UCT Fund Board of Directors

Trevor S. Norwitz, Chairman and President
Craig Mullett, Treasurer
Brenda Kerbel, Director
David P. Meachin, Director
Derek Yach, Director

Trevor Norwitz

Trevor Norwitz

Trevor S. Norwitz

Trevor Norwitz serves as Chairman of the Board and President of the University of Cape Town Fund, Inc..  Mr. Norwitz is a partner at the law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York, where he specializes in corporate law and governance and has advised on some of the largest global mergers and acquisitions transactions.  He also teaches at Columbia University School of Law, serves on several Bar committees and was an advisor to the South African government on its recent company law reform.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Mr. Norwitz received his Bachelor of Business Science degree with First Class Honors from the University of Cape Town in 1986.  On a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University, he read law at Keble College, graduating with First Class Honors in 1989, and then completed an LLM at Columbia University in 1990.

In addition to the UCT Fund, Mr. Norwitz is also a director of a Friends of Ikamva Labantu, Friends of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation and Advancing Human Rights.

Trevor and his wife Shannon (Lieberman who was a 1988 UCT Occupational Therapy School graduate), live in Westchester County and have two teenage sons Raphael and Herschel.
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Craig Mullett

Craig Mullett

Craig Mullett

Mr. Mullett serves on the Board as Treasurer of the University of Cape Town Fund, Inc. He is the Founder and President of Branison Group LLC, a corporate finance firm based in Connecticut.  He is also an active angel investor in the USA and advised the formation and structuring of the first angel group on the African continent. This group (“AngelHub”) has now started operations in South Africa (in Cape Town and Johannesburg ). Mr. Mullett has previously held positions at Amphenol Corporation, Wooltru Group & Deloitte (where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant), as well as directorships on several public, private and non-profit boards.

Mr. Mullett holds an MBA from the Netherlands Business School at Nyenrode University (where his thesis was on private equity in South Africa), and received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from the University of Cape Town in 1990. In addition, Mr. Mullett attended the International Leadership Academy of the United Nations in Jordan and was a Rotary Business Exchange Scholar to Malawi and Finland.

Born in Cape Town, Mr. Mullett maintains strong links to Africa. He enjoys the New England seasons of his current hometown of Guilford, Connecticut, and biking, hiking and traveling with his wife and two daughters.

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Brenda Kerbel

Brenda Kerbel

Dr. Brenda Kerbel

Dr. Brenda Kerbel has been working as a Primary Care Provider in Watertown, Massachusetts for the past 30 years. Together with her husband, Dr. Richard Kerbel (UCT MBChB 1975), she works in Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine.

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Dr. Kerbel attended Good Hope Seminary High School where she was Head Girl in 1970. She received her MBChB from the University of Cape Town Medical School in 1976 and did her internship in Medicine and Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital. At UCT she was a member of the National Union of South African Students [NUSAS] and during her clinical years she was an active board member of the Students Health and Welfare Centres Organisation [SHAWCO]. She proudly follows in the footsteps of her father Dr. Solly Kaye (UCT MBChB 1946) who practiced as a general practitioner in the Cape Town area for 60 years.

Dr. Kerbel and her husband immigrated to Boston in 1979. They have two adult sons: one is a physician working in a Boston area hospital and the other is a Senior VP in a multinational firm in Singapore. Dr. Kerbel continues to maintain strong ties to the UCT medical community.

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David Meachin

David Meachin

David J. P. Meachin

Mr. Meachin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cross Border Enterprises, LLC serves on the Board of the University of Cape Town Fund, Inc..  Based in New York, Mr. Meachin founded Cross Border Enterprises in 1991.  Prior to this, Mr. Meachin was Managing Director, Investment Banking Division, Merrill Lynch & Company in New York from 1981 to 1991; Vice President and General Manager of International Corporate Finance in New York and London, Salomon Brothers; Second Vice President in New York and Tokyo, Smith Barney and Co. From 1966 to 1969, he was employed as a Project Engineer for Humphreys and Glasgow Ltd., a London-based international chemical plant contracting firm.??Mr. Meachin has served on public SEC-reporting company boards for 16 years, during which time he has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the Board, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Member of the Compensation and Governance Committees.

Lyondell Chemical Company, the NYSE listed Fortune 100 Company of which he served as a board member, was sold in a going private transaction. Mr. Meachin has also served as a Director of Millennium Chemicals Inc. (NYSE), The Ground Round Inc. (NASDAQ), Metha Energy Solutions Inc. (OTC), and The Spartek Emerging Opportunities of India Fund.??Mr. Meachin serves as Director and past Chairman of the British American Educational Foundation. In addition, he serves as an Advisory Board Member of Structured Credit International Corp. (SCIC), an Advisory Board Member of the South African Chamber of Commerce America (SACCA), and is a member of The Economic Club of New York.??Mr. Meachin holds a MBA with Distinction from Harvard Business School.  He has graduate qualifications from Cambridge University and the French Petroleum Institute, Paris (Total Oil Company Postgraduate Scholar). Mr. Meachin holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, and BS Physical Science (First Class) from the University of Natal in South Africa. David Meachin is a frequent speaker and forum participant on issues of corporate governance, private equity and investment banking.
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Derek Yach

Derek Yach

Dr. Derek Yach

Dr. Derek Yach has focused his career on advancing global health. He is Senior Vice President (SVP) of the Vitality Group, part of Discovery Holdings Ltd, where he leads the Vitality Institute for Health Promotion. Prior to that he was SVP Global Health and Agriculture Policy at PepsiCo where he supported portfolio transformation and led engagement with major international groups and new African initiatives at the nexus of agriculture and nutrition. He has headed global health at the Rockefeller Foundation, has been a Professor of Global Health at Yale University, and is a former Executive Director for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health of the World Health Organization (WHO). At WHO, he served as cabinet director under Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland where he led the development of WHO’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and the Global Strategy on Diet and Physical Activity. Dr. Yach established the Centre for Epidemiological Research at the South African Medical Research Council. He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles covering the breadth of global health. Dr. Yach serves on several advisory boards including those of the Clinton Global Initiative, the World Economic Forum, the NIH’s Fogarty International Centre and PepsiCo’s Scientific Advisory Board. His degrees include an MBChB from the University of Cape Town, BSc (Hons Epi) from the University of Stellenbosch and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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