SiMODISA - ExCo

Pieter de Villiers

Pieter de Villiers is a South African born entrepreneur who spent years in Silicon Valley with a passion for mobile and the empowerment it leads to. Pieter is also one of the youngest mobile industry veterans with over 14 years of experience in global telecoms, mobile messaging and mobile payments. In 2013 Pieter launched the SiMODiSA initiative; focused at accelerating start-up success for South African entrepreneurs.

Jason Goldberg

Jason co-founded Edge Growth with the mission of creating jobs by scaling ventures. He has also co-founded Vumela, a Venture Fund initially capitalised by The First Rand Group. Vumela makes investments in early stage, high growth firms. He later launched 10X-e, dedicated to helping successful founding teams Scale Up.

Matsi Modise

Matsi is Vice-Chairperson of SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship by collaborating with policy makers to enhance the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Furaha Afrika Holdings and sits on various boards including the Innovation Hub board and the Agrie-Vie Private Equity Fund Board of Advisory. Her experience ranges from Investment banking, enterprise development and building entrepreneurship ecosystems on the African continent.

Keet van Zyl

Keet is a Venture Catalyst with extensive high-growth investment experience. He co-founded growth equity fund manager; Knife Capital, to continue the active management of HBD’s South African portfolio of investments and raise third-party funds for growth equity investments. Other companies co-founded: AngelHub, Grindstone Accelerator, KNF Ventures.

Claire Busetti

Claire Busetti holds an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand, with 20 years of experience in private equity and investment banking. She is an investment committee member of London based Ariya Capital’s Sub-Saharan Clean Energy Fund and FirstRand’s Vumela Enterprise Development Fund. As a Senior Portfolio Manager at Eskom Pension & Provident Fund, Claire has listed equity investment experience and has extensive knowledge in venture capital and the funding of early-stage, high growth ventures.

Board of Advisory

Marcel Klaassen

Marcel holds an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He has several years’ experience in commercial banking and business support and is passionate about the role that technology can play in driving insightful new venture creation in South Africa. He is the current Executive Head of Growth for FNB Business Banking and is a member of the Banking Association of South Africa SME Committee and remains involved in several local entrepreneurial support initiatives.

Samantha Pokroy

After more than 10 years in institutional private equity and venture, Samantha left corporate in 2013 to found SanariCapital – a private investment company specialising in founder-run businesses in the lower- and middle-market. She has also worked in private equity, investment banking and consulting in the US, with her investment experience including late stage buyouts, growth equity and venture capital. She is currently a Director on the Board of SAVCAand an Endeavour VentureCorp mentor.

Vinny Lingham

Vinny is a South African Internet entrepreneur who is the co-founder & CEO of Civic - an identity protection and management startup. He was also previously the founder and CEO of Gyft & Yola, Inc. He is also the co-founder of SiliconCape, an NGO based in South Africa that aims to turn Cape Town into a technology hub. Vinny was also previously the founder and CEO of the global search marketing firm incuBeta and its subsidiary Clicks2Customers.

Yusuf Randera-Rees

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the Awethu Project. Co-Founded Awethu as a R60,000 business and has driven the creation of over 2000 jobs.
Previously worked in Equity Derivatives at Credit Suisse New York and Zurich, and is an Oxford Rhodes Scholar and Echoing Green Fellow.

Matsi Modise

Matsi is Vice-Chairperson of SiMODiSA, an industry association whose mission is to accelerate entrepreneurship by collaborating with policy makers to enhance the success rate of high impact, high growth entrepreneurs. She is the founder of Furaha Afrika Holdings and sits on various boards including the Innovation Hub board and the Agrie-Vie Private Equity Fund Board of Advisory. Her experience ranges from Investment banking, enterprise development and building entrepreneurship ecosystems on the African continent.