Lorenzo Davids

CEO of The Development Impact Fund.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2022. 


Served on numerous boards, worked in 25 countries, and received awards in recognition of his civil society work. 


Spent eight years serving as CEO of Community Chest South Africa, where he directed impact funding to more than 300 non-profit organisations a year.


A dignified public transport system is fundamental to every great society — and everyone should use it. Conducts community conversations with groups of people across South Africa to help them articulate their aspirations and their fears and build an active citizenship.


CEO of The Development Impact Fund and The Justice Fund. Lorenzo’s mission is to help build respectful, just, inclusive, safe, equitable and prosperous societies across the world.



Editorials and opinion pieces in the Cape Times, Star, Natal Mercury and Argus newspapers; frequent commentator on matters of social development. Weekly column in the Cape Argus, ‘#AnotherVoice’. Co-author, ‘Transformative literacy in South Africa’ (Global Citizenship for Adult Education, 2021). Initiated a platform for ‘the people and its constitution to engage each other in conversation.’

NATIONALITY: South African

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“A key leader in social development working to improve lives in South Africa.”

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