Rhett Barker - CEO at Barker Insurance Brokers
Gary Poultney - Member of the SA Institute of Stockbrokers
'Apart from assisting [James] with Education Africa's insurance requirements we loved his vision for education and South Africa and we started including Education Africa into our annual Corporate Social Investment programme. James is one of a kind and will take the shirt off his own back to help others less fortunate! In my opinion there is no better person to head up a charitable organisation such as Education Africa. He is committed, passionate, 100% trustworthy, will never give up and has his heart in the right place. Our world needs more people like James!"
CEO Barker Insurance Brokers
David Bloch - Owner, David Bloch International
"I have been amazed at James' dedication and passion for the work he does in Education Africa. He fights for better education for children. When I say he fights, he gives his all to make a difference in South Africa... he tries everything he can to find solutions. This is a man who knows that every little step matters. He needs our support and we need his insights as to how we can educate the children and get them out of abject poverty."
Member of SA Institute of Stockbrokers
Mirette Seireg Ohman - Owner, M3 International, LLC
"I have known and worked with James for just under 20 years now. Having volunteered for Education Africa since 2000 I can honestly say that I know no one who posesses the passion and drive to want to make a difference in the lives of young South Africans as James. He is a true inspiration."
Owner, David Bloch International
Edward Thomas - Investment Mangement
"James is a highly dedicated, committed, energetic leader in his field who serves as an example of bringing positive change to the thousands of disadvantaged youth that he serves."
Mirette Seireg Ohman
Owner, M3 International, LLC
William Scott - Non Executive Director, Global Daily Fantasy
"I have known James for over 30 years and have the utmost respect for his dedication and focus. James, having established Education Africa, has tirelessly striven to secure the future of the organisation and with this the future of the young people the charity assists. Running a small charity like Education Africa can be a monumental challenge; every Rand, Dollar, Pound and Euro is hard fought for but James has never faltered. I am well aware of the sacrifices he and his colleagues at Education Africa have personally made in the face of adversity. To maintain such selfless dedication demonstrates a strength of character that has to be admired."
Lavinia Jacobs , President, Jacobs Foundation
"I have worked with James since November 2014 when I joined Education Africa UK as a Trustee. In the time that I have known James, he has demonstrated his leadership ability and a passion for the charity he leads."
Non Executive Director, Global Daily Fantasy
Gordon Taylor, Global Head of Capital Markets at Royal Bank of Scotland
James’ ongoing commitment and relentless personal engagement to break the cycle of poverty among South Africa’s disadvantaged people by providing educational opportunities for children and youth, is outstanding. He is beyond talking – he acts.”
President, Jacobs Foundation
Michael A. Levine - Film, TV and Advertising Composer, Quantum Weirdness Inc.
"I had the privilege of spending some time with James and his organisation, seeing their work first hand amongst some of the poorest and most disadvantaged communities in South Africa. James' lifelong commitment to improving education and living standards shines through in all he and the charity he leads [Education Africa], does every day. There can be few men left with his amount of drive and deep historical understanding of the issues of South Africa gained from working closely with legends like Mandela and Sisulu. I have no hesitation in recommending this true humanitarian whose life's work has been to improve the life of others in some of the most challenging areas in the world."
Glocal Head of Capital Markets, Royal Bank of Scotland
Andrea Ratay, CICP - Senior Regional Trade Manager; Vice Chair NY District Export Council
"My wife and I had the opportunity to get to know James firsthand when he was in the US coordinating an awareness-raising event for Education Africa that was held at our house. We would be hard-pressed to find anyone with greater integrity, dedication and intelligence in the field - and my wife has worked with non-governmental organizations all over the world for decades. James is committed to making a positive difference in people's lives and has done so, successfully, for many years and will, no doubt, continue to do so well into the future."
Film, TV and Advertising Composer, Quantum Weirdness Inc.
Catherine Soler - MBA student, passionate about creating social impact
"I have had the privilege of knowing James and Education Africa for over 10 years. James'commitment to the EA mission is genuine and admirable. The young people whom EA supports develop into productive and engaged adults with a stake in South Africa's success - they are evidence of James' outlook and continued effort in a worthy cause."
Andrea Ratay, CICP
Senior Regional Trade Manager; Vice Chair NY District Export Council
Tersia Botha - UNISA
"Early in my career, James gave me the opportunity to serve on Education Africa's US Board of Trustees and his belief in me - and conviction for his life's work - has deeply impacted my life. James'passion for educating youth and advancing South Africa is contagious, and he fiercely lives Education Africa's mission day in and out...James is a true servant leader and has transformed so many children and adults through his generosity, tenacity and ability to inspire others. It has been a great pleasure and tremendous opportunity to learn from him."
MBA student, passionate about creating positive social impact
Sudeshan Reddy - UNICEF
Through all the years that I have been working with Mr James Urdang, I have known him as a trustworthy, ethical and responsible leader with a passion for education. His actions have always been honourable, focused on uplifting a community in all possible ways. Mr Urdang is one of the best examples of a servant leader that one can find.
Prof Tersia Botha
Education Africa is bringing hope and opportunity to many who would have fallen through the cracks if were not for this organisation and James’s passion – which remains as strong as when he established this noble organisation as a new South Africa was being created over two decades ago.
Through his sheer commitment, James has helped facilitate educational opportunities for thousands of disadvantaged South Africans and that needs to be acknowledged.
James Urdang has dedicated his life to making a difference.
Communication Specialist, UNICEF South Africa, Pretoria