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Head of National Operations
Rest Kanju joined the SEED South Africa team in 2014. He moved from being a Coordinator of the SEED Programme in South Africa to the position of Director and Head of Operations for Indalo. Rest has over 20 years career experience in conservation and development and worked for various organisations in the Southern African region including ResourceAfrica, The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the IUCN and International Labour Organisation (ILO). It was at the ILO where he worked in the support of international and national tourism enterprises through the SCORE Project.
He holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree with a double Major in Environmental and Geographical Science and Industrial Sociology from the University of Cape Town. He also has postgraduate certificates in Environmental Law (Wits), Environmental Management (UCT) and Resource Economics (Rhodes University). He has also completed all required Module courses for a Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation with Wits University.
Vivian Phetla joined SEED in June 2016 as South Africa Support. Her role at SEED is to offer administration support in organising training activities, in liaison with partners and identifying networking opportunities for SEED in the Country. She is also the central and first contact point for SEED global and country partners and network in support of the National Coordinator.
Before joining SEED, Vivian worked as a Programmes Manager: Training at the Southern African Wildlife College where she managed field related training activities for field rangers, law enforcement officers and reserve managers or section rangers from various National Parks, Nature Reserves and private game farms in South Africa and the SADC region. Vivian holds a National Diploma in Game Ranch Management from Tshwane University of Technology.
Head of Programmes
Jona Liebl has supported SEED since 2010 and is in charge of the operational management and implementation of the SEED Programmes. In his position as Senior Project Manager at adelphi research. Jona works on projects in the area of sustainability entrepreneurship, corporate responsibility and green and inclusive business models.
Prior to joining adelphi, he trained as IT Specialist at Hewlett-Packard. He also worked as Programme Assistant at the UNDP Equator Initiative and was a member of the Technical Advisory Committee of the Equator Prize 2012 and 2014.
Jona holds a Masters Degree (M.A.) in Political Science from Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU). He was a visiting fellow at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM).