PAN South Africa

PAN South Africa Executive Team

Progressive African Network's (PAN) South Africa Executive Management Team

Akhona Monakali

Leader


Akhona is the Founder & CEO of Monakali Academy & Monakali Business Intelligence

This entrepreneurship key player was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Akhona grew up in humble beginnings in Katlehong Township until her family decided to move to the Eastern Cape, South Africa. There, she learnt lessons in humility and humanity. She also learnt the value of family and her interest in the business environment in South Africa was sparked at a very young age.
She went to university at the University of the Free State (UFS) in Bloemfontein and obtained her B.com (Accounting) degree. While at university, she became a member of a student organisation called Students In Free Enterprise (renamed ENACTUS) which is an international non-profit organisation in over 36 countries. It partners with academics and business leaders and is dedicated to inspiring students to improve their world through entrepreneurial action. While at ENACTUS, she learnt the importance of commitment and was taught the power that entrepreneurial action has to transform the lives of ordinary South Africans. While at university, her influence got her appointed as the President/ CEO for the UFS chapter. The UFS chapter competed with other universities in South Africa and won the national championship which qualified them for the SIFE World Cup in New York City. This international recognition earned her respect among her peers as she (among millions of South African teenagers) won the Seventeen Magazine Top Teen Achiever Award for her community involvement. Akhona is a force to be reckoned with as she later received a special Service Leadership Award from the Dean for her contribution towards creating a better world through business.
This top brass in South African entrepreneurship qualified as a Professional Accountant and formed her own company Monakali Academy. This is a tutoring company that tutors high school students in Maths, Science and commercial modules like Accounting, Business Management, Economics, etc. Monakali Academy also has a team that tutors university undergraduate and postgraduate students. The Monakali Academy continues with their community service initiatives as they continue to partner with non-profit organisations to provide mentoring services to rural schools in rural communities in South Africa.
Philanthropist, Accountant, Entrepreneur and Business Consultant

Gilbert Kumpukwe

Marketing


Gilbert is Founder & CEO of Modern Day Marketing

Gilbert kumpukwe, a recently turned freelance marketer and entrepreneur helping businesses and entrepreneurs grow their brands through effective strategy using digital marketing: Social Media Marketing, lead generation and content strategy. I’ve worked both in the small business space which I continue to do and am well experienced with the Startup life; where I gained insurmountable knowledge on digital marketing and growth. I’m also currently a partner and product marketer for a software application (called okovu) for churches. I’ve successfully run digital campaigns for businesses to help them generate revenue and returns through lead campaigns.
He is Social Media and Inbound Marketing certified in addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Witwatersraand.

Marketing Guru

Leonard Tshitenge

Co-Founder, Executive Director


Leonard, originally from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a long Massachusetts resident (Boston & South Shore), is one of the original Co-Founders of PAN

Well known as “Afroblues” in the Boston Poetry Community, Leonard Tshitenge is a dynamic and engaging Poet, Master of Ceremony, Speaker, Youth Worker, Community Organizer and dedicated Father. Leonard uses his poetry to advocate for underprivileged Continental Africans and for the people in the Eastern Congo impacted by the Congo’s Wars, The deadliest War since World War II. He is currently involved with Stand with Congo Campaign launched by House of Cards Star Robin Wright; a campaign with Congolese and American activists to end the pillage of Congo’s vast mineral resources. He is the Founder of Consciously Exposed Café, a monthly community forum in Boston's African-American and African Diaspora community, open to all demographics.

Poet, Activist & Social Entrepreneur

Leonard Tshitenge

Co-Founder, Executive Director


Leonard, originally from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a long Massachusetts resident (Boston & South Shore), is one of the original Co-Founders of PAN

Well known as “Afroblues” in the Boston Poetry Community, Leonard Tshitenge is a dynamic and engaging Poet, Master of Ceremony, Speaker, Youth Worker, Community Organizer and dedicated Father. Leonard uses his poetry to advocate for underprivileged Continental Africans and for the people in the Eastern Congo impacted by the Congo’s Wars, The deadliest War since World War II. He is currently involved with Stand with Congo Campaign launched by House of Cards Star Robin Wright; a campaign with Congolese and American activists to end the pillage of Congo’s vast mineral resources. He is the Founder of Consciously Exposed Café, a monthly community forum in Boston's African-American and African Diaspora community, open to all demographics.

Poet, Activist & Social Entrepreneur