Chairperson of the Innovator Trust and Business Executive, Dawn Mthombeni has over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry and has consistently displayed the passion, vision, and dedication necessary to be successful in business.

Currently, she is the Chief Operating Officer and Head: Solutions for Enterprise and Supply Chain Development (ESD) at Barclays Africa Group. Her vision is to contribute positively to the growth of small businesses in the ICT sector and as a member of the Innovator Trust board of Trustees, she is well positioned to manage a range of perspectives on improvements in the sector.

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Dawn Mthombeni


Tashline Jooste is the Chief Executive Officer for the Innovator Trust, as well as a pivotal member of our board of trustees. Having acquired unique and extensive business acumen during her varied career, Tashline spearheads the Innovator Trust, and oversees the crucial strategic direction of the organisation and its operations.

Tashline not only provides strong leadership from a business perspective to the Innovator Trust, but also embodies the core ethos of the organisation in her passion and dedication to empowering others.

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Tashline Jooste


Jancis Van Biljon is a member of the Innovator Trust board of trustees, and acts as Financial Manager for the organisation. Known for her precision and close attention to detail, Jancis has been a major asset to a variety of businesses.

A quintessential ‘numbers person’ who finds great satisfaction in creating models that maximize potential of funds and assets, she started out her career at Tim du Toit Attorneys, later completing articles at Bennie and Wilson Chartered Accountants (SA). 

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Jancis van Biljon



Self-made successful businessman and industrial engineer, Theo Lombard brings to the Innovator Trust an in-depth understanding of the importance of process, first-hand knowledge about growing a small business, and what B-BBEE Enterprise Development should achieve in the ICT sector.
Theo graduated from the University Pretoria with a BSc in Industrial Engineering in 1994. His first work experience was as a consultant in business processes re-engineering for clients and later he became a client at a copper and aluminum tubing manufacturer where he analysed, developed and implemented various business processing systems.

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Theo Lombard



Nooraya is an experienced and successful private equity transactor who was employed at the Private Equity Division of Rand Merchant Bank (“RMB”), a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, for eight years and resigned to pursue private interests.

She obtained vast experience in the implementation and management of private equity and black economic empowerment transactions during her time at RMB in a variety of industries from agriculture to manufacturing. She also served as a director on behalf of RMB on the boards and audit committees of a number of RMB's investee companies.

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Nooraya Khan




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