JAM International is led by a dedicated team, who are responsible for steering JAM International’s global activities. The team is responsible for overseeing the efficient and effective running of the organisation, as well as increasing the presence of JAM on the international non-profit sector for the benefit of those we serve. Being involved in a range of humanitarian and missionary work means the JAM leadership team is more tuned in to what is happening in the development sector.
Here’s a brief synopsis of JAM International’s leadership team, specifically relating to each of their areas of education, expertise and interests:
JAM’s Founders, Ann and her late husband, Peter, resolved to do whatever they could to help alleviate the suffering of people on the African continent, borne from what Peter witnessed while visiting a war-torn and famine-stricken Mozambique in the early 1980’s-the driving force behind establishing the organisation that Ann has served since its inception.
Together they received several prestigious awards including the 2018 African Ubuntu Award for Social Responsibility and were one of five finalists in the AidEx 2014 Humanitarian Hero of the Year Award.
Ann’s skill set and experience in administration and marketing have helped steer the organization and after Peter’s passing in August 2018, Ann stepped into the position of Chief Executive Officer of the JAM Group.
Referred to by many as “Mama JAM” because of her heart for the development of the people of Africa, she is a highly motivated and empathetic woman, passionate for the cause.
This mother of six, enjoys 14 grandchildren and has a great appreciation for the value of family.
Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of one of Africa’s great social entrepreneurs, Peter Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of humanitarian services and business experience on the continent has helped shape his passion to address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities and build strong African businesses. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work. Isak’s diverse experience has resulted in him being a sort after speaker and strategist across these sectors.
Through JAM International, in his role as Group Executive Director, Isak has been actively involved in providing lifesaving meals to millions of children in Africa, water and sanitation programs to thousands of communities and implementing complete community development assistance programs within the communities served. Isak has played a role in advising many governments, donor entities and NGOs on sustainable assistance programs that provide not only a hand out but a true hand up towards a more stable and sustainable life.
Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and new entrants in African markets. Through Afriscope, Isak leverages his extensive government, business and international development funding relationships as well as local business partners in Sub-Saharan Africa. These key relationships help unlock business opportunities for Afriscope’s business partners and clients. Isak is actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.
Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) since 2009, recently being selected as YPO Africa Region Global Impact Award honoree.
Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.
He is passionate about Impact Development on the continent of Africa and bridging the gap between not-for-profit and for-profit entities. Isak is married to Terri and they have two children, Kiera and Peter.
Nico serves as JAM International’s Chief Financial Officer. He is professionally qualified as a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He holds a Master of Science degree in Professional Accountancy (with distinction) from the University of London and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy degree in Leadership in Emerging Economies, from the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg.
With almost 20 years of experience in financial services and insurance, previous employers include the South African Insurance Association, OUTsurance, and Discovery. Furthermore, Nico is part of a Christian outreach ministry with a focus on rural and township areas in South Africa. Nico holds motivational talks on life purpose and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and was appointed as the Chairperson of ACCA South Africa board in late 2020.
Killen joined JAM in 2017, and before his promotion to the position of Chief Operations Officer in 2020, he served as JAM’s Country Director for South Sudan and Uganda. He has brought to JAM close to 30 years of global humanitarian leadership experience, most of which focused on food security & livelihoods programming in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.
Killen also worked as Regional Head of Food Security & Livelihoods at the Danish Refugee Council (Eastern Africa and Yemen) and for UN agencies, World Food Programme (WFP) as well as Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), as the National Food Security & Livelihood Cluster Coordinator.
As a global humanitarian leader, Killen was the Global Head of the Food Assistance and Nutritional Unit at Plan International’s headquarters in London, UK. Prior to that, he provided leadership as the Head of Mission and Response Director for World Vision’s Syrian refugee response in Jordan as well as in the Horn of Africa. He served as Global Director of World Vision’s Food Aid Management & Emergency Response based in Johannesburg, South Africa. At World Vision and Plan International, Killen further participated as part of surge capacity in some of the largest humanitarian responses in Indonesia, the Philippines, Haiti, Niger, and Syria.
Currently, Killen serves as Board Member of CaLP – the Cash Learning Partnership Network, a global network whose aim is to strengthen and promote the use of multi-sectoral Cash & Voucher programming and is also a Board Member of the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance & Protection, promoting humanitarian professionalism.
Amanda is currently serving as JAM’s Chief Programmes Officer, supporting our African Regional offices and Donor Support Offices.
With over 20 years of experience in Development, Humanitarian Assistance, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management, Public Relations and Media, her experience at JAM started in 2018 as Quality Assurance and Programme Manager for both South Sudan and Uganda.
Prior to this, she spent 13 years in various roles for International NGO’s including World Vision and Action Against Hunger in Kenya and Somalia. These roles included Programme Management, Communications, Marketing and Advocacy.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Community Development from Daystar University in Kenya. She is a gender champion and certified grant manager who enjoys photography and outdoor activities that include hiking and community service.
Our Founder, Peter Pretorius
The late Peter Pretorius was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of JAM International.
Peter began his career in the family construction company, with his father. After purchasing land in the Eastern Low-veld of South Africa, Peter began farming tobacco, a lifelong dream of his. Within three years of operating, Peter won the Golden Leaf Award for the highest yield per hectare in that region.
Peter’s involvement in Christian outreach crusades steered him toward becoming involved in humanitarian aid work, which led him to a fateful experience in 1984 where he was left stranded at a relief and food distribution centre in Mozambique for 10 days, with no food and very little water.
Being exposed to poverty, extreme hunger and ultimately death, at a place that was supposed to provide relief, Peter upon his return to South Africa, made the decision to dedicate his life to alleviate the suffering of the poor. Together with his wife Ann, they established Joint Aid Management. In just over 30 years Peter and Ann grew Joint Aid Management into the phenomenal organization that it is today. We continue to honour the legacy that Peter has left.