OUR TEAM

“We have planted more than 200,000 trees over the last 12 years, but what makes me more excited than the trees are the thousands of hands that have helped us plant them.”

We cannot do the work we do, without the support of dedicated staff members, consultants, interns and volunteers. Learn more about our team, and the skills that they bring to our organisation on a daily basis.

Interested in joining our team? Visit our vacancies page to see our current job openings.

OUR BOARD

Lauren Teasdale - Greenpop

LAUREN TEASDALE

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Lauren is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Greenpop. With a passion for people, Lauren spends her days inspiring individuals from all walks of life to be active citizens and get active (not anxious) about the future of our planet.

Jeremy Hewitt - Greenpop

JEREMY HEWITT

Co-Founder & Board Member

Before he was the award-winning South African folk musician Jeremy Loops, Jeremy Hewitt co-founded and managed the finances for Greenpop. Today, Jeremy lends passion and power to the project from afar and inspires his thousands of adoring fans to tread a little lighter.

Eitan Stern - Greenpop

EITAN STERN

Board Member

The founder and director of Legalese, Eitan is a practising attorney with a background in commercial and entertainment law and tech entrepreneurship. Eitan has worked with sectors across the board, from creative, advertising and media, to educational, non-profit and technology industries.

OUR TEAM

Lauren Teasdale - Greenpop

LAUREN TEASDALE

Co-Founder & Managing Director

Lauren is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Greenpop. With a passion for people, Lauren spends her days inspiring individuals from all walks of life to be active citizens and get active (not anxious) about the future of our planet.

Misha Teasdale - Greenpop

MISHA TEASDALE

Co-Founder & Tree-E-O

In 2010, Misha gathered like-minded individuals to plant 1000 trees in a month and hasn’t looked back since. When he is not planting trees, you can find him doing wheelies on his bicycle or sprinting up Table Mountain.

Zoe Gauld-Angelucci

ZOË GAULD-ANGELUCCI

Head of Programmes

After earning a Master’s degree in Development Studies, she joined Greenpop in 2014. When she is not heading up programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa, you can find her tending to her garden, practising Italian, and searching for the best pizza in the Mother City.

Deon Knoetze

DEON LOUW

Urban Greening Manager

After earning his BMus from Stellenbosch University, Deon worked toward his PGCE and spent the next few years teaching in South Africa and the UK. In 2017, he moved back to Cape Town and joined Greenpop’s programmes department.

Claudia Waller - Greenpop

CLAUDIA WALLER

Events & Fundraising Coordinator

Claudia landed in South Africa seven years ago and fell in love with the land and its people. With a strong belief for experiential living, after many years of living, working and cycling all over the world, Claudia is with Greenpop helping create impactful experiences.

Greenpop - Our Team - Jessie Leverzencie

JESSIE LEVERZENCIE

Communications & Marketing Manager

Jessie has a B.A. in Film & Media Production from the University of Cape Town and is passionate about all things content creation.

When she is not in the office, you’ll find Jessie thrifting, experimenting in the kitchen or snorkeling and exploring Cape Town’s beautiful coastline.

GREENPOP TEAM

MICHAELA BADENHORST

Fundraising & Partnerships Manager 

Michaela studied Geography Environmental Studies and isiXhosa at Stellenbosch University, she also has a PGCE and an Honours Degree in Counselling Psychology.

Michaela believes that planting trees, spreading understanding and appreciation for our natural world, and dancing under the stars with beautiful humans has got to be some of the best ways to spend one’s time.

Greenpop team

SHIARA PILLAY

Operations Coordinator 

Shiara holds her honours degree in Development Studies and a deep love for the environment. She hopes to actively contribute towards an empowered, curious and compassionate society through her work in various fields. Shiara also loves to hike, eat, travel and explore new things.

Greenpop team

JAMES LISTER

General Project Manager

After earning a Master’s degree in Geology from the University of Cape Town, James spent several years working in climate change consulting, before coming to join Greenpop on the front lines of restoration. When not in the office, James can likely be found trying to pick up heavy things or belting out show tunes.

Carl van der Linde - Greenpop

CARL VAN DER LINDE

Communications Consultant

Carl was raised in the Overberg area in the Western Cape, South Africa. Growing up with the ocean and Fynbos in his backyard, his love for nature sprouted at a young age. He graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and International Trade and pursued Postgraduate Marketing studies.

Irene Olwoch - Team Greenpop

IRENE OLWOCH

Finance & Accounting Consultant

Irene completed a finance intership with Greenpop in 2015, before starting her career as a Qualified Chartered Accountant. She now runs her own firm, Remote Controller, helping businesses (just like Greenpop) get our finances into tip-top shape!

OUR CURRENT INTERNS

Greenpop our team

GEMMA NEWBOLD

Forest Restoration Intern

Gemma is our new Forest Restoration Intern from the UK. Since completing her undergraduate degree in Geography, she has been working at a tree-planting NGO based in Bristol, with projects spanning West Africa and Ethiopia.

At Greenpop, she hopes to gain field experience from visiting the Garden Route planting sites to collect data.

“Since learning about the power of trees to mitigate the impacts of climate change, by not only sequestering carbon but also regulating temperature and the water cycle, I have been inspired to join the regreening movement.”

Greenpop Interns

PALENI IYER

Communications & Marketing Intern

Paleni is our new Communications & Marketing intern. She is currently a BA Environmental Management undergraduate from Durban, who wishes to put her cultural learnings of living in harmony with nature, into practice. She enjoys the art of Yoga and outdoor activities such as gardening with her friends and fellow volunteers from other organizations.

“I strongly believe in being a part of the solution and not of the pollution, a small change could always make a more considerable difference which leads to a positive change in terms of preserving the natural ecosystem.”

Greenpop team

PAIGE PRETORIUS

Urban Greening Intern

Paige is from Botswana and recently completed her Honours Degree in Environmental Studies at Stellenbosch University. She is interested in topics like ESG and carbon neutrality, sustainable fashion and the circular economy.

“I would love to grow with like minded forward thinkers and be the ripple that leads to greater environmental change.”

Greenpop Foundation NPC is a registered non-profit organisation. Registration Number (NPO): 151-411 NPO.