Board of directors

Mpho Makwana [photo]

Mpho Makwana


BAdmin (Honours), Post-Grad Dip (Retailing Management)

More than 25 years’ work experience in South Africa’s public and private sectors; currently independent non-executive chairman of ArcelorMittal South Africa; independent non-executive director of various JSE-listed companies, including Adcock Ingram Holdings, Nedbank Holdings and Sephaku Holdings; advisory board chairman of the Investing in African Mining Indaba, Epitome Investments and the Boardroom Alliance; volunteer member of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Fund’s fund-raising committee; trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Brand SA.

Sonja De Bruyn Sebotsa [photo]

Sonja De Bruyn Sebotsa

Non-executive director

LLB Hons, London School of Economics; MA Business and Economic Policy, McGill University, Montreal; Securities and Funding Authority (UK); Executive Programme (Harvard Kennedy School)

Extensive experience in finance, business and empowerment of women in South Africa; co-founder and principal shareholder of Identity Partners, an investor in established and growing businesses, advisor to government and corporate clients, with a dedicated fund to finance black youth and women entrepreneurs; currently sits on the boards of RMBH/RMI, Discovery Group,Remgro, Mr Price Group and the National Empowerment Fund; recognition by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, Black Management Forum and World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Anne-Laure Gosset [photo]

Anne-Laure Gosset

MAS: Legal; LLM Legal Studies, University of Connecticut School of Law, USA

Non-executive Director

Served as Alstom’s Senior Legal Counsel: Mergers and Acquisitions before becoming Vice President: Legal and Compliance in the Middle East and Africa in 2019; extensive legal experience honed through various positions and regions within Alstom.

Didier Pfleger [photo]

Didier Pfleger

Engineering, École nationale supérieure de l'aéronautique et de l'espace, Toulouse, France

Non-executive Director

Joined Alstom in 1991; served as Alstom Vice President: Germany and Austria from 2014, and as Senior Vice President: Middle East and Africa since 2017; held previous positions at GEA (Germany), ABB (Switzerland) and AMEC (UK); strong experience of systems and managing large teams across multiple regions; has supervised sales in Middle East and Africa that have been growing by 30% year-on-year since 2016.

Dion Govender [photo]

Dion Govender

MBA, University of Henley, UK

Non-executive Director

Joined Gibela’s Board of Directors 2019; serves as an executive at NEXTEC (Pty) Limited, one of three core operating entities of EOH Holdings; also serves on multiple boards as a nominee director on behalf of the EOH Group; Director of the Community Trust for the Kathu CSP Solar Park for the Development Bank of Southern Africa, currently under construction in the Northern Cape as part of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme; more than 25 years’ leadership experience in the engineering, manufacturing and built environment.

Mokganyetsi Violet Sithole [photo]

Mokganyetsi Violet Sithole

MPhil, University of Stellenbosch

Non-executive Director

Founding director of both specialist monitoring and evaluation consultancy Uweso Consulting, and Genorah Resources, an emerging black mining company that was a majority shareholder in ASX-listed Nkwe Platinum; served on the boards of Mathew Goniwe School of Leadership and Governance and Gauteng Institute of Education Development and Management; over 30 years’ experience in education management, e-learning, strategic planning, stakeholder and human resource management; member of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa.

Tristan Le Masne [photo]

Tristan Le Masne

Master’s: management, ESCP Europe, Paris, France

Non-executive Director

Joined Alstom as assistant to Senior Auditor in 2004; served as Vice President: Internal Audit and Internal Control for three years before becoming Vice President: Finance, Middle East and Africa in 2019; during audit and control tenure, Alstom’s Dow Jones Sustainability Index score soared to 86/100 on risk and crisis management (versus a peer average of 56/100).