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Board of Directors

An international and highly experienced Board of “Locals”




Arnaud Montalvo

(Head of Country & Managing Director of Airbus Southern Africa), graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce in Barcelona in 1997, joined the Safran group the same year to be eventually appointed in 2002 as Vice President Finance for Turbomeca Africa a joint venture with state owned Denel. In 2004 he joined Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter) as Chief Financial Officer for Southern Africa. In 2008 Arnaud was appointed as Senior Manager Finance in charge of M&A for Airbus Helicopters Group, and following the acquisition of Vector Aerospace he became Chief Financial Officer for Airbus Helicopters in Canada in 2011. Since 2014 Arnaud has been Managing Director of Airbus Southern Africa and was recently appointed Head of Country for Airbus Group in South Africa. Arnaud is also the Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce of Southern Africa, a South African based non-profit organisation representing European business in Southern Africa.

Rui Marto

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.


Christine Charlton

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.


Kay Schröder

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.

Director1 Donnée Kruger

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.

Director7 Angelika Yakovchuk

Angelika Yakovchuk is a partner and director at WertSchröderInc Attorneys. She obtained her BA and LLB degrees at the University of Witwatersrand. She specialises in government policy compliance with a particular focus on corporate immigration law. Working closely with Department of Home Affairs, and through direct involvement with the Minister of the Department, Ms Yakovchuk played an important role in transformation of national immigration policy. Ms Yakovchuk’s represents many of the top multinational organisations operating in South Africa. She holds the position of Vice President of the French-South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry, sits on the board of Euro Chamber, and is a member of an advisory committee to Ministerial panel.

Marc Van Pelt

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).

Diego de Radigues

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.