OUR PEOPLE

Misha Teasdale

Founder & TreeEO

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.

Lauren O’Donnell

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. As the Managing Director of Greenpop, she is continually looking for ways to run an organisation differently, more organically and yet also professionally.

Jeremy Hewitt

Founder

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.

Marleen Lammers

Director

Marleen (pronounced ‘Marlane’ – sensitive subject) started her career as a broadcasting journalist in the Netherlands, but was drawn to African adventure and moved to Zambia ten years ago. After developing and managing community and conservation volunteer projects in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa, she joined Greenpop in 2012. Marleen is passionate about photography and is also a Director at Penda Photo Tours and The Penda Trust.

Zoë Gauld

Head of Communications

Raised in the United States, Zoë moved to Cape Town to study Sociology at the University of Cape Town. After leading a variety of student organisations, teaching undergrads, volunteering with disadvantaged youth, and earning three first class degrees, she joined Greenpop in 2014. When she is not speaking for the trees as Greenpop’s Head of Communications, you can find her practising yoga and searching for the best pizza in the Mother City. 

Nevau Levanon

Marketing Manager

Having grown up in various countries around the planet including India, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Israel and South Africa, Nevau has found a home in the Mother City. Spending large stints of his childhood on farms and in the bush, he developed a strong passion for the natural world and organisms that make it up. After studying Sociology at the University Currently Known as Rhodes, he gained industry experience in the fields of marketing and advertising before combining them with his love for the planet by joining Greenpop in 2017.

Georgina Avlonitis

Head of Programmes

After finishing up her Master’s degree in urban ecology from the University of Cape Town in 2009, Georgina gained professional experience working in the fields of biodiversity planning, biodiversity informatics and ecosystem based adaptation at ICLEI’s Cities Biodiversity Center. After working on projects in Taiwan, South Korea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and South Africa, Georgina joined the Greenpop team. When she is not heading up our programmes across Southern Africa, you can find Georgina walking the soles off of her shoes or cooking up a Greek storm in the kitchen.

Farrah T Schwab

Urban Greening Programme Manager

Born in the mountains of Mmpumalanga and raised in the drylands of the Free State and the North West provinces, Farrah finally found herself in sunny Cape Town. After earning her Honours degree in Social Anthropology she explored various avenues in storytelling, social entrepreneurship and regenerative earth-work and then joined Greenpop in 2016. Green-thumb aside, Farrah is known for her poetic songs and obsession with the smell of freshly chopped parsley.

Siphokazi Moloinyane

Monitoring Coordinator

Siphokazi likes to describe herself as the leader of the people’s army against unsustainable farming practices. After earning a degree in horticulture and spending two years lecturing Environmental Science at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, she decided she needed a change and joined the Greenpop team in 2017. She is fond of cats, books and the green revolution. 

Jonathan Cumming 

Eco-Education Hub Manager

Jonathan AKA Noj manages Greenpop’s Eco-Education Hub in Woodstock, cares for our urban greening trees, and generally keeps things in tip-top shape.

Carla Wessels

Event Outreach & Coordination Manager

Born in Brazil, Carla grew up in the small town of Swellendam. Straight after school, she joined the Greenpop team as an intern in the events department and developed a passion for sustainability. Since then she has completed a marketing degree and worked in communications and operations across the country. Carla joined the Greenpop team full time in 2017 with an aim to help create sustainable events that connect people with nature. And did we mention she’s only 21?!

Yazeed Peters

Fundraising Manager

Born in the green hamlet of Kramat and raised in the beach holiday suburb of Strand, Yazeed finally settled in the hustle and bustle of historical District 6. After completing a degree in marketing management, he spent the next 6 years working in the nonprofit and social enterprise sectors. In 2017, he decided to bring his passion for making a positive contribution to Greenpop. When he is not managing our donor relationships, you can find Yazeed hiking or attending dhikr gatherings. 

Ron Stevens

Finance Manager

Ron grew up in the peaceful Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn. After completing his studies in Management Accounting at the University of Stellenbosch, he spent two years living in rural Zululand, building a backpacker lodge and exploring the back roads of Malawi. After vowing to never again partake in the corporate race, he joined Greenpop in 2016 in search of a cause other than profit chasing. Outside of the office he enjoys making music and listening to the philosophies of Alan Watts.

Nadine Botto 

Office Coordinator

Born and raised on the Cape Flats, Nadine always had great passion for life outdoors. After studying PR and working in corporate Nadine woke up one day with a strong urge to quit her job and plant trees for the rest of her life, with this finding her self at Greenpop. Nadine is Greenpop’s Administration and Office Coordinator and runs the office firmly making sure everything has a place. When she’s not in office Nadine loves spending time with her friends going on adventures and considers her self a serious foodie. 

Mlambo 

Eco-Education Hub Security Guard

With the courage of a lion, Mlambo ensures that our Eco-Education Hub stays safe and sound!  

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

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