The Board

Sibs Moodley

Dr Sibs Moodley-Moore - Director

After receiving her PhD at the University of Washington, Sibs has pursued a career in academia, holding posts at Okanagan College in Canada, Trinity College in the USA and at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She served as Review Editor of Politikon: South African Journal of Politics, and was a Member of Council of the Africa Institute.

Sibs is the on-site director and Associate Professor of Global Studies for Trinity College Hartford, USA, at the University of Cape Town. She is currently also a non-executive Director of Prudential Portfolio Managers and Dew Crisp.Sibs was an Executive Director at Allan Gray responsible for recruitment, Employment Equity and transformation, Corporate Social Investment and Mentorship.

She earned her PhD at University of Washington, Seattle, her MA at Carleton University, Ottawa, and her BA Honors at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, with a 2-year stint at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Martin Kuscus - Director

Martin was the MEC for Finance in the North West provincial government from 1994 until 2004. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in health care services. In June 2004, Martin became CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards, a position he held until July 2009. He then started his own business ventures.

Martin was the Chairperson of the first Board of Trustees for the Government Employee Pension Fund, overseeing a portfolio worth R850 billion (the seventh biggest pension fund in the world) from June 2005 to July 2009.

From June 2006 - May 2009, he served on the PRI Board, the UN Global Compact initiative on Responsible Investment where he gained international best practice experience on corporate governance and optimisation of the investment value chain. He served as Chairperson of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund from 2007-2009; a 627million USD fund that invests in economic infrastructure on the African continent. In September 2006, he was elected for a two year term on to the Council for International Standards Organization (ISO) based in Geneva, the highest authority in industrial standards development in the world. In September 2004 he was appointed by the President for a five year term to the Finance and Fiscal Commission where he got vast learning experiences on public policy analysis and intergovernmental fiscal relations. From 2009 he was the Vice President of the Afrikaanse Handels Instituut and became its President in 2011.

Current Board positions:

  • Non-executive director of the Netcare group since August 2008, where he is Chairperson of the Quality Leadership Committee and also serves on the Transformation and Risk committees respectively
  • Chairperson of the Mineworker’s Provident Fund from November 2010
  • Non-executive director of the JSE listed Synergy Income Fund since August 2011
  • Member of the Board of the Office of Health Standards Compliance since January 2014
  • Non-executive director of Ellies Holdings since June 2015

Martin holds a BA Cur from UNISA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Company Direction from GIMT. He also attended various executive development programmes, notably the prestigious EDP at Harvard University.

Martin Kuscas
Nape Maepa

L. H. Nape Maepa - Director

Maepa has made significant contributions to the energy and ICT sectors - both in South Africa and internationally - particularly during his time at Black & Veatch Engineers where he provided consulting, design engineering, and construction support services for the energy supply system of the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

The design included one of the first uses of a fibre-optic shield wire application on a high voltage transmission line for both communications and overhead line protection against lightning. He also supervised and managed the engineering design of numerous substations for the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) as well as for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) which resulted in the utility company SCECO. He led design work on the Rehabilitation of the Alexandria, Egypt, Electricity Network and served as part of the Site Engineering and Construction Supervision Team for the Cook Nuclear Plant Unit 1 at Bridgman, Michigan, for the American Electric Power Corporation.

More recently, Nape was the Founding Chairman of Suncorp Manufacturing, the first solar panel assembly plant on the African Continent, based in Kew, Johannesburg, South Africa. The company was sold following Presidential appointment to set up as Founding Chairman the new FCC-equivalent ICT regulator for South Africa (now known as ICASA). He was also instrumental as the Founding Chairman of the ICT Regulator for South Africa and championing the cause of regulatory reform and the liberalisation of the ICT sector in both South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, all in the face of a state-owned monopoly and a set of comfortable cellular duo-poly operations.

Now semi-retired, Nape continues to pursue his advisory roles in the fields of energy and connectivity and is currently the Engineering Advisor to ElectronVault Inc. in Silicon Valley, California.

Education

  • University of Missouri – Master of Science: Electrical Engineering
  • Purdue University – Bachelor of Science: Electrical Engineering

Professional Organisations

  • Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (FSAAE)
  • Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (SMIEEE)
  • Member of the Presidential Human Resources Development Council (HRDC)

Zahir Khan - Director & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Zahir is the CEO of Project Isizwe with extensive experience in the telecommunications sector where he has held various positions including Head of Business Development, Head of Product and Network Financial Manager. His 15 years of telecommunications experience was gained during the most significant growth periods at the leading telcos in South Africa.

His core operations and project management skills are complemented by his knowledge of network architecture and solutions. His early career experience in the finance field ideally positions him as a the Chief Operating Officer at Project Isizwe, spearheading the delivery of Free WiFi for South Africa.

Zahir Khan
Eastian

Alan Knott-Craig - Founder

Alan Knott-Craig is the founder of Project Isizwe, the non-profit company managing the deployment of the largest public Free WiFi network in South Africa. Originally from Pretoria, he studied at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (formerly UPE) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2002, and has subsequently invested or funded 21 companies in the tech industry.

Alan is the former CEO of Mxit, Africa’s biggest social network and founder of World of Avatar, an investment house for mobile apps for Africa.

Alan was CEO of iBurst from 2006 to 2009, building one of South Africa’s largest wireless broadband networks. In 2003 Alan founded Cellfind, one of the African continent’s first location-based services providers. Between 2003 and 2013 he co-founded and funded 17 companies in the TMT sector in Africa, including Cellfind, Lucky Mobile, iFind34600, COLV, World of Avatar, Toodu, FSMS, Triloq, 6th Line, Daily Maverick, ARC Telecoms, Pondering Panda, MorMor Media and Boom.fm.

In April 2008 Alan published Don’t Panic, a best-selling book aimed at persuading South Africans to stay in the country. In 2009 he was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Forbes listed him as one of the top 10 young African millionaires to watch. He was also included in “100 Choiseul Africa", a list of top 100 young African business leaders in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and nominated as the 2015 ICT Personality of the Year by ITWeb. In 2012 he co-authored Mobinomics, the story of Mxit, the biggest social network originating in Africa. In 2014 he published Really, Don’t’ Panic and Moenie Stres Nie, a follow up the 2008 edition of Don’t Panic. Alan qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 2002.

James Devine - Founder

James Divine is the visionary Chief Information and Innovation Officer and one of the founding members of Project Isizwe. James’ unquenchable thirst for all things IT and his passion for enabling WiFi as the technology for connecting the unconnected, is behind the non-profit organisation’s successful deployment of the largest public access WiFi Network on the African Continent.

James began his career as a computer technician and has worked his way up through the ranks of the IT sector. He has gained extensive experience in the telecommunications sector, including: solution architect, VAS and group IT manager (at iBurst), professional services engineer (at Systems Fusion SA), senior network and security specialist (at Intekom/TelkomSA), and helpdesk consultant and network analyst (at FirstNet). James has built a number of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in countries like Mauritius, Uganda and South Africa.

In 2015, James was named among the top 5 Visionary CIOs Awards by ITWeb for his belief in the power of technology to transform lives. James speaks at many key industry events and has a deep love for being in the field and solving interesting problems.

Zahir Khan