Meet Our Staff
United States staff
PHIL LILIENTHAL, FOUNDER & PRESIDENT
Philip Lilienthal founded Global Camps Africa in 2004. He was a Reston attorney Phillip Lilienthal, who, for 30 years, was the owner and director of Camp Winnebago in Maine. Mr. Lilienthal, who joined the Peace Corps following law school, started Ethiopia’s first residential summer camps in 1967 and 1968. Phil and his wife, Lynn, were Peace Corps volunteers in Ethiopia. Phil later became an Attorney-Advisor in the Peace Corps General Counsel's office, Regional Director for Mindanao in the Philippines, and Deputy Peace Corps Director in Thailand.
Emily Crowder, Executive Director
Emily Crowder joined Global Camps Africa (GCA) in 2010 to continue her work supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. In her role as Executive Director at GCA, she is responsible for organizational and Board development, operational management, and the strategic coordination of fundraising and communications activities. Prior to joining GCA, Emily served as the Executive Team Lead at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, where she facilitated the organization’s global strategic planning efforts, co-produced a documentary film about the Foundation’s work, and managed the Executive Office of the President and CEO. She received her graduate degree in global health policy in 2011. Emily serves on a number of Boards of Directors, including as President of the Board of Camp Kum-Ba-Yah in Lynchburg, Virginia.
south africa staff
MPUMI MAESELA, COUNTRY DIRECTOR
Mpumi Maesela joined Camp Sizanani Life Skills in 2017 as Country Director, overseeing the Southern Africa operations of the organization. Before CSLS, she founded Servicios Empresaviales Holdings (SE Holdings) in 2015. SE Holdings provides non-financial support and facilitates financial support to women owned businesses in Agriculture and Textile sectors in Southern Africa. She was responsible for structuring the support and or transactions to ensure value add for women business owners and sustainable value over time. She worked at WDB Investment Holdings from 2007 till 2015. She worked alongside management team on several key transactions such as the FirstRand Empowerment Trust refinancing and the Discovery refinancing and Bidvest collar transactions, Assupol transaction, Anglo Inyosi transaction, and PPP project with Group 5, WBHO and TFMC. She was responsible for the initial concept design of the Enterprise Development Fund, and was responsible for the development of the Fund’s objectives and activities. She oversaw all aspects of the fund, including management of the fund’s investments, its operations, together with ensuring its continued growth and the realisation of its social objectives. She wasfund manager in WDBIH ED Fund where she had to do due diligences on SMMEsthat we invested in and also sat on the Advisory Boards where investments were reviewed, rejected with conditions and approved in certain cases.
Mpumi is a portfolio steering committee member of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for the Risk Capital Fund I and II. In 2016, she was part of the delegation to Japan for African Japan Business Exchange with JICA (Japanese International Cooperation Agency) in Yokohama, Japan.
Mpumi holds an undergraduate degree from Wits and a Masters Degree in Leadership and Strategy (with distinction) from IE Business School, in Madrid.
KABELO MALEFANE, PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Kabelo Malefane has been part of the NGO world since resigning from his job as a diamond polisher in April of 2007. He went on to become a volunteer for the Elton John Masibambisane Centre for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children in Eldorado Park. It catered to children from Kliptown and Eldorado Park and ever since then, his passion for working, designing and implementing child and youth care programmes has grown. He was introduced to Camp Sizanani through Youth Clubs and he attended his first camp in March/April of 2008. He has been actively involved with camp since then. He has held several roles including a Team Leader at Youth Clubs and member of the Training Team at camp. He has also worked at camp in the United States as part of an exchange program facilitated by Global Camps Africa. In 2014, Kabelo participated in the Sidney J. Parnes Global Fellowship program, which helps emerging community leaders develop as creative thinkers and innovators, while tackling major challenges to advance the common good and improve lives in their communities.
sally ledwaba, business development manager
Sally Ledwaba joined Camp Sizanani in 2018 as the Business Development Manager. She has worked as a monitoring social worker for the Department of Social Development (2014-2016) , where she was supervising and supporting Non-Profit Organizations which were funded by the Department. She moved on to work for Ikageng/Itireleng AIDS Ministry as the COO (2017-2018) where she was responsible for overseeing the smooth implementation and providing strategic programme direction. The organization cared for orphaned and vulnerable children as well as the youth. She has vast experience in social work , monitoring and evaluation within the sphere of HIV/AIDS, in township communities. She is passionate about human development and has a unique ability to structure developmental plans that can immensely improve individuals, groups and communities social functioning. She hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Masters in Occupational Social Work from WITS.