The Team

The team comprises of industry leaders with several years of practical experience in both local and international markets.

Sa-at Abrahams

BCom (UWC), MBA (Stellenbosch.current)

The financial consulting team is lead by Sa-at Abrahams with 16 years commercial banking experience. Having raised millions of Rands (ZAR) for clients and his knowledge of the banking sector and use of established relationships has seen him have a very successful track record. In depth knowledge of all the role players in the banking sector (From 1st to 3rd tier banking).

Bertram Richards

B.Sc Chem (UCT), PDOM(UCT), Cert. SCM (USA), CLM (Singapore Univ)

The business consulting team is lead by Bertram Richards. With 18 years corporate and SME consulting experience, he has lead teams in business development, systems application development and trade facilitation. A supply chain management specialist his focus is on the development of the company value chain and the design of high impact Enterprise Development Initiatives. An experienced mentor he is passionate about job creation, dignity in business and supporting the South African entrepreneurial spirit.

Rushana Samsodien

BA LLB UNISA current

Rushana brings together all the components on behalf of service providers to deliver all training and conference initiatives. She has a number of years experience as a project administrator on both local and international projects currently studying her BA LLB through Unisa .

Saliem Samodien

The owner of SAMODIEN & Associates which is a built environment project management, quality assistance and empowerment monitoring and implementation consultants. Salliem has been involved in various local and international projects, he is the most experienced of our team lecturing in PM and QMS at Mancosa and CPUT.

Norah Ann Hayes

B.Sc Food Science (Stellenbosch); Cert. Int. Food Law  (USA); MBA (UCT)

Norah Ann, the owner of Focal is a recognized top labeling law specialist in South Africa. Focal is an independent consultancy providing the food industry with an extensive range of services relating to the international legislation of the food industry. The range of services includes food safety, training and facility design.

Safia Lagerdien

MA Industrial Psychology UCT ; SEP (Harvard – WITS)

Safia Lagerdien the owner of Bespoke Consulting is an Organizational Development and Assessment Specialist; Safia holds both local and international qualifications and has worked for corporate in both South Africa and the United Kingdom. Her areas of expertise include organizational and personal development with a global track record in projects. A passionate and professional facilitator, Safia will get you thinking as an organization.

John Heidgen

The owner of JH Consulting, the most senior of our FMCG team, John has over 25 years experience. As previous MD of JMC Melnicks he managed the meteoric rise of global brands like Red Bull and Lindt in South Africa for JMC. His vast knowledge of FMCG guides clients through the complexities of supplying to retail in South Africa. John is positioned as a mentor, consultant and lecturer in the organization.

Dawood Kahn

B.Comm (Hons) (Univ. Natal)

Dawood a retail merchandising and marketing specialist. Dawood brings a mixture of experience as both an owner of a retail outlet SPAR and a supplier having represented corporate employers Appletizer, Coca Cola and Simba Chips. Dawood like John Heidgen is positioned as consultant, mentor and lecturer guiding entrepreneurs through the basics of product listings, Price negotiations, sales forecasts and project formations to achieve compliance with retailers SLA’s.

Jayant Gajjair

(Registered Accountant)

Jayant Gajjar, mentor, advisor owns a top rated accounting and book keeping firm Ascend Business Solutions. This company addresses all issues related to
compliance to SARS. Ascend provides the accounting systems and processes required by companies to manage their businesses.

David Brien

David is the owner of Retail Dimensions cc. The most experienced of the associate SME consultancies. David has raised in excess of R42 million in finance for Youth Entrepreneurs (NYDA) in South Africa. A qualified engineer by training, he has an extensive record in growth, startup and established business support. His passion is strategy!

Tariq Jamodien

BA, PDOM (UCT), IRDP (US), BBusAdmin (Hons), MBA (US)

consultancy for promoting cutting edge employment practices geared towards labor peace, participation, productivity and progress He is passionate about these subjects and has an exceptional track record in these areas nationally. As a facilitator, speaker and analyst he will get your organization through the toughest decision making steps.

Russell Bailey

Russell provides the hands on engineering insight and consulting to this organization. Russell provides direction with regard to factory design, productivity, product development and insights into the greater industrial supply chain. His experience covers all aspects of the engineering firm from sourcing to sales.