AFRIKA MHLOPHE

PASTOR & AUTHOR  |  PRESSING MATTERS

Afrika Mhlophe has been in ministry since 1998 and has been Good News Community Church in Port Elizabeth’s leading pastor since 2002. He ministers on various platforms in South Africa and abroad, including being a regular speaker at the Mighty Men Conferences (MMC).

Afrika’s main focus revolves around calling Christians to bring Kingdom influence into every domain of life. For this reason, he has ventured to speak and write on complex subjects such as racism, corruption, and idolatry (among others). He has published three books, has a TV programme on DSTV and is a board chairman (and writer) for Gateway News, an online Christian news portal.

Afrika is married to Lindelwa, and their family reside in Port Elizabeth with their two children.

ALMERO STRAUSS

DIRECTOR  |  MERGON GROUP
NON-EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN  |  URBANISE

Almero is a director and has been an executive member of the Mergon Group’s investment team since 2008. Mergon is a private investment group that was founded in 1980. From a single, start-up business Mergon has grown into a diversified investment portfolio with significant interests in companies in the technology, commercial property, insurance, renewable energy and food & beverage industries. Almero looks after and represents Mergon on the Boards of Infotech (one of South Africa’s oldest IT companies), FREI (a Mobile Virtual Network Enabler), Renewable Energy Holdings (the foremost independent developer and long-term investor in the hydropower sector in South Africa), and Mertech Marine (a world leader in the recovery, dismantling and recycling of out-of-service deep sea telecommunication cables). Almero is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Urbanise.com, an ASX listed cloud software business for facilities, asset and strata management.

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After starting his career as an electronic engineer, Almero also obtained pre and postgraduate accountancy qualifications from the University of Cape Town before launching his career in strategy and management consulting with leading international firms Bain & Company and Deloitte in South Africa and the USA. Almero was also a founding member of Decipher Consulting, a South African niche consulting firm, where he was an executive director of the business.

ANDRE HAASBROEK

COO | IN2FOOD GROUP

Andre is currently the joint Chief Operations Officer at In2Food, a national food producer. Andre completed his accounting degree at Stellenbosch University and articles at PwC. He joined Vriesenhof Wine Farm and was responsible for administration and wine exports. Thereafter he worked as a financial manager, firstly at Nulaid Eggs and then at Pioneer Foods Milling Division. In 2003 he joined his father and built Nibbly Bits into a national food producer mainly supplying Woolworths . In 2016 he sold the business to In2Food, where he is currently employed.

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Andre has various investments in smaller business ventures where he serves as a non executive director, and is also on the board of two NGOs in the Drakenstein area, namely NORSA and Valley of Abundance. Andre has an interest in the growth hurdles experienced by fast growing businesses as well as the resulting change in organisational culture.

ASHTON FOURIE

FOUNDER |  5-2-50
CO-FOUNDER & CEO | MULTX

Ashton is the founder of 5-2-50, a business focused on eradicating poverty through the creation of good jobs by building and wisely distributing wealth. He is also co-founder and CEO of MultX, a business accelerator that is part of the Multiply Invest group, and chairman of Zoë Life, a non-profit organisation that seeks to bring wholeness to nations with a strong focus on holistic child-wellness. He is passionate about helping to build businesses with a commitment to seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Ashton believes that God is doing an unprecedented work in restoring the true blessing and design of work through the church, in the workplace, which he calls the Workplace Revival.

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He started his career as an office cleaner in a cardboard factory, from where he followed a winding path through insurance, IT operations, restaurants, and studying Organisation Development through UNISA. This path led him to discovering his passion in the relationship between purpose, design, and performance; and how this concept scales from individual, to team, to organisational and system design as a foundation for driving performance and well-being. He spent 9 years in China, during which time he completed a Master’s degree in Managing and Leading Innovation and Change (MALIC), whilst assisting the China subsidiary of an international off-shore equipment manufacture in creating and implementing an effective strategic management process that helped them weather the 2015 oil price crash. He returned to South Africa in July 2017, with his wife Lily, and their two children, in response to a sense that God was calling them to come back and contribute to the building of kingdom-focused businesses, with the focus on eradicating poverty in Africa.

BERTIE LOURENS

FOUNDER & CEO  |  WASTEPLAN

Bertie Lourens is the Chief Executive Officer and visionary behind WastePlan, an onsite Waste Management and Recycling Company. Bertie’s entrepreneurial drive and passion – for both the environment and empowering people – led him to start WastePlan in the Western Cape in 2004.

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WastePlan currently employs over 1300 staff and services over 320 sites in the industrial, property, commercial, hospitality and medical industries in most of the major cities in South Africa – with recyclable waste being collected from over 100 000 households in Cape Town. “Changing the way we think about waste” is WastePlan’s motto, and as such Bertie is constantly building strategic partnerships and searching for innovative ways of waste reduction and recycling. He is a dedicated family man and father to four children and an enthusiastic aviator.

BOSHOFF GROBLER

CEO |  FIRSTRAND GROUP

Boshoff joined RMB in 2000 after providing legal counsel to the South African Reserve Bank (SARB)for three years. During his years with FirstRand, Boshoff has been a founding member of DCM. DCM is a joint venture between Fixed Income Currency and Commodities (FICC) and the Investment Banking division (IBD) of Rand Merchant Bank. He served as a Specialist Transactor and Executive Director for various capital market vehicles. In 2007, he assumed responsibility for the DCM Executive Committee and was also appointed to the Management Board of IBD. Boshoff has been the CEO of Ashburton Investments since its conceptualisation in 2009 and is responsible for implementing the FirstRand Group’s investment management strategy.

When Boshoff is not working, he spends time with his wife, Blyde, and his three children Andreas, Nina and Miko. He is a passionate horse rider and Arabian horse breeder, enjoys tennis and fly fishing.

BRANDON PASCHAL

FOUNDER  | CADENCE LYFE

Brandon helped launch Campus Outreach SA (a student ministry out of the US) in 2004 when he first moved to SA. After seven years there, he moved into technology entrepreneurship. He was part of a software consultancy before joining the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab, where he worked with dozens of entrepreneurs and teams, helping them to define their value, design their business model, grow their revenue and raise investment. After 7 years there, Brandon struck out on his own. He is a consultant working with technology entrepreneurs in strategy, business development, and fundraising while running an Agritech Venture Studio.

BUTANA KHOZA

CEO  | VUNANI LIMITED

Butana Khoza is the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the JSE listed entity Vunani Limited, a position he has held since April 2020. He has been a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) for 26 years. He has experience in general management, financial management, fund management, corporate advisory and finance, structured finance, private equity investments and securities trading.

In addition to his executive role, Butana is the director of several private companies making up the Vunani Limited and Vunani Capital Partners (listed on the EESE). He is a non-executive director on the boards of Afgri Holdings Limited and SA Home Loans, where he is a member of several committees.

CHAMP THEKISO

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  |  THE THEKVEST GROUP

Words that describe Champ Thekiso include: paradigm-shifter, leader, strategist, experienced director, entrepreneur, investor, and chartered accountant. He worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Entrepreneurial Advisory Division (EAD), which focused on auditing SMMEs. After PwC, he has been growing SMMEs through The Thekvest Group, a business development expertise. He has a wealth of experience in growing dormant companies to high performing socio-economic ventures. Over and above his technical and financial knowledge, Champ has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, local procurement, economic transformation and social performance within the resources sector. He has been an advisor on several Employee Share Schemes, BEE transactions and BEE advisories for JSE listed and unlisted companies. He serviced clients such as Impala Platinum, Anglo Platinum, Shanduka Resources, Sephaku Cement, John Taolo Gaetsewe Developmental Trust, SIOC-CDT, and Modikwa Platinum, to name the few in the socio-economic transformation capacity.

CHARLES MWEBEIHA

CO-FOUNDER  | SANGO CAPITAL

Charles Mwebeiha is a Co-founder and Partner at Sango Capital. Sango Capital is a private equity investment firm that invests in funds, direct transactions, and bespoke vehicles structured alongside select private equity investors.

Before co-founding Sango, Charles was a principal at Destiny Corporation, a South African private equity investment firm. At Destiny, Charles participated in the structuring and negotiating leveraged buy-out and refinancing transactions for portfolio and holding companies. Charles has also been a Partner and Head of the Africa Practice Group at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, the Legal and Compliance Manager at Uganda’s Capital Markets Authority, and a corporate lawyer at Sebalu & Lule, a leading commercial law firm in Uganda.

DAVID BLANKS

FOUNDER & CEO  |  AVOLANDS

David is a passionate avocado entrepreneur and an ardent ambassador for agribusiness development. He believes that the free market and small business development is the only credible means to long-term prosperity for all South Africans. Prior to farming, David worked as a consulting project manager in commercial and development agriculture throughout Africa. He is a dedicated family man and when he is not working, you will find him motorbiking in the bush with his two sons or riding his mountain bike in the forests surrounding his farm.

CHRIS DU TOIT

CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR  |  CUSTOM CAPITAL

Chris is passionate about raising up the next generation of entrepreneurs. He is driven by the dream that he and others can be instrumental in shaping and defining the future. His professional life bears testimony to a firm belief in the brick-by-brick principle of consistently doing the basics well. He started as a collations clerk at a bank. In 10 years, he rose from salesman to managing director of Canon SA. In 2001, he ventured into a now thriving partnership with his brother, Pierre. In 2011 they were approached by Mercantile Bank Limited to partner on building a billion-rand portfolio. In 2016 they sold the business to Mercantile bank and embarked on a R1.6 Billion mixed use development partnering the Multiply Group. In 2017 they relaunched their asset finance business aimed predominantly to small to medium sized enterprises.

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Chris attributes his success to some of the guiding principles and lessons he has learned: perseverance, honesty, understanding the value of people, sacrifice, consistency, working smart, and having fun. For 28 years Chris has been married to Wanda, who is a dynamic and creative entrepreneur. They have two daughters, aged 25 and 18, and a 22-year-old son. Topping the list of his interests are good food, red wine, and travel, especially to international cities.

DARIN OWEN

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN  | BLU SKY INVESTMENTS

Darin is a successful entrepreneur and has been involved in a range of industries throughout his career. Business interests and investments include clothing manufacture and distribution, homeware, property, technology, and business development. Business investments are both local, in South Africa, and international.

Darin is currently executive chairman of 3 companies and sits on the board of 10 companies, both locally and internationally. Darin holds therein a majority ownership stake and the founding board member of 2 non-profit organisations.

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    Darin thrives on his international relationships and finds himself challenged, rebuked and constantly encouraged by other like-minded people globally who share the same Kingdom principles. He loves to meet up with these people and together share ideas and strategies.
    Darin currently resides in Salt Rock, South Africa, with his wonderful wife Paula and their three magnificent children, namely Savannah, Joshua and Kristin.

    GARTH JAPHET

    FOUNDER & CEO  |  HEARTLINES

    Garth Japhet is a medical doctor and the founding CEO of Heartlines. Heartlines is an NGO that initiates research-based campaigns that use stories to tackle society’s significant issues such as reconciliation and father absence. These campaigns are feature films and TV dramas complemented by resources to equip workers in workplaces, schools, correctional facilities, churches and NGOs.

    In 1992, Garth co-founded the internationally acclaimed Soul City, a multimedia edutainment project addressing various health issues. It has reached over 50 million people in ten southern African countries through TV and radio drama series, written resources, community mobilisation and advocacy initiatives. Garth was CEO for 17 years.

    In 2021 Garth published his first book, “Like water is for fish – the power of story in our lives”. He is married to Jayne, and they have two children, Rebecca and Leigh.

    GAVIN REARDON

    MANAGING PARTNER  |  KINGSON CAPITAL

    Gavin is the Founder and Managing Partner of Kingson Capital. Gavin provides strategic leadership to the development of the Kingson funds and portfolio construction of the underlying businesses. Gavin is a qualified Chartered Accountant and is registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Kingson is a venture capital firm based in South Africa and provides venture investment for early stage seed, post seed and series A rounds for startups focusing on emerging technology, particularly in Africa.

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    Kingson is backed by Silicon Valley-based investors and supported by the United States Government, via the United States Agency for International Development. Kingson’s Fund Two is a $100M fund dedicated to investing in startups in Africa, with a special focus on South African based startups. Gavin’s key strengths lie in identifying and developing business opportunities, strategy and business development, innovation and business leadership. Gavin sits on the boards of several startups, acts as an advisor and mentor for South African based accelerators and also co-founded a not-for-profit investment holding company that supports non-profits and charitable foundations.

    GERRIT HEYMANS

    CEO | POPUP UPLIFTMENT
    CFO | CREATION CAPITAL

    Gerrit is a Chartered Accountant with experience in logistics, manufacturing, financial services and skills development. He is the CEO of POPUP Upliftment, a non-profit company, which focuses on providing skills training to unemployed youth. POPUP has trained nearly 7,500 people up to the end of 2017. Gerrit is also the CFO of Creation Capital, an asset manager which manages a debt fund and a property fund.

    GUGU MOLOI

    FOUNDER & MD  |  BETHEL ESTATE

    Gugu is a seasoned business leader who has worked in leadership positions in both the public and the private sector. She turned mayor companies losses into thriving businesses and is very vocal about her dependence on God in the workplace. She is now the managing director of Bethel Farm, a commercial farming operation in Kwazulu-Natal, which she is building with her children.

    HANNALIE BARÃO

    FOUNDER & DIRECTOR  |  INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP PRACTICE AT EXPERTTECH

    As a founding member and director of EXPERTTECH, an Organisational Development Specialist and Leadership Coach, Hannalie has an extensive track record of facilitating and coaching leadership development locally, internationally, and across a diverse range of industries. Her enduring passion is to serve and guide leaders in discovering their true identity, purpose and calling, and importantly, how to achieve their desired growth. 

    Through a purpose-centred and goal-oriented coaching approach, Hannalie guides leaders to a deeper understanding of their thoughts and behaviour, unleashing their God-given talents and abilities to both influence and inspire personal, team and organisational success.

    HARDUS ZEVENSTER

    CEO  |  BLOUDRUK GROUP

    Hardus, who studied Business Economics and Industrial Psychology at Stellenbosch University, is an entrepreneur at heart and launched his first venture in 1994. He is CEO of Bloudruk Group, a media network that includes Tygerberg 104FM, Groot FM 90.5, Die Groot Ontbyt, one of the most popular shows on kykNET, Radio Christian Voice, the largest radio station in Zambia with over 4 million listeners, Bloudruk Media, that specialises in the Afrikaans market and digital TV channel RoepTV.com.

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    Hardus is actively involved in the community and founded the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District, the largest CID in South Africa, as well as serving as Exco member of Unashamedly Ethical.

    JOHAN DU PREEZ

    FOUNDER  |  SAAD INVESTMENTS & TREE OF LIFE FOUNDATION

    Johan, who obtained the degree M. Pharm from the University of Pretoria and an MBA from National University in San Diego, California, is the founder of SAAD Investment Holdings and the Tree of Life Foundation. He began his career in California, USA, where he specialised in the turnaround of large retail pharmacies for American Drug Stores, a retail group that owned more than 700 stores. He then moved on to managed healthcare, specifically medical insurance and risk management, and was part of a core team that created national prescription benefit manager RxAmerica.

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    On his return to South Africa he was instrumental in the turnaround of Sanlam Health, where he served as CEO from 1999 to 2001, led Glacier by Sanlam and headed the start-up of the financing company Quince Capital. He subsequently acted as the CEO of the then JSE listed pharmaceutical company Cipla Medpro South Africa and, during this time, concluded a R4.5bn transaction with Cipla India that saw the delisting of Cipla Medpro. During his involvement with the Sanlam group he served on the Executive committees of Sanlam Life and Sanlam Investment Management.

    JOHANN SNYMAN

    PRINCIPAL: PRIVATE EQUITY  |  SAAD INVESTMENTS

    After an early career in financial management, Johann entered the world of dealmaking and structured finance when he joined FNB Business as a Leveraged Finance dealmaker in 2011. In 2014 he became the head of FNB Business’ New Business Acquisitions team in the Western Cape: a role in which he managed a small, niche team of specialist dealmakers.

    Johann joined Cape Town-based private equity firm SAAD Investment Holdings in 2016. He is intimately involved across the full spectrum of the business’ private equity initiatives, from deal origination phase to post-transaction value creation. He serves as a non-executive director on the Boards of various SAAD investee companies operating in the technology, financial services, and contact centre industries.
    He is married to the love of his life, Tara, and is a proud father of two bright-eyed and bushy-tailed boys: Aren and Jonathan.

    JOHN YIP

    DIRECTOR  |  INTERNATIONAL SPORT LEADERSHIP SCHOOL

    John’s purpose is to enhance strategic Kingdom expansion processes and to develop emerging leaders through the means of catalyzing and multiplying Gospel movements. He is the co-facilitator for a global sports coalition with partners in 200 countries. Millions of sports people are reached and discipled through sports, games, and fitness because of leader and team development for 100,000 leaders each year.

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    John is the director of the International Sport Leadership School (ISLS) – an initiative that has trained 575 emerging global leaders from 135countries. He is the global facilitator for Ubabalo Whole Life Coaching – an initiative to equip coaches to be fathers on the sports field. Ubabalo has exploded to over 140 countries with 10,000 coaches trained annually and open source resources available for multiple sports in multiple languages. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and is a Certified Behavioural Consultant, Executive Coach, and Futures Thinking consultant. John is married to Wan Yi and they have embraced the adventure of parenting their daughters Emma and Ellie. They love serving young couples and young families to discover their purpose within God’s mission.

    LANCE VAN DER SPUY

    HEAD OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT | SHOPRITE GROUP

    Lance is the Head of Corporate Development at the Shoprite Group, where he oversees direct investments and acquisitions with a focus on corporate partnerships. Previously as a corporate entrepreneur (intrapreneur), successfully built and scaled four new ventures for the Shoprite Group, including Checkers Food Services which he started in 2011. Lance has been with the Shoprite Group since 2009.

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    He is passionate about developing talent and building good businesses. He completed his undergraduate and post graduate degree in Accounting at Stellenbosch University. After completing his studies, Lance joined KPMG and qualified as Chartered Accountant (SA). Lance lives in Somerset West with his wife, Lydia, and their two sons Daniël and Matthew. 

    LAURIE NELL

    FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  |  EN GEDI

    Laurie founded En Gedi and serves as its Executive Director. Her passion is to serve and encourage, and God has used her experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to apply those gifts around the world. Laurie has worked as a manager with Master Sports and as Executive Director of her family’s foundation, MasterWorks Foundation before founding En Gedi.

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    She served on the board of Leadership Development International (LDi) in China and is currently on the advisory council and also ministers at her local church.

    LUVUYO RANI

    FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR  |  SILULO ULUTHO TECHNOLOGIES

    Luvuyo Rani is an award-winning entrepreneur, and founder and managing director of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a Cape Town based IT services company. The story of Silulo began in 2004 when Rani, a teacher in Khayelitsha, saw teachers struggling with the new computer technology that was being introduced into classrooms. He started his business from the boot of his car, buying old computers, refurbishing them and selling the gadgets. Today, Silulo has 46 stores in townships and rural areas in the Western, Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, 220 full-time staff members, and 21 franchises. Rani gradually set up internet cafes in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, while establishing one-stop ICT (information and communication technology) centres offering internet access, training, sales, repairs and mobile support. By 2008, they had perfected this model and started to expand. Today Rani is an award-winning social enterpreneur with a top-floor office in the city and a business that is helping thousands of South Africans succeed.

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    He is still driven primarily by the desire to empower township and rural communities by connecting them to the world of technology. Several awards and accolades have accrued over the years, including the national Productivity Award and the Endeavour Global Entrepreneur award. Luvuyo Rani was featured in Forbes Magazine’s March issue in 2014 and he was the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the year in 2016. Luvuyo was named one of the 2014 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World ( JCI TOYP) recipients in the category of business, economic, and/or entrepreneurial accomplishment. One of strengths of the business has been the entrepreneurial spirit that has kept it one step ahead. As the internet became more accessible and smartphones entered the market, for example, the company adapted its business model to offer more training courses and partner with other companies. Silulo has become a known brand and this has opened doors. At the same time the business has been helping to secure loans for individuals to open franchises, mentoring young entrepreneurs and creating networks for others to succeed. In 2018, the Silulo Business Incubation Hub was opened in Mitchells Plain, to assist young entrepreneurs in setting up and launching their business.

    MALCOLM BOYD

    FOUNDER  |  THIRD SECTOR INSIGHTS
    CHAIRMAN  |  WORLD VISION SOUTH AFRICA

    Malcolm is the founder and managing trustee of Third Sector Insights, a social enterprise that focuses on shining the light into the board rooms of nonprofit and social impact organisations. He is also the chairman of World Vision South Africa, a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organisation dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. He is widely known by the South African Small-to-Medium Enterprise support fraternity, especially for his role as founding Chief Executive Officer of NAMAC Trust. He is also a founding member of the World Institute for Governance of Non-Profit Organisations (WIGNPO).

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    His exposure to both for profit and nonprofit organisations has allowed him to develop a greater understanding of the differences and similarities that exist between them and to apply this knowledge in these fields. He also lectures at the Stellenbosch University Business School, presents the governance module for the USB-ED NPO Management programme. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Newport University (USA), and completed postgraduate studies at Harvard Business School in the area of Governing for Nonprofit Excellence and Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He completed the Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School and is a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.

    MARLON PARKER

    FOUNDER  |  RLABS

    Marlon is the founder of Reconstructed Living Labs (RLabs) – a South African social entrepreneur who uses information communications technology (ICT) to empower communities, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and named by the Mail and Guardian as 1 of 300 young South Africans you have to take out to lunch. He was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2014.

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    Marlon is a former lecturer at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and currently head of Mxit Reach, which is centred on using the innovative technology built by Mxit to create free mobile educational, health care, agricultural and community applications. With over 50 million users, Mxit is Africa’s largest social network. Marlon’s work as a social entrepreneur, and in particular his successes with RLabs franchise, has seen Reconstructed Living Labs popping up all over the world in places like Brazil, Namibia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Somalia. The RLabs model has been replicated in 21 countries, it has incubated 22 social enterprises, and employs 80 people – most of them in Cape Town. More than four million people have accessed support services through RLabs. He was named the National LEAD SA Hero of 2015, a Primedia Broadcasting initiative, supported by Independent Newspapers to promote active citizenship.

    MARNUS KLOPPER

    REGIONAL MANAGER: SUB-SAHARAN AFRICAN  |  MERGON FOUNDATION

    Marnus finds great pleasure in being able to connect people and organisations, bringing together a variety of experience, local knowledge and intuition that creates deep work and greater impact. His purpose is to bridge the gap between people from different cultures and environments, and helping them to live towards their purpose and calling.

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    As the sub-Saharan regional manager of the Mergon Foundation, he works with over 40 organisations in the region to bring about Kingdom expansion. He finds and develops strategic leaders and organisations, helping them grow towards being more sustainable and healthy individuals and teams. Marnus holds a Bachelors of Commerce degree, but is finding more interest in the understanding of human behaviour while also dabbling as an amateur futurist. He is married to Sonja and is a father to two incredibly joyful daughters.

    MARTIN KUSCUS

    COACH & BUSINESS LEADER  |  MARCUS KUSCUS

    Before starting his private ventures, Martin spent 17 years in health care services, was the former MEC of Finance in the North West Provincial Government, on the Council for International Standards Organization (ISO), and was the CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards. He has served on various boards (including that of a UN Global Compact initiative), has been the Mineworker’s Provident Fund Chairman, and is a Non-Executive Director for multiple companies, including the Netcare Group. In 2004 the President of South Africa even assigned Martin to the Finance and Fiscal Commission, where he gained vast learning experiences in public policy analysis and intergovernmental fiscal relations.

    Given his strategic insights and vast learning experiences, Martin became a trusted coach and mentor to many governmental, corporate and church leaders. He is also a public speaker and has published a book (Credibility Matters). He has been married to his lovely wife Elizabeth, with whom he has three children and two grandchildren.

    MICHELLE HARDING

    FOUNDER | LEGACY WATER SOLUTIONS
    CO-FOUNDER | IN2ENERGY & SOLH2O 

    Michelle Harding has more than 30 years of experience in key sectors locally and internationally. Before founding Legacy Water Solutions, she held GM and Director positions at some of the leading corporates in manufacturing, mining, construction, and agriculture. As Legacy Water Solutions gained momentum in line with the Food-Water-Energy nexus, she co-founded In2Energy and SolH2O (Water & Energy) in 2020.

    Michelle is enthusiastic about finding and implementing business opportunities to help the continent grow to its full potential. She is also passionate about the importance of the next generation. Michelle is a devoted Christian, and her family is an essential part of her life. She is married to John and has two married sons with children.

    NEIL HART

    EXECUTIVE HEAD | MERGON FOUNDATION

    Neil is an entrepreneur with a heart for God. He was the founder and CEO of Boomtown for 26 years; today one of the top brand agencies in South Africa. In 2014 he took over leadership of All Nations Church. Together with his wife Mandi, they established All Nations Churches in 20 countries worldwide, including the Middle East, Africa, India and Indonesia.

    Neil is currently the Executive Head for the Mergon Foundation, which allocates financial and human capital to ministries expanding God’s kingdom across Africa and the Middle East. He has a deep interest in leadership and creativity, loves being in nature, playing the guitar and is an exhibited artist. He lives in Stellenbosch with his family and is part of All Peoples Church in Kayamandi, Stellenbosch.

    NEIL HOLZAPFEL

    CO-FOUNDER | RAISE THE CHILDREN

    Neil started investing in Africa and the Middle East in 2003 for the Capital Group before transitioning to private investments across the African continent in 2012. Investments ranged from startups to large take-privates with Agrigroupe and Pactorum. He also co-founded Raise the Children, a non-profit unlocking the potential of South African orphans to become servant leaders by investing in high-quality secondary education and mentorship.

    NOXOLO MALUMISE

    NON-EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER | TRIGA VENTURES

    Noxolo was the Head of Philanthropy at Nedbank Private Wealth, where she was responsible for developing the philanthropy offering and strategy. The philanthropy office provides a range of specialist advice and services to individuals, families, private and corporate foundations as well as non-profit organisations (NPO’s) to ensure sustainable and impactful giving.

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    Noxolo is passionate about sustainable economic and social development, and the strategic role private philanthropy can play. She has extensive experience in the financial services sector, and is an MBA graduate from Henley Business School in the UK. She also holds a post-graduate degree in Economic Policy and Development.

    NTHABISENG LEGOETE

    FOUNDER & CEO  |  MY QUALI DOC

    Nthabiseng is a medical practitioner who is passionate about improving access to primary healthcare. She has a vision that, if realised, will make quality primary healthcare affordable for all global citizens in emerging markets.

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    She has spent the last 10 years navigating the private health sector, firstly as a medical advisor and product manager in the pharmaceutical industry and then as a partner in an emergency medical practice. She also has experience in the sub-acute healthcare environment. Nthabi completed her MBA through the Gordon Institute of Business Science, where her research topic, “Factors that influence the non-urgent use of emergency departments in the South African private healthcare sector” seeks to aid in the development of divergent strategies for these patients.

    PIETER WASSERFALL

    FOUNDER & CEO  |  SIX33 GROUP

    Pieter is the Managing Director of the SIX33 Group – a private equity firm with investments in Agriculture, Financial Services, Logistics and Property. He is a qualified Actuary with 10 years’ experience working predominantly in the Financial Services industry. Before starting the SIX33 Group he worked as a strategy consultant for Accenture on various projects across Africa, Europe and North-America.

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    In 2013 he founded PICSA – a disruptive financial services startup that is now a member of the AFGRI group of companies. Pieter and his wife Estelle share a heart for building God’s kingdom which is why they founded the Aslan Trust in 2014 to reach vulnerable and orphaned children in Africa.

    RORISANG TSHABALALA

    FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE  |  CHAPTER ONE INNOVATION

    Rorisang is the Chief Executive and Founder of Chapter One Innovation. He leads the firm in its mission to be the platform off which market winners, industry leaders and world changers are launched, both the organisational systems and the people that work on them. Rorisang is a classical corporate strategist specialising in business model and innovation strategy. He holds a MBA (specialising in social innovation and entrepreneurship) from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial Accounting, Auditing and Taxation from the University of Pretoria.

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    Rorisang is also an adjunct member of faculty at Duke University CE, delivering a portfolio of corporate education programmes. He is an African Leadership Institute / Oxford University Desmond Tutu Fellow, an Africa Leadership Initiative / Aspen Global Leadership Network (YALI) Fellow and a Bertha Foundation Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellow. Amongst Rorisang’s hidden talent are that he is both a retired politician and a retired radio show host.

    RUDZANI MULOIWA

    PROFESSOR & HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PAEDIATRICS & CHILD HEALTH  |  UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

    Since 2015, Dr. Rudzani Muloiwa served as the Chief clinician and Director of the Paediatric and Adolescent HIV Clinical Services at Groote Schuur Hospital, a position he left in November 2021 to assume the role of Professor and Head of the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health at UCT and the RCCH. He is a current member of the Vaccines for Africa Initiative (VACFA), located within the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT. Since 2017 Rudzani has served as a member of the South Africa National Immunisation Technical Advisory Group (NAGI) and a steering committee member of the Global Pertussis Initiative (GPI).

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    Rudzani Muloiwa trained as a paediatrician at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital (RCCH) and the University of Cape Town (UCT), obtaining a Fellowship in Paediatrics with the Colleges of Medicines of South Africa (CMSA) in 2004. After this, he completed an M.Sc. (Public Health Developing Countries) at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He has an interest in infectious diseases with a particular emphasis on vaccine-preventable diseases (his PhD explored the epidemiology of pertussis in children).

    He has also previously served as both Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs and as Acting Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at UCT.

    STEPHAN PRETORIUS

    FOUNDER  |  AGES GROUP
    FOUNDER  |  TOUCHING AFRICA GROUP

    Stephan is a South African citizen, born in the late fifties and resides in Potchefstroom where he is involved in family, business and community activities. He is married to Christa and they have a family of four children and one grandchild. He is the founder of the AGES Group of companies and co-founder of various related businesses with focus on geo-environmental engineering solutions and management.

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    He obtained his Ph.D. in Environmental Geology in 2009, and is involved in various post-graduate research programmes and studies. He is well known and recognised in the geohydrological community of South Africa and is involved in widespread regional water research and management projects. He is the chair of the Touching Africa Development Trust, contributing to community and business development through a cooperation of vision driven businesses, networking throughout various countries in Southern Africa. Stephan lately focused on the documentation and research on Kingdom principles and understanding the Word of God as a practical tool in all aspects of life, including the corporate environment. This has led to the development of training material, publications, and various wide spread presentations.

    TOMMY O’KENNEDY

    DIRECTOR  |  HALFTIME SOUTH AFRICA

    Tommy O’Kennedy is the first full-time director of Halftime South Africa. He started his career as a teacher and was involved as seminar leader and facilitator for Leadership Development and Management Development programmes for many years. He started his own business as entrepreneurship and management consultant and also taught in Business Management and Entrepreneurship at CPUT and Leadership Development at Stellenbosch University.

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    After reading the book “Halftime” in 1998, Tommy desired to live a life of significance and in the middle of 2009, after a number of years in the academic and business world, Tommy was asked to become the first full-time director of Halftime South Africa. He felt that he could realise his dream to inspire business and professional leaders to embrace their calling to live a life of significance.

    WENDY LUHABE

    Independent Director & Chairwoman | various sectors

    Wendy Luhabe is one of South Africa’s many luminary women of many firsts: a pioneer in social entrepreneurship, women empowerment, mentorship of younger generations and in South African boardrooms for 30 years. She has been a non-Executive Director and Chair across diverse industries, including technology, industrial development, luxury goods, fast-moving consumer goods and retail.

    Wendy has broken new ground many times, with remarkable achievements in the private, public, academic and not for profit sectors. Her vast leadership experience and commitment to excellence is admirable. In 2018 Wendy was appointed as Chair of Libstar (a leading private label manufacturer), and in 2021 she became Pepkor’s first female Chair. Her previous positions as Chair include Vodacom, Industrial Development Corporation, International Marketing Council of South Africa, and Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg.

    Wendy is a recipient of 4 honorary doctorates for her pioneering contributions to the Economic Empowerment of Women in South Africa. She is a Christian, married and has three grandchildren.

    WILLEM MEYER

    CO-FOUNDER & CEO | CAMPITOR INVESTMENTS

    Willem co-founded Campitor Investments and serves as the CEO of this company that invests in food, beverage and agribusinesses that facilitate positive change. Previously, Willem was part of the Stellenbosch-based PSG Group Private Equity team that built and listed South Africa’s Zeder Investments in 2006. Zeder is a JSE-listed agribusiness investment company with interests in food processing, fruit exports, agri inputs, seed and farming.

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    Willem’s tenure as CEO with Chayton Africa, an African farming enterprise in which Zeder invested, gave him first-hand experience in leading a large African operational agribusiness. In 2015, Willem lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he helped start the African Agribusiness Knowledge and Innovation Leadership Initiative. In collaboration with faculty and students of the MIT and Harvard, Willem researched models of African agribusiness, drawing from his experience from working in investment and operational sectors in Africa. Willem holds a Bachelor’s degree in Investment Management from the University of Stellenbosch and a Master’s degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town. Willem and his wife, Nicola, live in Boston, USA.

    WYNAND SMIT

    FOUNDER & CEO |  INOVO

    Wynand Smit, the current CEO of INOVO, has worked in the South African contact centre industry for over 10 years. Along with his wife Liesl and his two kids, he spends many holidays connecting with nature at game parks or camping at scenic locations around the country. From creating his own self-sustaining fruit and vegetable garden to incubating new business opportunities, he is never short of starting new projects, and devising creative ways to bring his ideas to life.

    TRIGA VENTURES IS A NON-PROFIT AND PUBLIC BENEFIT ORGANISATION (PBO) IN SOUTH AFRICA AND ALSO HAS A 501(C)(3) AFFILIATION IN THE USA.

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