Andrew Rolfe; Philanthropist and Financial Leader

The Ubuntu Education fund was able to raise £600,000 at a charity fund gala that was held in London. Andrew Rolfe organized the gala. The funds will be directed towards helping underprivileged children. The funds will go towards the expansion of the Port Elizabeth campus of the Ubuntu Education Fund and the renovation of the pediatric clinic. They were able to surpass the target of six hundred thousand pounds by £3000. The gala was attended by popular philanthropist and celebrities in London. Rolfe welcomed the guests. They were treated to a performance of Xhosa chorales. Sinesipho Rabidyani captured the audience with a scintillating story about the Ubuntu Education Fund that had impacted her.

Sinesipho said that she dreaded going home each day because her father had a drinking problem. Sinesipho studied hard and was accepted as an Ubuntu Fund scholar. Her story inspired people to donate generously at the charity gala. This allowed them to meet their goal. Andrew Rolfe is the chairman of the board of the Ubuntu Education Fund. Rolfe studied Politics, Economics, and Philosophy at Oxford University before attaining a Master’s in Art from the university. He has a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.

Andrew joined PepsiCo as the vice president after completing his MBA. Rolfe served in this role for five years. He left to join Pret A Manger as the chief executive officer and the chair of the board. Rolfe is credited with transforming Pret A Manger into an international retailer. He worked at the company until 2004. He was later appointed the President of Gap International. He was involved with helping the brand to expand internationally and to implement growth strategies. Rolfe was the president of the company for two years.

Rolfe has been the managing director of Towerbrook Capital Partners since the start of 2006. He is also the Head of US Private Equity at the firm. He was appointed the Director of J. Jill Inc. in May 2015. He is the director of several companies including True Religion Apparel, Kaporal Jeans, the Jimmy Choo Group, and Wilton Industries.

 

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