Johan de Ru is the General Manager of the Feenix Trust. A public benefit organization which connects university students in need of funding with potential funders through aninnovative crowdfunding website: www.feenix.org Before assuming his current role, Johan was the senior manager, Education and Business Development in the tertiary education sphere at Standard Bank where he was responsible for developing products and solutions in the tertiary education sector.
Within this role, Johan was exposed to the great need, amongst universities, students and other stakeholders, to find a solution for the Tertiary Education fee crisis.Investigations into a solution to this problem started at Standard Bank in November 2016 and 7 months later, in June of this year, Feenix was launched. To date the crowd funding website has raised over R2.5 million and has fully funded 64 students. Johan’s leadership in overseeing the marketing, administrative and financial management of Feenix has been instrumental in the success of the project to date. Johan is a strong believer in the power of education to transform lives and is inspired and motivated on a daily basis by students on the Feenix website. In his free time he enjoys cycling and spending time with his family.