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AATec has assembled an advisory board of strategic and relevant professionals with extensive experience in their respective fields who we draw on for input on projects and general business strategy.

Jacques Pauw (Financial Advisory)

Jacques is an entrepreneur at heart and after a short period in the corporate world founded the Fintrust Group in 1977 primarily as a private equity investment group. Its focus during the early years was on advisory services in investment and finance. During the 1980’s its focus moved to real estate development, which culminated in 1989 in an equal partnership with Syfrets Bank [later Nedcor Investment Bank] to establish the Syfin Group. Jacques served as Group CEO for several years, later as Chairman. Amongst other, Syfin initiated the R1, 5 billion + N1 City regional multi-use property project in the Cape Peninsula.

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Anton de Swardt (Technical Advisor)

Anton deSwardtHe is a highly motivated person with good communication and people skills. He is a team player, hard dedicated worker and can work under immense pressure. He is a good negotiator, has excellent technical, marketing, organizational and business development skills. He have a wide technology experience and have a passion for emerging technologies and always makes an effort to be up to date.

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Anthony Williams (Technical and Strategic Advisor)

solor panels on roofAnthony has a BSc (Chem Eng), and an MSc (Energy Studies), both from the University of Cape Town. He also holds a Certificate of Rural Energy Planning from the University of Twente in the Netherlands He has worked for the past thirty years as a researcher and consultant in the energy sector in various African countries, Ecuador, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. His work has been in the areas of policy and strategy formulation in the biomass and renewable energy sectors, household energy planning, and remote area power supply.

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Halalisani (Sani) Gumede (Biotechnology specialist Advisor)

saniHalalisani (Sani) Gumede has been involved at different levels within the Biotechnology field, ranging from production of high commodity value bio-products, research and project leadership at research institutes to independent inception and management of projects mainly with a social focus.

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Siyabonga Gumede (Chemistry and Biotechnology advisor)

Siya has had five years’ experience in bio-entrepreneurship and runs a business offering bioscience and process technical services to bioprocessing clients. Prior to that he had ten years of industrial experience in a high biotechnology company, where his responsibilities included: Operation of aseptic fermentation bioreactors for both research and development, and full-scale production; Operation and maintenance of Down Stream Processing units for high purity product recovery; Start-up and sustainable growth of a biomolecular manufacturing plant. He also has experience in commissioning of manufacturing plant and quality control laboratories. He has been involved in product development in fine biomolecular chemicals. Goal driven and outcome based.