The Viridian team has more than 50 years combined experience in early-stage investing, social enterprise, tech start-ups, content production and programme delivery. We love what we do and it shows.

Alex Fraser

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Alex is a well-known early-stage investment strategist and founder of Dazzle Angels, as well as co-founder of African Angel Academy; her astute sensibility and strong business acumen have her heading up Viridian’s business operations and development.

Michelle Matthews

Chief Product Officer

Passionate about innovation and impact, Michelle has 20 years’ experience in publishing and project design and delivery, making her the go-to for exciting programmes executed brilliantly.

Claire Jowell

Chief Outcomes Officer (COO)

Claire’s dedication to positive impact on the end-users of any initiative, coupled with her diverse experience designing and managing education projects, makes her the ideal Chief Outcomes Officer.

John Anyetei

AAA Programme Manager

John’s people-centric approach enables him to establish meaningful connections and foster effective collaboration across diverse individuals. His deep-seated passion for understanding people, processes, and technology shines through, drawing from his background in organizational psychology and communications.

Iviwe Sixolo

Entrepreneur Programme Manager

Iviwe is a team player who is always willing to learn and lend a helping hand. She is an organised and efficient individual who always has the company’s best interests. Her flexibility, “can do” attitude and penchant for excellence make her a valuable, supportive and dynamic team member.

Elzé van Achterbergh

Research Associate

Elzé cares deeply about communicating valuable research and knowledge in concise, engaging ways. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, knowledge on entrepreneurial ecosystems, and did her Masters in Sustainable Development.

Skye Moody

Marketing Associate

Skye takes pride in promoting the Viridian brand, leveraging her skills to communicate our unique value propositions to a growing audience. She combines her love of psychology with her innate ability to craft compelling narratives, resulting in engaging marketing material that captivates and inspires.

Nicole Jooste

Office Manager & Executive Assistant

Nicole is passionate about entrepreneurship, having worked in the ecosystem for many years. She is a team player with Viridian’s vision at heart at all times together with an attitude of “no job is too big or too small” to do what it takes to get things done and is always willing to learn new things through this attitude.

Jessica Page

Programme Administrator

Jessica has a curious and creatively charged mind. She thrives in dynamic spaces, particularly within the vibrant world of African entrepreneurship. As the Programme Administrator, she is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of Viridian’s programmes.