Belle and Co. works with a team of experienced and skilled* Associates, networked across South Africa and the broader African region.
BELISA RODRIGUES – FOUNDER *Project management, leadership, creative arts, facilitation
Ms Rodrigues, a South African native, holds a Fine Arts, Marketing and MBA degree from University of Cape Town. Over the last 10 years has worked as Operations Manager, General Manager and Business Development Manager at various pan-African arts NGOs in South Africa. She currently runs her own social enterprise consultancy called Belle and Co, together with an Associate network of experts in training, policy and research services. She holds a number of leadership positions, currently Treasurer at Music in Africa Foundation; Board member of Association for Visual Arts; and is the local Ward Committee member for her community. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow. Her passion is supporting the talent of cultural entrepreneurs across the African continent.
ADELAIDE CUPIDO – ASSOCIATE *Process facilitation, Project Implementation, Community builder
Over the last 12 years, Adelaide has worked as Project Leader in the non-governmental sector, Compliance Manager in local government, Management Consultant and Practicing Attorney in the private sector. She is currently the Director of Yada Network (Pty) Ltd, a company that she founded in 2018. Yada provides process facilitation, project implementation and community building services. She is also a Board Member of the Valleys and Mountains Development Foundation. As a team member of the No-Name Initiative Dialogue Institute she facilitates pro bono dialogues in communities to unlock personal accountability toward active citizenship. She is a connector, collaborator and co-creator of value.
NTHAKOANA MAEMA – ASSOCIATE *Social Entrepreneurship, Programme Design, Facilitation, Research, Networks
Ms Maema studied Business Science: Finance (CA stream) (to be completed), University of Stellenbosch Business School NPO Management Programme; and a number of short courses including: GetSmarter Social Enterprise Development; Lean Startup Principles for Social Impact; Human Centered Design Thinking and Hacking Innovative Finance. Previous positions include Income Generation Officer – Salesian Life Choices; Facilitator (by invite) – Impact Amplifier, and currently is the New Ventures Studio Business Coach at Life Choices. She believes in harnessing social innovation and business principles to create a new culture of prosperity for the poorest, one impactful idea at a time.
ESPERA DONOUVOSSI – ASSOCIATE *Cultural Policy, French skills, Project Management
Mr Donouvossi, Beninese native, holds a Master’s Degree in Science of Language and Communication; another Masters in Political Sciences and International Relations from University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin. Espera has over 10 years’ experience working as project and program manager in Africa. He has been deeply involved in establishing, developing and coordinating several organisations and programmes in a full time capacity. He is currently studying Cultural Policy and Management, a joint Masters study programme between University of Lyon Lumière in France and University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. He has good command of French and English with fair understanding, reading and writing of Spanish language.
PHOKENG SETAI – ASSOCIATE *Research, Creative Arts, Decoloniality
Mr. Setai, a South African native, holds a Master’s degree in the Narrative Study of Lives from the University of the Free State. Over the past five years he has worked as a research assistant and online content manager for higher education research centre. He is currently a PhD fellow with the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape. For his PhD research he wishes to probe into the topic of decolonial aesthetics and its relevance in 21st Century contemporary art discourse.
MUSA MAILULA – ASSOCIATE *Research, Statistics
Mr Mailula holds a Bcom Honours in Econometrics (2010) and a Bcom Economics and Econometrics (2009) at the University of Johannesburg. Previously a Market Researcher, he is currently a User Experience Analyst. His passion in data sciences has led him to provide freelance academic support services to South African postgraduate students in both qualitative and quantitative techniques. He has been involved in Partners for Possibilities and was made a Golden Key International Honours Society member for his academic excellence. If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.” – Confucius
MOHLOMI MOTLOUNG – ASSOCIATE *Entrepreneur, Education, Engineering, Sales
Over the last 10 years, Mohlomi has worked as an entrepreneur, business manager, project manager, business development consultant, sales leader and manager in business and in the corporate sector. He is currently a Business Development Consultant for a leading short-term insurance company. Mohlomi is passionate about personal and business development and a creator of new opportunities.
ANDILE DUBE – ASSOCIATE *Entrepreneurship, Education, Facilitation
B.com Economics and Econometrics from the University of and Johannesburg. Short Course on Human Centred Design and Design Driven Entrepreneurship from Dartmouth College. Previously an advisor to the Presidential Youth Working Group(focusing on entrepreneurship and education), and Co-Founder, COO of Begrand Properties. Currently he holds a lectureship and is resident entrepreneur at Generation Schools. He is a founder and Creative Director of a Social Enterprise called Young Hustla Initiative, whose focus is to empower marginalized youth through entrepreneurship education. “Give a man to fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man how to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime”.
BRAGE “MIRIAM” HAMMEREN PEDERSEN -ASSOCIATE *Research, Anthropology, Poetry
Ms Pedersen, a Norwegian national, holds a BA degree in Development Studies and a research-based Master’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Oslo. Her work experience spans a broad range of fields including journalistic work, education, business consulting and research communication. She is currently undertaking her PhD in Anthropology full-time at the University of Cape Town, focusing on racial segregation and white identity. Her main motivation is to promote understanding between people of different backgrounds.
ALEXANDRE RODRIGUES – ASSOCIATE *Finance, Social Entrepreneurship, Statistics, Research
He holds a BCom ElecEng, BCom Hons Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (FAPM), MBA – all UCT; completed CAIA. Summer school on Innovation at the Base of the Pyramid (London School of Economics). Previously an Analyst at Savant Capital; Investment Banker at Standard Bank; Impact investment associate at Injaro Agri Capital Holdings (Ghana); Lecturer at UCT GSB, Varsity College & Vega; Head of Market Research at GetSmarter; Innovative Finance Associate at Bertha Centre. Currently he is Investment Principal at Edge Growth (SME growth and impact fund manager). Believe in the power of creating positive social change through innovation and entrepreneurship rather than blindly pursuing the profit only objective (non-sustainable and self-defeating).
SICELO MBONANI – ASSOCIATE *Entrepreneur, sales, marketing, business analyst, philanthropist
Sicelo has spent the last for years developing township entrepreneurs and their enterprise, developing Orphans and supporting SMME with enterprise development and CSI projects. Sicelo has graduated top of Class on RAA entrepreneurial development program, A New Venture Creation (Y-age), Leadership development ( Activate) and Project Management with Switch Social Entrepreneurship program. Sicelo is a triple Executive Director of Ekasi Group, Township Entrepreneurs Network and The Orphan Organisation focusing on CSI Design and management, Entrepreneurs & enterprise development and Developing strong orphanages giving normal life to Orphans. Sicelo volunteers his time to other social development projects including 40 Days Without Shoes, Annual Full of Purpose youth development among other initiatives. Dreams are magical, they are miraculous. Find it | Live it | Discover your miracle
TAURIQ JENKINS – SENIOR ASSOCIATE *Artist, facilitator, mediator, cultural diplomacy
Tauriq Jenkins is the founding artistic director of the Independent Theatre Movement of South Africa (ITMSA) and Shakespeare in Prison South Africa. His work has been covered by the Folger Library and NPR. He has a Master in Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Columbia University in New York and was Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts Sciences, 2015-2016 Oral History Merit Scholarship recipient. He is an alumni fellow of the International Fellows Program at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs focused on US Foreign Policy, and an alumni of International House leadership residency, New York. He holds numerous local leadership positions including Ward 57 rep, Director of the Observatory Improvement District, Chair of the Observatory Civic and High Commissioner of the Goringhaicona Traditional Council. In 2013, he was awarded the prestigious International Davis Peace Prize for groundbreaking theatre and rehabilitation work in South African prisons. See his Tedx talk on his work in incarceration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjovM5RVozg. He writes poetry about chess.