Executive committee

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

CA(SA), B.Comm, Hdip Accounting

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Prudence was appointed Chief Executive officer of GAIA on 19 October 2016 after serving as the lead independent non-executive director of the Company since listing in 2015. She was previously head of corporate development and investor relations at Atlatsa Resources Corporation, where she was responsible for corporate development, group communication and stakeholder relations. Prudence was previously investor relations manager and corporate finance principal at Exxaro Resources Limited and has also worked for Deutsche Bank SA (Pty) Limited in the Global Corporate Finance division. Prudence served her articles in the advisory department at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. Prudence is also an independent non-executive director on the board of Iemas Financial Services (Co-Operative) Limited and DRD Gold Limited.

MATTHYS MICHIEL NIEUWOUDT (MICH) (44)
Executive Director

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

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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.