OUR MENTORS

Our community of industry-leading mentors is committed to equipping the next generation of entrepreneurs – to build world-class ventures that influence culture and create a meaningful impact throughout Africa.

ANNE ABOK

INTERNATIONAL DIRECTOR  |  MEDIA CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Anne is a passionate missionary with Youth With A Mission and she serves as a speaker, media trainer and accredited facilitator with the South African qualification framework. She is also certified by the Radio Netherlands Training Centre. Anne’s passion for social change and Godly transformation of society led her to co-pioneer Media Village in Nigeria with her husband in 2005. Over 500 people have been equipped in missions and with media skills. In 2008 Anne pioneered Media Campaign Against Human Trafficking (MeCAHT). This is a ministry in partnership with European organisations and MeCAHT works in South Africa, Nigeria and Europe.

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Anne is married to Alex Abok, a missionary photographer and trainer and they live in South Africa. Anne has an apostolic calling to ignite passion in people for ministry to the “one lost sheep.” She has received several awards for her work.

LANE BENJAMIN

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR  |  R-CUBED

Lane is a clinical community psychologist (PhD). As the founder and former director of an NGO, CASE (Community Action towards a Safer Environment) in Hanover Park, South Africa, she has worked with victims and perpetrators of violence. Lane has developed knowledge from the ground and aims to make psychological services more accessible and inclusive for marginalised communities for which she was awarded an Ashoka fellowship in 2006.

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She is also a Fellow of Dr Bruce Perry’s Child Trauma Institute in the USA. Lane received a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University in 2017. She now facilitates trauma-informed processes of healing and transformation through her consultancy, Restore Reconnect Rebuild (R-Cubed), which works alongside diverse individuals and communities to address the systemic effects of trauma and injustice within contexts of poverty and inequality.

MALCOLM BOYD

FOUNDER  |  THIRD SECTOR INSIGHTS
DEPUTY CHAIR  |  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 deputy chair 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.

CRAIG COOMBE

CO-FOUNDER & CEO  |  MULTIPLY INVEST

Craig is a founding shareholder and CEO of the Multiply Group. Prior to this role he was an integral member of a partnership that grew Imbewu Capital Partners to holding one of Southern Africa’s most attractive portfolios. Formerly, Craig was a Director and Shareholder of Gadlex, the 25% BEE shareholder of Business Connexion, a well-known IT Company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

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Craig was the Commercial Director for Business Connexion prior to the merger with Comparex Africa. Subsequent to this role he was appointed the Mergers and Acquisitions Executive. Craig worked for 7 years as an investment banker at BoE Bank, now Nedbank. Craig has over 20 years of relevant experience, 10 years of which being involved in successfully building Imbewu Capital Partners through deal identification, funding, and operational involvement. The practical phase of his chartered accountant qualification was spent with Coopers and Lybrand.

LAURIE DODEN

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.

BEVAN DUCASSE

FOUNDER & CEO  | wiGROUP

Bevan is the founder and CEO of wiGroup. They’re the leading software as a service provider in loyalty, vouchering, rewards and mobile commerce. wiGroup currently have a physical presence in several countries across Europe, UK and Africa, and with over 72 000 retail lanes live, processing over $400 million in mobile transactions, they believe they’re spearheading the future of how to simplify how customers transact.

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Bevan believes that the strength of their business is in their culture, which focusses on cultivating and stewarding passionate people to deliver remarkable solutions that enrich lives. Bevan was the overall winner of the 2016 FNB Business Innovation Awards, and he was honoured and recognised for using innovation to drive business growth and having potential to scale significantly through the Endeavor network.

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.

ANTHONY FARR

CEO |  ALLAN & GILL GRAY PHILANTHROPY AFRICA

Anthony is the CEO of the Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Africa. Anthony completed his CA (SA) at Deloitte in Cape Town and Luxembourg, before working at Standard Bank in London for a number of years, in their international corporate finance team. He then co-founded the Starfish Greathearts Foundation in 2001 which now supports in the region of 15,000 orphaned or vulnerable children across South Africa.

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He was the founding CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, established in 2005, growing this pipeline of responsible entrepreneurs, known as Allan Gray Fellows, to a cohort of over 800 individuals and creating businesses to the value of approximately R850m. Anthony is married to Susannah and they live in Cape Town with their three children.

PIETER FAURE

CEO |  MERGON GROUP

Pieter is the CEO of the Mergon Group, a private investment group that exist to impact lives. Pieter initially obtained a law degree and then qualified as a South African chartered accountant, spending his professional career at PwC specialising in tax consulting. Pieter joined the Mergon Group in 2005 through its subsidiary, Infotech, as Chief Financial Officer. In 2007 he was offered the position as the CEO of the Mergon Group.

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Under Pieter’s leadership, the Mergon Group has established itself as a diversified investment group, investing in early-stage and growth-stage private equity businesses, both locally and internationally. He has also overseen the growth of the Mergon Foundation as a leading funder of Kingdom Expansion initiatives across Africa and the Middle-East and was instrumental in establishing Nation Builder, a non-profit initiative focused on equipping business leaders in the area of corporate social investment. Pieter is married to Corné and lives in Stellenbosch with their three children.

GIDEON GALLOWAY

FOUNDER & CEO |  KING PRICE INSURANCE

Gideon is the founder and CEO of King Price, a new player (and game changer) in South Africa’s short term insurance industry. An avid entrepreneur, Gideon has founded several other successful companies, such as ThinkTank and SABest. Together with pursuing his entrepreneurial endeavours, Gideon enjoyed a successful corporate career as marketing and sales director for insurance giant Telesure, where he also pioneered the insurance aggregator hippo.co.za.

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These 14 years of short term insurance experience and insight resulted in King Price’s world-first pricing strategy, which sees premiums decrease monthly in line with cars’ depreciating values. Gideon believes in a culture-based business model and his team is encouraged to operate to their full creative potential. For Gideon it’s not just about products, it’s also about realising the human possibilities. King Price launched in June 2012 with only 20 staff. Just 5 years later, 750 committed and inspired ‘family members’ serve the kingdom’s 110,000+ happy clients (with a smile). King Price has also won many awards and broken numerous records along the way.

BOSHOFF GROBLER

CEO | ASHBURTON INVESTMENTS

Boshoff joined Rand Merchant Bank in 2000, after providing legal counsel to the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) for three years. During the past 15 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 as 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 the implementation of the FirstRand Group’s investment management strategy.

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When Boshoff is not working he spends time with his wife, Blyde, and his three children Andreas, Nina and Miko. Boshoff loves horses and is a passionate horse rider. His other interests include breeding Arabian horses, tennis, fly fishing, reading, music and travelling.

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.

NOXOLO HLONGWANE

HEAD OF PHILANTHROPY | NEDBANK PRIVATE WEALTH

Noxolo heads up the Philanthropy Office at Nedbank Private Wealth and is 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.

LESEGO HOLZAPFEL

FOUNDER & CEO  |  BOKAMOSO IMPACT
CO-FOUNDER & CHAIRWOMAN  |  RAISE THE CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL

Lesego is the co-founder and chairwoman of Raise the Children International, a registered nonprofit in South Africa, USA and UK. As a former volunteer teacher in a rural school outside of her hometown of Mmabatho, Lesego believes in education-based solutions to poverty. Raise the Children identifies self-motivated orphans from impoverished and rural communities and mobilizes resources for these children to gain access to higher education that leads to employment and public service with a high return on social investment.

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Lesego is also the founder and CEO of Bokamoso Impact Investments, a social enterprise solely dedicated to uplifting remote underdeveloped areas of the country. Bokamoso introduces innovative agricultural solutions to poverty, incubates local rural entrepreneurs, and tackles lack of basic resources with commercial strategies and natural asset mobilisation. Lesego is also the founder and CEO of Bokamoso Foods, specialising in manufacturing, packaging and distribution of food and beverages. She is an alumna of the City College of New York with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies, more specifically Social and Economic Development in Southern Africa, and a graduate of the London School of Economics, with a MSc in Social Policy and Development, investigating the impact of decentralisation of education and quality in the former homelands of South Africa. Lesego was recently given public recognition as a young Achiever and Trail Blazer, and Mail and Guardian honoured her as one of South Africa’s 200 young leaders. Recently, she won the Standard Bank Top Women award, alongside noticeable icons like Yvonne ChakaChaka.

ABIGAIL KHULUSE

FOUNDER & DIRECTOR  |  TUSHIYAH ADVISORY SERVICES

Abigail launched Tushiyah in 2008 with the focused and ambitious objectives of growing SMEs, growing corporates and growing the economy. Over the last decade the company has gained significant standing in the Enterprise and Supplier Development space, responsible for countless SME/Corporate successes. Putting planning into practice has been a central theme for her over this exciting period of exponential growth.

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Abigail’s drive has also seen her being crowned SACBW Business Woman of the Year in 2014. With a unique pool of some of the brightest people that South Africa has to offer, Abigail succeeded in securing Tushiyah’s USP: access to market; access to finance; and access to business savvy for SMEs. In this way, Tushiyah facilitates successful value chain relationships for corporate procurement divisions.

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.

HEIN KOEGELENBERG

CEO |  LA MOTTE WINES & LEOPARD LEAP WINES

Hein is both the CEO of La Motte, a premium South African wine brand, and Leopard’s Leap Wines, an upmarket retail wine brand. Both wines are sold internationally to great acclaim. Born in Laingsburg in South Africa’s Karoo region in 1960, Hein earned himself qualifications in winemaking from the respected Cape Institute for Agriculture Training at Elsenburg at Stellenbosch University in the Cape Winelands.

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Embarking on his career as winemaker in 1984 at Spier Wine Estate, Koegelenberg later joined Windmeul Cellar in Paarl, moving through the ranks from Assistant Winemaker to Chief Winemaker and ultimately CEO of the co-operative winery before becoming CEO of La Motte in 1998. In 1999 he formed Leopard’s Leap Wine in collaboration with his late father-in-law, the internationally respected industrialist and conservationist Dr Anton Rupert. Under Hein’s management, Leopard’s Leap has become a global brand known for its support of conservation efforts to protect the Cape Mountain leopard. In 2014, Hein was acknowledged by the Institute of Cape Wine Masters as Wine Personality of the Year in recognition for his major contribution to the South African wine industry. Hein is the Chairman of the Board of the Franschhoek Wine Valley association which looks after the promotion of the wine and wine tourism in the Franschhoek valley where La Motte and Leopard’s Leap are based. Hein takes a special interest in developing the South African wine tourism offering in Asia.

PATRICK KUWANA

FOUNDER  |  CROSSOVER TRANSFORMATION GROUP

Patrick is the founder of Crossover Transformation Group – an organisation focused on offering Value Co-Creation services, a field of expertise focused on accelerating business and economic growth by putting together new relational and transactional economic structures that are constructed by uniting the uniqueness and diversity of thinking from participating stakeholders.

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Patrick left a successful corporate career in 2005 and co-founded Umliba Investment Corporation – a South Africa based specialist information and media focused investment holding company. Through this company he set up a joint venture company called PA Sport South Africa (a leading sports information provider) together with London based Press Association Group. In 2008 he further co-founded Livemobile – a mobile media and services company which became the first African organisation to win a Global Mobile Marketing Award for innovation in sports based mobile marketing. He exited this side of business to start Crossover Transformation in 2011. Patrick is married to the love of his life, Maude and they have been blessed with two sons.

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.

PIERRE MALAN

CO-FOUNDER  |  ACORN PRIVATE EQUITY

Pierre is the co-founder and majority shareholder of Acorn Private Equity. He is a qualified chartered accountant with more than 23 years’ experience in corporate finance, private equity and investments.

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Pierre specialised in taxation with Arthur Andersen and worked as an analyst and corporate financier at SMK Securities, which later became BOE Securities. In September 1998, he started with the PSG Group, where he was tasked with private equity and corporate finance. After almost 11 years with PSG he resigned in 2009 to start Acorn Private Equity. Acorn is currently managing their second private equity fund Acorn Agri, an agri and food permanent capital vehicle.

KARABO CHE MOKOAPE

CO-FOUNDER & CEO  |  HOME CLOUD

Karabo is a Durban-based social entrepreneur, writer and speaker. He is also the co-founder and CEO of Home Cloud, an Internet Service Provider (ISP). He sits on the boards of several organisations including: Hilton College, The Future Life Foundation, The Light Trust, African Enterprise and others. His core skills are strategic leadership and planning, communication and personal development.

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Karabo has a vast knowledge regarding systems, operations and social responsibility which he has applied in strategically advising a wide range of organisations in various industries. A true global citizen, he has travelled to more than 70 countries and speaks a number of foreign languages, including French and Spanish. Karabo also has a background as a journalist, having been a foreign correspondent for various media outlets, including the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). He has covered the conflicts in Somalia, Gaza, Afghanistan and the Ivory Coast to name a few. Karabo and his wife Thuli, have two children and live in Durban.

GERHARD MARX

FOUNDER & CEO | ECRA SOLUTIONS (PTY) LTD
CO-FOUNDER & DIRECTOR | KAVANAH (PTY) LTD
TRUSTEE | ITAVERO TRUST

Husband, father, servant-leader, accountant, auditor, strategist, Bible scholar and experienced entrepreneur with a demonstrated history of leading teams and establishing new start-up organisations in business and the non-profit sectors.

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Gerhard is passionately committed as a Kingdom Builder in all aspects of life and wants to serve the purpose of God in this generation. Through business and marketplace ministry he leads people to life-changing experiences.

ZOLA MKUMLA

MANAGING DIRECTOR  |  SIMACEL

Zola is the Managing Director of Simacel (Pty) Limited which developed the first photo voltaic solar energy installations in the Northern Cape, South Africa. These projects generate 190MW, which is fed directly into the national grid. Prior to this involvement, Zola held an executive role with First National Bank and has a proven track record as a business development manager in various enterprises.

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He has held the position of chairperson of the Banking SETA IT sub-committee for the USA delegation. Zola’s personal passion, however, is in education. In memory of his late mother, he formed The Dikeledi Mkumla Education Trust in 2011 and in 2018 will fully sponsor 40 learners at Carter High School in Pietermaritzburg.

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.

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.

BRANDON PASCHAL

HEAD OF INCUBATION  |  LAUNCHLAB

Brandon is currently the Head of Incubation at the Stellenbosch University LaunchLab. He oversees the incubation and acceleration programmes, recruits potential investors and service providers, works with corporates to engage with startups, and speaks at various startup events promoting the Western Cape and South African tech startup community. He also directly works with more than 10 startups.

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He was on the founding team of a Campus Outreach in Johannesburg, a global ministry to university students serving as the Mobilisation Director. After eight years with Campus Outreach, Brandon joined Applogix in 2012 where he headed the Project Management and Business Analyst functions. He facilitated a strategy and culture overhaul in 2014, which was crucial to Applogix being acquired by WPP (UK based group of creative agencies) in 2014 for around R50m. Brandon received his MBA from East Carolina (AACSB) in 2013. His undergraduate studies were in business science at UNC-Charlotte. Brandon’s expertise lies in strategy, culture and business model design.

KERI-LEIGH PASCHAL

CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR  |  NATION BUILDER TRUST

Keri-Leigh is the Executive director of the Muthobi Foundation within the Mergon Group, as well as co-founder and director of the Nation Builder Trust. Nation Builder is an initiative that equips and enables businesses to leverage their skills and resources to bring about social change while doing business. Nation Builder has launched the first social Investment self-assessment tool, a knowledge platform with best in industry resources and an exclusive online community caters for peer-learning and collaboration.

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Keri has worked both locally and in the United Kingdom in marketing and development as well as initiating and leading a national drive, to raise awareness for autism in South Africa – igniting a passion to utilise marketing and business to raise social awareness and investment.

GRAHAM POWER

FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN  |  POWER GROUP OF COMPANIES

Graham is the founder and Chairman of the Power Group of Companies, formed in 1983. The company has made its mark in the world of construction, building and property development, working to improve the quality of life in Africa through infrastructure development. Graham has repurposed his company into a powerful tool for transformation in God’s hands. In 2001 Graham initiated a gathering in Cape Town that saw 45,000 Christians pray for the needs of their nation.

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By 2010 this movement grew to become the largest prayer gathering in recorded history, where people from 220 nations participated in the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday. In 2007 Unashamedly Ethical (UE), was launched internationally, promoting ethics, values, and clean living across all sectors of society. UE has members in 119 countries and the goal is to see this reach all 220 nations by 2025. A few personal awards for Graham include the first international ‘Entrepreneurial Leader of the Year’ award by the World Evangelical Alliance and the Entrepreneurial Leaders Organisation in Canada; City of Cape Town Civic Award for Social Affairs and Services; Junior and Businessman awards in Johannesburg and Cape Town and an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from the Nyack College and the Alliance Theological Seminary in New York.

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.

WESLEY SMITH

CO-FOUNDER & CEO  |  GAP CAPITAL

Wesley is a qualified Chartered Accountant specialising in private equity and transaction advisory services. Amongst other deal-related services, he has focused on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, fundraising, due diligence investigations, valuations and transaction structuring and advice. Wesley is the CEO and co-founder of Gap Capital SA and USA. Prior to that he was the founder and CEO of LIV Business, a philanthropic investment company.

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He was responsible for heading up the Corporate Finance divisions of KZN and the Eastern Cape for PricewaterhouseCoopers and before that was the founder and owner of Smith Savage, a registered auditing, taxation, boutique corporate finance and advisory practice in Johannesburg. Other business leadership roles include the finance executive for Louis Vuitton South Africa.

TICH SMITH

FOUNDER & CEO  |  LIV VILLAGE

Tich is the founder and CEO of Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV). He attended Pietermaritzburg University from 1969 to 1972, played rugby for Natal in 1970 and represented Natal in cricket from 1972 until his retirement from the game in 1983. He also represented South Africa in cricket in this time. Tich worked for Sanlam from 1987 to1992. In 1992, he started Tich Smith & Associates, and TSA Administration (Pty) Ltd in 1997. His son, Greg, joined him in the business in 2001.

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In 2007, he felt the call of God, to pass on the baton of the running of the business to Greg, and go full time into the Amaoti informal settlement, to work alongside his wife, Joan. These projects support twenty-seven crèches, feed over a thousand children each day, run life skills programs in two high schools and have over 400 vulnerable children on the back-to-school program and employ a number of previously unemployed young people from Amaoti, who now manage the projects. In 2008, Tich and Joan felt the call of God to start the Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV), which would become the urgently needed residential facility for orphaned and vulnerable children. The vision for a children’s village had been burning in Tich’s heart for 12 years. In 2009, they purchased an eighty-three-acre farm, on the outskirts of Verulam, and LIV was born. The first 96 homes are complete. There are 33 mothers in residence, and over 160 children now call the LIV Village “home” (with new children added monthly). Tich and Joan have been happily married for 26 years with four children and eight grandchildren.

GIDEON STRAUSS

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR  |  INSTITUTE FOR CHRISTIAN STUDIES

Gideon is Associate Professor in Worldview Studies at the Institute for Christian Studies, a graduate school of philosophy in Toronto, Canada, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Public Justice in Washington, DC, USA. His current research projects include a study of Faith Formation after Sixty in Montreal, Quebec, and a study of Inequality, forgiveness, and political agency: lived theologies among young adults in post-apartheid South African churches in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

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Gideon previously served, among others, as Associate Professor of Leadership and Executive Director of the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California, and editor of the journal Comment. While in Stellenbosch Gideon is collaborating with Stellenbosch Gemeente to facilitate workshops titled Jou Volgende Vyf Jaar.

FRANZ STRUWIG

FOUNDER + TINKERER  |  SNUGGLABS

Franz is passionate about people, technology and business! He was the CEO and co-founder of iKubu – a Stellenbosch based tech company that was acquired by Garmin in 2015. Franz received his Computer Engineering degree from the University of Pretoria, and started his career as an embedded software developer. After honing his skills for a couple of years, he decided to start a business where Engineers could really express themselves: iKubu was born. During his tenure as CEO of iKubu, Franz also competed his MBA (cum laude) at the University of Stellenbosch.

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After crowdfunding the world’s first bicycle radar called Backtracker in 2014, iKubu was acquired by Garmin. Franz is currently helping tech startups to unlock their full potential.

JOHN VOLMINK

CHAIRPERSON  |  UMALUSI COUNCIL
CHAIRPERSON  |  DG MURRAY TRUST

John was born and raised in Cape Town South Africa. He started his academic career at the University of Western Cape, South Africa where he studied mathematics and physics and later completed the PhD in mathematics education at Cornell University, Ithaca NY in 1988. He returned to Southern Africa in 1990 after almost a decade in the USA.

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John served as Campus Vice-Principal at the then University of Natal, Durban and later Pro-Vice Chancellor for Partnerships at the University of KwaZulu-Natal until 2004. He has also been centrally involved in curriculum reform in post-apartheid South Africa and has been asked by all four Ministers of Education to play a leading role in the transformation of education in the new South Africa. He served for four years (2006 -2010) as the Chairperson of Umalusi Council, and is now serving a second term as Chair of Council. Currently, he also serves as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the Durban University of Technology, a university of 27 000 students as well as the Acting Vice-Chancellor at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He is also the Chairperson of the DG Murray Trust, a public innovator committed to developing South Africa’s potential through strategic investment. After 25 years away from Cape Town he returned to and refurbished the house in Cape Town where he grew up. John and his late wife Engela, who was also a teacher, worked together in voluntary community based educational projects in the Athlone area with a focus on young people.

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.

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 global co-convener for a global sports coalition with partners in 200 countries. Since 1999, over 5 million young people in 170 countries are reached and discipled through sports and games annually as a result of training for 80,000 leaders each year.

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John is the director of the International Sport Leadership School (ISLS) – an initiative that has trained 500 emerging global leaders from 130 countries. He is the global facilitator for Ubabalo – 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 material available for multiple sports in multiple languages. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and is a Certified Behavioural 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.

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.

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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