Sean is a property professional with 7 years’ experience working in various sectors of the property industry, in South Africa and the UK. He lived in London for the 4 years and relocated back to Johannesburg in early 2017. Most of his professional experience has been in property market analysis where he has developed a strong understanding of property markets and an interest in what makes them tick. More specifically, cities and emerging economies interest him.
He recently started operating as an independent consultant through his company Divercity Property Solutions and aims advise investors in South Africa, Sub Saharan and Europe interested in pursuing cross-border transactions, providing nuanced market analysis and assisting wherever possible with the property needs of investors, occupiers and other organisations or individuals. He is also involved in property training in South Africa.
Sean is passionate about South Africa, Africa, poverty alleviation and education. In his own capacity and through his role on the executive committee of the South Africa Chamber of Commerce in London, he actively looks to promote and facilitate business and charitable activity between the UK and South Africa. In line with his field, he is passionate about promoting the African property industry and the opportunities it holds.
A Fulbright scholar with an LLM from UCLA, Unathi’s work has been in the creative industries (she has worked as an Entertainment Lawyer then Creative Industries Consultant) and has spanned across a variety of platforms and territories leading to a full understanding of various media platforms and their most effective uses. Having moved from Deneys Reitz (now Norton Rose Fulbright) unlike many Entertainment Lawyers her work has not only covered the whole gambit of the creative and content industries: film, television broadcasting, music, visual arts, publishing (including web), theatre, dance, live events, sport etc. but has further incorporated many diverse aspects such as education, sponsorship and funding, rights strategies, trade exchanges, licensing programmes, product placement, drafting, negotiation and project management. She has, moreover, been involved in running Legacy Programmes – structured training and learning project-specific programmes for the disadvantaged.
Whether she is speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Seminar, or rendering commercial or production legals for the African Union, AFCON or 2010 FIFA World Cup Ceremonies, working on the Lion King Theatrical or international co-productions motion pictures such as Blood Diamond, Unathi’s experience in diplomatically negotiating international agreements, promoting South Africa and its business and cultural competitive advantages, along with the established global networks she has maintained, has provided her with an ability to understand and respect the practices, customs and values of other individuals and cultures and to see diversity as beneficial to any relationship and organization.
Given is a management consultant for PwC South Africa based in Johannesburg. He has over 7 years industry experience in various sectors including private health, mining and consulting in both South Africa and UK. At PwC, Given has worked on large scale transformation projects in government, industrial, financial, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and health sectors.
Given lived and worked in London where he joined the South African Chamber of Commerce before he relocated back to Johannesburg in mid-2017.He is a passionate South African who likes to exhibit the potential and opportunities that lay within the country. He is interested in advocacy for South African businesses that are seeking to expand to the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, and global multinational that would like to expand into South Africa by conducting research, monitoring and analysis of public policy, legislative, regulatory and political environment.
Ntoshane has experience in management consulting, business development, stakeholder management and foreign direct investment in South Africa (SA) and United Kingdom (UK).
He obtained his self-funded MBA degree whilst working as a business development executive at Ernst & Young (EY) Johannesburg, South Africa. During this time he received recognition as an EY Africa for developing and drafting sustainable and profitable business strategies.
Given the foreign investment and ambassadorial nature of this work Ntoshane was nominated, in 2017, for a Brand South Africa business award for young South Africans who are doing phenomenal work in the UK and flying the South African. In April 2017 at the annual South African Chamber of Commerce and Brand South Africa business awards in London, he was awarded the ‘Rising Star of the Year 2017’ award winner.
Being passionate about coaching and mentoring, Ntoshane co-founded and lead a non-profit organisation focused on mentoring and collecting school uniforms and stationery for vulnerable children in Soweto. He has participated in RiseTutors ( coaching and training professionals such as Senior Solicitors, Accountants, Management Consultants, Media journalists, and IT professionals) and has been a seasonal public speaking consultant for the UK government’s National Citizens Services campaign under Speaker’s Trust. Recently, Ntoshane was selected as a mentor for one of the Queen’s Young Leaders 2017 in the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in partnership with University of Cambridge. Ntoshane has relocated back to South Africa where he will continue his role as a member of the Executive Committee and to actively engage with our key South African-based stakeholders and partners.
JACO VAN ZYL
Jaco was born and grew up in Cape Town South Africa. He was at school at Rondebosch Boys’ High and continued his education at Stellenbosch University completing a Bcomm LLB. After completing his law articles at Webber Wentzel, he started his international career at Maitland Group in 2011. Jaco has worked in Maitland’s Cape Town, Luxembourg and London offices, specialising in wealth structuring, emigration and cross-border taxation with special emphasis on the creation of bespoke international tax structures for individuals and corporates, particularly those that have a UK-South African link. Jaco is also a qualified solicitor of the courts of England and Wales.
In Jaco’s also dedicates his time to Transact SA-UK, a separate non-profit entity closely associated with the Chamber which aims to grow significant trade and major investment transactions between South Africa and the United Kingdom. Transact SA-UK hope to contribute to a rising tide of mutual prosperity between the two countries in a post-Brexit global economy. Transact SA-UK identify potential trade and investment opportunities together with Invest Africa / BCA and the Chamber to deliver targeted deal missions by facilitating bilateral meetings and creating new networks to support business and growth.