Ian Slade


Ian is a social investment and development specialist with over a decade of business experience in southern Africa.

Ian’s many skills include designing strategies to intelligently invest funds in community development projects, managing corporate social investment (CSI) programmes, stakeholder and community engagement, monitoring and evaluation of social investment projects, and facilitation of public-private partnerships.

His experience includes managing social investments on behalf of community trusts established by Anglo American Platinum, and designing and developing a comprehensive toolkit to manage community-driven social investment.

Prior to joining Synergy, Ian managed CSI programmes in the tertiary education and environmental sectors on behalf of the First Rand Foundation (financial services) and the UTi Empowerment Trust (logistics sector), among others.

Ian holds an honours degree in Geography: Environmental Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, and a BSc in Environmental Conservation Biology from the same university.