Announcing GAN Global’s New Executive Director

GAN is proud to welcome Nazrene Mannie as its Global Executive Director.


She will officially start her new assignment in Geneva on August 12, 2019. Ms Mannie has an extensive experience and skills in education, and employment policies.


In her current role, Ms Mannie is working in South Africa on a range of private sector-led youth education and employment initiatives, including work-based learning and placement programmes across multiple sectors. In previous roles, she has contributed to develop innovative solutions to systemic change in communities by leading a ground breaking development fund backed by the private sector and USAID, the Beyond Advocacy Fund (BAF). This partnership between government, business and civil society tackles pressing issues in the region such as access to education, youth employability and SMEs growth.

Nazrene Mannie, GAN Global Executive Director

Ms Mannie holds a BA, with honours in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is a member of the National Skills Authority, Business Unity South Africa Sub-committee for Education and Training Chairperson, Federation of African Professional Staffing Organisations (APSO) Board and involved extensively with the Skills Education and Training Authorities (SETA).


We look forward to Ms Mannie bringing in her expertise and leadership on youth employability, SMEs and private-public collaboration to contribute to GAN’s mission and vision.

Regarding where she will add value to GAN, Ms Mannie reflects on her previous work

“I look forward to drawing on my experiences in South Africa and the African continent and will use the lessons learnt to build on the strong foundations of the GAN. The issues of youth employment and lifelong learning are central to the development agenda and the Future of Work. I believe that the GAN remains uniquely placed to guide business and governments on a range of systemic policy and practical interventions to make a meaningful difference to the challenges that society faces in these key areas.”

We want to thank Kathleen Elsig, who went above and beyond in leading the GAN, in her role as Acting Executive Director. She will continue in her complementary role as Head of Strategic Partnerships and Development, working closely with members and partners to continue developing joint projects and activities advancing our strategy as approved at GAN’s 2018 Board Meeting. In addition, we want to recognize our Management Board who played a crucial role in Ms Mannie’s recruitment and to our stakeholders for your continued encouragement and support.

We are confident that this leadership transition will open a new and promising chapter for GAN Global, aiming to leverage partnerships to fuse the link between education and employment, ultimately leading to more equitable workplaces and communities around the world.


Laurent Freixe

GAN Global Chair, Executive Vice President Chief Executive Officer Zone Americas (United States of America, Canada, Latin America, Caribbean), Nestlé S.A.


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