Mentors

Simon Stockley

Simon is a Senior Executive with over 30 years experience in Financial Services.
Simon was the first CEO for South African Home Loans (SAHL), South Africa’s first discount home loan specialist and non-bank mortgage lender. 
Simon has received numerous awards in recognition of his management & marketing expertise. 
They include The Institute of Marketing Managers’ KwaZulu-Natal Marketing Man of the Year Award, The British Airways/Natal Mercury Business Excellence Award.
In addition to Simon’s executive responsibilities, he has acted as Non-executive Chairman of Ghana Home Loans, a specialist mortgage finance company in Ghana, and Deputy Chairman of Diamond Mortgages in Nigeria.

Mupota Muchelemba

Mupota is a leader in information technology, currently MD of Seidor Zambia. Seidor is a multinational I.T. integrator and systems provider covering consulting, infrastructure, implementation and support and is a platinum partner of SAP.
He started with I.T. at a young age and traversed the high-tech industry in multiple countries. 
He founded Cirotech Software Solutions in 2013, a professional services company that became the leading SAP Business One reseller in Zambia until 2017 when it was acquired by the Seidor group from Spain.
Mupota believes that businesses that maximise their productivity and efficiency through the use of appropriate information technology enhance economic success for their staff, customers, suppliers, their country and the world.

Ariel Sumeruk

Ariel is a Digital Market Specialist. He leads Conversion Science – an agency that specialises in Google AdWords, Facebook PPC, You Tube PPC, Conversion Optimisation and Paid Media Strategy, and Google Analytics.
His name is synonymous with multiple SEM achievements:
Ariel was Google’s Regional Trainer for South Africa
He has been a guest speaker at SES and the Search Marketing Expo Conference Series (featured in the USA, UK, South East Asia and Major Asia
Ariel was a judge for “Bookmarks”
Previous Managing Director of the largest PPC Agency in South Africa

Abhinav Gautam

Abhinav Gautam is an entrepreneur with over 10 years experience of running and mentoring startups in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He has mentored over dozens of entrepreneurs in the USA, India, and Rwanda. He has designed and facilitated business training to over 500 entrepreneurs across the world. Most recently he led the pitching and customer persona workshops in an Entrepreneurship Bootcamp targeted to Indian High School students. 
He loves working with early-stage startups by helping them to grow beyond the idea stage into a scaleable, growth stage. He is passionate about applying tech-based solutions to make a positive impact on people’s lives, which led to him co-founding his current startup, FreshBox. FreshBox Rwanda is reducing post-harvest losses with an on-demand produce aggregating and delivery system for fresh produce.

Henry Pray

Henry Pray is a product leader, investor, and startup mentor. He is currently the Director of Product Management at UpKeep, a series b startup focused on the deskless workforce.
Prior to UpKeep, Henry worked on product teams that went from seed to series b and beyond. His passion for impact investing and emerging markets led him to venture capital firms in Africa and Silicon Valley where he helped scout, research, and invest in startups.
He currently mentors startups at both DFS Lab and StartupCircles and sits on the Associate Board of Visitors for UCLA’s College of Economics.

Nicole Evans

Nicole Evans is a specialised product manager, analyst and customer experience expert. She is currently the senior product manager at WorldRemit, leading two engineering teams focused on growth and conversion rate improvement for high volume corridors. She is experienced in leading cross functional teams in design and delivery, and blending qualitative research, analytics, and behavioural science to create compelling experiences for underserved customers that unlock new commercial opportunities. She holds a masters in civil engineering from Imperial College London, and is qualified in user experience design.