About KudosAfrica

KudosAfrica is a sustainability rating and services provider focused on African businesses.

Our goal is to direct investment capital toward responsible and sustainable African enterprises by encouraging companies to improve their ESG performance.

With a keen focus on time and cost - we have developed a unique and practical rating methodology, incorporating international best practice in the assessment of sustainability.

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Meet the Team

Louise Gardiner - Kudos Africa
Louise Gardiner – Co-founder, Director – Cape Town, South Africa

Louise has 18 years’ international experience in environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards for businesses and the financial sector. She is also an experienced stakeholder engagement practitioner.

Since 2005, she has delivered global advisory support through the IFC, part of the World Bank Group, on initiatives to promote sustainability disclosure, green finance, and responsible investment in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

In South Africa, Louise has assisted asset managers and pension funds to respond to new regulatory and voluntary requirements around responsible investing. Through the ASISA Academy, she provides training to pension fund trustees on how to integrate ESG risk management into pension fund administration.

Carl Reynolds - Kudos Africa
Carl Reynolds - Co-founder, Director - Cape Town, South Africa

Carl has a long track record of launching innovative and developmental business-to-business communication platforms.

He is an entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to achieve the goals of a sustainable society.

He founded the Small Enterprise Development in Construction platform, SEDIC, which focuses on the construction industry in Southern Africa. He also created The Score, a unique networking and distribution platform for the African music industry, in 2006, which is currently expanding throughout Africa. Carl was also a founding member of ‘Sustain Our Africa’, a collaborative platform for the communication needs of sustainability professionals across Africa.

Mike Davies - Kudos Africa
Mike Davies – ESG Risk and Research – Cape Town, South Africa

Mike is an experienced responsible investment (RI) consultant, ESG analyst and trainer. Through the ASISA Academy, he provides training to pension fund trustees on the necessary skills to fulfill their fiduciary duty with respect to ESG risk management and RI. He also delivers the KudosAfrica RI training for Investment Professionals.

Mike specialises in political risk analysis. He has briefed numerous FTSE100 and S&P500 firms and financial sector clients, including asset managers and international financial institutions, on the risks and opportunities of investing sustainably and responsibly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Before returning to South Africa in 2012, Mike worked for three of the top political and global risk consultancies in the United Kingdom.

Greer Blizzard - Kudos Africa
Greer Blizzard – Communications, Collaboration & Research – Cape Town, South Africa

Greer is an experienced business consultant, passionate about enhancing good corporate citizenship and active ownership in South Africa. She is a co-founder at KudosAfrica and currently project coordinator for Just Share, a non-profit responsible investment and shareholder activism organisation that promotes the use of investor power for a fairer South Africa.

Greer brings 15 years’ experience in communications, training and the implementation of governance principles in the SMME sector, to improve business performance and increase company value. She specialises in practical approaches to corporate social investment (CSI), behaviour change, and the private sector’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

She holds a post-graduate diploma (Cum Laude) in sustainable development through the Sustainability Institute at Stellenbosch University.

Koen van Noorden - Kudos Africa
Koen van Noorden - Rating Tool & Verification - Cape Town, South Africa

Koen is a sustainability consultant with more than 9 years of experience in the new construction and existing building sector, having worked with South Africa’s biggest property developers, banking and retail institutions on the greening of their existing building portfolio as well as their new construction.

Koen worked as sustainability and Green Star consultant on the first Green Star certified buildings in South Africa with WSP Green by Design and on the first LEED EBOM and NC certified buildings at Ecocentric.

He holds graduate and post-graduate degrees in Technology and innovation sciences for sustainability and mechanical engineering (Technical University Eindhoven, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Eindhoven) from the Netherlands.

Candice Pelser - Kudos Africa
Candice Pelser - Non-Executive Director -Nairobi, Kenya

Candice is a systems thinker, business strategist and problem solver. A blend of pragmatic and idealistic, she loves bringing people together to tackle tough issues.

Candice managed the first gourmet coffee stores in South Africa; has been a software consultant and business analyst; has advised non-profits in energy and climate change, and co-founded a strategic business consulting company called Further.

Candice has since found her niche supporting companies with blended value propositions to successfully cross the investment table. She is passionate about the potential these enterprises have to achieve environmental and social resilience.

After attempting to tailor her own retirement annuity towards social and environmental goals, Candice was surprised to discover the barriers that prevent ordinary South Africans from 'voting for good' with their retirement decisions. Excited to be working with 'metrics that matter', Candice has joined KudosAfrica to help establish a more thriving environment for impact investment and the desired impact itself.

Robin Gilbert Jones - Kudos Africa
Robin Gilbert-Jones – ESG Research Analyst – Cape Town, South Africa

Robin is a research and stakeholder engagement specialist and futurist with 7 years of experience across multiple markets and sectors.

He has worked extensively with research organisations and as an independent consultant advising companies on research methodology and stakeholder engagement strategy, specifically around issues of corporate sustainability, governance, advocacy and reputation.

He brings a breadth of skills in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodology research approaches in addition to professional writing and language design.

In his spare time, Robin enjoys making the most of Cape Town's outdoor lifestyle and culinary scene with a passion for hiking, fishing, diving and cooking.

Simon van Rossum - Kudos Africa
Simon van Rossum – Marketing Intern – Cape Town, South Africa

Simon is a 4th year bachelor’s student at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Maastricht in the Netherlands – specialising in communications, marketing, and international relations. He speaks Dutch, English, Spanish, and German.

Building on studies in European policy and decision-making on legislative and executive levels, he is supporting KudosAfrica to engage with European agencies on the topic of sustainable investing in Africa.

Simon enjoys travel, learning about different cultures, martial arts, and outdoor sports.

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