Paul is a serial entrepreneur and has successfully built several businesses into the leading companies in their region. Most digital technologies fall within his ambit, but his experience also covers the investment banking and energy sectors. Besides being Chairman of JAM International, Paul is currently Executive Chairman of Equilibre Bio-energy Production Ltd, a Mauritian-based bio-energy business , and Chairman of ZappGroup, Africa Ltd, a mobile payments business which is focused on Africa. He is Deputy Chairman of NASDAQ-listed Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc, a global electronic payments and financial services group, and Director of Mauritius and South Africa listed Lighthouse Capital Limited., a European-focused property group.
He was formerly Executive Chairman of Emerging Markets Payments (EMP), a company he co-founded with Actis in 2010. EMP became the largest pan-African and Middle Eastern fully integrated electronic payments company and was sold to Network International in 2016.
Previous roles include: Executive Chairman of Starcomms, a Nigerian telecommunications company; Chairman of Chartwell Capital, a South African-based corporate finance group; Group CEO of MTN Ltd, Africa’s largest cell phone operator; Group CEO of Johnnic Holdings Ltd; Founding President of Measat Broadcast Bhd (Malaysia), trading as Astro, Malaysian’s leading satellite broadcaster; Executive Vice-President of Star TV in Hong Kong, Asia’s largest satellite TV broadcaster; Chief Executive of DSTV MultiChoice, Africa’s leading satellite TV broadcaster; Chairman and CEO of ITC, South Africa’s largest credit bureau and Head of Banking Software Solutions at Spenser Steward Advisory Services.
Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business and a past member of the Council of the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, as well as a member of EDS’s Europe’s Advisory Board. He has been a regular speaker at international conferences on satellite communications, telecommunications, payments and doing business successfully in Africa.
Ann Co-Founded Joint Aid Management (JAM) International in 1984. JAM is a South African-founded international, Christian, non-profit organization. Her husband Peter had a heart-breaking experience while visiting the war-torn and famine-stricken Mozambique where thousands of people were dying as a result of hunger and malnutrition. Peter and Ann resolved to do whatever they could do to alleviate the suffering of the people, and especially the children. This was the driving force to establish an organization focused on emergency relief and nutritional feeding.
Many describe Ann as “Mama JAM” due to her heart for the development of the people of Africa, but she describes herself as “a highly motivated, compassionate and emotional woman, passionate for the cause.” This mother of six, who now has 13 grandchildren, is a true family woman. Ann is gifted with great ability in Administration and Marketing and her contribution in these areas has brought JAM to where it is today. JAM has served more than 1.2 billion meals to its beneficiaries in the past 30 years.
Born and raised in South Africa, Isak Pretorius is the son of one of Africa’s great evangelists and social entrepreneurs, Peter Pretorius. Isak’s 20 years of ministry, humanitarian services and business experience on the continent have helped shape his passion to share the love of God, address the diverse needs of Africa’s communities and build strong African businesses. Serving the people of Africa is at the heart of his life’s work.
Isak served at JAM International in a full time capacity from 1998 to 2011, in various roles including Programmes Director and Chief Operating Officer, President of JAMUSA and Group CEO. Isak re-joined the JAM International team in 2018 in the role of Group Executive Director, where he serves as the JAM International representative on all the international JAM Affiliate boards around the world, manages key strategic partner relations globally, is part of the strategy team and is current acting President for JAMUSA.
Isak is CEO of Jesus Alive Gospel Outreach ministries, an evangelism and discipleship training ministry with full time teams in Kenya, Tanzania and DRC (Congo). The ministry conducts village, prison and school outreaches, as well as discipleship and church leadership training to more than 10,000 churches, through over 1,000 training centres.
Isak is a founding partner of Afriscope Holdings, a business providing end-to-end business development, strategy and facilitation services to African businesses and those wanting to enter African markets. Isak has been actively involved in investment advisory and capital raising services, with experience in structuring and raising capital for African businesses in multiple sectors.
Isak has been a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO) since 2009, having been Chair of the Pan Africa Chapter, Africa Regional Chair, EMEA Super Region Chair and Engagement Chair for the Global Deal Network and Champion of the best of the best award winning annual Africa Summit.
Isak is a graduate from the University of South Africa, with a BComm in Business Management, Economics, Law and Accounting.
Nico is professionally qualified as a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in the United Kingdom and he is a Certified Internal Auditor with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Professional Accountancy (with distinction) from the University of London and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy degree in Leadership in Emerging Economies, from the Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management at the University of Johannesburg.
Nico has almost 20 years’ experience in financial services and insurance and previous employers include the South African Insurance Association, OUTsurance and Discovery. Furthermore, Nico is part of a Christian outreach ministry with a focus on rural and township areas in South Africa; he holds motivational talks on life purpose and is currently a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) and he was appointed as the Chairperson of ACCA South Africa board in late 2020.