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.
Danielle Magidson is a Director in the Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions Practice Area. Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, she has been involved in significant high-profile M&A transactions both locally and across the African continent. She focuses on all aspects of corporate law with specific emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, equity capital markets, cross-border transactions as well as local stock exchange requirements. Over the years Danielle has concentrated on gaining in-depth knowledge and understanding of the black economic empowerment legislative and regulatory framework across all sectors within the South African context. She advises both local and international listed and unlisted corporate entities and is widely considered to be a leading BEE transactional M&A lawyer.
Senior Trade Commissioner, Africa
Neville has a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science and an MBA qualification from the University of the Witwatersrand – WITS Business School.
Ian Bessarabia is the founder of On the Edge Blox for Business, a consultancy practice specialising in the trends emerging in the world of work that will alter how businesses position themselves in the future. Ian’s career has spanned 25 years at some of the world’s largest financial institutions. A popular motivational speaker, radio host, strategic business advisor and executive coach, Ian spends a significant portion of his time meeting new people and facilitating corporate introductions.
Ian is based in Johannesburg, South Africa where he lives with his wife and two children.
Business Development Manager
Mark is the founder of The Boiler Room in South Africa and Australia. The Boiler Room is a dynamic production company that has been around for 21 years, specializing in 3D animation, eLearning, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and many other Industry 4.0 disruptive technologies. Originally from a small country town, Coffs Harbour in NSW, he moved to Sydney to obtain a degree in Computer programming. He worked in television animation and special effects that led him to the UK. Mark introduced 3D animation to SA and lectured at most universities and colleges before starting The Boiler room. He currently resides in Johannesburg with his wife and two children.
Sam has over 10 years experience in the travel industry, and is currently the Business Development Manager for the Flight Centre Travel Group. His role is to ensure clients see the value of utilizing a Travel Management Company when it comes to their day to day corporate travel. Originally from New Zealand, but also spent a few years in California, where he received his BA in Interpersonal Communication, London, and now South Africa. He understands the importance of local and global relationships and networking in any environment that he finds himself in. He currently resides in Johannesburg with his wife and two boys.
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.