Executive committee

KUBY PRUDENCE LEBINA (PRUDENCE) (34)
Chief Executive Officer

CA(SA), B.Comm, Hdip Accounting

View biography

Prudence was appointed at Chief Executive Officer of GAIA Infrastructure capital on 1 October 2016. Prior to this she was head of corporate development and investor relations at Atlatsa Resources Corporation (“Atlatsa”), having joined in mid-2014, where she was part of the Atlatsa executive committee. Prudence was responsible for group communication, execution of corporate development opportunities in line with group strategy and overseeing stakeholder relations including communities and investors. Prudence was previously an investor relations manager and corporate nance principal analyst at Exxaro Resources Limited (“Exxaro”). She was part of the Exxaro corporate nance division responsible for group investment valuations and reviews in support of the investment review committee of the board. Prudence interacted regularly with research analysts as well as institutional and individual investors in presenting a consistent investment message to them.

From January 2006 to June 2010, Prudence was employed by Deutsche Bank SA Proprietary Limited in the Global Corporate Finance division. She worked on mergers and acquisitions advisory mandates including Black Economic Empowerment (“BEE”) transactions as well as the JSE Limited Sponsor services. Prudence quali ed as a chartered accountant in December 2005 after serving her articles in the advisory department at PriceWaterhouseCoopers for 3 years. She passed both her Part 1 and Part 2 qualifying exams at rst attempt. Her involvement on auditing projects included various external and internal audit assignments, IT system process assurance audits (application and general computer controls review) focusing on banking and financial services clients.

She holds a bachelor of commerce degree and a higher diploma in accounting quali cation from the University of Witwatersrand. She also holds a corticate in business leadership from Columbia Business School in New York. She is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, African Women Chartered Accountants and Business Women Association. Prudence is also a Student Sponsorship Programme volunteer where she mentors previously disadvantaged students in high schools. 

MATTHYS MICHIEL NIEUWOUDT (MICH) (44)
Executive Director

Pr.Eng, B.Eng (Electronic), MBA

View biography

Mich is a qualified engineer and currently the chief investment officer and a shareholder of GAIA Infrastructure Partners. Mich graduated from the University of Pretoria in 1995, majoring in Microwave Field Theory, Computers and Bio-Engineering. After stints in the petrochemical industry with Polifin and defence industry with Thales, he joined PSG Investment Bank in 1999. After completing his MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in 2003, he joined Siemens Business Services (“Siemens”). While working for Siemens, he had the opportunity to gain international experience in Europe, consulting as far afield as Norway, the Netherlands and Germany. Mich joined the Square One Group in 2005 and was responsible for group operations. In 2008, Mich teamed up with PB Schabort. He worked on the Eden Island Project and mining operations in West Africa alongside Chinese partners before focusing on the build out of SAGIT Energy Ventures, a renewable energy developer. He was part of the founding team and is currently the chief investment officer of GAIA Infrastructure Partners.

TAMEE SOUDIEN-WITTEN (TAMEE) (38)
Financial Director
CA (SA), B.Comm (Honours)

View biography

Tamee is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a B.Comm Honours degree from the University of Natal. She has over 12 years’ experience in the financial services industry, of which 10 years were spent working for Old Mutual, were she held a number of senior roles and has acquired a broad range of skills and experience in financial management, reporting as well as project management. Before joining GAIA, Tamee spent a year working in the renewable energy sector, specifically as part of the team responsible for the construction of a wind and solar farm.