Charles Maisel is an established social entrepreneur and co-founder of the Black Umbrellas. He has been serving as one of Black Umbrellas’ director since January 2005.
In addition to Black Umbrellas, Charles has founded various innovative projects such as Bebold, the largest university student based entrepreneurship network in Southern Africa that enables and supports the pitching of innovative ideas in a safe, experimental and experiential learning environment. In 2016, the False Bay Hospital Trust which is a trust to raising funds for equipment, staff and infrastructure for the False Bay Hospital, a district hospital in Cape Town. Charles founded other projects such as Men on the side of the Road Project, Lavender in Lavender Hill as well as the Fundraising Academy.
Through this innovative projects and initiatives, Charles has been awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship ( USA), Ashoka Fellowship ( USA), Agfund Global award ( UAE), Old Rhodian award and GIBS Bequeathing Leader award.