The School Enterprise Challenge Team is very excited to introduce our brilliant judges who help us decide on the award winning school businesses every year. All of them are globally renowned individuals and leaders in their chosen fields who are bringing a wealth of expertise to the School Enterprise Challenge.
Nik Kafka is the founder and Chief Executive of Teach A Man To Fish. Leaving a successful banking career in the City of London for a local microfinance institution in Paraguay, Nik discovered an innovative school aiming not only to teach the poor how to become rural entrepreneurs, but to do so as a self-financing social enterprise. Having helped transform this school into a replicable model, and realising the huge potential for funding education through enterprise rather than charity, he returned to the UK to found Teach A Man To Fish.
Under his stewardship Teach A Man To Fish has grown into an international network whose membership now numbers over 4,500 education institutions and experts in more than 125 countries. Over 50,000 young people have benefited directly from Teach A Man To Fish programmes across Africa, Asia & Latin America.
Honoured as a Young Global Leader in 2009 by the World Economic Forum, he was more recently named in 2011 as one of Devex’s 40 Under 40 International Development Leaders in London. He holds a first-class BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, an MSc in International Development from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, as well as professional qualifications in finance.
Gary Shearer brings 35 years of business experience to the judging panel of the School Enterprise Challenge where he especially enjoys the diversity of the entrants and reading the final reports. Born in Johannesburg, Gary has forged an impressive career in IT and as CEO of globally renowned wine trading company Cape Classics. Established in New York with his brother, Cape Classics has helped put South African wine onto the global map afters its re-entry into global markets. Today the company is expanded and is also a luxury travel agency, which promotes the incredible beauty of Africa. Gary has extensive international and leadership experience, relating well to people of all ages and from all backgrounds. Gary is married to Lara and has two children. He enjoys travel and is looking forward to supporting the School Enterprise Challenge in the years to come.
April Rinne is the Chief Strategy Officer of Collaborative Lab, a leading source of expertise for companies and governments who want to be part of the exciting collaborative economy. April was selected as a Young Global Leader from the World Economic Forum and leads an advisory board on the sharing economy in South Korea.
April is heavily involved in business innovation, law, policy and micro entrepreneurship as a member of the board of Directors at the World Wide Web Foundation, a member of Harvard Law and International Development Society (LIDS), and a member of the Relationship Economy eXpedition (REX) initiative. April has been involved with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is interested in promoting social capital through micro finance projects.
April has been published in leading international newspapers and holds a PhD in law from Harvard Law School, an M.A in International Finance from Fletcher School, a Fulbright Scholarship from Oxford University and BA from Emory University. April speaks Italian, Spanish and French and enjoys to travel in her free time, having visited 86 countries to date!
Alan Knott-Craig Jr is a successful social entrepreneur who brings decades of experience to the judges panel of the School Enterprise Challenge. Alan recognises the need to empower people within country and believes that the School Enterprise Challenge is an innovative way to stimulate entrepreneurship in low-income communities. Alan is currently CEO of the largest wireless WIFI providing company IBurst in South Africa with an ambition to bring the internet to the South African masses. Before his current position, Alan worked at the CEO of Mxit- Africa’s largest social media platform, which has more than 50 million users in 120 countries. Since graduating as a chartered accountant in 2002, Alan has established more than 17 different media focused businesses including Cellfind Lucky Mobile, iFind34600, COLV, World of Avatar, Toodu, FSMS, Triloq, 6th Line, Daily Maverick, ARC Telecoms, Pondering Panda, MorMor Media, and Boom.fm. Alongside his busy entrepreneurial career, Alan is also a published author of Mobinomics (2012), Don’t Panic (2008) and Really Don’t Panic (2014) and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. He is married and the father to three girls.
Lisa Neuberger-Fernandez joins the judging team at the Schools Enterprise Challenge and brings impressive experience as the current Accenture’s Director of Corporate Citizenship Programs. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology and outsourcing company of more than 100,000 people in 120 countries. In her current role, Lisa is responsible for designing and driving measurable results for Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship Strategy.
Lisa is an award-winning leader having won the Net Impact Green Challenge competition for leading 75 Accenture volunteers. Lisa is also the company’s first US Eco Lead and a Sustainability Business Development lead. She is passionate about sustainable development, green data and green product innovation.
Lisa holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from Fletcher School and an MBA from Wharton Business School.