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MEET THE TEAM

Our team has diverse expertise, buckets of experience and a shared passion for creating spaces where SMMEs and the people who lead them can thrive.

KARIEN CLOETE is CEO of the TSiBA Ignition Academy. She started her career in the HR and recruitment sector, changed direction to follow a dream of working in TV production and, in another 180 degree career pivot, crossed into the digital world, joining an ISP in 2009.

Karien held Exco positions in both Operations and Business Development until she joined TSIBA Business School in 2016. In 2018 she was instrumental in launching TSIBA Ignition Academy, a for-profit social enterprise and strategic delivery partner of TSIBA’s vocational skills projects, that contributes to the sustainability of  the otherwise largely donor-funded Business School.

She holds an undergraduate degree from UNISA with Law and Language majors, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law.

Karien Cloete

CEO

BEVERLEY BASSON is the lead designer of the LevelUp curriculum and lead facilitator. She is passionate about teaching & learning, founder leadership, design thinking  and figuring out how personal, social and organisational change works. She also has experience in non-profit sustainability strategy and is a passionate content creator.  Beverley holds a BA degree, Education Diploma from the University of Stellenbosch and a Master in Business Leadership from UNISA’s Graduate School of Business Leadership (Research: Customer Needs of a Non-Profit Service Organisation).

Beverley Basson

Learning Journey Lead

PAUL NEL is the Co-Founder of 30Nine Solutions, a strategy & corporate innovation partnership business. During his 19 years in the corporate world, which included working across sub-Saharan Africa and in China, Paul observed that corporates and entrepreneurs both have something the other wants. He left the formal financial services world to work with organisations to bring about strategic change and delivery. Paul works with teams and people to take ideas and concepts and to build them into rapidly developing strategies. This includes working with startups and scale-ups, right through to board levels of large organisations.

Paul Nel

Innovation Studio Lead

JADE-LEE HERMAN is enthusiastic about entrepreneurship development. With a deep desire to solve problems, create structure and be offered the freedom to speak to people in an environment that inspires, Jade has worked with incubators, accelerators and other entrepreneurship development programmes not only in South Africa, but across Africa. Jade joined the LevelUp community in 2022 to support the development of a growing community of entrepreneurs, current and former participants in the LevelUp programme with the aim of fostering lasting relationships with LevelUp for mutual benefit.

Jade Lee Herman

Community Manager

HEATHER PARKER supports the design of the LevelUp programme and is responsible for communications. Her first career was in media, but for nearly 10 years she has been consulting, independently and through EY on purpose, business improvement, culture change and leadership development. She is a design thinking facilitator and holds an MBA on the executive level from UCT’s GSB and a coaching diploma and is an Enneagram practitioner.

Heather Parker

Communication Lead

ANEESA THERON is passionately inspired to work with entrepreneurs to build self-leadership and high performance. Her purpose is to future proof companies and elevate leadership impact. She is an ambassador for cultivating connected relationships to amplify future transformation, connecting value to people and business for social impact. She has exposure across diverse roles and industries during her 20 years in the corporate environment. Aneesa graduated with an Honours in Management at UCT. She holds courses in leadership through the University of Stellenbosch & Leadership Management International and is an executive coach and conscious change catalyst, qualified with Results Coaching Systems and accredited by the International Coach Federation.

Aneesa Theron

Innovation Studio Coach

Karien Cloete

CEO

Beverley Basson

Learning Journey Lead

Paul Nel

Innovation Studio Lead

Jade Lee Herman

Community Manager

Heather Parker

Communications Lead

Aneesa Theron

Innovation Studio Coach

MEET THE TEAM

Our team has diverse expertise, buckets of experience and a shared passion for creating spaces where SMMEs and the people who lead them can thrive.

Karien Cloete

CEO

Beverley Bassan

Learning Journey Lead

Paul Nel

Innovation Studio Lead

Jade Lee-Herman

Community Manager

Heather Parker

Communications Lead

Aneesa Theron

Innovation Studio Coach

FOUNDING PARTNERS

TSIBA is a unique social enterprise which shows what’s possible when business education invests in people. The TSIBA social enterprise includes a Business School, Ignition Academy and Education Trust working together to return highly sought after people and successful small business enterprises.

TSIBA Ignition Academy is a for-profit business and qualifying Exempt Micro Enterprise. TSIBA Ignition Academy offers high quality and customisable solutions to enhance management and leadership skills through high-impact interventions, closing skills gaps, encouraging professional development and driving meaningful change.

We invest in purpose-driven humans and emerging businesses who lead social change.

The RCS Group (RCS) is a consumer finance business that offers its customers a range of financial services products under its own brand name and in association with a number of leading retailers in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

The core purpose of RCS is to improve people’s lifestyle by being innovative in offering desirable and accessible credit products.

RCS aims to enable its customers to enjoy the convenience, comfort and peace of mind offered by these credit solutions.

OUR GROWING COMMUNITY

Through the good times and the challenging ones (#COVID), we have had the privilege of interacting with 18 small businesses, each extraordinary in their own way. Our community includes diverse perspectives and skills, for instance, an educator with a particular interest in special-needs children; a fintech focused on cutting out rapacious payday lenders and thus providing a way out of debt for thousands. Meet them below.

OUR BUSINESSES IN RESIDENCE

Six entrepreneurial ventures are currently engaged in a LevelUp journey. They span diverse industries and address diverse customer needs but have one thing in common: they are all passionate about innovation.

OUR BUSINESSES IN RESIDENCE