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Meet Our Team

The ED Platform team has the know-how of what it takes to create and initiate economic activity.

Steven Hawes

Chief Executive Officer

Steven is the Chief Executive Officer of EDP. His core responsibility is developing strategies for, and overseeing the operations of our Reporting, Advisory and Management & Administration divisions.

He also acts as a specialist advisor in the fields of Economic Development, Community Operations and B-BBEE.

Steven is an economist by training and has a particular focus on the catalysing effects of large-scale infrastructure development projects on industrial and community development in the developing world.

Jon Mulcahy

Chief Operations Officer

Jon is the Chief Operations Officer at EDP. He is responsible for the establishment and implementation of processes across the EDP group companies and the positioning of the group.

Jon also advises on the formulation and implementation of Economic Development and B-BBEE strategies.

Jon is an attorney and, prior to EDP, worked in-house at an investment holding company and in practice as a corporate attorney.

Jon focusses on commercial solutions and sustainability as a catalyst for economic growth.

Paul Berkowitz

Director: EDGIS

Paul is the managing director of EDGIS, an EDP group company that focuses on data analysis and research. EDGIS research projects include work on the 2016 municipal elections, national education and municipal finance.

Prior to joining EDP Paul worked as a macroeconomic forecaster, journalist and editor.

He has an Honours degree in Economics. Paul is interested in municipal government, public finance and local economic development.

Joshua Goldin

Head of Reporting

Joshua is the Head of Reporting at EDP, being involved primarily in managing the Economic Development Reporting Unit. This involves the compilation of ED Reports that are sent to the IPP Office every quarter. He has also been involved in bidding projects in the IPP Programme.

Prior to joining EDP Joshua was a researcher at the Financial and Fiscal Commission. His research focus was primarily on Education, Health and Housing.

He has a Masters Degree in Economic Science from the University of the Witwatersrand. Joshua is interested in data management and manipulation and creating models to better formulate and understand the implications contained in the data. He is also interested in the developmental impacts of the REIPPP Programme on people and businesses.

Thabisa Faye

Senior Consultant

Thabisa is a Senior Consultant at ED Platform focussing on Economic Development Reporting in the REIPP programme; she is responsible for the compilation of economic development reports and ongoing analysis to realise better opportunities to maximise achievements.

Thabisa has an extensive background in ICT Regulatory and Advisory, having working in more than five African countries in this field. She holds a Masters degree in International Development Management, majoring in project finance and development economics. Thabisa also has a Prince 2 project Management certification.

Thabisa has a keen interest in the development of young black women, and is the founding member of an organisation that supports the development and growth of black female professionals.

Gulnaaz Mamdoo

Senior Analyst

Gulnaaz is a Senior Analyst at EDP, focussed primarily on economic development reporting in the REIPPP programme. She is responsible for the compilation of Economic Development Reports as well as ongoing analysis and review to identify opportunities in which to maximise achievements.

Before joining EDP, Gulnaaz worked at IRI South Africa, a Johannesburg based FMCG consultancy. She served as a highly analytical Account Executive with a strong ability to derive actionable insight. Gulnaaz has a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Ecology, Environment and Conservation, as well as Physiology from the University of the Witwatersrand. She also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PDM) from Wits Business School.

Gulnaaz is interested in the social impact of Economic Development and is keen to explore data to identify ways in which to align community needs to business objectives and accelerate sustainability of local enterprises.

Milashni Richardson

Legal Advisor

Milashni Pillay is Legal Advisor and Trust Administrator at EDP. Milashni advises on various legal matters and drafts various forms of documentation such as agreements and regulatory reviews. Milashni is also responsible for the support and administration functions performed for community development trusts.

Prior to joining EDP, Milashni was employed at a large law firm where she worked in the project development department. In her role, she gained experience in corporate commercial law, with a public sector element.

Milashni has an LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand and is an admitted attorney. Milashni is interested in gas-to-power, renewable energy and corporate commercial transactions.

Delmarie Wolmarans

Financial Controller

Delmarie is the Financial Controller at EDP, being involved in the day to day management and structuring of all accounting related functions in the company.

Prior to joining EDP Delmarie was involved in Project Management & Operational Management. Delmarie has over 13 years’ experience in the Financial and Administrative functions of a company.

Delmarie is interested in Financial Management of the company.

Raquel Townsend

Financial Administrator and Office Manager

Raquel performs the role of the Financial Administrator and Office Manager. With strong financial skills she assists the financial controller with the daily bookkeeping functions and financial administration. Raquel has 20 years’ experience in bookkeeping and administration

Joyce Lekalakala

Office Assistant

Joyce is an Office Assistant at EDP, being involved in general office administration including controlling the switchboard, filling, disposing of confidential information, arranging and scheduling meetings and general office co-ordination.

Joyce obtained her National Senior Certificate (Matric) in 2002 and has attended at the PC Training and business College in 2004 where she obtained a National Certificate in Office Management & Technology (NQF4).

Joyce is an avid sportswoman and enjoys participating in football and running.

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