Jeanne Hugo

Chief Operating Officer

I grew up in Rustenburg and after school left South Africa to live in the Netherlands. A year later, I returned to study Tourism Management at the University of Pretoria.  One of my most memorable memories as a student was attending the inauguration of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings; it was a day that changed me forever.

In the tourism industry I worked for many years in various fields including hotel operations, marketing, event management and finance. My career path then changed into the fields of philosophy, online outcomes based education and to writing a book that I self-published in 2011.

Since 2008, whenever I could manage to take some time off work, I went on surgical missions as a volunteer for Operation Smile, an organisation who provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. As a member of the education team we delivered basic health care education to the patients, parents and schools in the communities of Rwanda, DRC, Malawi, Madagascar and Namibia.

Working for the Click Foundation now, I’m privileged to be part of changing lives every day.

My wish for the future of South Africa is that we continue to climb our hills with courage, pride, compassion and with an ability to adapt – may every citizen do their bit in making the impossible, possible.

If I had an extra hour a day I would take a walk in the forest.

Wise words I would hand down to the next generation are ”No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” Confucius

My favourite things are travel, journaling and taking photos. 

The person I admire the most, there are a few: my 96 year old granny who always has a welcoming smile, my dad and mom for inspiring me to follow my dreams and Madiba for his teachings on forgiveness and unity. 

The one place I would love to visit is Machu Picchu in Peru – it is my dream to visit all the New Seven Wonders of the World.