Leadership and investment expertise to respond to unique African investment opportunities

Our team

Dr Reuel Khoza

CHAIRPERSON

Distinguished Africanist, thought-leader, business leader, president of the IoDSA, public speaker and change agent at the forefront of transformation in the South African political economy, Dr  Khoza has been hailed as a role model in respect of the duties and responsibilities that a citizen can and should take on in the public and national interest. Dr Khoza boasts more than 40 years of executive management experience. He currently serves as Chairman of the Public Investment Commission (PIC) and Assupol Ltd. Dr Khoza further serves as Chairman of his private business interests, Dzana Investments (Pty) Ltd and Hlayisani Capital (Pty) Ltd.

Formerly Dr Khoza served as Chairman of Globeleq, the Nedbank Group Limited, Eskom Holdings, and GlaxoSmithKline South Africa, he also served as Director of the JSE Limited, IBM South Africa, Liberty Life Group, Standard Bank Group, Nampak Limited and Old Mutual plc. He has been involved in the formulation of the King Codes on Corporate Governance in King II, King III and King IV, serving as Mervyn King’s deputy in the last two instances.

Reuel Khoza’s qualifications include a BA Hons in Psychology (University of Limpopo previously University of the North), and MA in Marketing (University of Lancaster, UK), EngD in Business Leadership, Warwick University UK, an LLD honoris causa (Rhodes University), a D Econ honoris causa (University of Free State) and is a Chartered Director (CD SA). He is Emeritus Professor Extraordinaire of the University of Stellenbosch Business School and current Visiting Professor at Rhodes Business School, the University of Free State Business School; and Wits Business School, as well as Chancellor of the University of Limpopo.

Dr Khoza is author of Attuned Leadership, Let Africa Lead, The African in my Dream and The Power of Governance (with Mohamed Adam), and a avocado pear farmer with a deep love for writing and producing music.

Michael Jordaan

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

Michael Jordaan, venture capitalist and former CEO of First National Bank (FNB) one of SA’s largest banks with a customer base of nearly nine million, stepping down in August 2013 to pursue his passion for entrepreneurship. With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector and nearly a decade at the helm of the Bank (being appointed at age 36), Michael oversaw the move away from traditional banking toward rewarding ecosystem-centric solutions for customers, and led FNB to be named the “World’s Most Innovative Bank” in the 2012 BAI-Finacle Global Banking Innovation Awards, in Washington DC, with more than 7,000 implemented innovations during his tenure. Michael’s private investment company, Montegray Capital lends a strategic-hand to various businesses, including data network RAIN and start-up Bank Zero. He is also a non-Executive Director on the JSE Limited. Michael actively invests as a partner in AngelHub Ventures, a South African based Venture Capital Fund.

Michael is well known within the South African context as being on the forefront of leadership, innovation and technology, receiving several awards including the regional Excel Award, the Top Five list of SA Newsmakers of the Year and CNBC’s All Africa Business Leader of the Year for Southern Africa award.

Nkateko Khoza

DIRECTOR & INVESTMENT PRINCIPAL

With over 20 years of investment and management experience, Nkateko currently serves Investment Principal and Director of Hlayisani Capital and Hlayisani Fund Managers. She also serves as CEO of Dzana Investments an investment holding company with interests in property, energy, education, health and ICT sectors. She has diverse corporate experience with BMW South Africa and Barloworld Information Systems and Deloitte Consulting. Nkateko is a non-executive director of Italtile Ltd. Nkateko is an MBA and BCom graduate with majors in Information Systems, Economics and Accounting.

Brett Commaille

DIRECTOR & INVESTMENT PRINCIPAL

With over 20 years of investment and management experience with >12 years Venture Capital, Brett currently serves Investment Principal and Director of Hlayisani Capital and Hlayisani Fund Managers. Brett is an Angel Investor, Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur and Business Development Specialist who has built a career in investing into and growing small and medium sized businesses both in South Africa and internationally. Brett is the founder and Lead Partner of AngelHub Ventures. Brett gained diverse corporate experience with Deloitte, PWC (South Africa and Middle East), and Standard Bank’s Corporate and Investment Bank. He set up a venture capital fund for Remgro Ltd called Invenfin, where he served as CEO. Brett founded AngelHub Ventures one of the most active venture fund investors in South Africa. Brett serves on the board several technology businesses and as a member of the South African Venture Capital and Private Equity’s (“SAVCA”) Venture Capital sub-committee. Brett is a Chartered Accountant – CA(SA) and BCom honours graduate.

Dr Eugene van Rensburg

DIRECTOR & INVESTMENT PRINCIPAL

With over 20 years of investment and management experience with >15 years Capital Markets, Eugene currently serves Investment Principal and Director of Hlayisani Capital and Hlayisani Fund Managers. Eugene has a successful track record as an entrepreneur in both the small, medium enterprise and large institutional sectors for the past two decades. Previously Eugene held senior leadership positions at IRESS Ltd, Nedbank Capital, Sanlam Capital Markets and ICAP South Africa and the Phoenix Capital group of companies. Eugene is a PhD  (Finance), Executive MBA (Cum Laude), and BCom graduate. He holds the following qualifications: Professional Accountant (SA), Fellow of the institute of the South African Institute of Financial Markets (FIFM), Practicing Stockbroking member of the South African Institute of Stockbrokers (CSb(SA)), South African Financial Services Conduct and Authority qualified Key Individual for advice, discretionary and hedge fund licenses. Eugene serves as a member of the board of governors for the South African Institute of Financial markets and serves as a board member of the South African Institute of Stockbrokers.

Mathew Palin

SENIOR PORTFOLIO MANAGER & INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

Mathew is a Partner at AngelHub Ventures and is an experienced Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry as well as building and growing a manufacturing and retail business. He was co-owner of an ethnic dry hair business where he helped grow and develop the business until its eventual acquisition by an India based Multinational Corporation. He then went on to manage a private property portfolio, establish a manufacturing business in Mauritius and provided consultancy services to a South African logistics company. Mathew has a BComm in Management and Economics and obtained his MBA from UCT’s Graduate School of Business where he received the Old Mutual Gold Medal Award for Outstanding Achievement. Mathew sits on the Board of two high growth technology businesses where he provides strategic, operational, and governance guidance. Mathew also holds a VC office hours workshop once a month where young companies can get free business advice and guidance.

Kevin Harris

INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

Kevin holds a BComm (Hons) in Finance & Economics and is a level III qualified CFA. He worked in Specialised finance for Old Mutual’s equity trading and in London for Rand Merchant Bank. Kevin manages a range of private investments for his Family office in his personal capacity. These range from an extensive property portfolio to various listed assets, international Venture Capital and local private equity with a focus on the tech, telco and energy sectors in Africa.