Board of Directors

 richard came    juanita clark    johan kleynhans    johan-van-dalen

Richard Came - President

Richard Came is an ICT entrepreneur who has been active in the South African and international market since the 1980’s. Some of his more notable ventures include co-founding Dimension Data, Dark Fibre Africa and the Protocol and the Archway Venture Partner venture capital funds. He is the chairman of the Tradebridge Group which supplies value added transaction switching solutions and is an active investor in a number of other IT and telecommunications companies.

 

Juanita Clark - CEO

With almost 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications industry, Juanita Clark is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the FTTH Council Africa. 

Juanita is also co-founder of the Fibre Optic Association Africa, a society for fibre optic professionals with a core focus on skills development.

 

Johan Kleynhans - Treasurer

Johan Kleynhans joined MCT Telecommunications, a full-turnkey fibre optic network provider, in 2010 where he has been serving as their Chief Executive Officer. Johan obtained his B.Eng (Electronics) Pr.Eng with Honours from the University of Pretoria in 1990 and continued with post graduate studies in Bio Medical Engineering and Telecommunications. Johan has a strong engineering and telecommunications background, gained from many years spent within the CSIR and Siemens.

 

 

Johan van Dalen - Board Member 

Johan van Dalen is the Executive for FTTH and NGN at Openserve, a Division of Telkom. Johan has more than thirty years’ experience in Telecommunications. As an Executive he has been involved in Broadband, Dispatch Centres as well as managing Field Forces on access and core networks. 

He is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Master’s in Business Leadership as well as a B. Eng (Electronics) degree.

 

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Brandon Doyle - Board Member

As CEO & Founding Partner, Brandon has run Convergence Partners since inception. Prior to that he spent 5 years with Nedbank where he was head of Investment Banking and an Executive Committee member at Nedbank Capital. Prior to joining Nedbank, Brandon was head of Corporate Finance and Project Equity Finance at FBC Fidelity for 3 years where he was involved in a number of milestone BEE transactions.

 

Louisa van Beek - Board Member

Louisa van Beek is the Managing Executive: FTTX at Vodacom. She is an engineer by trade with 17 years telecommunications experience in various positions, starting in VAS Engineering, through Enterprise project management, product management, Chief of Staff to two separate Vodacom CEO’s, CTO and acting CEO of Vodacom Business Africa.

 

 

 

Mike Silber - Board Member

Mike Silber is Head Legal and Commercial at Liquid Telecom. He previously practiced as an independent ICT lawyer and consultant. He was recognised as a leading South African Internet and e-Commerce lawyer and as one of the leading Technology, Media and Telecommunications lawyers in South Africa.  

Mike is the Treasurer of the South African Internet Service Providers' Association and a director of the Tertiary Education and Research Network (RSA), African Digital Networks (DRC) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (USA).

 

 

 

Bora Varliyagci - Board Member

Bora Varliyagci is Head of Africa for the Digital Infrastructure Practice at Mott MacDonald. 

He has more than 17 years’ experience in global telecommunications markets including emerging markets from Asia, Central, Southern and Eastern Europe to Middle East and Africa.
Throughout his career, Bora has successfully set-up business divisions and new practices, established and managed large project teams in emerging market environments and pioneered strategic alliances and partnerships with both industry players and investors.

 

 

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FTTH Council Africa - what we do

FThe FTTH Council Africa believes that the development and deployment of fibre based broadband access networks will enhance the quality of life for South African citizens and Africa as a whole.

TTo work towards providing African countries with an infrastructure that will allow its companies to increase their effectiveness and competitiveness within the global marketplace.

TThe council’s charter is to educate Africa governments, policy makers and political leaders on why and how high speed fibre connectivity can be delivered to citizens within the next years.

HThrough consulting with all major stakeholders, understanding their strategies and concerns - we endeavour to be the voice of the industry and to help create a better future for all involved.