Nicola is a business leader and social innovator, driving multi-sector partnerships for systems change and inclusive economy.
As Executive Director of Yellowwoods Holdings, she leads the group’s efforts to drive system inclusion and sustainability through, and with, its portfolio of businesses that include financial services (e.g. Hollard Insurance), restaurants (e.g. Nando's) and eco-tourism (&Beyond) businesses. Nicola also manages Yellowwoods’ innovative social financing and grant-making.
Under her leadership, Yellowwoods has incubated a portfolio of African non-profit social enterprises, including the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator for which she won the Skoll Award in 2019. She is a McNulty Prize awardee for her work in the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and most recently won the Schwab Foundation award for Social Intrapreneurship. Nicola serves as a member of the South African Ministerial Task Team on Post School Education and Skills in the context of 4IR and sits on the Advisory Board of Africa Leadership Group.
Nicola’s diverse career prior to Yellowwoods spans management consulting, senior executive positions in television broadcasting, policy and regulation and in education, being a business entrepreneur, and a documentary filmmaker and an anti-apartheid activist. Nicola was a full-bright scholar and holds an MA from New York University.