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


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.

    Desmond Nyenes


    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 Data Engineering

      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.

        Lawrence McKellar

        Head of Software Engineering

        Lawrence is responsible for product development. He has over 25 years of experience in computer software engineering, having gained experience working on world class products both in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

        Lawrence loves spending time in nature with his wife and daughter. He is passionate about his spiritual life and actively practices various forms yoga and meditation.


          Alexandra Albers

          Head of Client Operations

          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.

            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.

              Tureyan Cooppan

              Technical Business Analyst

              Tureyan is a part of the team of Business Analysts at Quintessence. He holds a BSc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

              Tureyan enjoys all forms of sport, is a passionate Liverpool supporter and enjoys spending time with friends.

                John Nel

                Head of Client Solutions

                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.

                  Michelle Penderis

                  Junior Project Manager

                  Michelle has joined our implementation team as a Junior Project Manager. She Loves working with people, staying organised and ensuring that solutions are delivered according to plan . Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com) degree and has her Honours in Industrial Psychology.

                  Michelle loves the outdoors and is always up for a hike or new adventure. She also loves travelling, reading and enjoying wine with her family and friends.

                    Wendy Robb

                    UX Designer

                    Wendy’s focus has, in her 15+ years’ experience with digital, always been understanding a product from the users’ perspective. She has a certificate in CBT and is studying psychology.

                    In her free time she grows things and is learning to be a bee keeper

                      Ackloyd Chuma

                      Business Development

                      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.

                        Ben Adey

                        Data Engineer

                        Ben is part of our team of data engineers. He has completed a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Mechatronics.

                        Ben loves making music, and enjoys hiking on the weekends.

                          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.

                              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.

                                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.

                                  Keenan Roebert

                                  Data Engineer

                                  Keenan is part of the team of data engineers. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science specialising in Actuarial Science. He enjoys employing analytical capabilities to solve complex problems that best suit our client’s needs.

                                  Keenan enjoys the outdoors and finding hidden coffee shops.

                                    Micaela de Castro

                                    Technical Team Lead

                                    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.

                                      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.

                                        Lindelwa Khumalo

                                        Application Support specialist

                                        Lindelwa holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Econometrics.

                                        Lindelwa plays the violin, enjoys reading, and tutors IsiZulu.

                                          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

                                              QA 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.

                                                    James Duffey

                                                    Junior Software Developer

                                                    James studied Software Development at WeThinkCode_. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends, gaming, doing research and staying up to date with tech.

                                                      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 Lead

                                                        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

                                                          Office Manager

                                                          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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