Paul Vincent Cable, Co-founder and CEO
Paul's focus over the past 20 years has been education as a vehicle for sustainable and peaceful societies. He has pursued this goal as an educator and also as a producer, advocate, and entrepreneur. Operating over 5 continents, he has continuously innovated in education, working with humanitarian organisations, schools, Fortune 500 companies, and the media and entertainment industry.
As Chairman of UNESCO Schools UK (ASPnet), as Co-Producer of the Humanitarian Water and Food Awards, as trustee of NGOs, as Co-creator of The100Hours, and directly with hundreds of school and university students aged of 3 to 25, Paul has led teams across Africa and Asia (especially India), as well as the developed world. He introduced The100Hours concept of putting EQ/SQ at the centre of education to Commonwealth Heads of State as part of the Commonwealth SMART Partnership. Prior to that, with American coach and best-selling author Michael Neill, Paul co-founded and was CEO of Quantum5: He led the acquisition and management of the major accounts, including IBM, Hewlett Packard, Ericsson, and Barclays. Paul’s early career was as an operatic baritone. He made his debut at the Maggio Musicale in Florence and sang Don Giovanni across Europe. During his time in the music industry, Paul sang for the England Ruby team at their national stadium and in duet with PM Mahatir of Malaysia.
He is the eldest son of the Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, former UK Business Secretary, and the father of multi award winning social entrepreneur and enso co-founder Ayrton Cable. Paul was educated at Cambridge University.
Lisa Smith, COO
Lisa is an entrepreneurial venture capitalist with a track record of building high growth businesses. She has an operations and organization design background including building and operating factories for Unilever in South Africa and practicing lean operations with McKinsey in North America and Europe. She has an abiding interest in sustainable development. In education she developed the National CBT Engineering standards in South Africa, and in 2015 launched a vocational agricultural MBA in Kenya and Uganda in partnership with the University of Milan. In healthcare she designed a low cost intramedullary nail to supply her local hospital in South Africa, helped found the Aids Foundation Right2Care and her patented bread making process won a National business plan competition garnering her a business woman of the year nomination.
After McKinsey, Lisa led sustainable investment for Unilever as a Director of their corporate venturing unit and continues to facilitate global brand and start-up collaborations most recently as Entrepreneur in Residence at the RCA Dyson Incubator. Lisa is a chartered engineer with an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Natal. She is currently Treasurer of the international NGO, FORWARD, which seeks to end FGM and child marriage.
Emma Bunting FCCA, CFO
Emma qualified as an accountant in practice before joining Tetrapak in Germany primarily working with Finance Directors from their Eastern European markets, migrating their finance operations to a shared services unit in the UK. After five years Emma joined Marks & Spencer plc to set up the finance shared services centre, after which various roles included project managing the impact of conversion from UK GAAP to International Accounting Standards and then as a Commercial Analyst in several of the business units. She developed a keen interest in operations and the desire to utilise her skills and experience to impact a commercial environment in the online arena.
Emma was the founding Finance Director of price comparison site BeatThatQuote.com, which was launched in 2006. The multi-award winning web comparison site grew at an astonishing rate. In an independent report by Nielsen Online, BeatThatQuote.com was awarded the title of UK's Fastest Growing Website in 2007, beating social network giant Facebook. She was a key member of the board instrumental in the development and growth of the business including funding rounds with VCs. Google purchased BeatThatQuote.com for $60 million in 2011. More recently Emma was involved in the investment, directorship and subsequent management buyout of another start-up, fast growing, financial services business and also has investment and operational interests in other start-up ventures.
Emma is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a Business Mentor with the Princes Trust and has been a Trustee of Deeside Educational Trust for 20 years where she also sat on their finance committee. The Trust provides both primary and secondary independent education to over 500 pupils in its two schools in Cheshire.
Emma also holds a Masters Degree in Music Performance.
Agnesa Tothova, Co-founder
Director of Recruitment and Performance
Agnesa - 'Agi' - has applied her abilities as an educator, musician, innovator, producer, and linguist for the past 20 years, producing exceptional learning results.
She began her career as a prodigy operatic soprano, becoming a household name in her native Slovakia by the age of 16 and went on to win the highest possible degree honours at Bratislava Academy of Music.
An educator at heart, Agnesa set out to apply her background in music to innovating in education, including creating Early Learning Music (ELMusic), Academic Accomplishment Through Music (AATMusic) and Your Voice and You (for dealing with trauma in adults, and currently in development to include PTSD in the armed forces).
Agnesa has devoted considerable attention to the recruitment, training, and oversight of teachers. She co-founded and is Managing Director of Callas International, a teachers' network specifically for this purpose. Through Callas International, Agnesa leads a team of elite teachers and has innovated teacher recruitment, management, and development methodologies.
Zena Bernacca, Changemaker Development
Zena thrives on bringing people together to learn and create new potential. As well as being engaged with enso, she is building capacity primarily in civil society in Uganda; supporting and facilitating organisational development in cancer care services.
In all she does, she works through relationship and is passionate about staying grounded whilst reaching for the stars. Zena led Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) comprising 3 hospices, a tertiary education institute, and a nascent international standard drug manufacturing unit. This 3 year commitment served to stabilise the organisation; refocus and develop its infrastructure and prepare the organisation for local leadership. Before HAU, Zena was centrally involved in the formation of The Oasis School of Human Relations; an organisational development and facilitation enterprise in the UK using a Whole Person Learning (WPL) approach, and partner in the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI). As a Co-director she continually engaged in peer-based leadership for over 20 years holding the lead in Finance and Administration.
Prior to Oasis, Zena worked in the NHS in various practitioner and manager roles. She graduated from York University with a BSc in Nursing Sciences and MSc in Health Administration and Research.
Shalom Shungula, Business Development
Growing up in Kenya where he witnessed many problems arising from poverty, Shalom has dedicated himself to social concerns throughout his life.
In 2000 he became sales and marketing director of an electronics business providing testing services to the aviation and space sectors. He studied Business Administration and Travel Industry Management at Hawaii Pacific University in 1999. Since then, he has combined extensive experience in the leisure industry - with major tour and travel companies, as well as hotel chains and private clients in the UK, US and Kenya - with a long-term commitment to the voluntary and non-governmental sector. Shalom also gained an MSc in Political Science and Diplomacy from Tel Aviv University in 2009. He is passionate about education, believing it to hold the key to progress, and has recently been working with the Leshan Educational Foundation in northern Kenya to equip primary schools for underprivileged children.
Shalom is polylingual, fluent in Swahili, Hebrew, Russian, Taita and English. His diverse skills and experience span travel and hospitality management, operations, community development, tour guiding, creative and editorial production, web development, product design, social media, translation, employee development and food production.
Consortium Technology Leadership
Mike Rosenberg, CEO and founder Aleutia
Mike started his technology career in 2004 at Kelway, a leading UK IT reseller and was fascinated by the falling price of technology and opportunities for social impact in Africa. Given an opportunity to go to Ghana in September 2016 by Kelway founder Phil Doye to set up an ICT classroom, he founded Aleutia just weeks later with a mission to re-invent the desktop and enable solar-powered computing in rural Africa.
Mike travels to Sub Saharan Africa every 4 weeks to test his assumptions and is passionate about transforming primary healthcare, primary and secondary education and energy access.
He has a degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago.
Consortium Advisory Board
Graham runs Avanti Applied Technologies which is a business unit of the satellite operator Avanti Communications Group PLC. He has 25 years experience working in the ICT industry operating at the intersection between business, technology and applications. In 1993 he joined the business development team at VEGA Group PLC (now Telespazio) where he led the company’s involvement in European consortia developing Europe’s global navigation satellite system (to become Galileo).
In 2000 he became sales and marketing director of an electronics business providing testing services to the aviation and space sectors.
Following the sale of the business he joined Avanti in his current role in 2005. Since then he has led the numerous collaborative projects applying satellite communications in a range of vertical markets and most recently significant EdTech projects for schools in East Africa.
Melissa founded Access Afya in 2012. Melissa brings broad experience from financial and development sectors combined with a human-centered design framework to make sure that Access Afya creates products and services that will delight patients and be sustainable. As CEO, she leads strategic planning, partnership development, and fundraising. Melissa has a Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner and dual BAs in Political Science and International Relations from Virginia Tech.
She is a Forbes 400 Fellow in Philanthropy, has won the William James Foundation's Sustainable Business Plan Competition, and was a Cartier Women's Initiative Finalist. She has spoken twice about Access Afya’s tech strategy at Digital Health Week Singapore and also co-authored a book chapter on its model for a book on Social Franchising. Access Afya has been a member of the Center for Health Market Innovation's primary care learning collaborative.
As Co-founder and CEO of Whizz Education, Richard has had direct experience working with individual schools, ministries of education, donor organisations and commercial partners in six continents across the globe, to raise standards in maths for 5 to 13 year olds through the provision of online individualised tutoring, whole class digital tools and application of best practices.
Richard also drives and participates in product research and innovation, collaborating with research partners and universities, to further the frontiers of online virtual tutoring and capacity building to use ICT for learning.
Previously, Richard was Co-founder and Director at Temple Bar International in Singapore, a financial advisory firm, from 1996 to 2002. Here he began to specialize in Personal Financial Education, which later inspired him to establish an education company.
Prior to that Richard worked in European Government Bond sales at British investment bank, BZW, which is now Barclay’s Capital. Richard graduated from Oxford University in 1994 with an MA in mathematics.
Christopher is co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of BBOXX, a dynamic young company that designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world. Since 2010, BBOXX has sold more than 45,000 solar kits and impacted over 205,000 lives.
Christopher is responsible for product development, supply chain and BBOXX’s manufacturing and technology partnerships and leads its 15 person strong engineering team in London. He also oversees the development of BBOXX’s supply-chain in Asia.
In addition, Christopher has extensive technical experience in the petro-chemicals (Shell) and aerospace (Rolls-Royce) industries. A British national, he is a full member of the IEEE and IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) and served as a general member of the 2011-2014 IEEE Ad-Hoc Committee on Humanitarian Activities.
Ayrton Cable, Co-founder
At the age of 13, multi-award winning Ayrton Cable is one of the world’s leading young social entrepreneurs. Since he spoke in Parliament at the age of 9, launching a national campaign with four major NGOs for more ethical food, Ayrton has campaigned on issues mostly relating to how we can feed the world sustainably, no one left out. His ethical food campaign film “How was this Animal Kept?”, premiered in Parliament, is now widely shown in schools as part of the Geography and Citizenship curriculums.
After travelling to Malawi with ITV and Tearfund and spending time with a boy his age in a rural village near Lilongwe, Ayrton founded the Humanitarian Water and Food Youth Award, challenging young people to feed everyone in the world, no one left out. He has appeared widely in the media, including ITV, Sky, BBC Radio, the Nick Ferrari Show on LBC, the Huffington Post, the Evening Standard, and the Mirror.
Ayrton has also campaigned on conflict minerals, taking photos for Congo Calling's 'Demand a Fair Trade Mobile Phone' campaign. He also worked alongside Formula 1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart on dyslexia education in schools. Ayrton has won virtually every major award in the UK for youth social action, including High Commendation from the Parliamentary Education Authority, a Live Unltd Award for social entrepreneurship, a Diana Award for campaigning, and Prince Charles' Jubilee Step up to Serve Award and Ambassadorship for service. He has also been recognised by the British Red Cross and Amnesty International, and was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize.
Ayrton has shared speaking platforms with royalty, academics and leading politicians, and spoken at Oxford Said Business School and TEDx. His films have also shown on International School Meals Day in front of the World Bank, and USAID, and also at WE Day at Wembley Arena in front of many celebrities and over 10,000 young people.