Who we are

The brain behind Quintessence is a company called f(x) Software Development, founded in 2004 by investment managers and software engineers. f(x) comprises development, consulting and marketing divisions. Our team of financial, mathematical and software development experts allows us to provide an industrial-strength decision support platform that seamlessly integrates with all aspects of the investment and research process.

The Management Team

Nico Christodoulides

Business Development

Nico heads up Business Development. He has a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and over 25 years’ experience in the investment management industry. His work has primarily focused on providing quantitative and fundamental research solutions to investment professionals.

Nico loves abstract mathematics. In his spare time he dabbles in carpentry and likes to read widely, including politics, science and philosophy.

    Keri Davies

    Business Operations

    Keri manages the internal day-to-day operations that underpin our market leading service. Her client centric approach ensures the company maintains the highest level of efficiency possible to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients. Keri holds a Bachelor of Business Science Honours degree in Information Systems and is backed by experience in building successful businesses.

    Keri loves being in nature, and aspires to make every day count.

      Zakaria Mohamed-Fakier

      Technical Architect

      Zak leads the technical research and development team, using an architecture-focused approach in the development process. He has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Computer Science and over 20 years’ experience in the development of industrial strength software platforms. Through implementing industry best practices, he has ensured that the Quintessence platform is robust and of an extremely high standard.

      Zak keeps fit by playing provincial league squash and is a keen and talented photographer.

        Emma Barker-Goldie

        Head of Implementation and Support

        Emma looks after the Client Implementation and Support Teams, ensuring the highest level of service quality is delivered to our clients. Emma has a multitude of experience locally and internationally across project management, sales, consulting, people management and human resources. She has a Bachelor of Business Science degree with honors in Information Systems.

        In her free time Emma loves to travel, trail run, mountain bike and walk her dogs.

          Desmond Nyenes

          Client Operations

          Desmond heads the consulting team. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and more than 20 years’ experience in delivering front office solutions to the investment management industry.

          Desmond loves reading, focusing on science and avoiding politics in order to maintain a serene outlook on life. He also enjoys playing golf and keeping fit.

            The Client Support Team

            John Nel

            Business Development

            John helps clients leverage the power of Quintessence throughout their business. He has a Business Science degree and is a CFA charter holder. He previously worked for Aylett & Co. Fund Managers for 5 years, finally running their Operations and IT.

            John is a mentor with SAYes and enjoys hiking in our beautiful mountains.

              Alexandra Albers

              Project Manager

              Allie is our implementation project manager. She oversees project work to ensure that the best systems are implemented for our client's investment process needs. Allie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) in Information Systems Management.

              Allie is passionate about social causes, especially those involving children and animals in need. For relaxation, she spends time at the beach with her dogs.

                Pam Tshokotshela

                Project Manager

                Pam is a Project Manager with 5 years of experience performing multiple functions in various projects ranging from medium to large scale. Pam is very client focused and prides herself with putting the client at the centre. She enjoys working with people and is a strong believer in team work. Pam has 12 years in the Information Communication and Technology Sector. She holds Prince2 and Agile Project Management Certifications and is currently studying towards HR Management.

                Pam loves spending time with her family, road running and browsing the internet to keep up with trends in her spare time.

                  Ackloyd Chuma

                  Technical Account Manager

                  Ackloyd manages specific client communications and expectations. He works onsite at clients together with the Data Engineers, PM teams and management to improve the client Quintessence experience. Ackloyd holds a Bachelor of Business Science in Accounting and has 5 years of experience in the FinTech industry delivering middle and back office portfolio accounting solutions.

                  Ackloyd is an avid reader and a keen English Premier league follower. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, nature walks and out of town drives.

                    Anneleen Terblanche

                    Data Engineer

                    Anneleen develops and implements solutions for our clients that address their investment research process requirements. Anneleen holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry and Polymer Science.

                    Anneleen's interests are wide ranging, and encompass maths, science, art and music. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and jogging with her dogs.

                      Benjamin Bingham

                      Data Engineer

                      Ben works at Quintessence as a data engineer. He looks after our clients' needs by analysing their investment management process requirements and implementing tailor-made solutions. Ben has a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Mechatronics.

                      Ben loves people. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and cycling.

                        Francois Botha

                        Data Engineer

                        Francois forms part of our team of data engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) degree in Mechanical Engineering and has managed a variety of large scale projects. His analytical thinking and problem-solving skills empower him to create bespoke solutions for unique client needs.

                        Francois is an enthusiastic musician and has a high regard for positive relationships and people.

                          Grant Maxwell

                          Data Engineer

                          Grant is part of the team of data engineers. He enjoys solving problems for clients that ensure efficiency and effectiveness throughout the investment management process. He is a candidate in the CFA Program, and also holds a B.Sc. (Eng) degree, specialising in Mechatronics.

                          Grant enjoys hiking and running, growing vegetables and bonsai, and cross-stitching.

                            Jordan Shrank

                            Data Engineer

                            Jordan is a part of the data engineering team. He holds a BCom. degree in Actuarial Science with Honours in Mathematical Statistics. Applying his quantitative aptitude to understanding our clients’ technical requirements, he ensures that solutions are seamlessly implemented and well supported.

                            Jordan loves being outdoors – running and playing a variety of sport to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

                              Micaela de Castro

                              Data Engineer

                              Micaela is part of the team of data engineers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Statistics. Micaela strives to understand our clients' unique investment management and research processes, and then implementing solutions that are tailored to their needs.

                              Micaela’s favourite thing to do in her free time is to travel and spend quality time with her family.

                                Monaheng Ramochele

                                Data Engineer

                                Monaheng is one of our data engineers. His work involves analysing clients' investment environments and implementing solutions best suited to them. Monaheng has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics.

                                Monaheng is a keen learner and spends much of his free time on the internet researching topics that are science and technology related. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

                                  Nel Ehlers

                                  Data Engineer

                                  Nel is part of our team of data engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom.) in Actuarial Science. His thorough analysis of clients’ systems help us deliver solutions that meet their unique needs.

                                  Nel is a free-thinker; he is an avid Premier League follower, and when not working he prioritises his family and loved ones.

                                    Sarah Vidal-Hall

                                    Data Engineer

                                    Sarah is one of our data engineers. She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. She likes making things neat, efficient and pretty, so working on reports is her favourite thing.

                                    Sarah enjoys hiking and working out to keep fit.

                                      Xiwela Mashele

                                      Data Engineer

                                      Xiwela is a Data Engineer at Quintessence. She loves problem solving and has a passion for mathematics and uses a combination of the two to best assist our clients. Xiwela has a Bachelor of Science from UCT. She majored in Mathematics and Finance and completed all the undergraduate economics core modules. Xiwela is currently pursuing an Advanced Diploma in Actuarial Science at UCT.

                                      Xiwela loves reading, cooking and going on adventures.

                                        Melanie van Wyk

                                        Client Support

                                        Melanie is responsible for front line support and escalation, as well as process optimisation to ensure we work smarter, as well as faster. She has 7 years of IT project management experience and holds a certificate in Project Management. She believes in building strong relationships with both clients and colleagues.

                                        Melanie is mother to one boy and one cat. In her spare time she can be found either baking and decorating cookies, or at a kiddies birthday party.

                                          Abdul-Malick Abrahams


                                          Malick is one of our technicians. He is responsible for all things hardware and software related at f(x), in particular ensuring that software implementations run smoothly at clients.

                                          In his free time, Malick is a keen pigeon racer, following a family tradition started by his grandfather.

                                            Heinrich Linnert

                                            System Support Engineer

                                            Heinrich is the link between the data engineering and development team. Some of his functions include testing new releases, managing bugs and assisting the data engineers with the maintenance of clients data in the back-end. He has a Bachelor of Science Honours (B.Sc Hons) degree in Applied Mathematics.

                                            Heinrich loves solving problems, be they related to business, engineering, economics or science.

                                              Fay-yaaz Ahmed

                                              Software Developer

                                              Fay-yaaz is a Software Developer with a passion for Development Operations and Front End design. Fay-yaaz is currently completing a BSc in Computer Science through Stellenbosch University and UNISA.

                                              In his free time, Fay-yaaz enjoys sports such as go-karting and football. While competing competitively in F1 sim-racing throughout the year.

                                                Febre van der Merwe

                                                Software Developer

                                                Febre is originally from Bonnievale and studied Mechanical Engineering at Stellenbosch. Febre has a passion for programming.

                                                In his free time he enjoys hanging out with friends and doing adventure activities like hiking and rock climbing. He also likes to game from time to time.

                                                  Martin Van Schalkwyk

                                                  Software Developer

                                                  Martin is a talented Software Developer that learns new topics and technologies at an overwhelming pace. He is pivotal in the development and maintenance of internal tools that assist the business in it's operations as well as full stack development of the main product. Currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Computing part-time through UNISA.

                                                  Martin's hobbies include, but are not limited to, DIY tech projects, competitive gaming, squash and gyming.

                                                    Vyacheslav Shevchenko

                                                    Software Developer

                                                    Shev is your go-to man for all things technical. He is responsible for ensuring that client implementations go smoothly, and that the integration of our software into your company is seamless. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

                                                    Shev keeps fit by hiking and playing squash.

                                                      Business Support

                                                      Alice Santos

                                                      Business Support Manager

                                                      Alice supports the executive team and our business with Office Management, Human Resources, Legal and Accounts. Alice has over 20 years’ work experience, much of which has been in the financial and asset management arena.

                                                      Alice loves travelling and is a keen landscape photographer.

                                                        Anne-Marié Wolfaardt

                                                        Business Support Administrator

                                                        Anne-Marié assists Alice in looking after all aspects of our business. She has over 20 years' experience in office administration, and holds a Professional Receptionist and Personal Assistant Diploma.

                                                        Anne-Marié's family is her passion. On weekends, when not being a soccer mom, she likes to fit in some hiking.

                                                          Asanda Prince

                                                          Resident Chef

                                                          Asanda is our resident chef. She keeps everyone well looked after and well fed, and manages kitchen stock control. She has experience in the hospitality industry, having worked as a chef in a hotel for four years.

                                                          Asanda is passionate about music, and on weekends she sings in her local choir.


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