Our Management Team

Our management team comprises leaders who are passionate and equipped with relevant skills and proven industry experience.

Owen van Dongen

Head of Enterprise and Supplier Development

Owen van Dongen, who has over 13 years’ experience working in the SMME sector, has held management positions in multiple small businesses including light manufacturing and communications. He is a BCom graduate and holds a postgraduate degree in Sustainable Development. Owen is passionate about working at the forefront of industry.

Bongani Vilakazi

Head of Advisory

Bongani Vilakazi is a BCom graduate with majors in Business Finance and Marketing. He has more than 12 years’ working experience in the financial and services sectors, accounting and BBBEE Codes of Good Practice. Bongani has a passion for responsible investment in community development.

Dr. John Eliastam

Senior Strategy Consultant

Dr. John Eliastam is an experienced consultant and facilitator with extensive experience working with organisations to develop and execute strategy, develop leaders, and create a high-performance work culture. He is a published author, a competitive mountain biker in his age group, and has a number of degrees, including a PhD from the University of Pretoria.

Alicia Pillay

Financial Manager

Alicia Pillay holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cost and Management Accounting. She has more than 11 years’ of experience in the field of accounting and over 15 years in internal auditing, working for companies in South Africa and Namibia. As Financial Manager, she is responsible for HR and payroll at LEAP.  Alicia is passionate about problem solving and business growth, and she has a keen eye for strategic ways to solve business challenges.

Denvor Phokaners

B-BBEE Solutions Manager

Denvor Phokaners has vast local and international sales and marketing experience, taking products to new markets and finding solutions for clients in over 20 countries around the world. He also boasts more than 12 years’ experience working, coaching and mentoring thousands of SMEs in the SADC region.


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