ABOUT US

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.

Mission

Deliver timely, relevant information, events and opportunities to members to support their business objectives.

Vision

Support opportunities for companies via round tables, leadership conversations, events and information sharing; working collaboratively with Australian and Southern African business communities, government and trade representatives

Purpose

Strengthen trade and commercial relationships between Australian and southern African companies to operate in the Republic of South Africa, SADC and Australia.

Judi Nwokedi

Judi Nwokedi

Chairperson

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 Molloy

Regina Molloy

Deputy Chairperson

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

Eugene Olim

Advocacy

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.

Scott Morriss

Scott Morriss

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 Munien

Neville Munien

Finance

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.

Fabienne Rossouw

Fabienne Rossouw

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.

Bill Guy

Bill Guy

EXCO Member

Bill Guy (Chairman Theta Gold Mines Limited) is a professional Mining executive and geologist with over 25 years of experience in exploration and resource development in Asia, Australia, and Europe. In previous executive and geology roles, he has been involved in all aspects of the mining industry inclusive of capital raisings, project acquisition (European Zinc) project development (Cockatoo Island Fe), project discovery (Mt Ida (Fe), and large scale JV (Newcrest JV (Au)), in both the corporate and technical roles. As MD of Longford Resources, he progressed the Keel zinc project in Ireland to its first JORC Resource within just a few months. He previously served as Exploration Manager of Jupiter Mines Limited (Posco/Pallinghurst). At Jupiter Mines, he developed exploration protocols and a team that grew resource inventories to significant levels being the Central Yilgarn Iron Project (CYIP) Mt Ida Magnetite project was part of CYIP. Mt Ida, was progressed from zero to an Inferred Resource 530M tonnes @31.94% Fe with a conceptual target of 1.85 Billion tons.

Michelle Compton

Michelle Compton

EXCO Member

Michelle Compton is the National Sales Leader for Corporate Traveller with over 20 years’ experience in sales in the FMCG and Travel Industry. Michelle has developed her skill through many Executive courses and built a strong global network over this time. Her passion for the travel industry is contagious and she is continuously driving new strategies and approach within her business unit. Michelle currently resides in Johannesburg but grew up in Cape Town where her heart remains in the sun, waves and vineyards.

Mark Hocker

Mark Hocker

Exco Member

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

Jacqui Burn

Web Manager

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.