Meet the team
James Irungu Mwangi
CHAIRMANApart from being the Executive Director of the Dalberg Group and a Partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors, Mr Mwangi founded and built up Dalberg’s presence in Africa, beginning with the Johannesburg office in 2007, Nairobi in 2008, and Dakar in 2009, and he served as Global Managing Partner of the consulting business from 2010 to 2014.
As a consultant, Mr Mwangi’s clients have ranged from heads of state to senior leaders of multilateral organisations and foundations. He has also advised chief executives and investors on the intersection of commercially attractive and socially impactful business in frontier markets, particularly in Africa.
Prior to Dalberg, Mr Mwangi worked at McKinsey & Company. He is a 2009 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellow of the African Leadership Institute and serves on the institute’s board. He is also a 2013 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and currently serves as a member of the Global Entrepreneurs Council of the UN Foundation. Mr Mwangi holds an AB Hons degree in Economics from Harvard University and is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
DIRECTORMarc Hussey also serves on the Catalyst for Growth board, is the joint JP Morgan’s Senior Country Officer and Head of Corporate Banking for Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). He is responsible for building out corporate banking coverage platforms and working with key product partners across treasury services, trade finance, investment banking, global emerging markets, and financial institutions’ client coverage to grow JP Morgan’s franchise in the region. Clients include multinational subsidiaries as well as large local corporate, financial institutions and state-owned companies in the region.
Marc has been with the firm for 20 years and has a wide product and geographical knowledge spanning debt capital markets (DCM), fixed income, equity capital markets (ECM), and securitisation. He was previously responsible for DCM origination and derivative marketing, covering sovereign and corporate clients in Central Asia and South Africa, based in London and in Johannesburg.
Marc began his career as a lawyer at Hawkins, Delafield and Wood specialising in municipal bond finance, based in New York City.
Ndivhuho Raphulu is a director of the National Cleaner Production Centre of South Africa (NCPC-SA) and policy advisor on issues of Resource efficiency, Competitiveness and sustainable development.
- In addition, he serves in several leadership roles:
President of the African Chapter of global Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECPnet).
- President of the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production (ARSCP) which is an African Union (AU) Technical committee of the African Ministers of Environment called AMCEN.
- Co-chairs the Board of African Eco-labelling Mechanism (AEM), head office in Kenya Nairobi.
- A non-industry Board member of the International Aluminium Industry Standards setting Organisation under the international union of conservation of nature head office in Switzerland – Geneva.
- A member of the Standard Development Advisory Committee for the development of the Global Sustainable Development Verified Impact Standard for Verified Carbon Standard.
- An Executive committee member of the Global Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production (RECPnet) executive.
Raphulu holds a BSc Environmental Science (UNIVEN) and BA Honours in Developmental Studies (UNISA).
Mimi Kalinda is a new board member who brings unmatched marketing and branding capacity to Catalyst for Growth. Mimi is currently a member of the Africa Brand Counsel and is the Rebranding Africa Champion for Africa 2.0.
Kalinda is Co-Founder and Managing Director of the Africa Communications Media Group, a pan-African public relations and communications agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Previously, as FleishmanHillard’s Africa Lead, Mimi was part of the team that won PRISM Awards for the Barclays Africa “Prosper” campaign as well as the African Union’s campaign against Ebola. She also worked for Weber Shandwick, where she managed social impact accounts, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Mimi was the first African woman to host a show on MTV Europe and the recipient of the One World Media Award for Rien Que La Verite, a television program advocating the prevention of HIV/AIDS and an end to violence against women in the DRC.
She was a finalist for International African Woman of the Year at the Women4Africa Awards 2016, and is an Archbishop Tutu Leadership Program Fellow.
Mimi is also an author of a book titled: Talking to Africa: Considering Culture in Communications for a Complex Continent.
Sifiso Ndwandwe is the Managing Director at Catalyst for Growth (C4G). Sifiso has spent over 25 years in the enterprise development sector. Prior to joining C4G, he served as CEO of the Mineworkers Development Agency (MDA) for a period of 10 years.
Before this role he also served as the Group Business Development Manager at Mondi Limited. Beyond the borders of South Africa, Mr Ndwandwe worked at CARE International, a USAID funded project in Swaziland.
Over the years, he has served on various boards including Corporative Banks Development Agency (CBDA) as Chairperson, then at Business Skills South Africa and UBank (formerly Teba Bank). He currently serves on the HR and Ethics Board Committee of the African Exploration Mining and Finance Corporation (AEMFC).
He has extensive experience in business skills training and mentorship and has been involved with ILO’s SYIB Programme for many years in the sub-region.
He has studied at the University of Swaziland, Graduate School of Business (UCT), Wits Business School, University of Singapore and Cranefield University (UK).
Sifiso is passionate about entrepreneurship and development.
ASSOCIATE AND PLATFORM LEADPitso Ntokoane leads the process of data collection, data analysis, training and onboarding of new users. In addition, Pitso also monitors and evaluates the Catalyst for Growth platform as well as the stakeholder management of key partners (including the business development service providers).
Pitso’s background is mathematics and economics – he holds a BSc Mathematics and Economics degree (University of Johannesburg). He has previously worked as a Strategic Information Data Analyst and a Retention Officer at Africa Health Placements where he was responsible for impact survey creation, research, data analysis, developing and implementing retention strategies for healthcare workers in rural South Africa.
Joseph heads up the Stakeholder Management, Marketing & Communications, and Fundraising functions of Catalyst for Growth.
Migeri brings a wealth of experience as an entrepreneur, where he was highly involved in major projects such as:
• McDonald’s McFlava campaign
• Freedom Project (aimed at providing Wi-Fi access to all Gauteng townships)
• Gosaveon & CoupKing (digital platform product concept development, formulation and launch)
These key projects elevated Joseph’s capabilities in the areas including: Strategic Digital Marketing, Project Management, Business Development, Campaign Management, Data analytics, Stakeholder and Strategic Relations as well as Operations Management.
Joseph is proud to have been selected as one of the beneficiaries of the African Entrepreneurs of the Founder Institutes (Johannesburg chapter) – the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and start-up launch program with notable mentors such as Allon Raiz (Raizcorp); Andrew Duff (Duff attorneys) and Justin Pratt (Quirk). He was also involved with the Branson Centre of entrepreneurship incubation in 2012 to 2014.
Between 2010 and 2017, Joseph worked with major blue companies such as: Unilever, NewsCafe, SA Breweries, Shoprite-Checkers, McDonalds and Brandhouse on several campaigns and innovative customer focused initiatives.
ADMIN LEADNomsa Langa is responsible for a number of functions in C4G ranging from project management, finance, human capital, governance and office management.
With her 18 years of administrative experience and communications background, she anchors the team and provides leadership to incoming team members. Nomsa’s key role is ensuring quality control and ensuring that all tasks or activities ultimately align to the organisation’s strategic objectives.
ANALYSTElizabeth Ngorima is a critical member of the platform and data team. She also has a keen interest in data analytics as well as communications and public relations.
Young, driven and ambitious, Elizabeth has not only grown to be a strong analyst – her background in industrial sociology, organisational psychology and international relations (acquired at Rhodes University) makes her a dynamic and multi-skilled contributor to the team.