Mr. Roger Pitt Independent Non-executive Director
Appointed: November 2021
Roger is CA(SA), with a BCom (Hons)(Accounting) degree from the University of Johannesburg. After completing his articles, Roger ventured into corporate finance where he gained broad experience in the full scope of corporate actions.
Thereafter, Roger acquired and managed an import and distribution business within the baby products industry while continuing to serve as an independent non-executive director of various listed and private companies.
Appointed June 2020
University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Mr Beetge serves as director of several companies and is one of the biggest investors in the Company’s hybrid preference shares. He also serves as the Managing Director of J P Landgoed, an agricultural business with multifaceted farming operation and Investment holding companies. Mr Beetge built a multifaceted agricultural business that is currently one of the leading exporters to the Asian and European markets and is renowned for his contribution to this sector.
Appointed March 2017
George was appointed to the board as non-executive deputy chairman in March 2017. He is an entrepreneur and investment banker with significant experience in structuring major investment and acquisition deals in Zimbabwe and sub-Saharan Africa, which he applies to advise Ecsponent’s board.
George founded Brainworks Capital, the first Zimbabwean company with a primary listing on the JSE main board, in 2008 and served as its CEO until 2017. Prior to that, he was an investment professional with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), headquartered in Washington DC. During this time, he managed a portfolio of investments exceeding USD 400 million and represented the IFC on several investee company boards.
George serves as a director on the boards of several companies and is a member of the London Stock Exchange Africa Advisory Group. He holds an Honour’s Degree in Accounting Science and Certificate in Theory of Accounting from the University of South Africa, and has completed various international courses in finance, strategy and investment banking.
Independent Non-executive Director
Appointed: September 2020
Yvonne has extensive experience in private equity and private debt investment management, private equity fund set-up, fund raising, derivatives structuring and macro-economic analysis. She has worked for various leading companies including Actis Private Equity, Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Bank, Liberty and Credit Suisse. In addition, she has strong leadership and governance experience gained from serving on over 10 boards during her professional career. She is currently a board member of the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) and ABSA New Funds ETF.
Yvonne holds a MBA (Finance) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (United Kingdom) and a B.Com (Hons) in Financial Economics and Econometrics. She is also an authorized FSCA investment professional.
Tertius de Kock
Appointed April 2020
Tertius is a qualified South African Chartered Accountant. He has extensive experience in financial statement audits, risk management, assessment of control environments, financial reporting and corporate finance disciplines across both the public and private sector, spread across a wide range of industries, including financial services, technology, mining, retail and property.
Before joining Afristrat, he served as an audit director for 9 years in one of the leading audit firms. During his tenure, he served as the head of the audit division, head of the risk and technical department and a member of the firms’ risk committee and operations
Mr. Godwin Nyengedza
Independent Non-executive Director
Appointed: January 2020
Mr Godwin Nyengedza is currently the Managing Partner of Hogwe Nyengedza Attorneys, a fully-fledged Harare based law firm which opened its doors to the public on 1 July 2019. He was until recently, a partner with the law firm Scanlen & Holderness where he was responsible for continuous legal education. Godwin is an English trained barrister who is also qualified to practise as a Legal Practitioner, Conveyancer and Notary Public in Zimbabwe.
He is a member of Lincolns Inn and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. A holder of an LL.B and LL.M (London), Godwin is also a PhD (Law) candidate. Godwin has over 20 years’ experience in commerce, cross-border transport and logistics gained both locally and abroad.
In addition, he has expertise in all aspects of corporate law, banking, tax law, commercial transactions, insolvency, trade-investment, international immigration and alternative dispute resolution. He has also been involved in high profile criminal litigation and white-collar cross border criminal defence work.
His broad knowledge in tax collection, financial services regulation and international trade and migration has seen him serve on several boards of private, listed and State enterprises over many years.
As part of his desire to mentor budding lawyers, he has previously lectured at the University of Zimbabwe. Godwin is a passionate Formula 1 follower. He also spends part of his time on charitable and benevolent causes in aid of his firm’s corporate social responsibility.