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.

    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.

      Desmond Nyenes

      Product Manager

      Desmond is responsible for defining the product vision. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and computer science, 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.

        Ludwich Maartens

        Head of Client Implementation and Support

        Ludwich is the Head of Client Implementation and Support. He has a postgrad in Business Administration, is passionate about developing and empowering people, and believes that if you look after your people well, they will look after your clients. His experience is centred around the building of highly effective teams within operational structures that enable an organisation to grow and flourish.

        Ludwich is a family man at heart, enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, and staying fit through adrenaline sports.

          The Product Design Team

          Justin Howes

          Senior UX Designer

          Justin is a Senior User Experience Designer with a wealth of international commercial design experience spanning over 18 years. He is passionate about human-centred design and crafting meaningful digital experiences.

          Justin enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and keeping fit by swimming, cycling, running and surfing.

            The Client Support Team

            Beth Cartledge

            Business Analyst

            Beth is a Business Analyst, ensuring that our client’s requirements and processes are analysed in order to create efficiencies, productivity and improved solutions. She holds a B.Com degree majoring in Statistics and a Diploma in Business Analysis. Beth has experience in the Investment industry both locally and internationally with roles ranging from Data Analyst, Technical Business Analyst and Business Intelligence.

            In her free time Beth enjoys mountain biking and playing guitar and drums.

              John Nel

              Business Analyst

              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.

                      Alisio Batinti

                      Data Engineer

                      Alisio is one of our Data Engineers. He has completed a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research. Alisio has an interest in techniques of optimisation.

                      In his free time, Alisio occupies himself with eating ice-cream, learning music and going to the gym.

                        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.

                          Charl Etsebeth

                          Data Engineer

                          Charl forms part of the data engineering team. He holds a Bcom Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management.

                          Charl enjoys keeping up to date with international news, world markets and tending to his vegetable garden.

                            David Sanders

                            Data Engineer

                            David forms part of the data engineering team. He strives to anticipate and understand problems and provide the most optimal solutions to suit our clients’ needs. He holds a BSc in Actuarial Science.

                            David enjoys long-distance cycling, sailing, and playing the guitar.

                              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.

                                  Gerhard Steenekamp

                                  Data Engineer

                                  Gerhard is part of our team of data engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng) degree in Chemical Engineering. He believes that you cannot finish life’s journey without adding value to it, therefore he wants to contribute to a sustainable future and the optimization of different processes.

                                  In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and doing adventure activities, such as hiking. He also likes travelling, camping and keeping active.

                                    Gretchen Landsman

                                    Data Engineer

                                    Gretchen forms part of the data engineering team. She holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) degree in Physics. She enjoys solving problems and is an analytical thinker.

                                    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing the guitar and making art.

                                      Jonty Matthys

                                      Data Engineer

                                      Jonty forms part of the data engineering team. He holds a BSc degree in Mathematical Statistics. He has a passion for all things statistical.

                                      In his free time, he plays squash on a semi-professional level and loves travelling all over to participate in world tournaments.

                                        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.

                                            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.

                                                Tyron Cloete

                                                Data Engineer

                                                Tyron forms a part of the Data Engineering team. His passion for solving problems help us deliver optimal solutions in accordance with the specified needs of the client. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.

                                                He is an avid gamer, and enjoys spending quality time with friends and family.

                                                  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.

                                                        Brandon Swanepoel

                                                        Junior Software Developer

                                                        Brandon is studying Software Development at WeThinkCode_. His role at Quintessence is a junior developer intern. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, going to the gym and camping.

                                                          Duncan Campbell

                                                          Software Developer

                                                          Duncan is a Software Developer at Quintessence. He has a BSc Honours degree in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town.

                                                          In his free time he enjoys activities such as golf, gaming and hanging out with friends.

                                                            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.

                                                                Manuel Ribeiro

                                                                Senior Software Developer

                                                                Manuel is a Senior Software Developer with a diverse range of I.T. experience spanning 20+ years. With a current focus on .NET, his experience and expertise are invaluable to Quintessence. Manuel's passion for continuous growth lends itself well to the acquisition and improvement of his skillset.

                                                                Manuel's interests outside of work, include fan/pop culture, innovative environmental projects and DIY wood projects.

                                                                  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.

                                                                    Ofentse Tshepe

                                                                    Junior Software Developer

                                                                    Ofentse holds a degree in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Cape Town. He is passionate about both computer software and hardware development.

                                                                    Ofentse spends his free time building digital electronic circuits and is also a football lover.

                                                                      Qasif Isaacs

                                                                      Junior Software Developer

                                                                      Qasif completed a BSc in Computer Science and Business Computing at UCT. He has an interest in how technology can facilitate the improvement of processes.

                                                                      In his free time, he tries to occupy himself with meaningful tasks such as tutoring high school mathematics and further upskilling. While also making time for family and friends.

                                                                        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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