MEET THE TEAM
Engeli was established in 2011 by a group of Enterprise Development Specialists who have extensive experience, both locally and abroad. The team includes a variety of specialists in Private Equity and Fund Management, Business Support Services, Human Resources, Lawyers, Accountants, Engineering and Manufacturing.
Dr Ricardo Dames
BSc, HDE, MBA and DBA Business Incubation (NMU). 20 Years’ experience in SME development and a specialisation in Business Incubator Best Practices. More than 15 years’ experience in Skills Development and Positive Youth Development. Master Trainer for the ILO Start and Improve Your Business, ILO Social Enterprise Programme and Sustainable and Resilient Enterprise (SURE) Programme
NDip Human Resources Management. Previously worked in multiple capacities at a leading manufacturing company.
Diploma: Human Resource Management & Advanced Diploma in Business Studies majoring in Human Resource Management. Equipped with a year’s worth of experience in transformation consulting , performing ad hoc duties for the transformation department and compiling files for verification purposes.
BCom and LIAB. 27 Years in Corporate Banking (FNB). 8 Years of self-employment providing business owners with capital raising and business development services.
B. Com. 14 Years' experience in Business Skills Development and Transformation Development. Expertise includes developing of cost-effective B-BBEE solutions across all industry sectors, ensuring all compliance and regulatory requirements are met. Former Business Development Specialist focusing on SME development, growth and sustainability.
BMus and MBA. Experienced Management Professional within SME and Business Development environments. Also successfully managed own procurement solutions business.
BA Hons Human Resources (NMU), BA Psych (NMU). 10 Plus years’ experience as a Corporate HR Generalist with extensive knowledge in Employment Equity, Skills Development, and Recruitment & Selection.
Diploma in Financial Management; Diploma in Marketing & Advertising; Certificate in Corporate Treasury. Gregory has a background in Financial Services locally and internationally spanning 15 years which included roles such as Head of Sasfin Risk Solutions and Head Foreign Exchange for Access Bank SA.
Over ten years of experience in administration. This time includes a two-year tenure at KFML Holdings. She worked at Ukuvula Investment Holdings Group as an Assistant to the B-BBEE Manager and has worked as an assistant in the automotive sector. In charge of ensuring the smooth operation of various Engeli divisions.
BPsych (Registered Counsellor). 18 Years’ experience in Transformation & Development work. Individual, Youth, Community & Business Advancement experience through bespoke solutions. Previously worked at a SANAS accredited B-BBEE Verification Agency and as a B-BBEE Consultant. Currently fills role of Business Development Manager & B-BBEE Specialist.
B.Com, LLB. Previous experience includes Corporate Governance, Compliance and Legal, HR and Financial Management.
BA Media, Communications & Culture (NMU, 2019) specializing in Marketing, Public Relations & Corporate Communications, Digital Marketing & Strategy, brand building, design & content creation, market research, copywriting, and social media management. Equipped with work experience abroad at an award-winning full-service digital agency in Shanghai, and considerable knowledge in the international E-commerce and marketing space
Laverne van Wyk
Laverne van Wyk is a dynamic professional with a BTech: Industrial Engineering and Project Management, backed by over 13 years of hands-on experience in the automotive industry. Passion for Lean Manufacturing and Business Growth, she is recognised for her strategic acumen, adept leadership and great value for building relationships; Successfully spearheaded numerous projects, optimizing processes and driving exceptional results for her teams and organizations.
Liezel spent 3 years with a wealth management company & 4 years with a boutique financial services company as personal assistant to the respective CEOs. Liezel then joined Engeli as an Executive Assistant, but also plays a leading role in the administration of the Supplier & Enterprise Development Fund managed by Engeli, as well as assisting the Financial Director with the preparation of the Group’s Financials.
Dip (Banking), PGDip (Applied Economics), MCom (Economics). Youth Employment Services Coordinator. Experienced as an SME Advisor and Business Skills Trainer.
Financial Accounting (Advanced Booking); Business Management Diploma; Management Accounting & Finance Diploma. Admin Manager for regional office of a multinational organisation.
Total of 15 years administration experience in various departments.
Diploma in Management Accounting and Finance, Bookkeeping and Financial Accounting.
3 years experience in Compliance in a Legal Department, Senior Creditors Clerk and IOD Specialist working with the Injury on Duty Compensation Fund
Nontuthuzelo "Pinky" Samela
Pinky has held the fort at our Reception for since 2018 and manages the administrative functions and switchboard management. Pinky currently assists a few of the group companies and our Finance Department in their administrative tasks.
Masters in Conflict Transformation and Management(negotiations and mediations). Post Graduate Diploma in Labour Law Practices (CCMA), with an Under-Grad degree in Human Resources at Nelson Mandela University. Experience in Human Resources and Labour Law
National Diploma in Operations Management (NMMU) backed with a Bachelor of Technology in Quality (NMU), with over 17 years’ experience in the automotive industry. His passion for efficient Quality Management Systems and Procedures creates determination for Built in Quality ensuring the best quality of goods and services.
B-BBEE MDP, ABP Member with recognition as EEP. ASDSA Member with recognition as a Skills Development Practitioner. Experience as an Analyst and Technical Signatory of a SANAS Accredited B-BBEE Verification Agency. Assists with cost effective B-BBEE solutions, SETA Submissions, and EE compliance
BA Business Administration (Mancosa University). Experience in the B-BBEE division in an Administrative capacity. Currently working in the Human Capital Division as an HCS Project Administrator and Mentor.
Sibeso “Dee Dee” Silumesi
BA Industrial Psychology (Helderberg College of Higher Education). Work experience in Recruitment Sector – Registration, Screening and Results Monitoring. Experience working in non-profit sector in day to day functions from administration to patient well-being.
Completed the Certificate in the Theory of Accounting (CTA) in 2012 & went on to KPMG to complete her learnership as a trainee accountant. During her learnership at KPMG, she passed both SAICA qualifying examinations & registered with SAICA as a Chartered Accountant. Prior to joining Engeli Enterprise Development, she worked at PWC as a manager in the Service Delivery Centre.
B Com in Marketing Management. Experienced in interpretation - Mandarin and English. Has a passion for design and is currently working in the Marketing division as a Junior Marketing Associate.
B Com, FIFM, CAIB: Banking, Financial Markets, Risk Management. Trevor has a background in Banking, International Trade & Financial Services. An entrepreneur for past 25 years & founding member of various companies, including listed company IQUAD, in partnership with the PSG Group.
MSc (ITFM-Warwick University), MDip Tech (Elec Eng.) 21 Years' Enterprise Development experience including the National Manufacturing Advisory Centre (NAMAC). Last 8 years involved in the design & management of technology/innovation business incubators.
Dip Accountancy, BTECH Cost and Management Accounting, ILO SIYB trainer. Experienced as an SME advisor, as well as a Business and Personal Development Skills Trainer. Currently fills the role of a Youth Employment Skills Development Coordinator
Alfred da Costa
Entrepreneur, Ex CEO and ex-president of the Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Served on a number of JSE listed entities such as Bidvest. Currently serves as an independent, non-executive director on numerous boards.
Engeli Office Assistant
Degree: Bachelor of Arts majoring in Industrial Psychology and English Language Studies (Nelson Mandela University). Golden Key Honours Society (2021-2023).
Degree in Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Language Studies and Psychology acquired at Nelson Mandela University. Groomed with 6 months of experience as an On-line education facilitator for national outsourcing services provider.
Diploma in Human Resources Management (NMU) and an Entrepreneurial Development Certification from UCT Graduate School of Business. Experienced in Administration and has volunteered under different Youth Development Programmes and recently worked as a Project Manager at We Do Tech Limited (WDT).
B Com Honors in Human Resources, B Admin Human Resources. One year’s worth of experience in Human Resources Administration, Leave Administration, Training and Development for Human Resources, Finance, and Operations Departments at Local Government level.