Liza Lightfoot, who co-founded Kidlinks Small Farm Incubator (KSFI) with Mpumelelo Ncwadi and Asanda Apleni in 2020, is 'The Matriarch,' Chief Executive Officer of KSFI, and Ex Officio member of its Board of Directors. Her role is to manage the organization and to implement its business strategy, once approved by the Board. Liza brings to the role experience and operational skills in business start-up, management and governance.
Mpumelelo Ncwadi is the Chief Thinkering Officer, Intellectual Architect and Spiritual Leader of KSFI. His role is to promote creative thinking and discovery through learning by doing. He is a storyteller, wayfinder and forward thinker. He co-founded KSFI to be a catalyst for radical and practical change that creates resilience. Mpumelelo is a certified grazing instructor by the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers.
As the Student Facilitator, Asanda is responsible for designing and supervising student workshops and training, monitoring, and overseeing field reports and research projects. Asanda Apleni is KSFI’s Learning Coordinator. She plans, designs, implements and supervises educational programmes, including coordination and monitoring of student workshops and training courses. She also oversees field reports and research projects. Her background includes a xxxx degree, a M.Sc. in xxxx, and she is completing a PhD at the University of Fort Hare.
US. Scholar, author, composer
Environmental Scientist, Food Security, & Global Health Researcher.
An agro-ecology farmer, trainer of teams of organic agriculture leadership.
Experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry.
Member of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (CONTRALESA), Chairperson of Buffalo City Metro Branch and a member of Provincial Executive Committee (PEC)