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Kriekie du Plessis


Kriekie du Plessis is the Chairwoman of Agilitee. As the Chief Operating Officer, she played a pivotal role in a technology start-up company called Neighbiz. She conceptualised the Neighbiz wallet, the first of its kind, which will allow the informal sector to have its e-commerce platform. She successfully obtained accreditation from the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) and secured financing from ABSA Bank and Nedbank. She established relations with various Stokvel Associations to offer a secure communication platform for Stokvel groups that are linked to a bank account. Kriekie initiated the transformation of the existing commerce chambers structure to operate as a CBC (Cyber Business Chamber). She was the co-founder of Expro Advertising, trading at all national Airports for Advertising mediums. In 1996 she created the split plasma screen as an alternative to the electronic flip board to alert aircraft departure times – which is still being used today. Kriekie was involved in the advertising and marketing campaign for KIA Motors Corporation Group when it first launched in South Africa. She diversified into construction and property and as the former CEO of R&T Development and Mkwanazi Civils, she developed a holiday resort in Mozambique. She rolled out the finance, marketing and sales strategy, which made the resort one of the most popular and luxurious resorts in Mozambique. She also established several prestigious property developments and managed to secure the involvement of financial institutions to finance furnished apartments for first-time buyers which resulted in the erection of a 488 unit apartment block.

Kriekie has also registered various patents such as a branded golf putting cup and a tracking bracelet for children.

She has an entrepreneurial spirit, is a disrupter of conventional systems, and strives to inspire a culture of self-sustainability and prosperity.

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Thandiwe Hlophe

Vice Chairperson

Thandiwe holds an MBA and a Bcom degree in Statistics. She has 13 years’ experience within the asset management industry, having worked at Liberty Life, STANLIB, Allan Gray, Curo Fund Services and now Ashburton Investments in managerial positions.

She is well vested with a strong mathematical and analytical skill set; with sound experience in Life Company Four Fund Tax Pricing, Life Company Asset and Liability Matching, Collective Investment Schemes and the CISCA Act, Pooled Portfolio and Structured Products and related Regulatory Reporting.

She has represented different asset management companies at numerous ASISA and internal governance committees; ensuring that the companies operating platforms are operating according to the required standards and guidelines.

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Mandla Lamba

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Mandla Lamba founded Agilitee in 2018 and he has been described as one of the most influential young entrepreneurs of his generation. Widely respected for his work in the financial markets, his ingenuity and craftiness has helped create a number of world-class businesses.

His notable roles range from establishing Verityhurst, to heading up market-changing companies in the mining, farming, Semiconductor, financial services, energy, agri-industries, logistics and real estate sectors. Dr. Lamba is currently the Chief Investment Officer of Verityhurst, Chairman of Veracity Resources a mining and minerals holdings company.

Dr. Lamba is also Chairman of Paradigm Property Group, a leading developer of exclusive real estate in a selection of prime – as well as new and emerging locations – around Africa. A founder and Chairman of A7 Squared, an Electric Vehicle Batteries Manufacturing Start-up. He uses his inimitable ingenuity to identify and open up development areas to envisage, plan, create and construct the highest quality luxury working and living environments in unique locations that work in harmony with the beauty of their natural surroundings.

He has extensive experience in advising and structuring IPOs, Backdoor and Conventional Listings of Companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE), Stuttgart Stock Exchange (SSE), the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Africa’s largest public market, The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

He is a huge women advocate for transformation through bridging gender disparities and bringing about inclusive capitalism structures from the boardroom to the parliament, this he achieves through structuring Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment transactions in a manner that ensures that women have a seat at the table.