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The Team

Our team based in the UK and in South Africa, has over 100 years of collective experience in custom IT projects.

Our Board

Our Board has worked together for over 15 years and bring a diverse range of industry knowledge, experience, entrepreneurship and track record of building high performance teams and running successful global software businesses.

Kali BagaryCEO

A successful entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in IT and business, specialising in business growth in the UK and South Africa.

 Responsible for the overall strategy and direction of the business, networking and building relationships with investors, customers and partners.

Derives satisfaction from taking a hand in development and improvement, mentoring high-performance teams and advising Boards.

Hendrik StrydomCTO

BCom Computer Science with more than 30 years of experience in programming and database management.

Hendrik is responsible for our product strategy, direction and development centre in South Africa.

He is involved in delivering numerous mission-critical systems for each and every client. Continuously shares his knowledge to help our programmers learn and grow through our Young Minds initiative.

Aju AlexanderCOO

An Electronics Engineer with a Post-Graduate degree in Business Management and a track record in delivering IT solutions across a range of global businesses.

Aju is responsible for client relationships, the successful delivery of their projects and business operations. His role is to bring out the best in the team, ultimately assisting clients in maximising their business value through digital transformation by adopting innovative technologies.

Jas BagaryCFO

BA(Hons) in Accounting, ACA, PGcert, with 21 years of experience in corporate Finance as a financial consultant and auditor and 14 years of experience as a University Principal Lecturer for Accounting.

As Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary Jas is responsible for business planning, financial modelling, accounting, contracts management and payments.

Our Advisors

Our Advisors bring in-depth knowledge and a network of contacts in sectors such as Insurance and Construction, to support The Data Company with its products, sales and marketing strategies.
Gartner and NatWest Accelerator Hub are Industry leading analysts, alongside our memberships with ILAG and SAICB which are supporting the growth and coaching of our business.

Manjit Rana

Insurance

With over 30 years’ experience of working in the insurance space is highly regarded as an industry thought leader and one of the pioneers of the InsurTech movement. As a leading pioneer in this field, he has led the charge for informing and educating traditional, well-established players to remain relevant by helping to shape new propositions that are more compelling and relevant in a constantly connected, fiercely competitive, radically changing market.

Dr. Tirath Virdee

Data Practice

Data Technology Executive, Director of Artificial Intelligence, Data Evangelist, and co-author of Data Alchemy: The Genesis of Intelligence.

Data is leading to every network being connected, linking users, applications, and ecosystems across blockchain networks using multiple trust layers to facilitate interactions and value creation. However, for businesses undertaking this digital journey, there are significant data, technological and people challenges to address, especially if they are seeking to reinvent existing capabilities. This is the space I operate in. The space that enables the parameterisation, exchange, and monetisation of data.

Bob Childs

Construction

Bob has been working in Construction Software since 1983. He brings a wealth of knowledge of both construction industry software &  construction companies in the UK.  Bob has held board level positions with Causeway, Coins & Red Sky & is now working with three specialist software companies to  take their business to the next level.

Matt Coniam

Construction

Matt is one of our advisors for the Construction sector having worked all his career in  Construction from on site to Executive level. This has given Matt has a unique view of this sector from both a production and back office operations perspective. Seen as a change agent who guides and drives teams  through the process of breaking down the traditional “silo” mentality and working towards seamless knowledge sharing via innovative data driven solutions . Currently a member of various product steering and advisory groups across the industry. Always looking for the next question that needs an answer.

Our Management Team

Our Management team have years of experience in sales, marketing and project delivery.

Erik StrydomHead of Service Delivery

Erik has Bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering and has worked as a Project Manager at Telecommunication Companies for 35 years.

In his current role as Head of Service Delivery, he ensures that projects are delivered within agreed timelines and that sufficient resources are allocated to projects.

Paul HendersonHead of Client Delivery

Paul is an internationally experienced Business Transformation Specialist, PMO, Programme and Senior Project Manager with over 15 years of experience working across the financial services and telecoms sector.

In his current Strategic Account Management and Project Delivery role Paul assists strategic clients with the successful delivery of business improvement projects and programmes that aid with the transformation of business units.

Jags DhillonHead of Data Practice

Having 15 years of experience in various IT Project Management in the financial services sector, Jags is responsible for the day-to-day management of application development and data warehousing projects for key clients.

He advises on project management methodology, data analytics and machine learning; with a focus on both open-source and proprietary tools with domain knowledge, Jags is able to extract value quickly.

Dean KempHead of Application Development

Dean is an innovative, results-driven individual with experience in project management, software development, business analytics and redefining workflow processes.

He is highly adept in articulating a client’s needs and wants and integrating these requirements into custom-built solutions between the client and the development team.

Liesl BowettHead of Marketing

With a strong background in sales and marketing coupled with a passion for all things creative, Liesl is a driven, results-oriented individual. As the brand owner and marketing strategist, she is responsible for elevating the company’s image and driving business growth through innovative digital marketing, event planning, and campaign management.

With nearly 30 years of corporate experience, Liesl has a wealth of knowledge and a track record of success in creating and executing impactful initiatives that resonate with target audiences.

David ElliottHead of Compliance

David has more than 26 years of experience in business development and engineering standards compliance; operations, processes, productivity, efficiency and project management. 

Being a driven and motivated professional with high levels of integrity and broad-based business and industrial experience, David ensures that The Data Company maintains its business culture of professionalism, business integrity, legal compliance and customer satisfaction facilitating a business competitive edge with formal ISO 27001 certification.

Lisle ThatcherHR Manager

Lisle is a people person with a world of experience having visited 31 countries around the globe.

Lisle has a background in travel and aviation where she developed her leadership skills and the ability to interact with different individuals and adapt to all situations.

Lisle is always eager to learn and broaden her expertise, is confident to carry out any instructions and is able to radiate a positive attitude in her work environment.

Petrie van EedenProgramme Manager

Hardworking analytical thinker with high attention to detail.
Quick learner – able to grasp complex concepts quickly.
Handles stress effectively – meets tight deadlines in highly pressurized environments.
Encourages teamwork and motivates co-workers through setting an example –contributes to a positive working environment.
Excellent social and interpersonal skills – communicates effectively at all levels.
Problem-solving capabilities, delivery and implementation of solutions tailored to clients’ needs.

Pieter ErasmusBusiness Development Manager

Pieter has worked in multiple disciplines including insurance, investments, development, rehabilitation and restoration, logistics, and game management. Pieter completed both his degree and an Honours degree in Ecology which focused on Rehabilitation and Restoration at the University of Pretoria.

His strengths are focused on analysis, query writing for reports, procedures, database management, project management and coordination, data integrity evaluation, report writing, logistics, and retail. Pieter is very comfortable addressing large groups of people and considers himself extremely pragmatic.

 

  

Jessica De AgrelaProject Manager

As a goal-orientated individual – Jessica works very well under pressure with minimum supervision. She is a reliable, hardworking, dedicated/loyal individual.

Jessica makes decisions quickly and independently with minimal escalations with the ability to adapt to new situations. She can interact with all levels of the organisation and the public and is proficient in prioritizing and completing tasks in a timely manner.

A leader with strong interpersonal, communication, problem solving and decision-making skills. Ability to establish and maintain strong alliances; lead and motivate teams; drive projects to completion.

Eleni SakuliasProject Manager

Well-spoken International Project Manager with more than a decade’s experience worldwide. Eleni displays exceptional skills in problem-solving, team building, negotiation, leadership and departmental budgeting. She is able to handle stress effectively – meeting tight deadlines in highly pressurised environments.

A dynamic, driven and accomplished Facilities Manager, which includes strategic, operations, safety and change management. Offering expertise in contract and service level agreement management, implementing safety policies, handling emergency operations, and ensuring bylaws and legislation compliance.

Our Team

From developers & testers to business analysts and project leaders. Our team provides extensive knowledge of project sizes, functionalities and business domains.

Our Team (work, play, offices, & ‘out & about’)

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