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JAM International

Global Leadership Team

Paul Edwards

Paul is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully built several businesses into the leading companies in their region. Most digital technologies fall within his ambit, but his experience also covers the investment banking and energy sectors. Besides being a passionate Chairman of JAM International, Paul is currently Executive Chairman of Equilibre Bio-energy Production Ltd, a Mauritian-based bio-energy business, and Chairman of ZappGroup, Africa Ltd, a mobile payments business focused on Africa. He is Deputy Chairman of NASDAQ-listed Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc, a global electronic payments and financial services group, and Director of Mauritius and South Africa listed Lighthouse Capital Limited, a European-focused property group.

He was formerly Executive Chairman of Emerging Markets Payments (EMP), a company he co-founded with Actis in 2010 that became the largest pan-African and Middle Eastern fully integrated electronic payments company and was sold to Network International in 2016.

Previous roles include Executive Chairman of Starcomms, a Nigerian telecom; Chairman of Chartwell Capital, a South African-based corporate finance group; Group CEO of MTN Ltd, Africa’s largest cell phone operator; Group CEO of Johnnic Holdings Ltd;  Founding President of Measat Broadcast Bhd (Malaysia), trading as Astro, Malaysian’s leading satellite broadcaster; Executive Vice-President of Star TV in Hong Kong, Asia’s largest satellite TV broadcaster; Chief Executive of DSTV MultiChoice, Africa’s leading satellite TV broadcaster; Chairman and CEO of ITC, South Africa’s largest credit bureau and Head of Banking Software Solutions at Spenser Steward Advisory Services.

Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and a past member of the Council of the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as a member of EDS’s Europe’s Advisory Board. He has been a regular speaker at international conferences on satellite communications, telecommunications, payments, and doing business successfully in Africa.

Isak Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter and Ann Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work.

As Group Chief Executive of JAM International, Isak oversees strategy, culture, leadership and business operations required for JAM’s future growth and success. Isak is committed to driving the organisation into the future and staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

During his tenure at JAM International, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a handout but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.

Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, having been Chair of the Pan Africa Chapter, Africa Regional Networks and now Membership Chair, Global Deal Network Africa Regional Chair, EMEA Super Region Chair, current Engagement Chair and incoming Vice Chair, as well as Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.

He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

Ann Pretorius

JAM’s Founders, Ann and her late husband Peter, resolved to do whatever they could to help alleviate the suffering of people on the African continent. Borne from what Peter witnessed while visiting a war-torn and famine-stricken Mozambique in the early 1980’s, this experience became the driving force behind establishing the organisation that Ann has served since its inception.

Together Ann and Peter received several prestigious awards including the 2018 African Ubuntu Award for Social Responsibility and were one of five finalists in the AidEx 2014 Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award.

Ann became Group CEO in August 2018 after the passing of Peter and headed up the organisation until May 2021. Ann now fulfils the role of Founding Director on JAM’s International Board.  As Co-Founder of JAM, Ann is the key relationship representative, focused on the history and heart of JAM through networking with governments, donors, ambassadors and at leading fund-raising events and launches.

Ann remains a champion of our beneficiaries and custodian of JAM’s vision.

Referred to by many as “Mama JAM” because of her big heart for the development of the people of Africa, Ann is proud to see JAM expand into new territories, reach more beneficiaries, fulfil more needs and impact more lives.

A mother of six, with 14 grandchildren, Ann has a great appreciation for the value of family and of course, her extended JAMily.

Nico Esterhuizen

Nico serves as JAM International’s Chief Financial Officer. He is professionally qualified as a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He holds a Master of Science degree in Professional Accountancy (with distinction) from the University of London and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy degree in Leadership in Emerging Economies, from the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg.

With almost 20 years of experience in financial services and insurance, previous employers include the South African Insurance Association, OUTsurance, and Discovery. Furthermore, Nico is part of a Christian outreach ministry with a focus on rural and township areas in South Africa. Nico holds motivational talks on life purpose and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and was appointed as the Chairperson of ACCA South Africa board in late 2020.

Amanda Koech Otieno

Amanda is currently serving as JAM’s Chief Programmes Officer, supporting our African Regional offices and Donor Support Offices.

With over 20 years of experience in Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management, Public Relations and Media, her experience at JAM started in 2018 as Quality Assurance and Programme Manager for both South Sudan and Uganda.

Prior to this, she spent 13 years in various roles for International NGO’s including World Vision and Action Against Hunger in Kenya and Somalia. These roles included Programme Management, Communications, Marketing and Advocacy.

Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Community Development from Daystar University in Kenya. She is a gender champion and certified grant manager who enjoys photography and outdoor activities that include hiking and community service.

Killen Otieno

Killen joined JAM in 2017, and before his promotion to the position of Chief Operations Officer in  2020, he served as JAM’s Country Director for South Sudan and Uganda. He has brought to JAM close to 30 years of global humanitarian leadership experience, most of which focused on food security & livelihoods programming in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

Killen also worked as Regional Head of Food Security & Livelihoods at the Danish Refugee Council (Eastern Africa and Yemen) and for UN agencies, World Food Programme (WFP) as well as Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), as the National Food Security & Livelihood Cluster Coordinator.

As a global humanitarian leader, Killen was the Global Head of the Food Assistance and Nutritional Unit at Plan International’s headquarters in London, UK. Prior to that, he provided leadership as the Head of Mission and Response Director for World Vision’s Syrian refugee response in Jordan as well as in the Horn of Africa. He served as Global Director of World Vision’s Food Aid Management & Emergency Response based in Johannesburg, South Africa. At World Vision and Plan International, Killen further participated as part of surge capacity in some of the largest humanitarian responses in Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, Niger, and Syria.

Currently, Killen serves as Board Member of CaLP – the Cash Learning Partnership Network, a global network whose aim is to strengthen and promote the use of multi-sectoral Cash & Voucher programming and is also a Board Member of the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection, promoting humanitarian professionalism.

Abeba Amene

With over 17 years of humanitarian and development programming experience in fragile contexts, Abeba has led teams in various country offices, managing medium and large-scale programmes including Oxfam – GB where she served as the Regional Policy and Advocacy Advisor.

With an in-depth contextual understanding of humanitarian and development trends in East Africa as well as in the Horn of Africa and extensive experience in programme design and implementation, Abeba is dedicated to seeing the positive transformation of communities.

Her unshakable commitment to realizing a better future for children is drawn from many years of working alongside some of Africa’s most marginalised communities.

Arsénio Mucavala

Since March 2020, Arsénio has served as JAM’s Country Manager for Mozambique. He joined JAM in 2008 as an Admin and Logistics Officer and soon thereafter became our Procurement Officer, undertaking high-level purchases and the intricate liaison and logistics that this position requires. In 2014, Arsénio was promoted to National Admin and HR Manager. He worked under various Country Directors all of whom became personal mentors. He also became an expert in Mozambican labour law, which was crucial for the effective functioning of the organisation.

Having started as a banker, Arsénio pursued a career in Administration and Logistics working as Support Services Manager at PSI (Population Services International) where he analysed financial pipelines to donors and supervised procurement and logistics staff. All this before rising up to lead the management of JAM in Mozambique.

Damarice Ager

In addition to serving as Country Director for Sierra Leone, Damarice supports JAM Group operations in technical Nutrition and Health.

In 2018 she began as JAM’s Health and Nutrition Manager in South Sudan where she expanded our treatment sites through innovative, collaborative, and representation efforts with UNICEF, WFP, and the South Sudan Ministry of Health.

Her experience, leadership, and expertise in Health, Nutrition, WASH, FSL, Health Systems Strengthening, and Community Development was gained in Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Sierra Leone, Liberia, Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) in Israel and South East Asia (Thailand) and she has vast experience in working with multiple stakeholders and partners in both development and emergency programmes.

As an expert and leader in humanitarian programmes, Damarice managed programmes for ActionAid in Kenya, Nairobi Urban Slums for Community Development activities including, Education, Health, Savings and Loans and WASH; Tearfund, Concern Worldwide and International Medical Corps in South Sudan for Health, Nutrition and FSL; CAFOD and Relief International in Sudan (Darfur) for Health Systems Strengthening and Nutrition Programme Management; Merlin in OPT-Israel in Health and Nutrition Systems Strengthening; ARC in South East Asia-Thailand for Reproductive Health and Nutrition Programmes Management; ACF in Sierra Leone and Liberia for Health and Nutrition Programme Management.

David Brown

David commenced his career as an Industrial Engineer, gained experience in the FMCG and food processing industries, and spent a number of years in strategic and operational consulting, both locally and internationally in a wide range of sectors. David considers it a privilege to be able to be involved in the important work that JAM does, serving the people of Africa.

David holds B.Sc. (Building) and MBL degrees.

Dorance Cooper

Dorance is professionally qualified as a Development Specialist with 12 years of programme management expertise in economic and post-conflict development as well as development during conflict. She holds a master’s degree in International Corporation and Humanitarian Aid and has experience in managing consortiums and large integrated grant programmes as well as technical and programmatic management of food security programmes, including food assistance (cash-based, school feeding, food for assets, etc.) and nutrition programmes.

Before joining JAM International she served in World Vision Bangladesh as the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Emergency Food Security Program. She also worked as the Deputy Chief of Party for the USAID-funded grant in Zimbabwe with a total programme value of US$85 million, as well as the Chief of Party for the Germany-funded programme in Darfur, with a total value of 10 million Euros.

Dorance gained much experience in her position as Emergency Food Security Program Manager in Mozambique and Acting Chief of Party and Program Director for ACDI, VOCA, USAID development, and emergency programmes.

Dorance is passionate about working with the poor and contributing to their transformation, ensuring that women and children, who are predominately affected, gain an opportunity to progress out of poverty.

JAM Canada

Board

Rick Ciaramitaro

Rick Ciaramitaro has been the senior pastor of Windsor Christian Fellowship in Windsor Ontario for the past 35 years.

He is passionate about everything he does. He is very involved in impacting the local community by helping the poor and providing resources to strengthen marriages and families. Rick, and his wife Cathy, travel extensively to encourage leadership teams with a message of hope. He has been the catalyst for many being involved with JAM and has a huge heart to make a difference. Rick and Cathy have six children and sixteen grandchildren.

Steve Flemming

Steve Fleming has served Koinonia since founding it in 1984, in the greater Kitchener area. Over the years, their faithfulness has brought constant and steady growth. His compassion to help others has led him to serve on the board of directors for JAM. Steve and his wife Beth have 3 grown children. Their influence reaches far beyond many others throughout Canada.

Dave Koop

Dave Koop spent his early years pursuing further education, careers, and raising a young family. He spent many years in a successful career in the oil industry. After many years he pioneered a new church plant in the core of downtown Vancouver, Canada in 1994 with their young family.

His years of business and influence have being a value-added key to JAM He and his wife are proud parents of 4 grown children, 3 in-laws, and 3 beautiful grandsons.

Robert Dunford

Robert is a partner at Gowling WLG based out of the firm’s Hamilton office where he is an experienced trial advocate. Robert routinely acts for financial institutions, non-institutional lenders, and corporate clients both within Canada and Internationally.

Robert practiced as a barrister in the UK before moving to Canada in 2007. Outside the firm, he is highly involved in his community.

Robert and his wife Nicole have two grown-up daughters. His years of business and influence are of great value to the work of JAM.

Ann Pretorius

JAM’s Founders, Ann and her late husband Peter, resolved to do whatever they could to help alleviate the suffering of people on the African continent. Borne from what Peter witnessed while visiting a war-torn and famine-stricken Mozambique in the early 1980’s, this experience became the driving force behind establishing the organisation that Ann has served since its inception.

Together Ann and Peter received several prestigious awards including the 2018 African Ubuntu Award for Social Responsibility and were one of five finalists in the AidEx 2014 Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award.

Ann became Group CEO in August 2018 after the passing of Peter and headed up the organisation until May 2021. Ann now fulfils the role of Founding Director on JAM’s International Board.  As Co-Founder of JAM, Ann is the key relationship representative, focused on the history and heart of JAM through networking with governments, donors, ambassadors and at leading fund-raising events and launches.

Ann remains a champion of our beneficiaries and custodian of JAM’s vision.

Referred to by many as “Mama JAM” because of her big heart for the development of the people of Africa, Ann is proud to see JAM expand into new territories, reach more beneficiaries, fulfil more needs and impact more lives.

A mother of six, with 14 grandchildren, Ann has a great appreciation for the value of family and of course, her extended JAMily.

Isak Pretorius

Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter and Ann Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work.

As Group Chief Executive of JAM International, Isak oversees strategy, culture, leadership and business operations required for JAM’s future growth and success. Isak is committed to driving the organisation into the future and staying true to its vision of an Africa that thrives.

During his tenure at JAM International, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a handout but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.

Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.

Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, having been Chair of the Pan Africa Chapter, Africa Regional Networks and now Membership Chair, Global Deal Network Africa Regional Chair, EMEA Super Region Chair, current Engagement Chair and incoming Vice Chair, as well as Champion of the best-of-the-best award-winning Africa Summit.

Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.

He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and has two children, Kiera and Peter.

Our Co-Founder, Peter Pretorius

The late Peter Pretorius was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JAM International.

Peter began his career in the family construction company, with his father. After purchasing land in the Eastern Low-veld of South Africa, Peter began farming tobacco, a lifelong dream of his. Within three years of operating, Peter won the Golden Leaf Award for the highest yield per hectare in that region.

Peter’s involvement in Christian outreach crusades steered him toward becoming involved in humanitarian aid work, which led him to a fateful experience in 1984 where he was left stranded at a relief and food distribution centre in Mozambique for 10 days, with no food and very little water.

Being exposed to poverty, extreme hunger, and ultimately death, at a place that was supposed to provide relief, Peter upon his return to South Africa, made the decision to dedicate his life to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Together with his wife Ann, they established Joint Aid Management. In just over 30 years Peter and Ann grew Joint Aid Management into the phenomenal organization that it is today. We continue to honour the
legacy that Peter has left.

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