ABOUT US

The Orange Babies South Africa Board

Orange Babies South Africa is governed by a Board of diverse and dedicated individuals. Their focus is on strategic and operational issues and they contain, within their membership, highly differentiated expertise brought together around a common purpose.

Audrey Mothupi

Chairperson

Audrey Mothupi is a senior executive with more than 18 years of corporate experience. She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Systemic Logic Group. Prior to this, Audrey was the head of inclusive banking at Standard Bank, where the division she led was awarded the 2013 BAI- Finacle Global Banking Innovation Award for innovation in societal and community impact. Audrey has experience in banking, insurance, group strategy, human resources, marketing, communications and corporate affairs.
Audrey serves on the Pick n Pay board as an independent non-executive director, is a trustee of the Liberty Education Foundation and is a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative as part of the Aspen Leadership Network. She holds a BA (Hons) from Trent University, Peterborough, Canada.

Glenda Gray

Vice-Chairperson

Glenda Gray, MBBCH, FCPaed(SA), DSc (Honoris Causa), is the president of the South African Medical Research Council (MRC). She co-founded and led the internationally renowned Perinatal HIV Research Unit based at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. and is a Research Professor in the School of Clinical Medicine, University of the Witwatersrand, HVTN Co-PI and Director of HVTN International Programs. She has expertise in the field of mother to child transmission of HIV; adolescent HIV prevention and treatment; and HIV vaccine and microbicide research. In 2002, Glenda was awarded the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award and in 2013, the Order of Mapungubwe: both for her pioneering work in the aforementioned areas. Glenda is a member of the Academy of Science in South Africa, a Foreign Associate of the Institute of Medicine, of the National Academies, and recognised by the South African National Research Forum as an internationally or “A” rated scientist. In 2013, Glenda received the Outstanding African Scientist Award from the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership.

Ben Maimela

Director

Born in Polokwane in 1948, Ben Maimela attended the Mokopane College of Education. In 1969, Ben qualified as a teacher and took up his first teaching post in Alexandra a
year later. After two years in Alexandra, Ben transferred to a teaching post in Soweto. During the course of his teaching career, Ben obtained a diploma in Education Management from the University of Johannesburg. Ben was promoted to the position of principal of Sekwati Primary School in 1981: a position he retained until retirement. With his many years of experience, Ben has a deep understanding of the educational, social and emotional development of children.

 

Karin de Beer

Director

Karin de Beer has an eclectic set of skills and experiences. While she trained and worked in the fields of public relations, retail, tourism and interior design for many years, she has devoted the last 15 to the upliftment of needy communities. As a result, Karin has extensive experience in fundraising and the operational management of charitable organisations. One such organisation is Magic Moments which Karin helped found and run for 12 years. Still in existence today, Magic Moments reaches out to less privileged grade 12 learners and provides them with everything they need to attend their Matric Dance in style.

 

Evert van der Veer

Director

As Vice President, Comedy Central, Africa, TV veteran Evert Van der Veer is responsible for driving the success of Viacom International Media Networks Africa’s comedy businesses in sub-Saharan Africa. Responsible for all aspects of the Comedy Central brand across the region, Van der Veer’s role includes strategic direction, brand management, programme acquisitions, content strategy, production, digital, marketing and communications for the English language channel and associated digital and social media assets. He has also pioneered the Comedy Central Cares initiative, reaching out to charitable organisations (including Orange Babies) through comedy. Originally from the Netherlands, Evert now lives in Johannesburg with his wife and children.