Driven by her passion for investing for impact on the African continent, Lize was appointed as Phatisa’s first female principal. She leads large-scale impact investment projects across the continent in the Africa Agriculture Fund and Phatisa Food Fund 2. Her passion is sustained by the fact that she shares the fund’s pursuit of the UN sustainable development goals of no poverty, zero hunger, economic growth and gender equality.
She serves on the board of a leading Malawi-based agricultural equipment and contracting business. Critical to her portfolio is to lead the development of its regional growth strategy into neighbouring countries, from ideation to fundraising and execution.
She managed the successful financial and operational improvement programme in Zambia’s largest poultry business. This is a business that targets the ‘base of the pyramid’ consumer through the provision of an affordable source of protein, ensuring adequate nutrition for a large part of the population.
In 2015 she led the innovation and implementation of South Africa’s first Uber owner-driver financing scheme. This enabled drivers who did not have a sufficient credit record to qualify for affordable vehicle finance. The project had the capacity to create 1 000 jobs and increase the income of drivers by 300−400%.
Lize is a professional violinist and permanent member of the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra. The GPO is a professional orchestra and NGO based in Pretoria which aims to promote classical music in the local community and to make it accessible to the previously disadvantaged, the youth and the elderly through monthly outreach programmes.