Michelle Walford is the General Manager of the Lonely Road Foundation. She is an actuarial specialist with a passion for rural development.
Michelle is the youngster of the team and is always up for a challenge. After a short stint in the Actuarial space and a few months of volunteer work in India, she was ready to follow her heart straight to the doorsteps of the Lonely Road. She holds a BSc (Hons) from Wits.
Michelle also leads up the “Roadie” events (volunteer-based events) in and out of the communities. She looks forward to welcoming new Roadies to the team!
Tebogo Skwambane is a strategist and an entrepreneur, who is passionate about problem solving and improving the performance of both individuals and organisations.
She was the co-founder of North Road Consulting which merged with The Monitor Group in 2011. Until February 2013, she was a Managing Director and Global Partner of The Monitor Group South Africa.
Tebogo is a non-executive director on the board of EOH, Actom, Daimler Fleet Management and Polyoak Packaging Group.
Tebogo was appointed as a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum in 2011. She graduated with a BA in government (political science) from Dartmouth University and an MBA from Harvard.
Shanti Govender has more than years of professional experience public management and development sector. She currently works as an operations strategy consultant at [email protected] focusing mainly on innovative and strategic solutions for improving business operations.
Prior to this, she held the position of Senior Manager Operations at the PIC Properties Division and Director of Operations at the National Youth Development Agency (previously Umsobomvu Youth Fund).
Shanti holds Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) and has completed several courses in quality management, business process management and marketing. Shanti has recently been invited to join the Lonely Road Board of Directors with a focus on stakeholder engagement, programme design, monitoring and reporting.
Dineo Skwambane has spent her career dedicated to development finance. She joined the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) where she spent four years, the last two focusing on the tourism industry. After a brief two year stint at the National Empowerment Fund (NEF) Dineo joined Umsobomvu Youth Fund (UYF) where she played a pivotal role in establishing; growing and managing the Enterprise Finance department which was responsible for micro finance as well as small business finance. In addition she managed various partnerships including the Franchise Fund with Business Partners and the Progress Fund with First National Bank.
Dineo made her way back to IDC, this time into the Textiles Unit where she was a senior account manager since April 2010 and is currently Acting Head – Textiles and Clothing SBU. Dineo continues her involvement in SMME development through the Isivande Women’s Fund (Investment Committee Chair) and IDF/Sefa Advisory Board and Investment Committee member.
Dineo serves on a number of boards including CIDA City Campus and other small private companies.
Joey Khuvutlu is the Founder and Strategy Director of creative firms Dream Station and Threefold Creative. He is a trained art director and brand strategy consultant.
Joey is a habitual entrepreneur with interests in media, entertainment and communications. He holds a BA Communications and Brand Management. He is trained in graphic design, copywriting and multimedia.
Joey and his team are the pro bono developers of The Lonely Road’s branding, company identity and website. They house the Lonely Road office free of charge in the Threefold Creative Studio. They are also regular Roadies and always happy to lend a hand with the heavy lifting!
Thabang Skwambane is a banking veteran with 10 years banking experience in multiple jurisdictions including South Africa, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Thabang left banking in 2006 to become a social entrepreneur by co-founding a healthcare company, Kaelo, that focused on HIV and AIDS and Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle. Today, Kaelo Healthcare employs over 1000 people and provides testing and patient management services to more than a quarter of a million people a year.
In 2007, not satisfied that children in rural communities who lost their parents due to HIV were being cared for sufficiently, he founded The Lonely Road Foundation. To raise funds and awareness for the plight of Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Thabang cycled alone and unsupported 5,896 kilometres from Johannesburg in South Africa to the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and then climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.
Thabang is an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow (2010) from the African Leadership Institute in association with the Saïd Business School at Oxford University and an Edward S. Mason International Development Fellow (2013) from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He is passionate about Africa and believes that with the right investment, partnership and guidance; the young people of Africa are ready to assume the responsibility that has been sorely lacking in our historic leadership across the continent.