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Board of Directors

An international and highly experienced Board of “Locals”




Diego de Radigues  –  CHAIRMAN EXCO

Diego is director at Bakali for the last 6 years. Bakali is a Johannesburg-based snack manufacturing company. Diego also represents the Belgian Chamber of Commerce in Southern Africa (BCCSA) as board member of the EU Chamber. He studied Administration and Management at UCL (Belgium). Afterwards, he accomplished a Master in Tax in Leuven (KUL).

He started his career as a Consultant for Ernst & Young in different cities such as Brussels, London and Luxembourg. He started his African adventure in 2010, in Zambia. He then moved to Johannesburg with his family.


Marc Van Pelt has been with Pepperl+Fuchs since 1989 as the co-founder of Pepperl+Fuchs Belgium. Thereafter he transferred to the Pepperl+Fuchs Global Headquarters in Mannheim – Germany, to be the Director of Global Account Management. In 2005 he became the Sales Director Process Automation responsible for the sales and marketing activities for Western Europe and Africa.He relocated to South Africa in 2014 as the Pepperl+Fuchs Managing Director & Sales Director for Africa.

He is Board Member at the European Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Southern Africa. He heads up a working group Industry 4.0 for both the Society for Automation, Instrumentation Measurement and Control (SAIMC) as well as at the German Chamber of Commerce & Industry (AHK) in Southern Africa. Currently he is the Chairperson of the Industrial Instrumentation Group (IIG).

Christine Charlton – Secretary EXCO

Christine has a BSc from Rhodes University and a Certificate in Training from RAU. She is in charge of Regulatory & Scientific Affairs for L’Oreal Sub Saharan Africa.She works closely with various Stakeholders to ensure a favourable regulatory environment for Cosmetics while promoting a safe and innovative industry.

Sebastien de Place – Treasurer EXCO

Sebastien de Place has 11 years of professional experience in auditing and financial analysis, including last 4 years in South Africa and previous 4 years in Vietnam. He holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics and physics; Master degree in Finance.

He is currently Director at Mazars, Audit firm, in charge of business development and international desks; audit and business advisory services, business development and clients relationship.

He is the Treasurer of the French-South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FSACCI). He acts as the Trade Advisor for the French Government (CCEF) and is a member of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa.

Sebastien is the founder and CEO of We Fly Africa, charter Flights Company created in December 2017 (start-up stage). In his spare time, he is passionate about aviation and traveling.

Director1 Donnée Kruger – Board Member

Manager of the Gauteng Office (Regional Representative Office) for Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal and Chairperson of the Nordic South-African Business Association. Donnée Kruger holds a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and is currently studying towards her pHd.Donnée has two professional qualifications (clinical dietician and urban and regional planner) and close to 10 years experience in International Business Development and has successfully facilitated several projects, missions and seminars in conjunction with the European Union Delegation in South Africa and respective trade offices.

Rui Marto – Board Member

Rui Marto is a practising attorney, founder and director of attorneys Marto Lafitte & Assoc Inc, in Johannesburg specializing in commercial and property law. Rui has a Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Witwatersrand. He has extensive experience in assisting local and foreign corporate clients with company structuring and with commercial aspects of investing in South Africa, including M&A and contractual law. Rui hosts seminars and workshops on topics related to his area of expertise and was the resident expert on Africa Business Radio’s weekly “The Property Show” with Gaven Malope. He has been a contributor to the Real Estate Investor Magazine, SAPCC publication and other publications including Transform SA. He is director of the SA-Portuguese Chamber and EU Chamber. 
Siyabonga Mbanjwa – Board Member

Siyabonga Mbanjwa is the Regional Managing Director of Sener. Sener originates from Spain and has grown to be a multinational group that provides technology and engineering services in the power, oil and gas, aerospace, infrastructure and transport and marine sectors.


Kay Schröder – Board Member

Without being consulted on the matter, Kay Schröder was born at the river Rhine, in Düsseldorf, Germany, in September 1956.

Having made his way through the schooling-system, the state decided to let him run around in certain green outfits with a steel hat for two years. He must have ran a lot, since they made him captain and sent him home.

While obviously under the influence, he signed up with the law faculty of the University of Cologne in 1977 and, having for years made his way through the endless corridors of libraries and courts, he concluded his second state exam in 1987 and was admitted to the German Bar in Düsseldorf.

After his admission he emigrated to South Africa, working as an adviser on German law for LindsayKeller, Attorneys, Rosebank and registered in 1992 as a student of the law faculty with the Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit (as it then was) and graduated in 1996 with a B.Proc. Degree, was admitted as an Attorney in South Africa and became a partner of LindsayKeller.

Not having had enough of law as yet, he added a Master of Law in 2002 and a Diploma in Insolvency Law in 2003. In 2007 he obtained a Higher Certificate in Mediation, Arbitration and ADR. He is advising the German Embassy in law and is the Attorney of Trust of the Embassy of Austria.

Kay Schröder has (likewise – without having been consulted on the matter) four children, Maximilian, Kyra, Alexander and Kallam.

He has chaired the board of the German International School for 5 years from 2006 to 2011, is a member of the Senior Council of the German Southern African Chamber of Commerce since 2012, a member of boards of companies and trusts and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Deutsche Industrie Fond. He has been director of the European Chamber since 2017.

He left LindsayKeller Attorneys in March 2012 and founded his own specialised commercial law firm, WerthSchröder Inc., of which he is since the Senior Partner. He is also a partner of the German law firm “Gloria & Rosenstein”.

His hobby is classic Italian sports cars.

Martin Sefzig– Board Member

Based at the Grand Central airport in Midrand, Martin leads the Airbus Defence & Space activities in Southern Africa. His role include the coordination of all industrial cooperation with local partners and the engagement with key ministries on all levels. As a truly European company, Airbus cooperates closely with various European governments and Embassies as well as European institutions. Martin’s previous roles with Airbus included senior management positions in Spain, Canada, France, Germany and the USA, where he began his career with Airbus after graduating from Indiana University in Pennsylvania. Martin has dual German-French nationality; is a reserve Officer in the German Army; and holds a Canadian and JAR pilot license as well as a South African helicopter license.

Cornelius Grzimek – Board Member

Cornelius Grzimek is the Managing Director of Voestalpine High Performance Metals Africa, the Southern African subsidiary of the global and influential Austrian Voestalpine AG. He began his professional career as Internal Auditor at Thomas Cook, after which he progressed to Dun & Bradstreet as a Product and Key Account Manager. His main career started when he joined Peugeot Citroen where he spent 14 years in a number of key roles, from Dealer/Product and Marketing Manager to Regional Manager and Group Managing Director (Vienna) in countries such as Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria. Cornelius’ efforts and successes in his various roles made him a well-known businessman across Europe. His fluent language skills in German, English and French have proven to be greatly beneficial in his career. Cornelius holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Frankfurt University, Germany.

Thabo Molekoa – Board member

Thabo currently serves as the CEO of the thyssenkrupp Regional Office for Sub-Saharan Africa, since 2016. He qualified as a mechanical engineer from the University of Cape Town and has an MBA from GIBS – University of Pretoria.

He has more than 20 years professional experience, both operational and leadership roles, in asset-intensive heavy industries and consulting across Africa. His work experience covers organisations such as De Beers Diamond Mines, Saint-Gobain Plaster, DuPont and Black & Veatch. Through-out his professional career, he has extensively advised over 50 African organisations on risk mitigation, value maximisation and growth into Sub Saharan Africa.

In his current role he’s responsible for growing the thyssenkrupp group’s business, its brand and impact across Sub Saharan Africa. He also serves on a number of boards in South Africa in the renewable energy sector and notably for non-profit organisations focussing on STEM related topics for the youth. He’s also the local ambassador for the Africa CEO Network, an influential community of +5000 CEOs, decision makers and executives doing business in Africa.

He’s passionate about Africa, its youth and its unfolding industrialisation future.