The Team

  • Gus Le Breton
    Gus Le Breton

    As a social entrepreneur, Gus has 20 years experience in the natural products and natural ingredients sectors and holds masters degrees from Cambridge University (UK) and Yale University (USA). He has worked with small-scale producers across Africa, and was the founder and CEO of PhytoTrade Africa for nine years. With a background in ecology and business, Gus is a well-known environmentalist and currently serves as president of the Geneva-based Union for Ethical BioTrade (an international organization promoting ethical and environmentally sustainable sourcing in the cosmetics industry). Gus provides strategic vision, leadership and management of the team.

  • Janine Halsted
    Janine Halsted

    A highly experienced beauty professional, Janine has nearly 30 years experience in the beauty industry; she has taken on several roles in beauty therapy and make-up artistry, and worked as a sales rep, sales director and ultimately managing director of a mid-sized African cosmetics company. Janine has worked with African natural ingredients for much of this time, and began her collaboration with Carolyn Berman around Kigelia some 15 years ago. Janine has overseen the development of the formulations that make up Katavi, and oversees quality management and new product development, as well as providing targeted sales and marketing support.

  • Carolyn Berman
    Carolyn Berman

    A self-made businesswoman, Carolyn has a varied and successful business background. She was one of South Africa’s leading women diamond dealers in the 1980s, and owned and ran a series of Garden Route restaurants in the 1990s. Having discovered Kigelia when suffering from an acute skin condition, she set up Kigelia Cosmetics in the late 1990s in collaboration with Janine Halsted. Carolyn manages the production and shipping from South Africa to the U.S., maintaining close relationships with the contract manufacturers, packaging suppliers and shipping agents. She also provides marketing support.

  • Jacqui Buchanan
    Jacqui Buchanan

    A scintillating storyteller and networking extraordinaire, Jacqui has over 20 years of global marketing, communications and media experience from start-ups to multi-national corporations. Originally from South Africa where she began her career in broadcast and video, she left the great outdoors of Africa to travel the world as an international on-camera correspondent for BskyB’s Sky News covering financial markets and technology—first out of London and then Silicon Valley/San Francisco, USA.  Joining Katavi as Brand Ambassador and Marketing PR Director is the perfect fit for her passion for Africa, global communications and natural alternatives for a healthy life.

  • Linda Cusack
    Linda Cusack

    A seasoned entrepreneur, Linda was born in Zambia and raised in South Africa. She began her career as a restaurant owner in South Africa, and took her restaurant from launch to a national Top Ten rating. On arrival in the U.S., she started a new business advising South African companies on the procedures for setting up in the U.S. market. A passionate environmentalist, Linda moved swiftly into the natural cosmetics sector, and spent four years developing distribution networks for a range of South African natural cosmetics. She joined the Katavi team in 2009 with a focus on their entry into the U.S. market.