Trevor S. Norwitz, Chairman and President
Craig Mullett, Treasurer
Brenda Kerbel, Director
David P. Meachin, Director
Derek Yach, Director
Ambassador James A. Joseph, Director
Jeannette Safi, Director
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.
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.
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.
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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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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Ambassador James A. Joseph
Ambassador James A. Joseph is Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Public Policy and leader in residence for the Hart Leadership Program at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is also founder of the United States – Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke and the University of Cape Town. He joined the Duke faculty in 2000 after a distinguished career in government, business, education and organized philanthropy. He was appointed to senior executive or advisory positions by four U.S. Presidents, including Under Secretary of the Interior by President Jimmy Carter and U.S. Ambassador to South Africa by President William Clinton.
In 1999, the Republic of South Africa awarded Ambassador Joseph the Order of Good Hope, the highest honor bestowed on a citizen of another country, and in 2008 he was honored as a “Louisiana Legend” and inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame. The founding chair of the Commission on National and Community Service that established AmeriCorps, he was honored by the United States Peace Corps in 2010 for his life-long contributions to voluntarism and civil society. He serves presently as chair of the board of directors of the Foundation for Louisiana (formerly the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation) and as a member of the board of directors of the Heron Foundation in New York City.
From 1982-1995, Joseph was president and chief executive officer of the Council on Foundations, an international organization of almost 2000 foundations and corporate giving programs. From 1971 1976, he served as a vice president of Cummins Engine Company and president of the Cummins Foundation. An ordained minister, he has taught at Yale Divinity School and the Claremont Colleges where he was also university chaplain. In 1985, he was a Distinguished Visitor at Nuffield College at Oxford University and serves presently as an honorary professor and a member of the board of advisors of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town.
After graduating from Yale Divinity School in 1963, Ambassador Joseph began his career at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa where he was also founding co-chair of the local civil rights movement. A frequent speaker to academic, civic and religious audiences, he is the author of three books, The Charitable Impulse, Remaking America and Leadership as a Way of Being. A fourth book on Private Virtue and the Search for Public Values will be published by the Duke University Press in 2013. He is the recipient of nineteen honorary degrees and his undergraduate alma mater Southern University has named an endowed chair in his honor. The Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations appointed him President Emeritus and the Association of Black Foundation Executives established the James A. Joseph Lecture on Philanthropy.
In 1979, Joseph was named by Ebony magazine as “One of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans” and later by Fortune magazine as one of “America’s Best Nonprofit Managers.” He is the recipient of the John Gardner Award for Civic Entrepreneurship from Civic Ventures and the Bill Friday Award for Outstanding Leadership from North Carolina State University. He has also served as chair of the Children’s Defense Fund and as a member of the board of directors of the Brookings Institution, the National Endowment for Democracy, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and City Year South Africa. He is a member of the board of advisors of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and the Leadership Center at Morehouse College. A director of the Management and Training Corporation, he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Academy for Public Administration. Ambassador Joseph is married to the former Mary Braxton, an Emmy Award winning television journalist. He has two children and two grand children.
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Jeannette Safi serves on the Board as a Director and the Secretary of the University of Cape Town Fund, Inc. She is a lawyer at the law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York and has worked in the New York, London and Paris offices of the firm. As a capital markets lawyer at Davis Polk, Ms. Safi helps companies around the world gain access to the capital they need to run their businesses and assists them with their securities regulation compliance. Ms. Safi represents all of the major investment banks and a wide variety of corporate clients in U.S. and international capital markets transactions and advises on all aspects of securities regulation.
Born in Maseru, Lesotho, Ms. Safi received her Bachelor of Laws (cum laude) from the University of Cape Town in 2006. Ms. Safi maintains strong ties to the UCT community in New York, London and Paris and visits South Africa regularly.
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