Leonora Sauls



  • Foundation Ackerman Family Foundation


Leonora Sauls is passionate about development and enthusiastic about promoting positive community and economic growth in her day to day activities. She is the head of philanthropy at the Ackerman Family Foundation and the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation. After school she started working in the fast paced rag trade in the product development room while studying marketing and economics part time through distance learning. She also completed MAP at Wits Business School. She moved to the financial sector working for a few blue chip financial companies and in 1990 was chosen to participate in a management development programme to fast track promising individuals. Her mentor during this programme introduced her to community development, which changed the course of her career for good. She left financial services to join SA Breweries in a public relations capacity and later moved on to manage their Enterprise Development and Community programs. Leonora has also been an active member and regional board member of the Black Management Forum and has served on school governing bodies, marketing teams and NGO boards. She lives in Cape Town with her partner and son.


The IPASA Forum network has been beneficial to us because we are able to leverage knowledge, share learning from the vibrant membership network, and have been able to identify opportunities to learn best practice in specialised areas.

It provides a platform for collaboration and with the growing membership it will continue to play an important role in strengthening the voice of philanthropy and increase awareness of the value and role of the sector.