Darlene is the Chief Executive Officer of Finfind. The World Economic Forum named Darlene Menzies one of 6 Top Female Tech Breakthrough Entrepreneurs in Africa for 2017. She is a technology innovator and serial entrepreneur with 15 years’ corporate IT experience with ABSA Bank and ICT outsource giant BCX.
Since leaving corporate employment in 2001, she has established several successful technology businesses and has first-hand experience in what it takes to start and grow a successful enterprise and understands the difficulties entrepreneurs have to overcome to do so.
Darlene was awarded a South Africa Innovation Entrepreneur Award and was a top five Finalist for SA ICT Person of the Year alongside the MDs of Microsoft and EOH. One of her Fintech solutions won the Country Award for Best Business Product at the 2013 World Summit Awards and a mobile innovation won Nokia’s Global Judges Choice Award (top 10 from 85 countries 1700 systems). She has also been identified by Zurich-based STARS Group as a future Global Leader.
Tshepo works for FNB Business and is part of the Business Transformation Unit. He is responsible for the FirstRand Group’s Enterprise & Supplier Development Initiatives and strategy. Prior to joining FNB, Tshepo was Head of Project Management at Edge Growth where he was responsible for the design and implementation of enterprise and supplier development strategies and solutions for a range of corporate clients. Tshepo holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Development Studies from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Masters in Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation from Wits Business School, and is currently studying towards a Masters in Development Finance through the University of Stellenbosch Business School.
Titi is the Private Equity Principal at Ethos Private Equity. She has been involved in Fund VI’s acquisition of AutoZone and Eazi and was part of the teams that successfully exited TiAuto and, most recently, Plumblink.
She currently serves on the boards of House of Busby, AutoZone and Eazi. Prior to joining Ethos, Titi worked as a transactor in the Corporate Finance team at Nedbank Capital (a division of Nedbank Limited) for five years. During her tenure there, she was involved in advising boards of companies on a wide array of transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, disposals, capital raisings, and corporate restructurings.
Titi holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Accounting from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. She is also a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Almero is a director and has been an executive member of Mergon’s investment team since 2008. Mergon is a private investment group that was founded in 1980. From a single, start-up business Mergon has grown into a diversified investment portfolio with significant interests in companies in the technology, commercial property, financial services, fintech, renewable energy and logistics industries. Almero looks after and represents Mergon on the Boards of Urbanise.com (an ASX listed property software company), Infotech (one of South Africa’s oldest IT companies), FREI (a digital and mobile virtual network enabler), Renewable Energy Holdings (the foremost independent developer and long-term investor in the hydropower sector in South Africa), and Mertech Marine (a world leader in the recovery, dismantling and recycling of out-of-service deep sea telecommunication cables).Starting out as an electronic engineer, Almero also obtained pre and postgraduate accountancy qualifications from the University of Cape Town before launching his career in strategy and management consulting. During his career Almero has worked with leading international firms Bain & Company and Deloitte in South Africa and the USA. Almero was also a founding member of Decipher Consulting, a South African niche consulting firm, where he was an executive director of the business.