Board of Directors
Serge C. P. Belamant (61): Director since 1997
Mr. Belamant founded our company and has been our chief executive officer since 2000 and the chairman of our Board since 2003. Mr. Belamant has more than 30 years of experience in the fields of operations research, security, biometrics, artificial intelligence and online and offline transaction processing systems. Mr. Belamant spent ten years working as a computer scientist for Control Data Corporation where he won a number of international awards. Later, he was responsible for the design, development, implementation and operation of the Saswitch ATM network in South Africa that is still rated as one of the largest ATM switching systems in the world. Mr. Belamant has patented a number of inventions in a number of fields, including biometrics and gaming.
Herman G. Kotzé (45): Director since 2004
Mr. Kotzé has been our chief financial officer, secretary and treasurer since 2004. Mr. Kotzé was an article clerk and audit manager at KPMG in Pretoria, South Africa, and worked as a business analyst for the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa before he joined our company's predecessor in 1998. Mr. Kotzé is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Christopher S. Seabrooke (61): Director since 2005
Mr. Seabrooke is chief executive officer and a director of Sabvest Limited, an investment holding company which is listed on the JSE. Mr. Seabrooke also serves as a non-employee director of the following JSE listed companies: Brait SE, Chrometco Limited, Datatec Limited, Massmart Holdings Limited, Metrofile Holdings Limited and Transaction Capital Limited. Mr. Seabrooke is a member of The Institute of Directors in South Africa. Formerly, he was the chairman of the South African State Theater and the deputy chairman of each of the National Arts Council and the Board of Business and Arts South Africa. Mr. Seabrooke has degrees in Economics and Accounting from the University of Natal and an MBA from the University of Witwatersrand.
Alasdair J. K. Pein (54): Director since 2005
Mr. Pein is currently CEO of Ascension Partners Limited, a Cayman-based provider of investment services to high net worth clients. Mr. Pein is a director of Mundane International Limited, a Guernsey-based financial investment fund. Mr. Pein also serves as a director of Ecolutia Services AG, a global provider of water, wastewater and environmental treatment solutions. Between 1994 and March 2009, Mr. Pein served as the CEO of the Oppenheimer family's private equity business (excluding Rest of Africa). During this period of time Mr. Pein held directorships of a number of private companies. In addition, Mr. Pein was a director of Arsenal Digital Solutions, a privately-held US company that provides on-demand data protection services, from 2001 to 2008 Mr. Pein is a qualified South African chartered accountant and completed his articles with Deloitte in Johannesburg in 1987.
Paul Edwards (60): Director since 2005
Mr. Edwards is Executive Chairman of Emerging Markets Payments Holdings, an Africa and Middle East payments business. Mr. Edwards has been non-employee vice chairman of Starcomms Limited, a Nigerian telecommunications operator since 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Edwards was the chief executive officer of MTN Group, a pan-African mobile operator. Mr. Edwards has a BSc and an MBA from the University of Cape Town.