Almero is a director and has been an executive member of the Mergon Group’s investment team since 2008. 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). 


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.He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of, an ASX listed cloud software business for facilities, asset and strata management.


FOUNDER & CEO  |  5-2-50

Ashton is the founder of 5-2-50, a business focused on helping businesses that have been running for a few years, with a staff complement of at least 5 people, to grow to at least 50 people. He is passionate about helping to build businesses with a commitment to seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Ashton believes that there is a Workplace Revival underway and that God is doing unprecedented work in restoring the true blessing and design of work through the church in the workplace.


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. He spent 9 years in China, during which time he completed a Master’s degree in Managing and Leading Innovation and Change (MALIC). 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 focused on eradicating poverty in Africa.



Ben is a veteran private equity investor & proven high-growth entrepreneur. After years of extensive academic training, Ben gained valuable experience as a commercial banker before serving on the executive committee of Every Nation (PBO) for 7 years. In 2012, he then co-founded and pioneered E3 Energy Group of Companies, famous for its 40X growth over 6 years. In 2017, Ben launched Business Game Changers to provide Africa’s business executives with the strategic means to see their innovations unlock real value and growth.


While serving at Every Nation, Ben was responsible for coordinating all start-up and pioneering operations, plus fundraising and financial management of a multimillion-rand budget, co-creating and then executing the vision and strategies of the organisation and involving volunteer leaders and members on the university campus and community projects and forging collaborative relationships. He managed 120 staff.

In 2017, Ben founded Business Game Changers with the goal of helping 1500 businesses by 2030 scale 10X and create 100,000 sustainable jobs.

Ben lives in Stellenbosch and is happily married to Adi, a pharmacist, clinical research associate & consultant. They are the proud parents of three beautiful children. Ben’s family believe they exist to honour God by ultimately obeying Matthew 28:19-20.



Cheryl Jacob has been the Head of Social Entrepreneurship at E Squared since 2019. She is responsible for social impact investments in Public Benefit Organisations. She has over 15 years of experience in International Development, working with civil society organisations across the global south. Cheryl is a Certified leadership coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Team and has spent the past 5 years as a consultant, providing coaching, training, and capacity-building initiatives for the Global Fund, Obama Foundation and Government, amongst others.


Cheryl is also the Founder and Managing Director of REASONATE, an Associate at Womaniko – Transforming Spaces & Author of “The Treasure Within” and “Catapult”.



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 has partnered his brother for 25 years in the alternative lending space and together they have built successful portfolio’s. 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 30 and a 27 year-old son. Topping the list of his interests are good food, red wine, and travel.



Christine is the co-founder and CEO of The Local Edit, an innovative e-commerce store where consumers can discover and shop a curated collection of South African brands. She has 20 years of experience in visual communication, online media and digital content creation, which has shaped her ability to see simplicity in complex structures through design constructs. She’s passionate about innovation, and her natural ability to creatively solve problems and connect dots helps her to bring structure, process and simplicity to businesses.


Christine is extremely passionate about entrepreneurial journeys and hosts a podcast called Behind The Edit, where she facilitates honest and raw conversations between creative entrepreneurs.



Craig Coombe is a co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Multiply Group and was a founding Chief Financial Officer of Imbewu Capital Partners. Prior to the formation of Imbewu, Craig was a director and shareholder of Gadlex, the 25% BEE shareholder of BCX well-known IT Company previously listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). Craig performed the role of Commercial Director for BCX prior to the transaction and thereafter as BCX Executive: Mergers and Acquisitions.


Craig worked for 7 years as an investment banker at BoE Bank, now Nedbank. He has over 25 years of relevant experience, 10 years of which being involved in successfully building Imbewu through deal identification, funding, and operational involvement. The practical phase of his chartered accountant qualification was spent with Coopers and Lybrand (Now PWC). 

Craig is currently a director of Multiply Group (Pty) Ltd, Imbewu Capital Partners (Pty) Ltd, International Facilities Services Limited (Mau) and SBS Holdings (Pty) Ltd. Craig also serves on the Investment Committee of Summit Africa Private Equity Social Impact BEE fund. He previously served on the boards of Gadlex (Pty) Ltd, Reebok South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Autovest Limited, Aka Capital (Pty) Ltd, Seattle Solutions (Pty) Ltd, Evolve Internet Incubator (Pty) Ltd, Setcom (Pty) Ltd, Business Connexion Solutions Holdings (Pty) Ltd, Bo’s Hire & Sales, (Pty) Ltd, Custom Capital Finance (Pty) Ltd, Crossfin Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Umhlanga Arch Developments (Pty) Ltd.



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 8 companies, both locally and internationally. Darin is also on the founding boards of 2 local non-profit organisations.


    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.



    Hannalie’s enduring passion is to serve and guide leaders in discovering their true identity, purpose and calling. Her workshops and coaching sessions are engaging and guide leaders to a deeper understanding of their personalities, thoughts and behaviours, unleashing their God-given talents and abilities to both influence and inspire personal, team and organisational success. 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.



    Hardus is an entrepreneur at heart and launched his first major venture in 1994. He is the CEO of Bloudruk Group based in Cape Town, which holds most of its asset holdings in media companies. It was founded in 2012, and its specialities are Advertising, Business Growth, Media Awareness and Marketing. Hardus consults and helps various grassroots organisations in an effort to grow the Kingdom of Christ on earth and help uplift South Africa, the place where he believes we were called to make a difference.


    Bloudruk Group consist of the following entities – which includes two of the largest radio stations – Radio Tygerberg 104FM in Cape Town and GROOTfm 90.5 in Pretoria, a leading TV program on kykNET called Die Groot Ontbyt, a media agency called BDM.Media including BDM.Digital, Downtown Entertainment, 104 Concerts and a news agency called Bulletin, just to name a few.

    Hardus is actively involved in the community and founded the Voortrekker Road Corridor Improvement District, the largest CID in South Africa. He is also a trustee of the Shalom Trust – a religious organisation founded and lead by Angus Buchan who is involved in reaching out to communities, sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, building relationships, uplifting people, and giving hope.



    Ipi is the CEO of Weber Shandwick, a global strategic, communications, and consulting firm. Ipi’s strength lies in solidifying multi-market client relationships in Africa and managing and expanding the agency’s growing network across the regional operation. She has specific expertise in C-suite advisory council and transitions. Her focus areas include organisational change management, sustainability, corporate and public affairs. 


    Her experience further includes working at blue-chip companies such as Deloitte and Altron, where she specialised in strategic business planning, innovation, corporate affairs and 360 marketing. She has also worked with Non-Profit Organisations in North America, Asia and Africa.

    Ipi is a board member and director of PRCA UK Ltd and is listed as such at London Companies House. She also serves as a board member of Nahana Communications Group. She has further served on other boards and as a judge at some of the industry’s largest awards, which span across the African continent. 



    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.


    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.



    Laurie founded En Gedi and serves as its Executive Director. Her passion is to serve and encourage business leaders and ministry leaders, and God has used her experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors to apply those gifts around the world.  Laurie is married to Daniel Nell, an investor and corporate advisor, and they live in Johannesburg where they serve as personal advisors and “biggest fans” of their two adult children Devon and Kelly.


    Laurie has worked as a manager with Master Sports and as Executive Director of her family’s foundation, Master Works Foundation before founding En Gedi, a non-profit. She currently is a director of Lion’s Crown Global Investments and serves on the advisory council of Life Plus, an education group in China, while also ministering locally.



    Malcolm is the Founder, Managing Trustee, and CEO of Third Sector Insights NPT, a social enterprise focused on shining the light into the board rooms of non-profit and social impact organisations. He recently transitioned off the board of World Vision South Africa after ten years of service, the last three of which were in the role of Board Chair. WVSA is 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 SME support fraternity, especially for his role as founding Chief Executive Officer of NAMAC Trust.


    Malcolm understands the intrinsic components of a social enterprise and the critical role this plays in the ‘third sector’. More especially, through his years engaging with SME’s he has gained invaluable knowledge and wisdom with respect to enterprise development and social entrepreneurship.

    His exposure to both for profit and non-profit 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 has a passion for excellence in the non-profit sector with particular focus onto Board Leadership, Corporate Governance, Executive Management as well as measuring the impact of interventions in this sector. Malcolm lectures at Stellenbosch University Business School and presents the governance module for the USB-ED NPO Management programme. He has been a panel member for the review of the project presentations by the Senior Management Development Programme (USB-ED SMDP) students. In addition, he facilitates the one-day co-branded TSI and Institute of Directors in Southern Africa’s (IoDSA) one day programme on NPO Governance. He was a founding member of the World Institute for Governance of Non-Profit Organisations (WIGNPO).

    During his many years as a consultant in the field of business development, he has been director of numerous non-profit organisations in South Africa. His experience ranges from owning his own consulting business, to being a director of a leading information supply company, to management consulting on performance improvement programmes with some of the large corporations in South Africa. Over the past twenty-eight years he has developed extensive corporate, executive, governance, general management, project management and leadership skills as well as a participatory approach to dealing with business at all levels, domestically and internationally.

    Malcolm holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Newport University (USA) and has completed postgraduate studies at Harvard Business School in the area of Governing for Non-profit Excellence and Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management; both were resident studies at Harvard’s Boston Campus. He completed the Management Advancement Programme at Wits Business School, Johannesburg South Africa. He is a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. Malcolm holds a certificate from the University of Cape Town in Coaching to excellence, plus he holds a post graduate certificate in the psychology of leadership from Cornell University. He qualified as a certified sustainability assurance practitioner through the University of Stellenbosch Graduate School.



    Marlon Parker is deeply committed to community, technology, and innovation, which has shaped his career and led to the creation of RLabs, a social enterprise that has reached over 60 million people in 24 countries. Recognised by Quartz as a leading African Innovator in 2017 and named among the 100 World Class South Africans, Parker has also earned accolades as an honorary faculty member at the International School of Digital Transformation, an adjunct faculty at the UCT Graduate School of Business, a non-resident fellow at New York University, and a member of the GITEX Impact Council. 


    His contributions to social entrepreneurship have garnered him prestigious titles such as a WEF Young Global Leader, a Schwab Foundation Social Innovation Fellow, a Dangote Fellow, and an Ashoka Fellow. Most recently, Parker has launched RLabs Capital, which focuses on investing in and managing a portfolio of scalable technology and impact-driven companies founded by underrepresented entrepreneurs.



    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.



    Dr. Nthabiseng Legoete is an accomplished entrepreneur and medical practitioner. She is the founder and CEO of Quali Doc Holdings, an organisation focused on democratising access to primary healthcare in underserved and neglected communities. Through Quali Doc, she conceptualised and managed a network of brick-and-mortar, technology-enabled primary healthcare clinics. These were aptly named Quali Health clinics. They collectively serviced between 400-500 patients a day with pristine levels of quality and significantly reduced waiting times. 


    Quali Doc has also developed a platform that enables disadvantaged communities to access home-based primary healthcare and screening via community health care workers. This has considerably eased the burden of seeking healthcare in the most vulnerable communities by removing the need to commute to local clinics.

    Through a strategic and impactful partnership with the Gates Foundation, the organisation has launched a product called Doc on T@pp, which allows two-way healthcare communication between medical practitioners and communities via voice notes, texts, pictures, and videos. The consulting arm of the business works with primary healthcare clinics and endeavours to optimise their processes as a precursor to the adoption of technology in the form of digital health records and complementary devices. She has over 19 years of clinical experience and has explored the healthcare industry from public, private, and pharmaceutical perspectives.



    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.


    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 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.


    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.



    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.


    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.


    Managing Partner  |  Family Tree Farms Africa

    Willem serves as the Managing Partner of Family Tree Farms Africa, a division of Family Tree Farms headquartered in the US. With operations extending across California, Mexico, Peru, and now South Africa, Family Tree Farms is a vertically integrated agribusiness that directly markets its premium farm produce through its own network of marketing offices worldwide. With a multifaceted background spanning academia, entrepreneurship, and executive leadership, Willem remains steadfast in his pursuit of fostering positive change and sustainable development within the global agribusiness arena.


    Before assuming his role at Family Tree Farms Africa, Willem co-founded Campitor Investments, a venture dedicated to investment holdings within the food, beverage, and agribusiness sectors. In 2015, he spearheaded the launch of the African Agribusiness Knowledge and Innovation Leadership Initiative during his tenure in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This initiative, conducted in collaboration with faculties at MIT and Harvard, propelled research into African agribusiness models, leveraging Willem’s firsthand experiences in investment and operational realms across the continent.

    Preceding this, Willem was a PSG Group’s Private Equity team member, pivotal in establishing and listing South Africa’s Zeder Investments in 2006. His leadership tenure as CEO of Agrivision Africa, a Zambian farming enterprise under Zeder’s umbrella, provided invaluable insights into steering large-scale African agribusiness operations towards sustainable growth.



    Wynand Smit, the CEO of INOVO, has worked in the Software as a Service (SaaS) industry for over 15 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.