Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of one of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities and build strong African businesses. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work. Isak’s diverse experience has resulted in him being a sort after speaker and strategist across these sectors.
Through JAM International, in his role as Group Executive Director, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a hand out but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.
Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.
Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, recently being selected as YPO Africa Region Global Impact Award honoree.
Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.
He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and they have two children, Kiera and Peter.
Nathan Conway is Chief Executive Officer of Fortis Energy Services, a Michigan based oil and gas well services company. Mr. Conway holds a BS degree from Minot State University and an MBA from University of Michigan. Mr. Conway has been recognized by Crain’s Detroit as one of their 40 under 40 business professionals and also by Oakland County Executive as an Elite 40 under 40.
He was also honored by Business Watch Magazine as one of the 40 under 40, Platt’s Global Energy Awards as a finalist for their Rising Star Award, Prairie Business for their 40 under 40 business award and business 30 in their Thirties. Mr. Conway was honored by his alma mater in 2013 with the Young Alumni Achievement Award given to one alumnus each year and delivered the commencement address in 2015.
He is active in his professional and local community serving as an Elder, Chairman of Personnel Committee and former member of the Board of Trustees of Kirk in the Hills, a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, and past member of the Board of Directors of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. He served as Chairman of the Golf for the Gulf Charity Open which has won national recognition and he is a board member of Joint Aid Management, an African relief organization feeding and educating children in Africa.
Mr. Hellmich is a former Patton Boggs LLP (now Squire Patton Boggs) commercial litigation partner with strong experience handling complex national and international litigation. His litigation experience, including six years in the US Army JAG Corps, gave him the opportunity to personally try dozens of cases to juries and the court. During his fourteen years at Patton Boggs, he was part of the firm’s international dispute resolution group where he formed, managed and led teams of outside attorneys and multi-disciplinary professionals on matters ranging from antitrust and banking to products liability and white-collar crime.
Mr. Hellmich now owns his own law firm providing outside general counsel advice to start-ups and litigation services to companies and individuals throughout the country. Mr. Hellmich is currently litigating a significant false advertising and patent infringement case against a large publicly traded company.
For the last ten years, Mr. Hellmich has served as a pro bono general counsel to Joint Aid Management USA (JAM), a charity that works with its South African counterpart to daily feed nearly one million malnourished children throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Mr. Hellmich was elected to JAM’s Board of Directors in 2016.
In his career, David was Vice President of Strategy for Wal-Mart International, a $100 billion division of Wal-Mart. Before Wal-Mart, David had a 20-year career in positions of increasing financial and management responsibility in the oil and gas industry with ARCO (Fortune 50). He gained a broad business and global perspective through expatriate assignments in the Middle East and North Africa, and through participation in negotiations of multibillion-dollar business ventures with the governments of China and Russia.
David began consulting upon his retirement in 2009 to provide strategic insight, planning, business and organization development services to Ministry and Humanitarian entities. David assists organizations in identifying factors and trends that could impact their current operations and works with management to develop new opportunities and/or make strategic, organizational and operational changes to achieve their mission.
He worked with a major African NGO to identify opportunities to integrate commercial ventures with humanitarian initiatives to create sustainable and self-sufficient communities. He assisted AARP with the restructuring of its “Drive to End Hunger” program into a framework integrating commercial partners and their infrastructures to improve the efficiency of multiple hunger related humanitarian organizations.
He served as CFO of Pure Charity from 2009 – 2012, an internet-based platform with commercial and charitable organization partnerships that enable users to leverage everyday purchases to generate funding they can donate to humanitarian causes. In addition to a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin, David obtained an MBA in Corporate Finance from the University of Dallas. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Joint Aid Management, a non-profit organization focused on sustainable community development in Africa, and a former member of the International Food & Agricultural Trade Policy Council.