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.
Chris Hamilton is the CEO of BankservAfrica, the leading payments clearing house in southern Africa. For 23 years he has developed and operated digital financial infrastructure for stock exchanges, financial markets, payments associations and clearing houses. Now based in Johannesburg, he has worked mainly in his home town of Sydney, Australia, with stints in Paris and London. He originally trained as a lawyer and started working life in commercial practice. He has two children at university in Australia and a wife who runs a youth charity.
Nathan is the Managing Director of Michael Page’s Sub Sahara Africa business, with full commercial responsibility of the operation and management of Michael Page’s 10 specialist disciplines: Finance, Banking, Legal, Human Resources, IT, Procurement & Supply Chain, Engineering & Manufacturing, Sales, Marketing and Executive Search. Nathan specifically focuses on executive placements across Southern & Eastern Africa, and in his 15+ years at Michael Page has specifically focused on sales, marketing, procurement, supply chain, engineering, manufacturing, operations, quality, Six Sigma, property and constructions roles. His focus today is on CEO, MD, VP and GM level positions across Sub Sahara Africa in the following sectors: consumer goods, 3PL and logistics, industrial & energy, financial services, retail, IT&T and property. Nathan has over 15 years’ experience with Page Group, having worked in Australia, Hong Kong, The Middle East and now Africa, with a focus on the recruitment of senior level positions. Prior to joining PageGroup, Nathan spent 5 years in the Australian military and has a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University.
Farai Chabata started his career as an Electrical Technician and is currently the Chief Operations Officer of Gridbow Engineers and Technical Services; a multidisciplinary Engineering Contracting Firm with interests in Energy, Civil and Infrastructure Projects across Africa and the Middle East. He has 15 years’ experience in Electrical Infrastructure Projects. Farai is well versed in operations within Africa and has overseen a number of successful projects on behalf of esteemed clients. Farai is also a Director at HellermannTytonGridbow, a company with interests in the Rail Sector and Electrical Accessories Manufacturing Business.
Danielle is a partner in the corporate department of Hogan Lovells in Johannesburg. She specialises in corporate law with specific emphasis on black economic empowerment transactions; mergers and acquisitions; corporate governance; corporate finance; structuring and securitisation; legal due diligence investigations; listings and Johannesburg Securities Exchange requirements; as well as cross-border transactions. She also has trade finance experience in import and export.
Senior Trade Commissioner, Africa
Kym is the Senior Trade Commissioner Sub-Saharan Africa, based in Johannesburg. Kym leads Australian Government activities across Africa, promoting trade, investment and education with a team of seven business development staff in Accra, Johannesburg, Nairobi and Port Louis. Kym was previously Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Before joining Austrade in 2009, Kym spent 12 years as the Managing Director of a private investment and consulting company with business interests in Australia, Brazil, China, Russia, the US and central Europe. Kym has also held Senior Executive Service positions in the Industry Ministry of the Australian Government, served on the boards of companies and government organisations and worked at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. Kym has a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and commenced his career as a medical physicist at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia. He speaks English and Portuguese.
Business Development Manager
After 15 years in Australia, Emma has recently returned back to Johannesburg.
Emma had a long history in Financial Services in both South Africa and Australia, before making a change into retail and then the events and speaking industry, representing Saxton Speakers, Australia’s leading Speaker’s Bureau, in Johannesburg.
In her spare time, Emma loves cooking, spending time with friends, and entertaining.
Business Development Manager
Mignon has specialized mainly in the banking sector for the past 15 years, predominantly focusing on testing, technical support and business development in the retail banking sector. She spent some time in global analysis and profiling in online casino management as well as business development for a large international debtor insurance company. Her main focus areas are account management and business development and she’s passionate about building solid, longstanding relationships.
Her qualifications include certification in wealth management and a diploma in business management. She’s also currently completing both her Bachelor of Commerce with specialization in banking and an Australian diploma in financial planning.
David Eggleston has been the First Secretary (Trade and Economic) at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria since January 2017. Prior to the posting in South Africa, David worked in the Office of Trade Negotiations at the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in Canberra working on the World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Trade Facilitation, and the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement. He previously undertook a US Congressional Fellowship through the American Political Science Association (APSA) and the American Australian Association (AAA) where he worked on the US Senate Finance Committee, which has responsibility for international trade. David came to DFAT from the private sector, after working at Qantas Airlines as an Alliance and Commercial Manager, and at Unisys Australia as a Commercial Manager
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.
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.