Louise Van Rhyn

A social entrepreneur and life changer.


Recipient of the Thinkers50 2021 Ideas into Practice Award.


Shortlisted for the Thinkers50 2017 Ideas into Practice Award.


Named Influencer of Influencers™ for 2020 by the Africa Brand Summit.


A social entrepreneur who believes the world’s huge intractable problems can be solved through cross-sector collaboration and a solid understanding of complex social change.


In 2008 she started a social enterprise with a purpose to mobilise active citizenship around the significant social issues facing South Africa. In 2010 she launched Partners for Possibility, an innovative leadership development process for business and school leaders. Business leaders develop their capacity to lead in a complex and unfamiliar environment by becoming a co-learning and co-action partner to a school principal. The focus of their partnership is to lead positive change in an under-resourced school, thereby reducing inequality in education. 


The full story is told at pfp4sa.org.

NATIONALITY: South African

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“Anyone looking for a fieldbook of turning ideas into impact, should study the work of Louise van Rhyn. She has changed lives for the better.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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