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Social Entrepreneur who makes cookies with a conscience.

Biography

I am the founder of The Khaya Cookie Company, an innovative business with a social objective. A former investment banker turned social entrepreneur, I've created a forward-thinking business model that allows me to fulfill a personal commitment to better the lives of the residents in my adopted home of South Africa.

In 2006, in collaboration with the Wharton Societal Wealth Program, I founded the Khaya Cookie Company. The endeavor utilizes the entrepreneurial and analytical skills that I gained on Wall Street to expand on my venture for social change. For every 150,000 boxes of cookies sold, 100 jobs are created that support sustainable opportunities and job skills training for the men and women of the local community where the ingredients are sourced and the cookies are made.

Prior to establishing The Khaya Cookie Company, I worked as an international consultant specializing in logistics and project management for the Freeplay Foundation in Cape Town, South Africa. Distributing wind-up radios in Sub-Saharan Africa brought me to the realization that I wanted to create jobs for people as a means to make them self-sufficient. I earned an MBA/MPA from New York University and The University of Cape Town, South Africa. I earned my BA from NYU in 1991.

My work has been featured in CNN Headline News "Small & Global" and in publications such as The Financial Times, Glamour (South Africa), O, the Oprah Magazine (South Africa), and Business 2.0, and I was also the Food Network Awards 2007 Edible Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Interests

social entrepreneurship, cooking, eating cookies, creating jobs, creating cookies, and just caring., starting businesses