We stand at critical time for our world, where we are confronted with an urgent need to
find, fund, and support transformative solutions at a far greater pace than ever.

About the symposium

Date: 2 – 3 November 2021
Venue: Suikerbossie Estate, Hout Bay, Cape Town

The IPASA Annual Philanthropy Symposium is a unique annual event exclusively for grant-makers which is focused specifically on issues and opportunities relevant to funders in South Africa.

The 2021 Annual Philanthropy Symposium is a two-day in-person event from 2-3 November. The Symposium theme: Changing the Way We Change our World will focus on changing mindsets and changing practise within philanthropy to allow for real transformational change.

The key themes include:

  • Growing philanthropy practises – trust-based philanthropy, participatory grant-making, community-led philanthropy and the move to co-creation and systems change to allow for deep and sustainable change.
  • Future-proofing philanthropy against climate change from youth perspectives.
  • Next-generation philanthropists introducing and practising new ways of funding and collaborating for change.
  • Opportunities for deep impact and inclusionary innovation through regenerative economic practice.

The symposium will include presentations, panel discussions and facilitated break-away sessions. The symposium provides an ideal platform for funders to connect, learn, share and collaborate at a time where philanthropy can play a catalytic role in bringing about the fundamental changes our country needs

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This year’s programme has been designed to ensure maximum opportunity for delegates to connect, share and learn from each other.


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Tuesday, 2 November

Wednesday, 3 November

Akhona Xotyeni
Aman Baboolal
Dr Colin Almeleh
Jenny Hodgson
Joshin Raghubar
Karima Kadaoui
Katie Andrews
Kutlwano Magashula
Mahlatse Mashua
Marian Goodman

Marian has had 35 years experience as a Leadership Consultant, Systems Change Facilitator, and Executive Coach, developing resilient, authentic and future-oriented leaders across countries and sectors.

As Senior Faculty of the Presencing Institute USA, she directs global programmes, social innovation and capacity building in close collaboration with MIT’s Dr Otto Scharmer and the Presencing Institute core team. She has over a decade’s experience in delivering ‘Theory U’-based innovation labs and training programs around the world, aimed at achieving results that embody the shift from ‘Ego-system to Eco-system’ awareness and action.

Marian is also an Associate Facilitator for Leaders Quest delivering Leadership Learning Journeys in Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, India, Palestine/Israel, among others, in order to broaden the frame of responsible leadership and social impact.

In Africa, Marian designs and leads programmes for numerous clients in business, government and civil society organisations across a range of sectors focusing on Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Communication, Team and Stakeholder Relationships, Future-Thinking and Systemic Transformation.

Previously, Marian co-founded and led a non-profit Youth Development organisation, Educo Africa, which is now fully and ably run by graduates of its youth service program for unemployed youth in South Africa. She continues to mentor and support young people across the world.

Mokena Makeka
Rachel Kolisi
Samuel Oppenheimer
Sarah Whitaker
Vinodhan (Terence) Naidu
Xoli Fuyani
Yola Mgogwana
Yola Mgogwana
Melanie Burke
Dr Robyn Mary Whittaker

Robyn is passionate about understanding and enabling the environments within which deep collaboration and the development of functional impact eco-systems can take place.

Following 16 years in practice as a family doctor, Robyn left the medical profession to pursue a long-standing interest in education and community cohesion, and the role which community leaders play in enabling positive growth and societal wellbeing.

In her role as Stakeholder Engagement Lead for Symphonia for South Africa and its flagship programme, Partners for Possibility, she assisted in bringing together business leaders, school principals and community resources to create powerful change in under-resourced schools.

Robyn established Kaleidoscope Lights as a consultancy in which she can support advocacy, academic and practical work in the fields of education and human development, with a particular focus on cross-sectoral and multi-party collaboration.

Robyn also works at a continental level through Africa Voices Dialogue which creates a space where the voices of educators, learners and communities across the continent are seen, heard and loved, and where connection and care for those engaged in learning across Africa can be experienced.

Thabang Skwambane

Thabang is the Group Managing Director of FCB Africa, the largest and first ever creative services agency group in South Africa. Thabang is a well-known social activist, social entrepreneur, philanthropist and businessman with a flair for successfully combining capitalist and philanthropic principles.

He left a successful career in banking at Standard Bank to co-found Kaelo Simply Healthcare, a healthcare company focusing on HIV and Aids, which has now become South Africa’s leading wellness provider and primary healthcare company.

Thabang established Aluwani Foundation, formerly The Lonely Road Foundation in 2007, when he cycled alone and unsupported from Johannesburg to Kilimanjaro, a journey of 6000 kms, to raise funds and awareness for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs). Aluwani enables rural communities to take care of OVCs and currently has over 3,500 children in their ambit of care.

Since joining FCB in 2015 Thabang has led the business to be recognized as the AdFocus Agency of the Year and Large Agency of the Year in 2016 and 2017 and Sunday Times Top Brand Agency of the Year in 2016. In 2020 Thabang was globally recognized as one of the top 100 creative leaders in the world by Adweek.

Thabang has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Accounts) from UCT and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard, he is a Mason Fellow of Public Policy and Management and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.

Alan Wallis

Alan is a Strategic Advisor to the African Climate Foundation (ACF) , assisting ACF in the development of the Foundation’s strategy, programme development and fundraising. He is a human rights lawyer, with over 10 years of experience working within a variety of socio-legal, economic and political contexts. Alan has worked in the not-for-profit sector as a human rights litigator and researcher; managed programming, budgeting and strategy development in human rights philanthropy; and has provided technical support and human rights advice to civil society organisations, government institutions and judiciaries in the global south. Prior to joining ACF, Alan was the Director for Legal Affairs at the Judiciary of Seychelles. Alan also has 5 years of experience in philanthropy and grant making at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa, where he managed the Foundation’s Information, Expression and Accountability portfolio. Alan holds an LLB from the University of Cape Town, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Law, and a LLM in international human rights from the University of Michigan.