Josh Adler is director at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership (www.anzisha.org) at African Leadership Academy (@ALAcademy) - identifying, developing and connecting the next generation of African leaders. Before entering education, Josh worked for UNDP's Africa Facility for Inclusive Markets (AFIM) and prior to that was the CEO of web technology firm Prefix Technologies. Website www.africanleadershipacademy.org, tel +27 (0)11 699 3000, email , tweet @joshadza and connect on LinkedIn.
Josh Adler is a self-proclaimed "social impact explorer", trying to figure out how best leverage the nexus of business, technology and social development to create new and meaningful public value. A former tech entrepreneur, he is currently director for the Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership (www.anzisha.org) at the African Leadership Academy (www.africanleadershipacademy.org, @ALAcademy).
Josh spent over a decade at the heart of South Africa's digital industry, first as the founder and editor of Music Industry Online, and then as CEO of Prefix Technologies - where he and his partners built some of South Africa's most relied-upon content management and delivery software tools, including Preditor CMS and pMailer (now Everlytic - www.everlytic.com). He was also head of measurement of the Digital Media & Marketing Association (DMMA) 2009-2011, where he drove the adoption of a more affordable and accessible internet audience currency.
Along the way, Josh has been fortunate to participate in a few leadership development programmes including Brightest Young Minds (2001), Common Purpose (2003), NEXUS at Gibs (2004) and the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Industry (2007). In 2009, he and his business partner were recognized as "high-impact" entrepreneurs by Endeavor (www.endeavor.org).
In 2011, Josh left the world of business to study International Development at the University of Geneva's IOMBA program in Switzerland. While there, he found his interests focusing upon the role of business in society and measuring development impact, particularly education. He is now a strong Open Data user and advocate.
On his return to South Africa, Josh joined UNDP's Africa Facility for Inclusive Markets (AFIM), where he researched value chain opportunities for low income communities within the retail and extractive industries sectors.
Josh currently serves on the boards of the companies he founded, as well as a few young startups, and is a trustee to the Buyani Education Trust.
Contact Josh on tel +27 (0)11 699 3000, email Josh at , follow @joshadza on Twitter and connect with him on LinkedIn.