Aaron Mokoena South African Football Captain

Aaron Mokoena became the youngest player ever to have represented South Africa when he made his international debut at the age of seventeen in 1999 for the 2000 Summer Olympics qualifiers.

In the 2002 World Cup he went on to replace Lucas Radebe as the captain of the South African side just before leading the national squad at the African Cup of Nations held in Ghana in January 2008.

Aaron has launched his own foundation which focuses on using football to make a real sustainable difference for young people in South Africa.

Nick Binedell, Director of Gordon Institute of Business Science

Nick Binedell is the Founding Director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, a leading business school in the heart of Illovo, Johannesburg. After an initial career in mining and manufacturing, Nick has spent the past 20 years in Business Education. He has a PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle.

His area of expertise is in the field of business strategy formulation, and his academic and consulting work, although dominantly in South Africa, includes work in the United States, Europe and Australia.

Avi Lasarow, Founder of Trimega Laboratories

Avi Lasarow was born in Johannesburg and moved to the UK in 1998 to work for Citibank. In 2005 he established Trimega Laboratories in London. The company has developed a range of techniques for testing substance abuse. Its core business is laboratory-based analysis of hair samples, but other services include Roadside Drugalyzer™ Testing for law enforcement, Hair Steroid Testing for athletes and most recently, Hair Benzodiazepines Testing.

In 2008, Trimega Laboratories won the title of Best Use of Technology in the Barclays-sponsored Startups Awards and a regional winner in the HSBC Start-up Stars.

Not content with a UK-based company on the cutting edge of substance-abuse testing, Avi moved back to South Africa and launched an equally successful chapter of his business in Cape Town, proving that business acumen gained in the UK can be successfully transferred to home shores.

Gareth Knight, Founder of Technovated

Gareth is a digital maven and open source evangelist.
He co-founded Kindo.com a global family social network site which was later acquired by MyHeritage. Kindo was voted one of the top 3 most promising Internet companies in the UK for 2008. Gareth founded Technovated, a leading web 2.0 provider which he currently runs and is based in London and Johannesburg.

He also organises a web and emerging tech conference, Tech 4 Africa, which brings global experience and perspective to the African context.

Ashley Mathura, Head of Start ups, FNB Commercial Banking

Ashley Mathura is Head of Start-Ups and Black Economic Empowerment at FNB Commercial Banking. He has been in the banking industry for over 12 years and left the banking industry for a year to start his own successful business before returning to the banking sphere. This gave him a unique insight into the support structures that start up businesses need to thrive and become sustainable.

As an experienced banker and social entrepreneur, he is passionate about the economic development of South African small businesses.

Angel Jones, Founder of Morrisjones & Co

Angel Jones is the Founder & Creative Director of an advertising agency, Morrisjones&co which was voted Financial Mail’s Emerging Agency of the Year 2001, Financial Mail’s Small Agency of the Year 2002, Finance Week’s Small Agency of the Year 2004 and Finance Week’s Small Agency of the Year 2005. Morrisjones&co created the brand kulula.com.

Angel is also founder of the Homecoming Revolution an organisation aimed at reversing the South African skills shortage.

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