Sherwin Charles

CEO and Co-Founder of Goodbye Malaria

Born on 21st January 1966, in Barberton Mpumalanga, Sherwin Charles CEO and co-founder of organisation Goodbye Malaria is the embodiment of a truly South African entrepreneurial spirit.

Charles has enjoyed an extensive and illustrious career, starting his professional life after graduating as a Chartered Accountant from the University of Witwatersrand he began his career with accounting firm Ernest and Young where he completed his articles. He spent the next 13 years in the banking and financial services industry. Highlights of this period included being appointed director of one of the first Black Empowerment investment banks in their stock brokering company, Real Africa Durolink Security, as well as launching Standard Private Bank in 2001. In 2005, Charles relocated to
Abuja, Nigeria where he was appointed CEO of First Alliance, one of seven companies licensed as pension fund administrators in 2006. Charles returned to SA 2006 and joined Nando’s setting up a treasury function as well as Restfin PTY Limited, a franchisee financing business.

Whilst part of the Nando’s group, Charles regularly travelled with explorer and humanitarian Kingsley Holgate into various parts of Africa, it was during this period that Charles became aware of the extent of malaria and its ravaging effects on the continent. Charles decided he needed to work towards a solution to malaria elimination in Africa. Together with Robbie Brozin (co-founder of Nando’s), Kim Lazarus and David Stern, the four founded Goodbye Malaria in 2012.
Charles remained with Nando’s until 2015, where after he decided to dedicate his time fully to Goodbye Malaria in the position of CEO.

Charles remained with Nando’s until 2015, where after he decided to dedicate his time fully to Goodbye Malaria in the position of CEO. Charles notable milestones with Goodbye Malaria:

- Charles developed a unique public private partnership between the MOSASWA (Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland) governments and private sector
- He has been involved in the development of sustainable financial solutions in Africa, and with the Dalberg team, they have developed the model for a Malaria Bond.
- He holds numerous leadership positions within the Malaria community including; being Chair of the ALMA (African Leaders Malaria Alliance) awards committee, Co-chair of the Private Sector Malaria Consortium and previously being a board member of Roll Back Malaria to mention a few.
- Regular guest speaker at global summits on innovative financing solutions or malaria eradication.

- Charles represented Nando’s on the Unite Against Malaria Partnership which highlighted Malaria as an official cause for the 2010 world cup in South Africa resulting in Nando’s being one of the first African corporates donating money to the Global Fund.