Meet the TEAM

Our Team...

Prof. Francis PetersenB. Ing (Chem), M. Ing (Metal) and Ph.D (Ing)Chairman of the Riskflow Holdings Trust Board

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Prof Francis Petersen is Chairman of Riskflow Holdings Trust and Vice Chancellor at the University of the Free State.  He was priorly the Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He was formerly the Executive Head: Strategy at Anglo Platinum Corporation and Executive Vice-President: Research and Development at Mintek. He is a recipient of the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and the Cape Technikon Researcher of the Year Awards. Petersen serves on various national and international technical, editorial and advisory committees, is actively involved and has consulted widely to the South African engineering and the built environment industries. Petersen is also a registered professional engineer with ECSA. He has published over 150 technical papers and conference proceedings in international journals. He holds a B. Ing (Chem), M. Ing (Metal) and Ph.D (Ing) from the University of Stellenbosch.


Dr Nigel ChanakiraBSc (Hon) Economics and MSc (Hon) EconomicsRiskflow Holdings Trustee

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Nigel is the Executive Chairman of Success Motivation Institute (Zimbabwe/Africa) whose operations extend from Harare to cover eight sub-Saharan African countries. He is also the non-executive chairman of the Zimbabwe Investment Authority and a director of several family investment companies.

Nigel holds a BSc (Hon) Economics and MSc (Hon) Economics from the University of Zimbabwe. He also has a Diploma in Banking from the Institute of Bankers of Zimbabwe.

Nigel founded Kingdom Securities in 1994, which rose to prominence in Zimbabwean financial circles with the famous pay-off line “Making Money Make Sense,”, which was listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange in 1999. He merged Kingdom with two other ZSE listed companies (Meikles and Tanganda) to create one of Zimbabwe’s largest conglomerates in 2007. Nigel together with AfrAsia Bank Ltd in Mauritius created AfrAsia Kingdom Holdings Limited (AKZL). He subsequently disinvested from AKZL.


Daan MaréB Comm. (Law), Hons (Econ), MBA, DIPCGroup CEO

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Daan was born and bred in Nelspruit in South Africa. He started his career in the Department of Justice and made a career change in 1978 when he moved to banking. He worked for a number of banks in their treasury departments where he was mainly involved in asset and liability management.

Daan is an entrepreneur to the core and started his first venture, an export company in 1980. In 1988 he launched his own company Financial Risk Systems (Pty) Ltd (FRS), which became Riskflow (Pty) Ltd through a number of MBO’s and acquisitions. He also started a computer based training company Datacomp Training (Pty) Ltd in 1988.

From 1990 to 1997 he served as chairman and non-executive director of Bigger Liquor Ltd, a wholesale and retail company founded by his brother.

In July 1994 he moved to Singapore to become a regional director (banking) for SPL WorldGroup BV (with its head office in San Francisco) responsible for the expansion of the Banking division in South East Asia.

He is a founding trustee of Riskflow Holding Trust which was established in 2003.The trust holds interests in various businesses.

Over the years Daan held interests in businesses which included an interest in and directorship of Arnoldi Spares (Pty) Ltd Centurion and Midrand, dealers in motor spares.

Daan is a part time business coach following his passion to assist business owners and executives to reach their full potential. He obtained a Diploma in Practical Coaching in 2010.


Danie de VilliersB. Com. (Hons), CA (SA)Group CFO

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Danie studied at the University of Johannesburg (previously RAU) where he was a member of the executive committee of the Student Representative Council. Danie completed his articles with Brink, Roos & du Toit (now part of PWC) in 1986 before he became the Group Financial Manager of Siltek Ltd, a previously listed IT company. From 1989 Danie served as Financial Director for a number of companies in the Siltek Group.

In 1995 Danie was the founding member and a director of MD Consultants, a financial consulting firm and Zervos (Pty) Ltd, an IT service company. This lead to his appointment in 1996 as financial director of City Investment Holdings Ltd and Spicer-Mitchell Ltd - listed companies which later became known as Spicer when it disposed of Cityhold and converted from manufacturing to IT. In 1997 Spicer ranked amongst the top five listed companies on JSE in the category of most improved financial reporting. This was continued when Spicer ranked number five of listed companies on JSE in Sunday Times Top Ten Award.

He is a founding trustee (and still is) of Riskflow Holdings Trust which was established in 2003. The trust holds interests in various businesses. He also serves as a trustee for The Emseni Trusts, which focus on various forms of assistance to previously disadvantaged people.

Danie is passionately involved in community work and serves as a board member of Abraham Kriel Childcare and chairperson of the financial committee. Abraham Kriel Childcare recently received the award for the best sustainability reporting in the NGO category, awarded by ACCA South Africa. Danie has a keen interest in entrepreneurship development and environmental care.


Illse NellBSc degree in Computer Science, B Comm degree (cum laude) in Financial Management, B Comm Honours degree (cum laude) in Quantitative Analytics, Higher Diploma in Financial DerivativesCEO: Riskflow Technologies

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Illse Nell started her career as a programmer in Anglo American’s Information Division (InfoGold) in 1982. In 1986, she became Chief Programmer at South African Breweries Systems Division. Thereafter, as independent APL consultant, her clients included Liberty Life Insurance (for whom she developed an actuarial system) and Caltex (where she developed a Sales Decision Support system).

She was also a part of the team that wrote the first version of what is now Riskflow’s Asset & Liability management system (ALMAN). In 1998, she joined Riskflow on a full-time basis in the capacity of Application Architect, where-after she was promoted to Head of Development. In 2003, she joined ABSA Bank as a Senior Risk Analyst, focusing on quantitative risk modelling.

In 2005, she was appointed as Senior Manager at Standard Bank, where she was tasked with the alignment of the Risk & IT departments for the purpose of implementing a Basel II solution. Thereafter, she held the position of Head of Information Systems (Credit Risk) at FirstRand Banking Group. She re-joined Riskflow in July 2009 where her initial focus was on development and the operational side of Riskflow Technologies, which included software implementation, training and consulting. Illse holds a BSc degree in Computer Science, a B Comm degree (cum laude) in Financial Management, a B Comm Honours degree (cum laude) in Quantitative Analytics and a Higher Diploma in Financial Derivatives.


Theo van WykB Comm (Law) Honours degree in Economics (cum laude)CEO: Riskflow Institute

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Theo van Wyk started his career as an economist in both the banking and public sector from 1980, where after he specialised in the financial services industry in asset and liability risk management (ALM). He joined SPL Treasury Services between 1991 and 1995 as consultant on ALM and treasury systems, servicing both retail and corporate banks, as well as business entities with specialized treasury operations, initially locally, and later on also in Africa.

He joined ABSA in October 1995 in Enterprise-Wide Risk Management as group consultant and as various business units’ representative in this regard, including MLS bank, Bankfin and Retail bank.

He then joined the start-up of ABSA Business Bank in 2000 as Head Investments and deposits, responsible for the overall growth and margin management across all business segments. This included business markets, later extended to corporate markets and later also the retail market, totalling a portfolio of R240 billion.

He retired from Absa in August 2012 and is currently the CEO of the Riskflow Institute, as well as a Director of Abconn (Africa Business Connect – an online business networking platform) and interim COO of the AHI, a National Business Chamber.

Theo holds a B Comm (Law) degree from the University of Potchefstroom (now Northwest) and an honours degree in Economics (cum laude) also from Potchefstroom. He also completed a Wharton Executive Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania.


Tshepo DhlaminiDirector: Riskflow Enterprise Development

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Tshepo completed his national diploma in Cost and Management Accounting at the University of Johannesburg in 1997 and subsequently commenced his working career with Promat a division of Transnet Limited as Chief Administrator in 1998.  He then joined International Computers Limited (ICL) in 1999 as Regional Management Accountant and progressed to Group Reporting and Business Analyst.

In 2003 he joined Standard Banks’ Real Estate Division as Management Accountant and within a year had moved to the funding division as Real Estate Finance Consultant.  This led to Tshepo completing his Certificate of Commercial Property Practitioners with University of Pretoria and later attended the Property Development Program through UCT Business School.  As the love for property has always been there, he spent 10 years in this role holding a senior managerial position with Standard Bank and was responsible for a loan book in excess of R8bn; managing relationships with well-known Property developers and listed funds in the industry.

Top Deals Concluded:

    Redefine Properties limited

  • Management of a R2,8bn portfolio from 2007 to 2009
  • Concluded the Merger between Redefine, Madison and ApexHi consolidating debt to R4,5bn.
  • Dipula Income Fund

  • Arranged funding for the acquisition of a portfolio of properties to BEE property entities in 2006.
  • Managed the portfolio from 2006 till 2012.
  • Portfolio grew from R257m to R840m in debt.
  • Market Value of portfolio was R1,9bn.
  • Consolidated the debt and structured refinance in line with their successful listing the occurred in August 2011.
  • Vunani Property Income Fund Limited

  • Concluded funding of the Vunani Property Income Fund Limited with their anticipated listing in August 2011.
  • Market value of the portfolio is R1,5bn

In 2014 Tshepo left the bank to start his own business and is currently co-owner of ZKD Holdings (Pty) Ltd which is a black-owned investment holding company. He is Managing Director of Malandela properties which is responsible for the Real Estate Investment side of the business.


Sihaam van der SchyffB Comm. and B Comm. HonoursDirector: Riskflow Enterprise Development

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Sihaam is currently busy with a Masters degree at the University of the Western Cape where she also part time lectured Advanced Global Marketing and Entrepreneurship for under and post graduates. For the past five years she was the Provincial Manager of SEDA (Small Enterprise Development Agency) in the Western Cape responsible for 45 permanent and 37 fixed term contract staff. Her main functions was to provide support and assistance to small enterprises in the Western Cape, strengthen partnerships; capacitate branches to deliver quality service that is demand–driven and value-adding to small enterprises and to build the capacity of their service providers and agencies/institutions active in the small business development arena.

Her key performance areas were:

  • Management of Provincial Enterprise Development Division Operations – achievement of operational targets to approved business plan.
  • Develop partnerships with other stakeholders and SMME role players in the province – via signed operational arrangements and MOU’s/SLA’s/MOA’s where applicable as well as the establishment of provincial forums.
  •  Human Resource Management – Oversee staff recruitment and retention in the Province and Employee Relations Management via the implementation of an effective provincial performance management system and provincial development program for all staff.
  • Financial and Risk Management – Manage Provincial Expenditure within approved budget (R28 million allocation and R18 milion for the EDC Project), ensure compliance and reporting as well as effective risk management.

Sihaam is full time employed Barclays Corporate and Investment Banking Africa doing New Business Acquisitions.

She is also involved with the Distell Trust as a Fund Administrator assessing the viability of CSI projects in line with the Distell Trust requirements. 

Sihaam holds a B Comm.  And B Comm. Honours from the University of the Western Cape.


Johan OosthuizenDirector: Riskflow Enterprise DevelopmentDirector: Riskflow Intellectual Property Investments

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Johan is a certified Strength Finder Advisor and coach with over 32 years of sales experience of which more than 12 years were coaching sales professionals in the insurance and motor industries.

He worked with local and international sales managers, financial advisors, sales people and dealership owners who want to excel and who are ready to move to the next level. To accomplish this, he has learned the transformative power of asking questions. He focuses on personal talents and strengths, and then guides his clients to transform those assets into solid sales performances - and successful careers.

He has a reputation as a respected sales performer, working for Sanlam for 24 years, winning the award for Top Sales Representative for many years. Apart from being a director of Riskflow Enterprise Development and Riskflow Intellectual Property Investments, Johan started “I want coaching” in 2010, where he practices his passion for coaching.


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