Kevin Andrew Warwick Hardy

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hardy is the former Managing Director of BT Africa and has worked for various reputable technology companies such as Cisco Systems, Aspivia Intelligent Telecoms and Dimension Data. He is a seasoned and respected ICT professional who spent years working towards digital inclusion across Africa and will be leading AYO into its next growth phase.

Salim Young

Chairman

Mr. Young is an experienced business executive and corporate lawyer and is a former director of Webber Wentzel. He recently retired after 12 years as Executive Director on the board of British American Tobacco (SA). He holds a master’s degree (LLM) in International Commercial Law from Tulane University, as well as Certificates in Law from Georgetown and Harvard University.

Naahied Gamieldien

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Gamieldien completed her articles with PriceWaterhouseCooper in 2005. She has held several positions within the AEEI group, including AEEI Group Financial Manager and AYO Technology Group Financial Manager. Having worked closely with the respective groups’ leadership teams for many years, Ms. Gamieldien brings a wealth of experience and insights into steering the company towards a profitable and sustainable future.

Siphiwe Nodwele

Chief Investment Officer

Mr Nodwele was previously the Divisional Director (Head of Mergers & Acquisitions) of Industrial Technologies at EOH Limited. Prior to that, he was the Founder and Group CEO of the SNIC Group Limited, a BEE investment company with interests in the mining, property and IT sectors. Mr Nodwele has been involved in originating and negotiating a number of transactions in his career and has overseen an annual R1 Billion in acquisitions in his previous role. Mr Nodwele read his LLB at the Oliver Schreiner School of Law at the University of the Witwatersrand and subsequently completed a Masters degree in corporate law at the same institution, with Banking & Finance and Advanced Mergers & Acquisitions Law as sub majors. His experience as a dealmaker is complemented by his past work in representing local and international shareholders and stakeholders on company boards and committees.

Walter Gideon Madzonga

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Madzonga is a qualified engineer and was previously the Group Executive of Digital at Independent Media. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering, specialising in Telecommunications and an MBA from the University of Cape Town. Mr. Madzonga also attended Kellogg School of Management, where he focused on media and content strategy.

Khalid Abdulla

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Abdulla is the CEO of African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (AEEI) and has been with the group since 1999. He has been appointed to and serves on various boards, committees, and NGOs and has over 30 years’ experience related to fishing, technology, health, biotherapeutics, events, tourism and financial services.

Cherie Felicity Hendricks

Non-Executive Director

Miss Hendricks is the Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director. Her remit includes sustainability, regulatory compliance, corporate social investment and group communication. She has more than 18 years’ experience with AEEI and currently sits on the boards of the Group’s major investments and links its subsidiaries with the Group’s corporate office.

Aziza Begum Amod

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms. Amod is a professional director, businesswoman, philanthropist and entrepreneur with more than 30 years of business experience in the retail sector. She provides consultancy to women-owned businesses in the areas of impact investment, social innovation, and technology applications for social impact in the food and retail sector. She currently serves as a director and trustee of various business entities and trusts.

Telang Michael Ntsasa

Independent Non-Executive Director

Mr. Ntsasa is the Group Executive at Independent Media responsible for the Public Sector. His main responsibility is to provide leadership in driving commercial initiatives across multi-media platforms (print, digital, and events). Mr. Ntsasa has over a decade of commercial expertise in media and has held various positions, making him an experienced all-rounder in the information solutions sector.

Mbuso Khoza

Non-Executive and Independent

Having worked for FMCG giants such as Pioneer Foods, Parmalat, Colgate, Palmolive and Sara Lee International amongst others, Ms. Khoza is a seasoned Branding and Marketing Strategist. Ms. Mbuso has worked in senior roles closely with different stakeholders in Operations, Finance, legal, Human Resources, Research & Development, Production, and Sales.

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