OUR TEAM

“We have planted more than 177,000 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.

Greenpop - Our Team - Carla Wessels

CARLA WESSELS

Partnerships & Communications Manager

Carla earned her BComm from the University of South Africa, whilst working in communications and operations roles across the country. She has been involved with Greenpop since 2015 and is passionate about connecting businesses with impact opportunities.

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 Coordinator

Jessie joined the Greenpop team in 2022. She 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 or making delicious treats for her family.

MJ Grobler - Team Greenpop

MICHIEL GROBLER

Forest Restoration Manager

Michiel acquired his BSc Hons in Conservation Ecology and Entomology at Stellenbosch University and is currently completing his MSc in Ecological Entomology. His role as Forest Restoration Manager allows him to explore new ways of thinking, novel solutions to our environmental problems and to engage with communities and individuals who are keen to get active in restoring our planet.

Tapera Mlambo - Greenpop

EMMA JONES-PHILLIPSON

Project Development Consultant and
Operations Manager

When she’s not supporting operations and project development at Greenpop (usually in a jumpsuit), Emma works as a freelance gender, policy and climate consultant for UN agencies, international NGOs and LDC governments, putting her MSc from the London School of Economics to good use.

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 Team - Bongile Galo

BONGILE GALO

Urban Greening Intern

Bongile joined the Greenpop team in February 2022 as our Urban Greening Assistant. Bongile has an Advanced Diploma in Ornamental and Landscape from UNISA and a passion for nature that keeps growing each day.

Damien Hewitt - Greenpop

DAMIEN HEWITT

Facilitator & Educator

Having studied a PGCE, Damien is eager to continually combine the world of sustainability with education and search for ways in which the learning and school experience for our youth is one that connects the learner with the environment and their surroundings.

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

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