ABOUT US

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

Chris Hamilton

Chairman

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.
David Eggleston

David Eggleston

Advocacy

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
Danielle Magidson

Danielle Magidson

Legal Counsel

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.

Kym Fullgrabe

Kym Fullgrabe

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.
Neville Munien

Neville Munien

Finance

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.

Ian Bessarabia

Ian Bessarabia

Communications

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. 

Fabienne Rossouw

Fabienne Rossouw

Business Development Manager

Fabienne has over 20 years of experience working in the service industry. She has worked for conferencing and technology organisations running the administration and co-ordination. Prior to that she worked for national hotel groups focusing on events co-ordination and customer fulfilment. Fabienne specialises in administration as well as her ultimate passion of event management. Fabienne joined ABCSA in April 2018 and is responsible for the event management and co-ordination as well as business development and administration for the Chamber.
Mark Hocker

Mark Hocker

Exco Member

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 Kenning

Sam Kenning

Exco Member

Sam has over 15 years experience in the travel industry, and is the founder of the travel consultancy firm KTS Worldwide. Originally from New Zealand, he also spent a few years in California, where he received his BA in Interpersonal Communication, as well as some time in London, before making South Africa his home. 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.  

Jacqui Burn

Jacqui Burn

Web Manager

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.