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.
Judi is the incoming Chair of the Australian Business Chamber of Commerce Southern Africa (ABCSA). She is the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Tourvest Holdings and remains the President of the South African Nuclear New Build Plant Company (SANNPC). She was previously a Senior Vice President of Areva, the global nuclear and renewable energies company. Judi was also Managing Director of Motorola South Africa and prior to that, the Managing Director of the SABC’s public broadcasting. Judi also worked for the Australian government as a development strategist for the New South Wales Department of Sports, psychological advisor for the Australian Correctional Services and national HIV/AIDS project manager for the Department of Housing and Community Affairs. She holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Cape Town and has been certified in a number of courses from the University of Sydney, Harvard University and the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She sits on the boards of Consolidates Infrastructure Group (CIG), CONLOG, South Africa Tourism, the Black Business Council and the Aids Consortium.
Regina is a mining specialist that works in the field of mineral discovery and mine development and is the Managing Director of Exploration Geological Consulting (Pty) Ltd. Regina has 26 years’ experience working in mine operational and strategic investment, including the full mine value chain from mineral exploration, mine development and mine resource planning. Regina has worked mostly in Africa since 2008 and has experience doing business in Liberia, Guinea, Gabon, Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Malawi, Zambia and the USA. Prior to 2008 Regina worked in Australia, Chile and Argentina. Regina has worked with a wide range of investors including public listed companies, large mining houses (BHP), institutional investors as well as high wealth individuals and smaller entrepreneurial enterprises. Regina has also gained expertise in international mining, environment, taxation and labour related legislations & approvals as well as financial management and project funding.
Eugene Olim is First Secretary (Trade and Economic) at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria where he is focused on promoting Australia’s bilateral trade and investment relationship with South Africa and Southern Africa more broadly. Eugene works to support Australian businesses in South Africa and promote cooperation between government and business organisations in both countries. Before coming to Africa, Eugene coordinated Australia’s multilateral trade and economic policies in the G20. He has assisted Australian businesses manage regulatory challenges in China and played a role in advancing negotiations on Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with Japan. Eugene has lived and worked in a number of overseas economies, including China, Japan and the Republic of Korea.
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
Daniella has spent the last 20 years working in the travel and leisure industry, across 4 continents and is proud to be the National Sales Leader for Corporate Traveller in South Africa.
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Her focus is to understand what are the outcomes you desire when it comes to business travel and deliver a solution which will help you meet those outcomes.
When she is not working, she enjoys travelling, reading a good book or a good glass of wine.
Specialties: business travel, leisure travel, strategic planning, account management, customer service, team leadership and management.
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.
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.