Our People
Our People

"Individual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." --Vince Lombardi

The difference between success and failure is a great team. Each and every one of our employees represent the spirit of our company - driven, committed, and acutely aware of African Ideas motto that failure is not an option. We go to great lengths to identify self-starters with diverse experience and skill sets to produce a well-rounded, talented and complementary team.

Nirvesh Sooful is the CEO of African Ideas, a strategic consultancy that he founded focussing on helping governments to accelerate the benefits of ICT enabled change through transformation of the public sector and the wider economy. Nirvesh has more than 25 years’ experience in the ICT industry and has been involved in many large, complex, innovative and often controversial projects.

Nirvesh is well regarded as a thought leader within the ICT industry in South Africa and internationally. He has been an expert speaker at many local and global conferences, as well as contributing to numerous papers and research initiatives. He is known as being a visionary, dynamic leader with extensive experience at executive and strategic management level. However in addition to vision and strategy, he has an excellent track record of successfully delivering large, complex projects cutting across multiple departments and operational units, ensuring that the business benefit is achieved – essentially turning vision and strategy into reality.

Presto Fakude has over 20 year’s corporate business and over 10 years self-employed business entrepreneur and consulting experience.

He has broad spectrum skills from industrial engineering, retail fabric technology, marketing, international benchmarking of companies, strategy formulation and programme management of large and complex business turnaround implementation strategies. He spent the last 10 years as an entrepreneur – mobile asset management technology, commercialisation of a biometric innovation, consulting in organisational turnaround implementations programmes, coal logistics management, as well as broadband strategy formulation and implementation.

Motsamai Nduna started his career in ICT as an Application Developer in various programming languages, Systems Software, Systems Analyst and Project Manager collectively spanning over 25 years’ experience in ICT. During this time, he gained extensive business experience and developed a powerful business network across Government (National, Provincial and Local), Parastatals, Banking, Petrochemicals, Insurance, Telecommunications, Media, Retail, Transport and logistics.

Rasagee has more than 20 years of experience in the field of research and knowledge management, having worked successfully in the academic, NGO, private and government sectors in South Africa.  Prior to 1998, she worked for a Provincial Government (KZN), a Municipality, IDASA, the Robben Island Museum, the HSRC and a University. From 1998 – 2003, she worked for Accenture as a Senior Knowledge Specialist, managing all KM activities in Accenture’s Cape Town office, both at client sites and internally.  In 2003, she founded InfoWizz, a knowledge management consultancy with a primary focus on ICT for Development work.  She is currently Research Director at African Ideas.

Farhaana Allie is currently a Project Manager at African Ideas, with 11 years’ experience in the public sector, spanning various disciplines and industries. She is highly-skilled at government processes, systems and procedures. She has a Masters’ Degree in Public Relations Management, with a passion for communication, in particular strategic communication, stakeholder and crisis management. She has the ability to be able to understand government expectations and how effective communication is required in order to achieve their ultimate goals; together this combination is very influential.

Lazola is a business analyst at African Ideas. He has been assigned to the Western Cape Broadband Strategy and Readiness Advisory Project since 2013. One of the deliverables of this assignment is the setting up of an effective knowledge management system for the project. The project is very large and complex – cutting across multiple departments at Provincial Government, Local Government, National Government, contracted consultants and a wide variety of external stakeholders.

We are a strategy and innovation company focused on Africa. Our services focus on strategic planning, research and disruptive innovation especially related to the impact of digitisation across society.