Bridgit Evans is the Tshikululu Social Investments CSI Fund Manager for Anglo American, De Beers and the FirstRand group, and manages the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at GIBS. She recently provided input to a World Bank teaching aid to increase the level of social entrepreneurial thinking at a post secondary school level. Evans is passionate about creating opportunities for restoring dignity to South Africa’s most marginalised communities and hopes to use her skills to leverage the knowledge and expertise between the corporate and social sectors to bring about a wave of sustainable social change.
Johnny Anderton is a social entrepreneur and innovator committed to developing simple, cost effective ideas to improve the lives of those living in informal settlements. Johnny is the brain behind the ‘EarthbagBuild System’. The innovation is a straightforward construction system that combines ancient building techniques with 21st century technology. While the idea of building structures out of layered sacks filled with readily available materials is in no way a new one, and was commonly employed in military bunker construction and flood control, the EarthBagBuild’s locally developed and patented high strength polypropylene bag created with recycled materials does make it unique and an innovation worthy of attention.
Tony Elvin has worked with youth and disenfranchised communities for two decades. Working in cities as diverse as London, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Cape Town, he found and cultivated his gift for managing and mentoring young people. The most well known of his successes is Jamie Oliver’s acclaimed social enterprise, The Fifteen Foundation, a network of restaurants set up to transfer skills from chefs and to create employment. Responsible for skills development, Tony has changed the lives of over 200 marginalised young people, many of whom had low academic qualifications or criminal records (often making them unemployable). Once described as Jamie Oliver’s ‘right hand man’, Tony was the architect of the ‘fifteen training model’ and grew the program into a franchise. @MrTonyElvin