisation. She holds an Honours Degree in Animal Science and a Masters Degree in Marketing & Communication with Rome Business School. Ms. Neves joined the development field in 2001 in an OVC programme in Mozambique and has since gathered a vast experience in the non-profit sector across various disciplines, in several African countries.
Lerato Raboti is currently a student at the University of Cape Town, studying Politics and Philosophy. He joined Life Choices when he was in Grade 11 as part of the Leaders’ quest programme. He was motivated to join the board because he wants to make a lasting positive change to his community.
Diane Charton has held managing director roles at both the Red & Yellow School of Marketing as well as Acceleration Media Digital Marketing Agency. She has shifted her focus to a "life of purpose", giving back to the industry through the lecturing role she currently holds. With a unique combination of marketing, leadership and engineering experience, Charton brings a multifaceted approach to using marketing trends and insights to innovate and empower the industry as a whole.
Charton is frequently quoted in South African media and invited to speak at conferences because of her ability to bring insight and illumination to the latest trends and technologies in the world of traditional and digital marketing communication.
Danilo Acquisto is a Television (SABC3’s Afternoon Express) and Radio (Good Hope FM) Personality. In 2012 he graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA in Law and Sociology. He is currently starting his second company. He is an active member in his church and chairs youth matters in the Western Cape through the Youth Chaplaincy. In 2013 he joined Life Choices as a mentor and has subsequently returned to do some talks on personal branding.
Fr. Jonathan Daniels SDB currently serves as Parish Priest of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Hanover Park on the Cape Flats. He has been a Salesian for 25 years and a priest for 16 years. He worked in Lesotho, Swaziland, Johannesburg and now, Cape Town and served in various capacities. For three years (2009-2011) he was part of the Salesian Provincial Council holding the portfolio of Councillor for Youth, animating Youth activities in the province. Fr. Jonathan holds Diplomas in Philosophy and Religious Education, a Bachelors Degree in Sacred Theology and a Masters Degree in Philosophy with a Specialization in Christian Spirituality.