Rebecca Sweetman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Tutudesk Campaign's UK operations, responsible for developing commercial relationships, securing sponsorships and developing strategic partnerships to provide an increasingly international platform for the activities of the Campaign Centre in South Africa. She started her career at McKinsey where she worked in the London office and, for a time, in Johannesburg, with a particular emphasis on health and consumer projects.
She first set foot on African soil as a student when she volunteered to work on a project to renovate classrooms in a Ugandan primary school. Since then she has worked and travelled in 14 countries across the African continent.
Becca is an adviser to ‘enke: Make Your Mark’, a Johannesburg-based youth development non-profit that inspires and supports young South Africans taking action on the most urgent social issues, and is currently an active member of Sandbox, an international program for entrepreneurs under 30 committed to making effective change. She has a degree in Economics and Management from Oxford University.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu wants 20 million kids in Sub Saharan Africa to have a laptop desk to help them learn at school and home by 2020. Rebecca Sweetman, CEO of Tutudesk UK, is counting on three simple funding ideas to get things moving.
Two years ago Rebecca Sweetman hadn't even heard of social enterprise. Today she heads the UK centre of Tutudesk, which was launched in New York last week. She pauses to reflect upon the challenges she's faced on her journey