Eric is a dynamic, highly effective finance professional with a strong commercial focus and a proven track record in operations. He has a collaborative management style and is not afraid to challenge the status quo to bring about better outcomes by applying sound judgement. He has an innovative approach to problem-solving and also believes that diversity is a reality and inclusiveness a choice. He is a respected leader with experience in developing strategy, financial planning and control, systems implementation, compliance and investor relations. Eric is passionate about social upliftment in South Africa. He is looking to utilise the wealth of experience he has gained working for companies such as Yahoo!, GE and BP to support Life Choices in its mission to invest in youth to address inequality.
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.
Marco Spaumer is a South African actor, best known for his work on the KykNET-soap opera, Suidooster. He studied Musical Theatre in Pretoria and have been on South African screens since late 2012. He joined Life Choices in 2017 and have been actively serving on the board as secretary as well as cycling/hiking to raise funds for the organization. He is passionate about social justice and using his profile and platform to create awareness for those who are still and very often marginalized.
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.
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.
Thembalethu is a Leaders' Quest Alumnus and was the Head Prefect at Oaklands High in 2017. He is currently studying at Stellenbosch University for a LLB. He is an Active member of YALI Network and is part of the team lead by Professor Thuli Madonsela to develop the M-Plan for Social Justice. Thembalethu’s personal mission is to eradicate poverty, social injustice and structural inequality in South Africa.
Gavin is an accomplished business professional with over 25 years of management consulting, project management and IT experience. He has successfully managed many large - scale, complex business and IT projects. Given his blend of business and IT experience, he has a deep understanding of how technology can be best used as a supporting enabler to business success. He is passionate about instilling the cultures of operational excellence, client centricity, quality, and servant leadership in organisations.
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.