ABCSA is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes good business relations between Australia and Southern Africa. ABCSA plays an integral part of bringing together both local and foreign businesses in many forums such as business and social events.
Our membership is not limited to Australian and South African nationals but can incorporate anyone doing business in this region. We keep members informed of news and topical issues through regular communications.
Judi is the incoming Chair of the Australian Business Chamber of Commerce Southern Africa (ABCSA). She is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Tourvest Holdings and remains the President of the South African Nuclear New Build Plant Company (SANNPC). She was previously a Senior Vice President of Areva, the global nuclear and renewable energies company. Judi was also Managing Director of Motorola South Africa and prior to that, the Managing Director of the SABC’s public broadcasting. Judi also worked for the Australian government as a development strategist for the New South Wales Department of Sports, psychological advisor for the Australian Correctional Services and national HIV/AIDS project manager for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town and has been certified in a number of courses from the University of Sydney, Harvard University and the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She sits on the boards of Consolidates Infrastructure Group (CIG), CONLOG, South Africa Tourism, the Black Business Council and the Aids Consortium.
Regina is a mining specialist that works in the field of mineral discovery and mine development and is the Managing Director of Exploration Geological Consulting (Pty) Ltd. Regina has 26 years’ experience working in mine operational and strategic investment, including the full mine value chain from mineral exploration, mine development and mine resource planning. Regina has worked mostly in Africa since 2008 and has experience doing business in Liberia, Guinea, Gabon, Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia and the USA. Prior to 2008 Regina worked in Australia, Chile and Argentina. Regina has worked with a wide range of investors including public listed companies, large mining houses (BHP), institutional investors as well as high wealth individuals and smaller entrepreneurial enterprises. Regina has also gained expertise in international mining, environment, taxation and labour related legislations & approvals as well as financial management and project funding.
Eugene Olim is First Secretary (Trade and Economic) at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria where he is focused on promoting Australia’s bilateral trade and investment relationship with South Africa and Southern Africa more broadly. Eugene works to support Australian businesses in South Africa and promote cooperation between government and business organisations in both countries. Before coming to Africa, Eugene coordinated Australia’s multilateral trade and economic policies in the G20. He has assisted Australian businesses manage regulatory challenges in China and played a role in advancing negotiations on Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with Japan. Eugene has lived and worked in a number of overseas economies, including China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
Trade and Investment Commissioner, Africa
Scott Morriss is the Trade and Investment Commissioner for Africa, for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). Scott leads a team of eight highly qualified Business Development Managers supporting Australian business across Africa out of four Austrade offices: Johannesburg, Nairobi, Accra, and Rabat. Scott is based in Johannesburg.
Prior to joining Austrade’s Africa team, Scott was Trade Commissioner to Tokyo responsible for defence industry, advanced manufacturing, education and technology and services sectors. Before joining Austrade in 2017, Scott served in the Australian Navy for over 20 years in a variety of operational and strategic analysis roles – the highlight of which was serving as an Australian Attaché to Japan from 2012 to 2015. Scott holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canberra and is a Japanese language speaker.
Neville has 13 years of experience in investment banking, the last 9 of which have been as a Principal in the Mining Finance team within the Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking Division, where he is responsible for structuring and implementing project finance and corporate debt facilities for a portfolio of local mining clients. His previous roles included focusing on Export Credit Finance transactions in the international mining industry.
Neville has a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and an MBA qualification from the University of the Witwatersrand – WITS Business School.
Business Development Manager
Fabienne has over 20 years of experience working in the service industry. She has worked for conferencing and technology organisations running the administration and co-ordination. Prior to that she worked for national hotel groups focusing on events co-ordination and customer fulfilment. Fabienne specialises in administration as well as her ultimate passion of event management. Fabienne joined ABCSA in April 2018 and is responsible for the event management and co-ordination as well as business development and administration for the Chamber.
As the Executive Director of Corporate Traveller, Oz Desai has been at the helm of the largest corporate brand under the Flight Centre Travel Group Africa umbrella for the last five years. Oz is an active ASATA board member who continues to drive innovation and best practices in the South African travel industry.
With over a decade of international experience across the corporate and leisure sectors, Oz brings invaluable strategy, sales, and leadership skills to the table. His academic background, which includes a Bachelor of Commerce and Executive Development courses mean Oz has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the customer experience as well as financial and business management.
Oz believes that empowering organisations and individuals is the greatest talent any business leader can share.
Mark is the founder of The Boiler Room in South Africa and Australia. The Boiler Room is a dynamic production company that has been around for 21 years, specializing in 3D animation, eLearning, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and many other Industry 4.0 disruptive technologies. Originally from a small country town, Coffs Harbour in NSW, he moved to Sydney to obtain a degree in Computer programming. He worked in television animation and special effects that led him to the UK. Mark introduced 3D animation to SA and lectured at most universities and colleges before starting The Boiler room. He currently resides in Johannesburg with his wife and two children.
Jacqui Burn has been running her own consultancy business since December 2015 and is based in Pretoria and aids companies in the development and management of their various communication, marketing and digital programs and activities. Previously she worked for a large corporate specialising in web and digital communications, PR and marketing communications as well as having involvement in the heavy electrical engineering industry for many years.
Her qualifications include a Bachelors Degree in Communications and English, a certificate in Inbound Marketing Methodology as well as a diploma in Photography and Digital Marketing.