Henri de Kock
Henri is the founding partner of Intequity. He has worked in several industries, including private equity, corporate finance, management consulting, external audit and performance management. He specializes in tax planning, structuring, management consulting and transactional advisory. He is a registered tax practitioner in South Africa.
Erik has over 15 years of experience in the energy and infrastructure investment sectors in Africa. During this time, he worked on a total cumulative project value in excess of US$ 15 billion.
From 2006 to 2011, Erik was an independent business development consultant specialising in growth and energy for companies such as Sasol, Standard Bank, General Electric, Royal Bafokeng Holdings, Harmony Gold, Deloitte, and EnBW. The work he did involved gas infrastructure projects, power generation projects (including coal, gas, hydro, solar and wind), port and rail projects,power transmission and distribution projects, water management; and biofuels. Between 2011 and 2015, Erik was the head of business development at Cennergi– an independent power producer joint venture between Exxaro Resources and Tata Power. From 2015 to 2017, he was the head of energy at Harith and was responsible for the origination, approval and investment in new acquisitions as well as the management of the existing energy portfolio. Since 2017 Erik has been a director of Cajari Limited, a Mauritian company that provides executive expertise to companies globally. In this capacity, from 2017 – 2019, he was the senior transaction advisor for the U.S government’s Power Africa initiative. As part of this appointment, he was responsible for the oversight of 40 transaction advisors in 21 countries. In addition, he was responsible for accelerating project development, providing independent advice regarding transaction issues and assisting in building capacity of key ministries in Africa. From 2018 – 2019 he served as a director of Sanlam InfraWorks (SIW) , a principle investor and manager of third party capital in the Emerging Markets Infrastructure sector. SIW is part of the Sanlam Group of South Africa, the largest non-banking financial services company in Africa.
Currently he serves as senior investment director for Climate Fund Managers (CFM). With offices in The Hague, Cape Town and Singapore, CFM is established as a joint venture between the Dutch government’s development bank, FMO, and Sanlam InfraWorks. CFM is the fund manager of two blended finance facilities which invest in the development and implementation of climate related businesses and projects across global emerging markets. The two funds are Climate Investor One, a USD 850 million fund investing in renewable energy projects, and Climate Investor 2, which focuses on water, sanitation and ocean projects and was seeded with USD 90 million by the Dutch and Danish governments with a targeted fund size of USD 1 billion.
Erik holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree from the University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and is currently completing a masters degree in engineering management at the same institution.
His memberships include Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, United Nations Global Compact and MENSA.
Franco de Wet
Franco has been part of the legal profession and the financial services industry in South Africa for the past 15 years.Franco began his career as a candidate attorney at Oelofse Hefer & Wessels Attorneys in 2005 and was admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa in 2007. He was then appointed as an associate attorney at Oelofse Hefer & Wessels Attorneys and in 2009 Franco started his own law firm, Nel & De Wet Attorneys, and has been practicing as a partner of the firm since 2009. In his time as an attorney, he has gained extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of civil litigation, labour law and the legal aspects governing long and short term insurance, fund and collective investment schemes and fiduciary services.
Franco is also the founder and an executive director at Advanced Professional Services, where he heads the fiduciary and legal services department. The company was incorporated in 2017 and renders legal, accounting and tax services to the clients in across multiple industries.
Franco holds B.Com (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Johannesburg.
Michael has over 30 years’ experience in the Financial Services sector.
He started his career at Fergusson Bros. Hall Stewart & Co. in South Africa as Equity Trader on the stock market floor. He then moved to Mathison & Hollidge Inc. as Department Head of the Dealing team, and afterwards to Kilroe Whitehead & Co. where he had successfully set up institutional trading desks.
During his career, Michael has gained considerable knowledge and sales experience by working for several other companies in London and South Africa like Investec, Cazenove & Co. London, Cazenove South Africa (PTY) Ltd, Nedgroup Securities where he spent time working with corporate finance teams as well as institutional Stockbroking teams.
More recently, Michael ran his own sheet metal manufacturing business. Alexiflash manufactured all forms of toolboxes and tool trunks for the major wholesalers across sub-Saharan Africa.
Dylan is experienced in curating judicious partnerships and nurturing key relationships in the high-net and ultra-high-net worth arena, worldwide. A journey that has afforded him the ability to establish almost a decade’s worth of contacts, with an extensive understanding of luxury travel, luxury goods, bespoke services, and the Private Equity space.
Dylan’s entrepreneurial career began in 2016 where he launched his first successful business whilst studying his Investment Management degree at The University of Pretoria. As the Director and Co-Founder of a liquor delivery service, Deliquory Services, he later pivoted the business into bespoke and high-end events, catering to private clients. He applied his event management experience abroad with collaborations with Country Clubs in Florida (USA) and London (UK).
A passion for wildlife and affinity for sales, Dylan works alongside The Safari Guys as a Luxury Travel Ambassador, formulating a successful partnership with both his exclusive network and the opulent travel sector in Africa, showcasing luxury properties and facilitating the sale of packages globally.
Since 2019, Dylan and South African Entrepreneur and Private Investor, Rob Hersov, have been working on a multitude of diverse funding and investment opportunities. Rob, Dylan and Tonderai Chavhanga then founded one of the world’s largest private, global-networking businesses – S-Group – in early 2020. A 4000 member-strong connectivity platform linking business leaders, decision makers and top executives, boasting a 90% retention rate. Dylan and Rob conceptualized and built The Lion Cage, a network of private investors profiling more than 140 companies and securing over $15mil for 21 businesses as a sister-company to S-Group. A founding team member, launching Africa Padel on the African continent, an Advisor to the Board of MoveMe Studio, and an avid public-speaker, Dylan is positioned amongst salient audiences.
Dylan brings a diverse skill set to Heimdall’s Business Development Division and services the growth of the brand in a dynamic fashion.
Nicola has 3 years of experience in the financial services industry. During this time, Nicola managed various accounts of high-net-worth individuals in South Africa as well as abroad. Nicola started her career in the financial services industry in 2020 when she moved to Johannesburg upon acquiring a role at Investec Private Bank within their Private Banking sector.
During her time at Investec Nicola worked with the Learning and Development Team by creating the training material given to Investec’s Client Support Bankers regarding risk processes that they handled. In addition to this, Nicola worked with Investec’s Operational Risk Team where she conducted risk assessments on Investec’s foreign exchange processes, as well as audited situations where extra credit is provided to a client.
Nicola’s extensive experience in business risk management and client success allows her to create synergy between client and business needs, where she ensures optimal and sustainable results.
Since 2023 Nicola has joined Heimdall as their Project Coordinator, where she manages the relationships of existing and prospective clients of Heimdall and consults with clients regarding their short and long-term business needs.
Kate graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2022, having also spent a year at IE University in Madrid during her studies. Having grown up between London and South Africa, where she attended international institutions and covered both British and American curriculum, Kate has been exposed to a wealth of cultures and curated an impressive ability to effectively communicate with any individual. Such communication skills were further enhanced when she pursued a Health Coaching diploma simultaneous to her business studies, to which she is now a certified Health Coach with the qualification to mentor others to achieve their personal and professional goals.
Prior to staring at Heimdall, Kate had completed internships in the financial services, legal, technology and media industries. Whilst studying, she was employed as Marketing Manager and Business Development Associate for a successful UK online retailer, where she devised and executed both seasonal and weekly marketing campaigns and executed the retailer’s transition from a focus on fashion to primarily wellness products.
Kate joined Heimdall in 2022 as Project Coordinator, where she manages the relationships of existing and prospective clients of Heimdall and consults with clients regarding their short and long-term business needs.
Daniëlla has 7 years’ experience in diplomacy and sustainability initiatives within the Indian Ocean region. She has worked across various areas covering Maritime Safety and Security, Climate Change, Disaster Risk Management, Renewable Energy, Public Diplomacy Relations, including Digital Marketing, and has a proven record of generating and building relationships, and managing projects from concept to completion.
Daniëlla started her career in 2016 at the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) Secretariat in Mauritius. During this time, she provided support across the IORA portfolio, to foreign ministerial and senior officials meetings, and served as the focal point for IORA’s Maritime Safety and Security and Disaster Risk Management focus areas. In 2022, she moved to SoCha, LLC where she served as a Project Coordinator supporting Business Development processes, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning (MEL) Project Coordination initiatives, and Corporate Structures. She also served as a primary point of contact for SoChaʼs field administrative officers across the African and Asian regions. Her role further focused on supporting Quality Assurance (QA) processes in line with applicable client contract provisions and relevant government regulations, coordinating recruitment and hiring processes for specific USAID-SoCha activities. Moreover, as a passionate International Relations professional, Daniëlla is a signatory to the ‘Madrid Declaration on Science Diplomacy’ and has contributed several articles focussed on regional matters to international journals and magazines. She is also an experienced Human Resource Administrator and is currently listed as an official Afrikaans Interpreter at the Supreme Court of Mauritius.
She holds a Master of Arts (MA) International Relations with a dissertation in Science Diplomacy & Regional Cooperation for Peacebuilding from the Oxford Brookes University, UK, as well as a BSc (Hons) Human Resource Management from the University of Mauritius and is a certified Digital Marketing Professional accredited by the Digital Marketing Institute, UK.
Daniëlla joined Heimdall in 2023 as Project Coordinator, where she manages the relationships of existing and prospective clients of Heimdall and consults with clients regarding their short and long-term business needs.