Our Founders

Fred Swaniker, Co-Founder

Fred Swaniker, Co-Founder

Originally from Ghana, West Africa, Fred has lived and worked in South Africa for several years, and spent his formative years in four other African countries before attending university and graduate school in the United States. These international experiences taught Fred that having a worldview is especially important in today's increasingly interdependent world, and provided him with the inspiration to create Global Leadership Adventures. Fred is a graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, USA, and helped to manage one of the top-performing schools in Botswana before attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Today, Fred runs a high school in South Africa called the African Leadership Academy.

Andrea H. Motiwalla, Co-Founder

Andrew Motiwalla, Co-Founder

Andrew has extensive experience operating international educational programs around the world. He served as Senior Vice President for the nonprofit international volunteer program Cross-Cultural Solutions, where he helped build programs from scratch into a network of 14 countries and 2,500 volunteers. Andrew is a graduate of Lawrence University and speaks Spanish and Portuguese. In addition to international education, he enjoys studying languages, anthropology and technology, and loves spending time with his two daughters at their home in San Diego.

Peter Mombaur, Co-Founder

Peter Mombaur, Co-Founder

Peter is a Co-Founder of Terra Education. He spent his last 15 years working across Africa before joining Terra Education full-time in 2016.  Peter was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in Duesseldorf before transferring to Johannesburg.  He later co-founded and co-ran Tana Africa Capital; now a leading Africa-focused investment company.  Peter is a German citizen; he holds a Master’s degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Aachen, an honors degree in Law from the University of Hagen, and a degree in Economics from the University of Bayreuth.  In his limited spare time (Peter and his wife Busi have three small children which are a great joy but demand lots of time), Peter likes to meet friends and play chess.