Board of Trustees | Children's Radio Foundation
Beth SachsFounder and Chair Emerita

Elizabeth is the Founder and Chair Emerita of the Children’s Radio Foundation. A psychologist, Ms Sachs has designed programs and conducted therapy and research to improve the lives of children and their families in the US and abroad. In 1989 she founded the Greening of Detroit prior to moving to New York where in 2006 she created CRF.

Charlotte Bannister-ParkerPresident*

Reverend Charlotte, is the President and Chair of the Children’s Radio Foundation. Based in Oxford, Charlotte was an Associate Producer at North South Productions and has worked with TVE and Central TV. She co-founded Learning for Life, which supports education projects in Asia. She has a BA in Politics & Anthropology and an MA in Geography from the the Centre for Overseas Development, Durham University and a BA in Contextual Theology. She is an Associate Priest at St Michaels All Angels, Catechist  of Exeter College Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Linda BarnettChair*

Linda is Chair of the US Board and President of CRF-US.  She currently serves in an advisory capacity at Global Goods Partners and has worked previously in sales and marketing roles at American Express and Technimetrics, Inc.  She is on the Board of the Beaverkill Mountain Club and holds a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University.

Charles Bergman*

Mr. Bergman is Chairman and CEO of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. He sits on many cultural boards here and abroad and serves as an advisor to wealthy families on their corporate social responsibility.

Edmund J. Burns, ESQ

Mr. Burns is an attorney in New York City since 1967. His firm specializes in matters regarding Corporation, Commercial, Probate, Real Estate and Trials and Appeals Law. Mr. Burns has also been a participant of The American Bar Association and the Council for Public Interest Law. He holds an AB from the University of California at Los Angeles and an LLB from Fordham University (1967).

Nina CallaghanAssistant Director

Nina runs all South Africa-based operations from Cape Town, and serves as a youth media lead trainer. Nina also produces CRF’s weekly radio show, the Radio Workshop. Before CRF, Nina spent eight years as a television journalist and sub-editor at ETV. She completed a Higher Diploma in Library and Information Science and worked as a children’s librarian.

Lucy Hannah*

Lucy has worked as a BBC radio and TV producer for factual programmes and drama in the UK and internationally . She has specialized in communication for development working for a range of international organizations mostly in areas of conflict, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan. In the UK she has led a variety of Education Entertainment projects for young offenders/ex-offenders. She’s also a trustee of Peacebuilding UK and Dialogue Productions.

Edward Mortimer*

Edward Mortimer CMG is the Chair of the UK Board. Edward is a writer and activist specialising in human rights, global governance and contemporary history. He was a journalist on The Times (1967-85) and the Financial Times (1987-98). From 1998 to 2006, he served as Chief Speechwriter and Director of Communications to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and from 2007 to 2011 as Chief Programme Officer of the Salzburg Global Seminar. He is currently chair of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.

Kholofelo Molewa*

Kholofelo Molewa is a Cape Town-based entrepreneur. He runs a company called Calderon Principal Investments, where he is an executive director. Calderon has interests in media and private equity (Social Developmental Funding).

He has sat on numerous boards in both the listed and unlisted environment having first served as non-executive director for JSE listed Kelly Group Limited in 2006.

Kholofelo is a Wits Law Graduate. Other board and advisory interests include subscriber membership at the Children’s Radio Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on empowering children throughout sub-Saharan Africa by using media as a platform as well as Inspired Evolution, a cleantech and renewable energy developmental funder based in Cape Town.

Gina C. Florescu

Gina Christensen Florescu is a senior consultant who has contributed to vision, growth and success of both public and private sector initiatives. She has more than 20 years experience in communications, government and media relations, partnership building and monitoring and evaluation in the sectors of privatization, human rights, displaced persons, and
environment. Gina has worked nationally and internationally to build organizational capacity through analysis, strategic planning and program development.

Yodit Eklund

Yodit is the Tribe Leader of Bantu Wax, a successful African swimwear company that promotes positive images of Africa and provides local employment opportunities.  She launched the company in 2009 after studying at UC Berkeley.  As the daughter of a refugee coordinator, Yodit has lived across Africa and works to create positive images of her home continent.

Suzanne Karoktin

Suzanne Karoktin is the founder of SK Gifts, a site that scours the world for inspired gift ideas. Formerly, she held fashion editorial positions at W, T, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Instyle. Suzanne graduate from University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communication with a minor in Fine Arts. She serves on the board of the Children’s Radio Foundation and The Meyer Levy Charitable Foundation.

Danielle Kayembe

Ms. Danielle Kayembe has almost 15 years of experience in consulting and finance.  As part of Banc of America Securities Leveraged Finance and High Yield team, Ms. Kayembe worked on over $3 billion of transactions for PE firms and companies in various industries, including industrial, hotel and gaming, paper, plastics, aerospace and defense and consumer retail.  She also worked for HSBC’s General Industrials group, where her focus was developing leveraged acquisition finance opportunities for multi-national companies in their portfolio.  Following her work at HSBC, Ms. Kayembe focused on international consulting in sub-Saharan Africa, developing opportunities in telecom, oil and gas and energy for clients in Kenya and DR Congo.  She currently works for McCann Health, providing strategic consulting to their portfolio of global pharmaceutical clients.   Ms. Kayembe holds an MA from Stanford University in Organizations and a BA in Political Science from Stanford University.

Ron Kunene

Ron Kunene, a South African native, is an educator on African and World history and musicology. Kunene studied at UCLA and then joined the Broadway show, The Lion King, where in 1992 he worked with composer Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack to the Oscar-winning movie with the same name.  Ron also served as a consultant on the audio book Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela.

Peter Mason

Board member since 2014

Peter serves as General Counsel and Principal Adviser to the Executive Director of UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund.  Prior to joining UNICEF, he practised law as a litigator, specialising in international commercial disputes, at major law firms in New York and in Sydney, Australia.  Peter is a Councillor of the American Society of International Law and serves on the boards of a number of other charitable organisations.  He is a graduate of the University of Sydney.

Pamela Michaelcheck

Ms. Michaelcheck is a distinguished philanthropist and volunteer. She serves as the Honory Chairman of the Board of the Southhampton Fresh Air Home and as a Board Member of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Foundation.  She has worked with The Family Opera Initiative, the Jane Comfort Dance Company, Prep for Prep, among other organizations. She has an AB in Sociology from Bryn Mawr College.

Cameron Penny

Cameron Penny is a Recording Artist, Radio DJ, Red Carpet Host, and Music Executive Based in Los Angeles, California.

DR. Mike RahfaldtExecutive Director

Michal oversees the international operations from Cape Town. Before joining CRF in 2006, Michal taught media and anthropology at the University of Cape Town.  As a journalist, he has contributed to Public Radio International, BBC World Service, NPR, and the New York Times. Michal received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2007.

Bill Siemering

Bill has been a leader in U.S. public radio management, radio program development, and fundraising for more than 30 years.  As a founding member of the National Public Radio (NPR) Board of Directors and author of the network’s original mission and goals, Bill developed All Things Considered, while Director of Programming.  He has worked for 14 years in international media development.

Ken Stern

Ken Stern is the co-founder and CEO of Palisades Media Ventures, a leading media development company based in Washington D.C.  He focuses on creating new and innovative programming models for digital platforms and for television.  Previously, Stern was the CEO of National Public Radio (NPR).  He is the author of With Charty for All (Doubleday 2013) and lives in Washington DC.

Charles Warren

Charlie Warren is a Research Associate at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He has held previous positions at the National Democratic Institute in Nairobi and Ergo, a leading geopolitical risk firm. His written work has appeared in the Royal African Society’s African Arguments, among other journals. Charlie graduated from Bowdoin College and speaks Swahili.

Edward MortimerChair

Edward Mortimer CMG is the Chair of the UK Board. Edward is a writer and activist specialising in human rights, global governance and contemporary history. He was a journalist on The Times (1967-85) and the Financial Times (1987-98). From 1998 to 2006, he served as Chief Speechwriter and Director of Communications to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and from 2007 to 2011 as Chief Programme Officer of the Salzburg Global Seminar. He is currently chair of the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice.

Charlotte Bannister-Parker

Reverend Charlotte, is the President and Chair of the Children’s Radio Foundation. Based in Oxford, Charlotte was an Associate Producer at North South Productions and has worked with TVE and Central TV. She co-founded Learning for Life, which supports education projects in Asia. She has a BA in Politics & Anthropology and an MA in Geography from the the Centre for Overseas Development, Durham University and a BA in Contextual Theology. She is an Associate Priest at St Michaels All Angels, Catechist  of Exeter College Oxford and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Adé Adigun

I have a passion for teaching and learning in a diverse demographic environment and making education accessible. I co-design and co-facilitate workshops around the UK for Art Galleries such as Tate Britain, for broadcast media such as BBC Learning, currently working for Historic Royal Palaces at Hampton Court on the Movie Maker Mission. I also work as a guest speaker delivering classes on religion, ethics, politics and the media at schools such as Marlborough College and am developing a post graduate short film course for my alma mater, the Media School at the University of the Arts London.

Sam Bonham

Sam is one of the UK Radio Academy’s 30 under 30. He is Technology Development Manager at Digital Radio UK, preparing the UK for a digital radio switchover. Sam produces and presents BBC Introducing across BBC Radio Bristol, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, BBC Wiltshire and BBC Somerset. He is a Trustee and Consultant at Children’s Radio Foundation, currently writing a book on the power of radio as a tool for community development in South Africa. Sam is also an independent radio producer and has recently consulted for both Radioplayer and the Hackney Podcast.

Linda Barnett

Linda is Chair of the US Board and President of CRF-US.  She currently serves in an advisory capacity at Global Goods Partners and has worked previously in sales and marketing roles at American Express and Technimetrics, Inc.  She is on the Board of the Beaverkill Mountain Club and holds a BA in Economics from St. Lawrence University.

Lucy Hannah

Lucy has worked as a BBC radio and TV producer for factual programmes and drama in the UK and internationally . She has specialized in communication for development working for a range of international organizations mostly in areas of conflict, including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan. In the UK she has led a variety of Education Entertainment projects for young offenders/ex-offenders. She’s also a trustee of Peacebuilding UK and Dialogue Productions.

Emma Menell

After completing a M.Phil. And D.Phil. in International Relations at Oxford University, Emma qualified as a barrister in London (Middle Temple).  She then returned to South Africa and practised at the Johannesburg Bar, specialising in Constitutional matters.  At the same time, she was a member of the Constitutional Litigation team at the Centre of Applied Legal Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, and served as the editor of the South African Journal of Human Rights.  She is currently living in Oxfordshire, travelling to South Africa frequently.

Simon Weil

Simon Weil specialises in charities, philanthropy and tax-planning for charities and private clients and has been a Partner at Bircham Dyson Bell LLP since 1983.  Simon advised in the creation of the Absolute Return Trust for Charities, the first common investment fund of hedge funds.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Charity Law Association and Chair of Philanthropy Impact.

Kholofelo MolewaChair

Kholofelo Molewa is a Cape Town-based entrepreneur. He runs a company called Calderon Principal Investments, where he is an executive director. Calderon has interests in media and private equity (Social Developmental Funding).

He has sat on numerous boards in both the listed and unlisted environment having first served as non-executive director for JSE listed Kelly Group Limited in 2006.

Kholofelo is a Wits Law Graduate. Other board and advisory interests include subscriber membership at the Children’s Radio Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on empowering children throughout sub-Saharan Africa by using media as a platform as well as Inspired Evolution, a cleantech and renewable energy developmental funder based in Cape Town.

 

Khadija Patel

Khadija pushes words on street corners. She is currently the editor of the Mail & Guardian’s weekly paper and its online platforms. She is the co-founder of one of the fastest growing news websites in South Africa, The Daily Vox, which also now has a new partnership with the M&G.

As a journalist she has been published in South Africa by the Daily Maverick, the Mail & Guardian, Eyewitness News and City Press, among others. Her work has also been carried internationally by the likes of Quartz, The Guardian and Al Jazeera. She has also offered political commentary on Al Jazeera English, Sky News and BBC World. In 2014, Khadija was a Wiser-Duke University writing fellow. She is currently writing her first book – a history of the suburb of Mayfair in Johannesburg, where she grew up.

 

Yolanda Benya

Yolanda Benya is 19 years of age. She was first introduced to the Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) in 2011 through a gap year programe, called the Community Leadership Programme. What interested her to be part of CRF was her desire to become a journalist. She is now  studying Film, Media and Drama at the University of Cape Town.

When she started working with CRF she had no idea that she would go this far with it. Yolanda started as a youth reporter and earlier this year (2012) became a subscriber member. “Not only have I gained confidence in interviewing people, I also have become more determined in doing Journalism through what I learnt with CRF. To give people the platform to express themselves, share their stories and mostly give a voice to the voiceless. One of the greatest achievements I have had with CRF is the relationships I have established, relationships of friendship and mentoring. I see great things happening between CRF and myself.”

Lester Kiewit

Lester Kiewit has been plying his trade as a broadcast journalist for more than a decade. He graduated from Cape Town’s Cape Peninsula University’s School of Journalism in 2005. He began in radio reporting for talk radio station CapeTalk’s Eyewitness News team. Later joining the world of television at eNCA in 2008. He has forged a reputation as a tough, brave reporter, with a well developed visual sense. Lester is the channel’s Parliamentary Correspondent reporting on politics from South Africa’s National Legislature.

Born and raised in Cape Town, Lester takes great pleasure in exploring his home town, walking through the CBD, visiting and researching historical buildings and learning more about the city’s indigenous history.

Karen Dudley

Karen Dudley is the owner of The Kitchen, a well-known eatery and catering company in Woodstock, Cape Town that has become a city landmark, famous for its unique atmosphere, delicious food and legendary Love Sandwiches. Karen has lived and worked in Washington DC and in London where she honed her culinary skills.  She lives in Woodstock, Cape Town, with her husband and two children.  Karen thrives on being part of an urban community and actively promotes the development of business in the area.  Her shop is what she calls a “microcosm” of South African society.  Creating a “pocket of sanity” and growing a sustainable business are her chief endeavours. She developed a love for radio after a brief flirtation with documentary production in the mid ‘90’s. The power of radio to give voice to the marginalised and to help young people articulate the most pressing issues in their lives has ever been something she has longed to be part of. Her first book, A Week in The Kitchen has become an acclaimed bestseller.  Her second, Another Week in The Kitchen, is due for release November 2013.  She is the Queen of the Love Sandwich!