We are like-minded individuals, passionate about growth and making an impact.
Well before the crisis, we saw the world of work changing, becoming more flexible, adaptable and global. Our team operates with this in mind, leveraging global expertise, drawing on talent from different parts of the world and working in a dynamic, virtual team environment.
In fact, we see ourselves as more of a tribe!
Among our tribe members:
Saar Ben-Attar: Strategist and management innovation expert
Adolfo Sanchez: Leadership & Business Transformation specialist
Philani Sangweni: Entrepreneur, Executive and Early-stage investor
Philani is a former Financial Services executive, who helps clients embed innovation thinking and processes. Passionate about backing diverse entrepreneurs who are using innovation to solve some of the most meaningful problems facing the world today, Philani is also the founder and managing partner of E4Africa, a venture capital firm focused on investing in innovation driven entrepreneurs in South Africa, in which our South-African office is an LP. He brings over 15 years global experience as a management consultant, executive, entrepreneur and investor, to solve messy challenges, the ones we like the most.
Charmaine Rautenbach: Business sustainability & Impact
Florin Bora: Strategist and Tech Enthusiast
Florin is a strategy advisor and entrepreneur with extensive experience across all major European markets. His ambition to bring simplicity and transparency to some of the most critical issues that corporations are facing is reflected in his core metric for project success: the client asking ‘Why did we not think of this ourselves?’ at the end of an engagement.
Florin is a strong believer in ‘outcome first’ – a mentality he fostered while running several venture-backed tech start-ups. He continues to be part of several UK and US VC networks and always includes insight developed through these partnerships in his client work and his interactions with the Ascent team.
Katherine Rutherford: Programme Manager and Agile enthusiast
Katherine has been leading Innovation initiatives across a number of industries in Project and Programme Management for over 15 years. She loves managing big organisational change projects especially where this change enables the organisation to become more agile and innovative. She has particular depth of expertise within Financial Services. Despite being able to manage large teams of people, Katherine is completely at the mercy of her 3 Labradors who unquestionably rule the roost at home.