Meet our team

We are a group of individuals who believe in a shared vision – One World with Zero Barriers. We encourage robust discussion and celebrate diversity because it enriches us. We dream big and stay excited about helping our clients to fulfil their own dreams – whether they are running a thriving property management company or helping charities around the world to maximise their impact.

Johannes van Eeden

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Johannes is a composer, poet and entrepreneur. He studied music, languages and philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch, where he won various first prizes in composition. Prior to founding Humanstate with his brother Jaco in 2001, Johannes built a marketing and distribution business with a presence in more than 16 countries, co-founded a leading contemporary music organisation, and worked as a music journalist and at the University of South Africa.

Johannes is based at our office in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland.

Jaco van Eeden

FOUNDER & CHIEF SOFTWARE ARCHITECT

Jaco co-founded Humanstate and was instrumental in developing the original software platform. He studied theology, biblical languages and computer science at the University of Pretoria. After training in programming at Logos Research Systems, Jaco entered the consultancy market as a SAP HR consultant for EPI-USE Systems. He then moved to the company’s Atlanta office and worked in CRM, consulting at companies including Sun Microsystems, Applied Materials, Hilton Hotels, Webvan.com, Buy.com and Buildscape.

Jaco is based at our office in Sevenoaks, United Kingdom.

Eduard Malan

GROUP CBO

Eduard is a chartered management accountant. He completed his training at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and worked in various industries covering financial services, retail and construction. As financial controller, Eduard played a key role in setting up the UK financial operations of a large financial services group. As well as comprehensive experience in setting up and overseeing finance functions with sound financial control, Eduard has core knowledge in dealing with UK- and EU-regulated entities, including the preparation and submission of licence applications.

Eduard is based at our office in Sevenoaks, United Kingdom.

Johan le Roux

DIRECTOR

Johan’s appointment to the board of our international holdings company (with Michiel le Roux as alternate director) follows the investment by Rational Expectations in Humanstate. Johan completed a B.Comm degree in Institutional Investments at the University of Stellenbosch (2000), and spent 10 years working on the application of information-based strategies in retail credit before setting up Rational Expectations. He also serves on the board of many portfolio companies, as well as the JSE-listed Digicore Holdings Limited.

Johan van der Merwe

DIRECTOR

Johan joined the board following African Rainbow Capital’s investment in Humanstate. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Johan completed a Master’s Degree in Income Tax (University of Pretoria) and an M.Phil. in Finance at Cambridge University. He joined Investec Asset Management in 1997 and became their Global Sector Head of Resources in 2000. In 2002 he was appointed CEO of Sanlam Investment Management, later becoming CEO of the Investment Cluster responsible for all Sanlam Group investment businesses. He is now Co-CEO of African Rainbow Capital.

Frans Stroebel (Alternate)

CHAIRMAN, GIVENGAIN FOUNDATION & GROUP ADVISOR

Frans is an admitted Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa as well as a diplomat, businessman and keen conservationist. He was CEO of WWF-SA, a founder member of the Peace Parks Foundation, a founder trustee of the SA National Parks Trust and an international board member of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He has advised on South African government tourism and conservation programmes, and was vice-chairman of the SA Wildlife College and chairman of the SA College for Tourism.

Frans is based at our office in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

James Mason (Alternate)

DIRECTOR

James’ appointment as Alternate Director follows the investment by Rational Expectations in Humanstate. James obtained a B.Comm Honours degree at the University of Stellenbosch (1996) and is a registered Chartered Accountant with a higher diploma in Taxation. He articled with KPMG in Johannesburg whereafter he consulted in the firm’s Financial Services department. Prior to joining Rational Expectations in 2015 he was the Managing Director of Macquarie Securities South Africa from 2009. His experience includes equity derivatives, corporate finance, structured finance and taxation.

Past Directors

Philip de Bruin

DIRECTOR: 2001 - 2015

Philip de Bruin’s relationship with Humanstate dates back to 2001, when he joined the company as director. A long-time resident of the Italian enclave of Campione d’Italia in Switzerland, Philip co-founded EPI-USE Systems in 1994 – concluding, as its CEO, a software development and consulting partnership with SAP AG. Also under his leadership, EPI-USE expanded into an offshore holding group with more than 200 employees and subsidiaries in South Africa, the US, UK and Australia. Philip retired in 2015.

Dominique Rochat

GIVENGAIN FOUNDATION DIRECTOR: 2009 - 2015

Maître Rochat graduated in law from the University of Geneva and obtained a Diploma in Comparative Legal Studies at Cambridge University. He was a member of the Geneva Bar. Domique was a practising lawyer since 1975 and partner at the Geneva office of Lenz & Staehelin since 1982, specialising in banking and corporate law. He was Vice Chairman of RBS Coutts Bank Limited in Zurich, Vice Chairman of the Boards and Chairman of the Audit Committees of Banque Audi (Suisse) SA and NBAD Private Bank (Suisse) SA, and served as a Non-Executive Director at Compagnie Financiere Richemont SA from September 8, 2010 to September 12, 2013. Dominique retired in 2015 and sadly passed away on 3 February 2018.

Johannes van Eeden

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Johannes is a composer, poet and entrepreneur. He studied music, languages and philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch, where he won various first prizes in composition. Prior to founding Humanstate with his brother Jaco in 2001, Johannes built a marketing and distribution business with a presence in more than 16 countries, co-founded a leading contemporary music organisation, and worked as a music journalist and at the University of South Africa.

Johannes is based at our office in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland.

Jaco van Eeden

FOUNDER & CHIEF SOFTWARE ARCHITECT

Jaco co-founded Humanstate and was instrumental in developing the original software platform. He studied theology, biblical languages and computer science at the University of Pretoria. After training in programming at Logos Research Systems, Jaco entered the consultancy market as a SAP HR consultant for EPI-USE Systems. He then moved to the company's Atlanta office and worked in CRM, consulting at companies including Sun Microsystems, Applied Materials, Hilton Hotels, Webvan.com, Buy.com and Buildscape.

Jaco is based at our office in Sevenoaks, United Kingdom.

Frans Stroebel

CHAIRMAN, GIVENGAIN FOUNDATION & GROUP ADVISOR

Frans is an admitted Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa as well as a diplomat, businessman and keen conservationist. He was CEO of WWF-SA, a founder member of the Peace Parks Foundation, a founder trustee of the SA National Parks Trust and an international board member of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He has advised on South African government tourism and conservation programmes, and was vice-chairman of the SA Wildlife College and chairman of the SA College for Tourism.

Frans is based at our office in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Dr. Benoît Merkt

DIRECTOR, GIVENGAIN FOUNDATION

Dr. Benoît Merkt is an attorney at law and partner at Lenz & Staehelin. He specialises in all areas of Swiss and European merger control work and competition law. Benoît is also one of the leading Swiss law practitioners in the field of tax-exempt/non-profit organisations and heads the firm’s practice in this field. He has incorporated major foundations and associations of international scope and regularly advises clients with respect to the structuring and implementation of charitable projects in Switzerland and abroad.

GROUP EXECUTIVES

Johannes van Eeden

FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Johannes is a composer, poet and entrepreneur. He studied music, languages and philosophy at the University of Stellenbosch, where he won various first prizes in composition. Prior to founding Humanstate with his brother Jaco in 2001, Johannes built a marketing and distribution business with a presence in more than 16 countries, co-founded a leading contemporary music organisation, and worked as a music journalist and at the University of South Africa.

Johannes is based at our office in Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland.

Jaco van Eeden

FOUNDER & CHIEF SOFTWARE ARCHITECT

Jaco co-founded Humanstate and was instrumental in developing the original software platform. He studied theology, biblical languages and computer science at the University of Pretoria. After training in programming at Logos Research Systems, Jaco entered the consultancy market as a SAP HR consultant for EPI-USE Systems. He then moved to the company's Atlanta office and worked in CRM, consulting at companies including Sun Microsystems, Applied Materials, Hilton Hotels, Webvan.com, Buy.com and Buildscape.

Jaco is based at our office in Sevenoaks, United Kingdom.

Eduard Malan

GROUP CBO

Eduard is a chartered management accountant. He completed his training at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and worked in various industries covering financial services, retail and construction. As financial controller, Eduard played a key role in setting up the UK financial operations of a large financial services group. As well as comprehensive experience in setting up and overseeing finance functions with sound financial control, Eduard has core knowledge in dealing with UK- and EU-regulated entities, including the preparation and submission of licence applications.

Eduard is based at our office in Sevenoaks, United Kingdom.

Hans Vogelberg

GROUP CFO

Hans brings more than 20 years of experience to the role with a strong background in financial regulation, auditing and accounting. He served as the Global Head of Accounting and Control for Continental Europe and Latin America at HSBC and previously worked across HSBC in various other high-profile roles. After receiving his MBA in 1994 from Universität Essen and the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School at University College, Dublin, Hans began working as an auditor for KPMG. He became a Certified Information Systems Auditor in 1998 and was then certified as a Chartered Tax and Financial Accountant in 2001.

Hans is based at our office in Sevenoaks, United Kingdom.

Frans Stroebel

CHAIRMAN, GIVENGAIN FOUNDATION & GROUP ADVISOR

Frans is an admitted Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa as well as a diplomat, businessman and keen conservationist. He was CEO of WWF-SA, a founder member of the Peace Parks Foundation, a founder trustee of the SA National Parks Trust and an international board member of the World Wide Fund for Nature. He has advised on South African government tourism and conservation programmes, and was vice-chairman of the SA Wildlife College and chairman of the SA College for Tourism.

Frans is based at our office in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

André Holtshausen

CEO, PAYPROP UK

André is a chartered accountant with more a decade of experience in international financial services. After qualifying in Cape Town, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, focusing on the insurance sector. During this time he worked on large international stock exchange listing projects on the NYSE and LSE. He then moved into the insurance intermediary sector, eventually serving as director of risk and control for one of the world's top 10 financial services intermediaries. He joined the Humanstate Group in January 2007.

André is based at our office in Sevenoaks, United Kingdom.

MARKETS

Louw Liebenberg

CEO, PAYPROP US

Louw is responsible for leading the evolution and implementation of PayProp's US marketing and sales strategy. He previously successfully headed up PayProp South Africa as CEO. Before joining PayProp, Louw was chief operating officer at the Spur Group, with responsibility for overseeing its national operations as well as running the internal strategy, financial and operational management aspects of the Panarottis franchisor company.

Louw is based at our office in Miami, Florida.

Tom Samodol

Tom Samodol

CEO, PAYPROP CANADA

Tom, the former head of technology and Internet at Dresdner Kleinwort in the Commerzbank group, has extensive experience in developing and scaling technology businesses. Throughout his career, he has advised high-growth businesses on the technology of new ventures, mergers, acquisitions, financing and shifts in corporate strategy. Tom’s clients ranged from private entrepreneurial growth companies to publicly listed firms and financial investors. He has also served as board advisor and mentor at leading start-up accelerators in Europe.

Tom is based at our office in Toronto, Canada.

Jan Davel

CEO, PAYPROP SA

Jan took over the running of PayProp SA after joining the company in 2019. He graduated from the University of South Africa (B.Iuris, L.LB) and is well known in the South African property sector as the former MD of estate agency group RealNet and the former Chairman of the Franchise Association of South Africa. Most recently, Jan was a director at BetterBond, where he was in charge of managing the company’s real estate investment in firms such as RE/MAX, Chas Everitt, RealNet and Tyson Properties.

Jan is based at our office in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

André Holtshausen

CEO, PAYPROP UK

André is a chartered accountant with more a decade of experience in international financial services. After qualifying in Cape Town, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers in London, focusing on the insurance sector. During this time he worked on large international stock exchange listing projects on the NYSE and LSE. He then moved into the insurance intermediary sector, eventually serving as director of risk and control for one of the world's top 10 financial services intermediaries. He joined the Humanstate Group in January 2007.

André is based at our office in Sevenoaks, United Kingdom.

  • Adam Clement

    Copywriter, United Kingdom

  • Adrian Immelman

    Regional Sales Manager, South Africa

  • Adrian Kelly

    Client Relationship Manager, Canada

  • Albert Cornelissen

    Product Owner, United Kingdom

  • Alberto Fernandez

    Back-end Developer, United Kingdom

  • Alex Mulchinock

    Front-end Developer, United Kingdom

  • Alex Steinberg

    Mobile Developer, South Africa

  • André Holtshausen

    CEO, United Kingdom

  • Andre September

    Client Support, South Africa

  • Andrew Howard

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Angelo Lawrence

    Client Support, South Africa

  • Anita Adams

    Reconciliation Analyst, United Kingdom

  • Anja Ribton

    Compliance Officer, United Kingdom

  • Anthony D’Amico

    Client Relationship Manager, Canada

  • Ben Edmonds

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Bernadette Sheridan

    Head of Training & Development, United Kingdom

  • Bradley Miller

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Brandi Bowron

    Regional Sales Manager, United States

  • Cailey Boyce

    Sales Support Manager, United Kingdom

  • Cara Gray

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Carel Alberts

    Head of Communications, United Kingdom

  • Chantelle Nieuwendyk

    Head of Client Services, South Africa

  • Chanzel Morkel

    Client Support, South Africa

  • Charl Burger

    Head of Operations, South Africa

  • Charles Ricketts

    Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Chris Otash

    Regional Sales Manager, United States

  • Clara Miret Carbonell

    Fundraising Campaign Manager, Switzerland

  • Corey Auger

    Regional Sales Manager, United States

  • Corey Conger

    Regional Sales Manager, United States

  • Daniel Edon

    Senior Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Daniel Smith

    Head of Systems Operations, United Kingdom

  • Daniel Vazquez

    Regional Sales Manager, United States

  • Dave Mottershead

    Area Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Delyth Manuel

    Sales Support Specialist, South Africa

  • Denise Le Roux

    Customer Support, South Africa

  • Denise van Vuuren

    Client Support, South Africa

  • Donna Kerwick

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Eduard Malan

    Chief Business Officer, United Kingdom

  • Ellie Jarvis

    Desktop Support Apprentice, United Kingdom

  • Emilia Popadyniec

    Senior Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Emiliana Mesa

    Regional Sales Manager, United States

  • Erin Isaacs

    Client Support, South Africa

  • Fernando Corrêa de Oliveira

    Senior Developer, United Kingdom

  • Florian Ruchet

    Accountant, Switzerland

  • Franklin DiGioia

    Regional Sales Manager, United States

  • Frans Stroebel

    Chairman, GivenGain Foundation, Switzerland

  • Gareth Litherland

    Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Gary Flemming

    Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Gemma Grose

    Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Graeme Marden

    Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Greg Mills

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Hadassha Slawers

    Client Support, South Africa

  • Hans Vogelberg

    Group CFO, United Kingdom

  • Helen Roberts

    Executive Assistant, United Kingdom

  • Ilze Scheepers

    Senior Accountant, South Africa

  • Jack Buckland

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Jaco van Eeden

    Chief Software Architect, United Kingdom

  • Jacqueline Holtshausen

    CFO, South Africa

  • James Boreham

    Front-end Developer, United Kingdom

  • Jan Davel

    CEO, South Africa

  • Jannie Smith

    Operations Manager, South Africa

  • Jason Davis

    Head of Sales Performance, United Kingdom

  • Javier Ball

    Regional Sales Manager, United States

  • Javier Luque

    Senior Developer, United Kingdom

  • Joanne Smith

    Head of Client Relations, United Kingdom

  • Jody Ribton

    Head of Payments, United Kingdom

  • Johan Burger

    Regional Sales Manager, South Africa

  • Johannes van Eeden

    Co-Founder, Group Chairman, Switzerland

  • Johette Smuts

    General Manager, South Africa

  • Joshua Saayman

    Head of Research & Development, South Africa

  • Josua Loots

    Head of Legal & Compliance, Switzerland

  • Juliet Miller

    Reconciliation Analyst, United Kingdom

  • Julio Rosa

    Head of Client Services, United States

  • Kam Heyeer

    Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Kevin Cross

    Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Kirstein Nazar

    Social Media Coordinator, United Kingdom

  • Kobie Pieters

    Regional Sales Manager, South Africa

  • Kristelle Eskenazi

    Compliance Officer, South Africa

  • Krystle Griffiths

    Customer Relationship Manager, South Africa

  • Kyle Munn

    Junior Back-end Developer, United Kingdom

  • Lauren O’Loghlen

    Senior Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Laurent Peretti-Poix

    Chief Technology Officer, Switzerland

  • Leanor Klassen

    Client Support, South Africa

  • Lee Johnson

    Senior Developer, Switzerland

  • Lily Kirkwood

    Front-end Developer, United Kingdom

  • Lin Lin

    Accountant, United Kingdom

  • Lindsey Raymond

    Regional Sales Manager, United States

  • Lizl Rautenbach

    Accountant, South Africa

  • Louw Liebenberg

    CEO, United States

  • Luke Menzel

    Chief Brand Officer, United Kingdom

  • Luqmaan Marthinus

    Junior Desktop Support, South Africa

  • Marc Freudweiler

    Executive Director, GivenGain Foundation, Switzerland

  • Maria van Eeden

    Head of Employee Services, United Kingdom

  • Marius Maré

    GivenGain President, United Kingdom

  • Marlyn Polonia

    Client Relationship Manager, United States

  • Martin Bunte

    Area Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Martin Vazquez

    Head of Sales, United States

  • Marvin Mukasa

    Back-end Developer, United Kingdom

  • Matthew Clubb

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Matthew Lawrence

    Senior Developer, United Kingdom

  • Michael Wilkins

    Junior Designer, United Kingdom

  • Miranda Jacobs

    Senior Product Designer, United Kingdom

  • Natasha Ping

    Regional Sales Manager, South Africa

  • Neil Cobbold

    Chief Sales Officer, United Kingdom

  • Nelly Frecman

    Client Relationship Manager, United States

  • Niina Kallela

    Executive Assistant, Switzerland

  • Patrick Suess

    Senior Developer, United Kingdom

  • Paul Jaszynski

    Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Peter Cox

    CFO, United Kingdom

  • Petro De Freitas

    Client Relationship Manager, South Africa

  • Purdey Faroa

    Housekeeping, South Africa

  • Reenen Swart

    Head of Client Money Control, South Africa

  • Rian Thomas

    Senior Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Riette Van der Merwe

    Executive Assistant, South Africa

  • Robin Sillars

    Copywriter, United Kingdom

  • Robyn Andrews

    Fundraising Campaign Manager, United Kingdom

  • Rosa Martin

    Client Relationship Manager, United States

  • Ryan Burleigh

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Salomé de Freitas

    Client Support Specialist, South Africa

  • Sam Ferreira

    Head of Client Service & Head of Sales, Canada

  • Samantha Harvey

    Regional Sales Manager, South Africa

  • Sara Laccone

    Digital Marketing Manager, United Kingdom

  • Sarah Jimenez

    Regional Sales Manager, United Kingdom

  • Sarah Whitehead

    Head of Sales, South Africa

  • Seelan Gounden

    Regional Sales Manager, South Africa

  • Sophia Rowlinson

    Junior Back-end Developer, United Kingdom

  • Sophie Long

    Customer Relationship Manager, United Kingdom

  • Sri Gobboor

    Head of Quality Assurance, United Kingdom

  • Tanya Goldberg

    Executive Assistant, United Kingdom

  • Taryn Cebula-Risenman

    Regional Sales Manager, Canada

  • Tersia Oosthuizen

    Regional Sales Manager, South Africa

  • Tom Samodol
    Tom Samodol

    Interim CEO, Canada

  • Valters Skrupskis

    Senior Developer, Switzerland

  • Vilje Visser

    Marketing Assistant, South Africa

  • Werner Bättenhaussen

    Product Owner, United Kingdom

  • Willem Cecchi

    Group Financial Accountant, United Kingdom