Board of Directors

Paul Lamontagne - Chairman Sagarmatha Technologies

Paul Lamontagne - Chairman

Sagarmatha Technologies

Prior to joining Sagarmatha Technologies, Paul held the position of Executive Investment Partner at Capafrica, a Canadian private equity fund that invests in renewable energy, infrastructure, agriculture and telecommunications in Africa.

Paul has also held the position of Head – Africa and Middle East, for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, as well as chief executive officer and chief operating officer of various private and public companies, including Look TV and Teleglobe Media.  He serves as Chair of the Enablis Financial Corporation SA Proprietary Limited, as director of the Young Presidents’ Organisation and is a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa.


Rosemary Mosia - Deputy Chairperson

Rosemary has worked in numerous roles within a large state-owned entity and is currently the CEO of the Black Business Chamber, an NGO.  She serves on the board of Premier Fishing and Brands Limited.  In 2012, Rosemary founded The Bridge of Hope Wines in partnership with Linton Park Wine Estate in Wellington, South Africa, with the aim of “bridging the gap” between South Africa and the global wine market. Approximately 60% of The Bridge of Hope Wines are exported annually, with the balance retailing in South Africa.

 Valentine Dzvova - Chief Risk Officer

Valentine joined the Independent Media group from Grant Thornton where she had been an audit manager.  She sits on a number of subsidiary boards, including Sagarmatha Enterprise Solutions Proprietary Limited, Sagarmatha Group Holdings Proprietary Limited, Sagarmatha Services Proprietary Limited, Sagarmatha Ventures Proprietary Limited and Sagarmatha Investment Holdings Proprietary Limited.

Takudzwa Hove - Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining Sagarmatha Technologies, Takudzwa was Chief Financial Officer of
Independent Media. Before that, he held the positions of group financial manager and
corporate finance executive at African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (AEEI)
from April 2009 until September 2013. He currently serves as a non-executive director of AEEI.

Grant Fredericks - Joint CEO

Grant is responsible for all day-to- day management decisions and implementing ANA’s (and all its subsidiary companies) long and short-term plans. His prior experience was gained in the automotive industry, the outdoor media industry in West Africa and the global media and content syndication industry.

Gary Hadfield - Joint CEO

An Alumnus of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Gary joined the team at as CEO in January 2011. He was CEO of e-commerce retailer
from 2005 to 2010, as well as Marketing/Commercial Head from 2000 to 2005. He serves on the deregulation committee of the South African Chapter of the BRICS business council.

Arthur Johnson - Non-executive

Arthur worked at Nomura International in London. He then joined Metropolitan as a portfolio manager. Over this period, Arthur was awarded his CFA Charter.

He left Metropolitan in 2006 and joined Breakwater Capital as Co-Manager of the Impact Fund, followed by a period with Trilinear Asset Management as head of research and a portfolio manager. Currently he is a director and CIO at 3 Laws Capital South Africa Proprietary Limited.

Dr Sibongiseni Tshotsejane - Non-executive

Sibongiseni has spent time at Google in Silicon Valley and at Ryerson University in Canada conducting research with regard to innovation and internet analytics.  In addition, Sibongiseni has implemented digital analytics tactical plans for large organisations including PruHealth (UK), Santam Limited, Old Mutual Limited, Woolworths Limited, Rand & Bullion Proprietary Limited, Cape Town Activa Proprietary Limited, Engen Limited, Acceleration and Speisen Limited, and was the first female CIO of the V & A Waterfront. She currently lectures applied infomatics and mathematical sciences at the Walter Sisulu University.

Harold E. Doley III - Non-executive

Harold E. Doley, III holds a BA from Columbia University and a Masters of Professional Studies (MPS) in Industrial and Labour Relations (ILR) from Cornell University.  He co-chairs the MPS council of Cornell’s ILR Alumni Association.

Mr Doley is Managing Principal at emerging and frontier markets advisory The Lugano Group Incorporated, which he co-founded in 1995. He has advised national governments, central banks, stock exchanges, securities regulators, and corporations.  Mr. Doley holds various professional licenses in the USA including General Securities Principal.  He was an advisor to the Governor of New York State and Mayor of New York City. President George W. Bush appointed Mr Doley to the board of directors at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

Dr Aisha Pandor - Non-executive

Aisha is co-founder and CEO of SweepSouth Proprietary Limited (“SweepSouth”), Africa’s first online end-to-end platform for booking, managing and paying for home cleaning.  Prior to founding SweepSouth, Aisha worked as a management consultant at Accenture South Africa.    SweepSouth won the SiMODiSA Startup SA pitching prize and later became the first South African startup to be accepted into the 500 Startups accelerator based in Silicon Valley.  Other awards include being listed among the Mail and Guardian Top 200 young South Africans in 2012, and being recognised by the World Economic Forum as a breakthrough female innovator in 2017.

Aziza Amod - Non-executive

Aziza is a business woman with over 30 years’ experience in import, export and manufacturing.  She currently serves as a director of, amongst others, Sekunjalo Power and Renewable Energy Proprietary Limited, Sekunjalo Oil Trading Proprietary Limited, Sekunjalo Technology Solutions Proprietary Limited, Independent Media Proprietary Limited and Premier Food and Fishing Limited.

Zanele Mamba - Non-executive

Zanele currently serves as the marketing and communications director of one of the largest landowners in the City of Johannesburg, the Joburg Property Company.  In this role, she is responsible for attracting both local and international property investors, and managing a portfolio that includes asset management, facilities management, property development and property management.  Prior to joining her current organisation, Zanele gained experience at McCann Worldwide (Johannesburg) and Brand SA.  She sits on the board of Nokia Network Solutions South Africa.

Alan Ipp - Non-executive

Alan qualified as a chartered accountant in 1969.  He spent several years in business before returning to the auditing profession in 1975.  In 1982, Alan was appointed managing partner of what later became the Cape Town office of PKF, a position which he retained until stepping down in 2009 to become a consultant to the firm.  Alan is a past president of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, and served on SAICA’s board for a number of years.