Richardt Dannhauser (Infinite Family and Infinite Family South Africa)
Richardt Dannhauser is the Head of Operations and Systems for Internet Solutions International (IS). He formerly served as the Chief Operations Officer in IS’s Nigeria division, Operations Director of IS’s Ghana division, following a term as the Operations Manager for Satellite and MPLS (Internet) Networks – Emerging Africa. Having been with IS since 1999, Mr. Dannhauser has held a number of additional positions in engineering, product development and client support. He is currently responsible for the indirect management of the executive teams (MD's, CTO's COO's) in 5 businesses, in 4 different African countries with very diverse cultures and is studying towards a Master’s degree in Information Systems Management. Mr. Dannhauser lives with his wife and sons in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Carol Durst-Wertheim, PhD (Infinite Family)
Carol G. Durst-Wertheim, Ph.D. has taught and served in the administration of several New York metropolitan universities in culinary arts, food studies, hospitality and tourism programs. She was the first Director of the New York Restaurant School, (New School for Social Research), Coordinator of the NYS Department of Labor Displaced Homemaker’s Program (bringing Federal CETA money to ten State-funded centers), and Owner of New American Catering Corporation (15 years), following years researching women’s vocational development. Dr. Durst-Wertheim created an Oral History Project for the New York Women’s Culinary Alliance, which is now part of the “Voices of the Food Revolution” collection at the New York University Fales Library. She wrote "I Knew You Were Coming So I Baked a Cake" (Simon & Schuster, 1997) and has contributed to several other books. Before joining the Infinite Family Board, Dr. Durst-Wertheim served on the Board of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Co-Chaired their Scholarship and Mentorship Committees. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamilton (Kirkland) College in Liberal Arts, a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in College Administration, and a Doctorate from The Union Institute and University in Interdisciplinary Studies, in addition to her culinary, beverage and food safety training. She lives with her husband in Millwood, New York.
Bette Kun (Infinite Family South Africa)
Bette Kun is an independent marketing and communications specialist with extensive experience in the Information Technology sector. Her career spans nearly three decades and stretches around the world; she has lived and worked in South Africa, Great Britain and the United States. She returned to South Africa in 2004 as Managing Director of Stone Soup Public Relations, a PR agency with a focus on IT, financial services, media industry and education. Ms. Kun works with Infinite Family on a wide range of projects from mentoring lab launches to video documentation of the impact of our work on our Net Buddy mentees. She lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sarah Lent (Infinite Family)
Sarah Lent is Executive Director, Growth EMEA for R/GA and is responsible for business development and growth strategies for existing and new clients, as well as helping the agency grow across the EMEA region. She directs R/GA EMEA's approach to integrated, individualized branding and marketing solutions. Prior to joining R/GA, Sarah served as executive director at Interbrand, following previous roles at the organization as group managing director at Interbrand Africa, and client services director at Interbrand San Francisco. During Sarah’s 7.5 years at Interbrand, she generated deep seeded partnerships with various global and local market brands, by combining the rigorous strategy and analysis of a management consulting practice with the entrepreneurial and creative spirit of branding and design. Additionally, Sarah worked on a notable client roster, including Adobe, Conde Nast, Google, Turk Telkom, and LVMH. Before Interbrand, Sarah spent 4 years as account director at Cahan & Associates, San Francisco, managing a variety of brand launches for clients such as Skyy Vodka, Charles Schwab, VMware Inc., and Gap Inc. After starting her career in marketing and communications in Sydney, Australia, Sarah moved to New York and worked as a marketing communications associate at The Echo Design Group, supporting the publicity and marketing strategy for Ralph Lauren accessories. Sarah has a BA from the University of Virginia and lives in London.
Rachel Lovett (Infinite Family)
Rachel Lovett has been an Infinite Family mentor since 2010. She is currently the Interim Executive Director of Thriving in Place. Prior to joining Thriving in Place, Ms. Lovett was the Managing Director of War Child USA. War Child is a global non-profit that works with war-affected communities to help children and their families via access to education, economic opportunity and justice. Just prior, Rachel managed the $64.5M capital campaign for Theatre for a New Audience to build its first home in the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District. She is also on the Board of Clinton Housing & Development Company and the Advisory Board of Harlem School of the Arts. Rachel holds Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Public Administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She lives in New York City and San Francisco.
Thabang Masingi (Infinite Family)
Thabang Masingi is a member of the Corporate Investment Banking Legal Team at Barclays Africa Group Limited. Prior to joining Barclays, Mr. Masingi was a Partner in the Corporate Practice Group at Webber Wentzel focusing on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, general commercial and corporate law matters. From 2011-2012, Thabang worked at the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom as an International Visiting Attorney. He is author of the book “Academic Freedom in Africa: A Human Rights Perspective.” Thabang currently volunteers with the South African Legal Fellows Network. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of South Africa and Master of Laws degrees from the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa. He lives in Johannesburg, South Africa and is fluent in English, Zulu, and Sotho.
Joseph Sacca (Infinite Family)
Joseph Sacca is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, an international law firm headquartered in New York City. He specializes in commercial and securities litigation. Prior to joining Skadden Arps, Mr. Sacca was law clerk to Judge Clarence C. Newcomer of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Sacca serves on the Federal Bar Council Public Service Committee, which is dedicated to providing legal representation to those otherwise unable to afford it and to providing non-legal public service in a variety of areas. He received a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a J.D, cum laude, from the Temple University School of Law, where he served as the managing editor of the Temple Law Review. Mr. Sacca lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.
Lucia Skwarek (Infinite Family)
Lucia Skwarek has over 25 years of experience investing in emerging markets. Currently forming L-Squared Capital, a woman-owned investment fund, she previously team-managed the investment portfolios of endowments and foundations at Chesapeake Asset Management. From 2004-2010, she managed the equity portfolios at Fintech Advisory and Greylock Capital Management. She worked at JPMorgan for 14 years in emerging markets, as a banker in Mexico City, and in New York, trading fixed income and equities (1984-1995, and 1998-2001). From 1995 to 1998, she moved to Union Bank of Switzerland to establish the Latin American Equity Department (Sales, Trading and Research), before returning to JPMorgan to manage a $300 mm equity portfolio. She has served on the Boards of The Lark Theater and EmPower, a non-profit group begun and supported by emerging market professionals around the globe. Empower funds local organizations in emerging market countries that focus on providing at-risk youth, especially girls, with the tools and resources they need to lead healthy, productive lives. Ms. Skwarek holds a Rhetoric degree from U.C. Berkeley. She is fluent in Spanish and lives in New York City with her husband and three children.
Amy Conrad Stokes (Infinite Family and Infinite Family, South Africa)
Founder and CEO
CNN Top Ten Hero 2011
Amy Conrad Stokes has spent more than 20 years working in all areas of business planning, start-up and ongoing management. Following the adoption of her son, Calder Qhawe, from South Africa in 2003, Ms. Stokes was inspired to develop an Internet platform using video technology to enable distance mentoring. After two years of research, development and team building, she launched Infinite Family in 2006. Ms. Stokes began employing and mentoring at-risk teens while working at Chicago’s Shorebank Corporation in 1996. While at Shorebank, she created and ran a division called Studio Air, a business that employed teens from Chicago’s gang influenced South Shore neighborhoods. It was here that she learned the power of mentoring in the life of a teen with few positive role models or economic choices. Ms. Stokes started her professional career as part of Andersen’s Consulting Strategic Services team in Chicago, then San Francisco. Ms. Stokes graduated from Kalamazoo College magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in economics (Honors) and French and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She and her husband live in New York with their three children.
Kevin Travis (Infinite Family)
Kevin Travis is a Managing Director at Novantas, where he leads the Distribution and Marketing Strategy practice, advising large banks in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada on issues of expansion and revenue growth, including new market entry, new distribution strategies, network optimization, and customer segmentation. Kevin is a frequent speaker and writer on topics related to bank strategy and challenged facing the industry today. Prior to joining Novantas, Mr. Travis lived and worked in Johannesburg, South Africa as a Resident Vice-President at Citibank. From 1996 to 2000, he was part of the team responsible for growing Citibank’s new office from 40 to 400 employees across multiple business lines. In this role, he held a variety of different posts, including in Operations, Corporate Banking and Strategic Planning. In his role, he became very familiar with the political, economic, and social issues facing South Africa, and more broadly Southern and Eastern Africa. He has traveled widely in Africa, and is a frequent visitor to the continent. He also co-founded a digital financial aggregator in 2000 where he served as Chief Strategy Officer. Kevin holds a BA in History and French from Tufts University, and attended the College of Law in London. He lives in Vermont and New York.