Mandy Muchnick (Benjamin)

Country representing

South Africa

Languages

English
Afrikaans

Education

  • University of Cape Town
  • Business Science Finance & Accounting as well as Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA)

Current organisation

Oakmont Capital

Current role

Private Equity Transactor

Skills and Expertise

Accountancy
Finance
Fundraising
Project management
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Business
Education
Leadership
Sustainable Development
Youth Unemployment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

At my core lies a deep passion for social upliftment and empowerment through education. I am a firm believer that the future of South Africa, particularly the one that so many fought for, rests on the pillars of education. Education can come in many forms, all of which share equal importance for an empowered society. I have been part of education at three primary levels – adulthood through imparting the technical knowledge I have gained together with my passion for business via social entrepreneurship programmes, childhood through rolling out tech education in some of South Africa’s least privileged areas, and the formative years through building pre-fab crèches, developing a curriculum and uniting Chartered Accountant Trainees across Johannesburg to support one single cause through an early childhood development programme. I believe that every person has the ability to change the world in some small way and I am passionate about delivering that message to as many as possible.

Actions

Co-Founder and Co-CEO of a non-profit, imagine.nation. We focus on change through education across the following spectrums: 1. Social entrepreneurship Aim: Impart our knowledge and passion for business via a social entrepreneurship programme that empowers unemployed would-be bread winners to provide for their families; 2. Tech education Aim: Lower the barriers to quality education through implementing and monitoring the world-renowned Khan Academy in orphanages in some of South Africa’s least privileged areas; 3. Formative year education and early stage upliftment Aim: Create safe, healthy learning environments by building classrooms and providing curriculum support. Formative year education is of critical importance yet access to quality material in a healthy learning environment is a rarity in rural South Africa. My passion in this area led me to wanting to build safe, healthy learning environments for the children aged 3-6 years old. Since attending One Young World in 2015, I have built the first two crèches and look forward to many more in the future.