Andrew Rolfe: Towards a New Era of Operations at Ubuntu Education Fund
Ubuntu Education Fund, founded in 1999 by Jacob Lief and Malizole’Banks’ Gwaxula, has positively impacted the lives of many needy children. While it initially began as a charitable organization dedicated to provision of education to needy children in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the organization has expanded its objectives and scope of operation to include provision of healthcare services and catering for the welfare of these children. To finance its objectives, Ubuntu Education Fund receives donations from philanthropists. Additionally, the organization’s leadership including its chairman, Andrew Rolfe, usually organizes gala nights where guests are invited with the view of raising funds.
In May 2017, the organization held its 10th Annual Ubuntu Fund Gala Dinner where 300 guests were treated to lively music and moving testimonies of individuals who have benefited from the organization’s noble cause. The close to a million dollars raised during the gala will be directed towards building the organization’s campus that will come complete with a pediatrician unit. The funds will not only help in nursing the needy children from a young age to adulthood; it will also increase Ubuntu Education Fund’s capacity to take in more needy children.
Andrew Rolfe’s Academic and Career Background
Andrew Rolfe is a multi-skilled company executive with several years of experience working across various industries. He is a specialist in mergers and acquisitions, leveraged financing, business planning, due diligence and company valuation. He attended St. Andrews College between 1981 and 1983 before joining Eton College in 1984. In 1985, Andrew Rolfe joined the University of Oxford where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1988. He later graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree in 1992 from Harvard Business School.
In 1992, he was appointed to serve as the vice president of PepsiCo. He held the position for five years before being appointed the chairman and chief executive at Pret A Manger in 1998. Andrew Rolfe joined Gap Inc. as an honorary president in 2004. He held the position up to 2006 when he was appointed the managing director at TowerBrook Capital Partners. He doubles his current duties with the role at Ubuntu Fund where he has served since 2007.