Our team

    Marechal Desmet


    Mr. Desmet is a renowned Export promotion expert with trade culture experience in more that 30 countries.  He retired from the Centre for Promotion of Imports from developing countries an agency of the Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, His track record is evidenced by his 40 years with the agencies promoting trade in more than 60 countries. He is a sincere Leaders with a large and valuable network, always keeping sight on the entire picture, with an excellent performance as a negotiator, coach and diplomat. Mr. Desmet is well experienced in growing business in Africa, EU and Asia. Mr Desmet has successfully empowered more than 200 entrepreneurs worldwide.

        Chris Edeh


        Mr. Edeh brings his experience from export in various businesses he is part of. He is also a director of Pax SA, where he leverage his contact and network supply chain and project management, he is also handles key partnership and innovation aspect of the Centre, supporting the legal and financial advisers.


            Chijoke Orji

            Head Research and Development

            Dr. Orji is experienced in business management process with great focus on consulting, management, business strategy planning and development We has worked in various capacity implementing challenging position at  high performing firms, unlocking  opportunities for growth and development through the use of creative problem solving and analytical decision making skills. Chijioke is a PHD  graduate of Wits Business School.  He has participated in a United Nations role playing conference, as a speaker representing and defending intervention.

                Olly Malebane

                Business Development Manager

                Mr. Malebane is a world class business Developer with experience in the Youth Empower and the Broad based Black Economic Empowerment in South Africa. He has been part of many trade delegation and export coaching programme as an entrepreneur.  He has consulted for JSE listed  companies like SAB, SABC, Caliper Engineering and various government departments.

                  Stephen Mnika Aondo

                  Head Compliance

                  Mr Aondo has vast experience in a wide range sectors of the Marine industry; he has worked as a marine surveyor, Flag State Inspections, Testing, Pre shipment inspections, Verification of bulk, Break bulk, Bagged Goods ,Oil, Gas, Chemical, Agricultural, Mining Industries, Loss Adjusting and Quality Analysis, Container Inspections ,Sealing, Marks Confirmation, Investigations, Other Related Maritime Services etc.

                  He has worked with International Independent Maritime Services CC (IIMScc) Independent Surveyors, Inspectorate GTS, McLarens Young, SGS,and Cotecna. He contributes his knowledge to the Centre.

                      Adekunle Samuel Owolabi

                      Head Digital

                      An award winning creative artist with over seven years experience in the creative and advertising industry. His interest and work is built around the use of creative design & television in socio-economic transformation.