The Africa Direct Executive Team
Jeroen De Lijster
Chief Executive Officer
Jeroen de Lijster is a new business development strategist in emerging markets. He has experience in financial services, FMCG, food retail/wholesale, automotive and NGO’s with a focus on creating viable emerging market business models that have a positive impact on individuals and communities. He has a Honors degree in International Business Economics and a Masters in Business Administration.
Pantelis G. Pluke
Executive Director & Co Founder
With almost 20 years in the Financial Services Industry, Lee Pluke’s core focus has and always will be to provide correctly structured risk benefits. Additionally, he developed 3-year term dollar guaranteed World-Wide Index Tracker and acknowledged to be the first of its kind in South Africa. Aside from having established an array of successful business models, his entrepreneurial background as well as his profound industry product knowledge is exemplary.
Chief Operations Officer
Vebinia Gabriel has 17 years of extensive experience within Operations management, Short Term Insurance, and in the Health Insurance environment, which has allowed her to be an excellent coordinator with an aptitude for wider thinking and long-term planning. As a seasoned Operations Manager, she understands the importance of optimizing business processes without sacrificing personal connections, while establishing organizational processes to maintain a positive and motivating corporate culture. Vebinia has a degree in Business Administration and a Honors Degree in Psychology.
Allan is a seasoned financial strategy advisory executive with over 25 years’ experience in finance and financial technology. He brings a wealth of expertise with strengths in areas such a process automation, budgeting and cash flow modelling, and systems implementation with a key focus in bringing transparency of finances to the executives of the organization. In the past Allan has owned businesses that he has either started or bought into, grown, and sold, including being part of an MBO that later sold that business to a different JSE listed organization and which included a successful warranty period.
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