Group board of directors
André van der Veen
CA(SA), CFA, ACMA
André is a senior business executive. He has been the CEO of Niveus and eMedia Holdings (both listed entities on the JSE) and served on several corporate boards over the past two decades. André has developed and successfully exited a number of businesses in the technology, entertainment and consumer industries.
Chief Executive Officer
Frans co-founded the EMSS Group (now Alphawave) guiding it from a consulting start-up to a Group of companies offering various products and services. He has been involved, on executive level, with a number of successful start-ups and various medium enterprises in the Group and is currently an active non-executive director of each company in the Group.
Group Director & Director at EMSS Antennas
Isak was one of the first EMSS employees. He is one of the key technical leads originally involved with FEKO (electromagnetic software package) and later with the MeerKAT and SKA receiver contracts. Apart from his formidable engineering skills, Isak has been a business director of EMSS and the Alphawave Group since the late 1990s.
MARNUS VAN WYK
Group Director & MD at Alphawave MNS & MNP
Marnus joined EMSS in 2000 as an engineer. He grew EMSS Consulting (now Alphawave Mobile Network Services & Products) from a start-up to a company with more than 50 people. He is an expert in logistical operations management and plays a critical role in the business expansion of the engineering companies in the Group.
Group Director & CEO OF SKYNAMO
Sam joined EMSS in 2002 with a Master’s in Computational Electromagnetics. He founded Antenna Magus, later sold to CST-GmbH. In 2012, he co-founded Honeybee (now Skynamo), which has grown to a company with more than 75 people in SA, and now expanding into the UK and US markets. Sam plays a key role in business thinking throughout the Group.
BSc. (Electronic Eng.), BSc Honns., MBA, PGD (Futures Studies), OPM (HBS)
Coen is an entrepreneur with 40 years of experience. He specialises in the strategy of high-tech businesses. He founded and exited his own tech company in the 1990s. Since then, he has served as business advisor and angel investor. He was actively involved in the local listing of 2 tech startups and currently serves on their boards as non-executive director.
BA (Econ), ALP
Kgotso is the founding CEO of Kagiso Capital and former CEO of Kagiso Trust. During his 20-year tenure at the Trust, he played a remarkable role in taking it from it being a general conduit grant funding agency to a development and implementing agency in the education and rural finance fields — thereby ensuring its relevance and sustainability. He also led the design and implementation of the Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme.
BCompt (Hons) CFA Level 2 candidate
Lebo is the COO of Kagiso Capital, where he sources and evaluates appropriate investment opportunities. Before joining Kagiso in 2015, he worked at PwC and the Shanduka Group. He gained extensive experience in investments and finance during his tenure as a senior associate at Shanduka where he was responsible for managing their Africa business, Private Equity Fund and monitoring investments in various sectors.