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PROF TANIA AJAM

Prof. Tania Ajam is an experienced public policy analyst and economist with broad experience in the design, analysis and implementation of fiscal policy, intergovernmental fiscal relations, and government-wide monitoring and evaluation systems. She began her term as chairperson of the board of directors of C3SS in January of 2020.

A committed public servant and a visionary leader, Prof. Ajam has extensive experience serving as a trusted policy advisor. She has served as a senior advisor for the Government Technical Advisory Centre (GTAC) in the National Treasury and a member of the Davis Tax Review Committee as well as an appointee to the President’s Economic Advisory Council in 2019. She has held several directorships in both private and public sectors, including the Reserve Bank of South Africa. She was also the CEO of the Applied Fiscal Research Centre (Pty) Ltd, a research-based training and consulting company affiliated with the University of Cape Town and served on the Financial and Fiscal Commission for a decade as a Commissioner until 2014, chairing its Research Committee.

Prof. Ajam is currently an associate professor in Public Policy, Finance and Economics at the University of Stellenbosch School of Public Leadership in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a Master’s in Business Science from the University of Cape Town and a PhD (Public Management) from the University of Pretoria.


BRENDON COWLEY

Brendon Cowley is the founder of C3 Shared Services (Pty) Ltd, which he established as a sole proprietor in 2006. Against all odds and with critics betting he would fail within five years, Mr. Cowley went from working in a 4x4-meter office with only a laptop, a landline and NO clients to becoming a thriving provider of high-tech integrated security and fire solutions to clients around the world, including several blue-chip companies.

Mr. Cowley’s impressive entrepreneurial history extends across a wide range of industries and includes the design and engineering of advanced security and fire detection solutions. With more than 20 years of experience as a consultant and designer of leading-edge technologies, he introduced military grade technology to the commercial market along with various intelligent security system applications. He is recognised as the pioneer for implementing the first video analytics perimeter detection system combined with thermal camera technology in Africa. His pioneering work was internationally recognised as a new evolution in how to protect perimeters; his methodology continues to be implemented by thousands of companies around the world.

Mr. Cowley’s business achievements have earned him a number of prestigious certifications and nominations, including the NEC management certification in 2014, business contracts /service level agreements certification in 2019 and the honor of presenting as a specialist speaker at Africa’s largest security and safety convention in 2019. His intellectual property is utilized for consulting, designing and implementing of advanced intelligent security, fire detection and suppression technologies by various national key points and high-risk security facilities throughout Africa.


ALAN HILLIGENN

Alan Hilligenn has served as C3's Chief Operating Officer since September of 2019. With more than 40 years of elite projects under his belt, over his career he has managed a wide array of security-related projects, from prefeasibility to final commissioning in the Metal Refinery industry for both a Base Metals Refinery and a Precious Group Metals Refinery. His work included installing video analytics systems, thermal cameras with associated software, and access control systems, all integrated to a common operator interface. He was also responsible for installing Low Dose X-Ray Scanners in the facility which is considered as the highest end of technology equipment.

Over the last few years, he was responsible for managing a multi-billion-rand project, which included all the different disciplines of engineering. He obtained his Higher National Engineering Diploma working for one of the major platinum producers in the world. He later obtained a post graduate diploma (MDP) in Project Management from Unisa. In his spare time, Mr. Hilligenn is a champion race car driver.


CHINTHAL KRISHNA NAIDOO

Mr. Chinthal Krishna Naidoo is a veteran IT security professional who has served the industry for more than 40 years. He began his career in computer programming at International Computers Limited (ICL), progressing through systems analysis, project management and IT management for companies including Epoch Cybersecurity, the Baha’i World Centre, ESKOM, SPOORNET, Richards Bay Minerals, Frame Group, Venda Agricultural Corporation and Simba Foods. Over the last 17 years, he has maintained a focus on information security, serving for the last 9 years as the information security manager for a large power utility and as a member of the IT Executive Committee. His expertise encompasses IT project management, strategic planning, governance, risk and compliance, enterprise architecture, service development and management, stakeholder management, team leadership and conflict resolution.

Mr. Naidoo holds a Master’s of Philosophy from the University of Johannesburg as well as a Higher Diploma Computer Auditing from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) and an MBA (Part 1) from the University of Wales Cardiff Business School. He also earned a Graduate Diploma in computer science from Southbank Polytechnic and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in computer studies from Portsmouth Polytechnic. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – ISC2, a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) - ISACA and is also certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) - ISACA and holds a Practitioner Certificate in Information Risk Management, among other certifications. As a part of his faith-based volunteer community service, he has served in various capacities in international, national, regional and local institutions, including volunteering in an NGO in Israel for 3 years to develop and manage the information security risk function within the IT department and serving on the board of a community-based educational institution in Swaziland


SIEBERT CHRISTIAAN WIID

Siebert Christiaan is a veteran accountant and financial expert with many years of experience managing accounting and auditing for a number of corporate clients.

Mr. Wiid attended the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa. His career in accountancy began as an article clerk, and then became an audit manager for Deloitte & Touché, where his major clients included Vodacom, Industrial Development Corporation of SA. From D&T he went on to serve as CEO and CFO at Willa Krause Group (WKG), a company that operates in the direct selling industry. There, he oversaw the operational functions of each business unit, as well as all financial functions. The businesses included numerous trusts, property trusts and investments, as well as the enterprise group of companies. In 2014, WKG purchased the cosmetic manufacturer DC Labs under Wiid’s leadership. While CEO of WKG, he also started the auditing and consulting practice Siebert Wiid Chartered Accountants, registered with IRBA.

Mr. Wiid holds a B-Commercii (Accountancy) degree as well as Honneurs-Baccalaureus Computationis and CTA (Certificate in Theory of Accountancy) and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also a Registered Auditor (RA) with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors. His work has been recognised with numerous awards and accolades, including being voted one of the finalists for the Service Excellence Award, receiving a Service Excellence Award and being chosen as one of eight South Africans elected to go on the Strategic Career Development Program, all during his tenure at Deloitte & Touché. As a member of C3’s board of directors, Mr. Wiid is a diligent and dynamic leader willing to guide the company through any challenge and opportunity.