Board Members

Stars in their Eyes is fortunate to have access to a number of volunteers who receive no financial remuneration whatsoever, and who offer a broad base of international experience in many business sectors.

Elton Hart serves as managing director of Stars in their Eyes in South Africa. Elton grew up in a disadvantaged rural community in the vicinity of Kimberley. After school he attended Stellenbosch University, where he obtained a degree in law, as well as a master's degree in logistics management. He is a qualified lawyer, but is completely committed to creating intensive community development in South Africa's disadvantaged communities.

Desiree Ellis is a public figure in South Africa, and has grabbed the challenges of the Stars in their Eyes Foundation with both hands. She has great commitment to the upliftment of her communities, and has communicated the plight of her people to the likes of Michell Obama and Hilary Clinton. Desiree is a well-known South African television sports commentator, and she was involved as instructor in every course which we have hosted.

Above: Desiree with Michelle Obama

Johan in ‘t Veld has a career of 28 years in the food service industry. His expertise is particularly valuable in terms of corporate management, strategic planning and sponsor acquisition at an executive level.

Loek Schoenmaker has 20 years experience in international finance. He has setup and managed offices in Europe, Asia and the USA. Loek holds an MBA in business administration, and his expertise in managing finances and administration is extremely valuable.

Nic Jooste is marketing director of Cool Fresh International, and created the project in 2005. From the outset Nic has been functioning as project director. Born and bred in South Africa, he  has been a resident of The Netherlands since 1993.