Philippa Reiss-Thorne

Managing Director, Swaziland

Business, Ripple Effect

Launch Date: September 18, 2012

Words of wisdom: "Know your inner power and strength. We are worthy of success"

Since 2007, UK native and London’s Central St. Martins School of Art & Design graduate Philippa Reiss Thorne has served as Managing Director of renowned Swaziland-based sustainable home décor company Gone Rural. Arriving in Southern Africa as a volunteer in 2001, Thorne quickly became the firm’s Creative Director, a post she held for 4 years, before elevating to her current position. Instrumental in building the venture to  include a stable of more than 760 rural women (each of whom support an average of eight dependants), Thorne’s entrepreneurial spirit, creative vision, and production/marketing experience has engendered the company’s stunning commercial growth without comp

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