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Board Members

Board Members of the Green Building Council SA Board, are captains of industry from across the property spectrum including major property developers, corporate tenants, property owners, design professionals, consultants, construction companies, government and academics.

André Theys

Non-Executive Director

André Theys is the Executive Manager: Operations for the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, one of South Africa’s most iconic and visited destinations.  André joined the V&A Waterfront Holdings (Pty) Ltd in June 2017 and is responsible for all operations including technical infrastructure, utilities, physical plant, hard and soft facilities management, by way of example, cleaning and hygiene, security and safeguarding, waste management, landscaping, parking and so forth.  With more than 24 years of work experience, spanning engineering and building maintenance, services design, new build infrastructure and contracting developed in industrial contracting, institutional facilities management and corporate real estate he has a keen sense of multi-stakeholder environments.

Prior to the V&A Waterfront, André spent 16 years with the University of Cape Town and was the Executive Director of Properties and Services, responsible for the 600 000 square meter UCT property portfolio.  He joined UCT in 2001 as a Project Engineer, then promoted to the position of Head: Engineering Services before being appointed as the Executive Director.

Prior to UCT, he was employed at Eskom's Peaking Generation division and before that at Luwa (South Africa), formerly a Swiss industrial engineering group, now ACTOM HVAC. André holds professional memberships with the Institution of Certificated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, South Africa (ICMEESA), the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), the Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET) and the South African Institute of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (SAIRAC).

André is a Certificated Engineer, is registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa and holds a National Higher Diploma and Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from UCT.

Anthony Stroebel

Non-Executive Director

Group Marketing Director – Pam Golding Property Group 2000 – current

Following my sabbatical I was asked to return to the Company to engineer a sustainable future through innovative strategies for the company.

I am currently responsible for integrating a ‘green agenda’ into the future of Residential property in South Africa, this as a brand dimension of the Pam Golding brand.

My vision? drive green consciousness in the domestic environment, thereby facilitating the inclusion of green credentials in the valuation of residential property.

Brian Unsted

Non-Executive Director

Brian has an impressive 23 years’ experience in the South African property industry with a particular focus on extracting optimal value from some of South Africa’s most prestigious and successful shopping centres/mixed use properties. Brian’s background as a Senior Financial Manager in property development at Liberty Properties, Financial Manager at Investec Properties for Growthpoint and role of Head of Finance at Liberty Properties brings to the table an expert knowledge in financial and management accounting, asset management and the property industry as a whole. His chief responsibilities within Liberty Two Degrees (L2D) involve managing the assets of Eastgate Shopping Centre, Liberty Midlands Mall, Melrose Arch and several office buildings. Brian in the champion for sustainability issues for the L2D fund and ensures synergy on sustainability issues between the property investment portfolio and the broader Liberty Group. When Brian is not working or co-authoring a book, he enjoys running, mountain biking, and travelling. His book, Sandton Places was published in 2014..

Dorah Modise

Executive Director

Dorah Modise (nee Nteo) is the CEO and an executive director of the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).

She is a sustainability specialist with over 16 years’ experience in the field. She previously served as a Strategic Executive Director: City Sustainability at the City of Tshwane where she was responsible for developing and implementing the City Green programme, and ensuring that the City becomes the greenest, most sustainable city in Africa.

Until December 2012, Modise was a Chief Policy Advisor for Sustainable Development within the South African Government Department of Environmental Affairs where she led the development and implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, South Africa’s engagements in global sustainable development negotiations, the environment sector green economy response including the establishment and management of the national green fund. Modise also led the National Environmental Outlook Reporting Processes and the Generation of Environmental Statistics.

Modise holds an MBA from the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS); A Master of Arts Degree in Environment and Development from the University of Sussex, UK; a Post-Graduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy from the University of Geneva, Switzerland; and a National Diploma & B-Tech Degree in Environmental Health from the Tshwane University of Technology.

She is currently a member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Government Advisory Group, the SA Network of the United Nations Global Compact, the GIBS Sustainable Development Advisory Panel and a Non-Executive Director of the Council for Geosciences Board.

Faieda Jacobs

Non-Executive Chair

Faieda is responsible for Strategic Projects at Old Mutual Property. The team currently consists of 43 people who manage retail, office and industrial assets of approx. R12 billion. Retail assets include Cavendish Square and Gateway, and the Portside Development, which has a 5 star Green Star SA rating is part of the office portfolio.

Faieda’s extensive background in property management, property asset management and people management enables her to bring her managerial flair and analytical skills to the fore.

Faieda has 30 years of experience in property, ranging from valuations to property management and asset management. Prior to her current position at Old Mutual Property, she was a property manager at Fountainhead Property Trust and Allan Gray Property Trust, managing the Office and Industrial Portfolios for 5 years. Before that she spent 3 years with Drake & Scull Facilities Management as an Account Manager.

She launched her career in property at Old Mutual Properties in 1984, heading up the Valuations department, then moved into property management, until leaving for Drake & Scull.

Faieda sits on the Executive Committee of Old Mutual Property and serves on the Board of the Central City Improvement District.

Howard Rauff

Non Executive Director

Howard holds a BSC Quantity Surveying degree from Wits University. He has been serving at Nedbank for the past 16 years in the Group’s Property Services division as the head of Portfolio and Facilities Management. For the last 10 months he has been the acting head of Group Property Services with executive responsibility for all aspects related to the management of the Group’s extensive owner occupied, leased and owned property portfolio.

Nedbank has established itself as the lead occupier of Green Star accredited buildings in South Africa (by number of buildings and square meters) and developed and occupied the first Green Star accredited building in South Africa, namely Nedbank 135 Rivonia Phase 2. As a Carbon Neutral organisation with sustainability high on the agenda, Nedbank volunteered a couple of its Campus buildings to participate in the Green Building Council of South Africa’s Existing Building Performance rating tool pilot process. Nedbank was the sponsor for developing this tool.

To date, Nedbank has achieved twelve Design and As Built ratings with another 4 in the pipeline and two Existing Building Performance ratings with two more in the pipeline. Howard has been intimately involved with all these ratings.

Ilse Swanepoel

Non-Executive Director

Ilse Swanepoel has over 12 years of experience in the utilities space and is an environmental sustainability specialist.
Ilse holds a Bachelor of Information Sciences (BIS) Honours degree from the University of Pretoria and leads the development and implementation of Redefine’s environmental sustainability strategy.

Ilse’s key expertise include the deployment of renewable energy, energy and water measurement and efficiency solutions in the commercial property industry. At Redefine since 2013, she has spearheaded a number of key projects for Redefine including the deployment of 10MWp of solar PV installations, a portfolio batch submission for Green Star certification of 20 existing office buildings and the deployment of more than 4,000 smart metering points. These projects aim to boost Redefine’s environmental and financial performance as well as enhance institutional decision-making.

Kevin James

Non-Executive Director

Kevin is a strategist, futurist and sustainability professional who believes that the only way companies will be able to successfully navigate through uncertain times is to be acutely aware of the threats they face and how to manage them; but equally, to nurture a culture that embraces radical innovation.

Kevin is the Founder and CEO of GCX, a strategic environmental sustainability and project development company that supports some of the largest companies in SA with the implementation of sustainable and transformative business programs and projects that are practical, measurable and implementable.

GCX employs talented engineers, analysts, economists and consultants that engage in strategies that address responsible investment, innovation, carbon and energy, water stewardship, zero waste, IT, communication, management systems and project development.

Kevin is also non-executive director of Optimus Bio, a leading South African biotech company that has developed and commercialised a unique biotech platform that provides biological solutions across agricultural, remediation, cleaning and water treatment sectors.

He has been on Radio 2000’s since 2011. He provides weekly commentary on matters around climate, sustainability, energy and current affairs. He also participates in a monthly radio panel discussion called Better Business Brief with show host Michael Avery on Classic Business show on Classic FM.


Manfred Braune

Executive Director

Manfred is the Chief Technical Officer at the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), heading up all technical, education and certification related matters since 2010. Manfred has also been responsible for directing various special projects at the GBCSA, including the Cato Manor Green Street, My Green Home, Cost of Green and the Green Lease Toolkit.

Manfred’s qualification is a registered professional electrical engineer, and he has a background as an engineer and a sustainability consultant with the WSP Group, where he worked as a consulting engineer for about 10 years, designing and delivering a range of projects, including various large offices, hotels, hospitals, industrial and retail facilities, and as a sustainability consultant. Manfred jointly headed up WSP’s green building business unit (WSP Green by Design) with Eric Noir for three years, where during his time the WSP Green by Design achieved the first 4 Green Star ratings in South Africa, and established the first building energy and thermal modelling unit in the country.

Manfred also sits on the University of Pretoria’s Construction/Property Studies Advisory Board, as well as being a judge on the ESKOM eta Awards. Manfred has in the past also served on the NBI’s Energy Efficiency Advisory Board and the SANS 10400 Part XA and 204 committees.

Marco Macagnano

Non-Executive Director

Marco Macagnano is an Associate Director, Senior Design Architect, and Joint Head of Sustainability with Bentel Associates International, a leading architectural, master planning and interior design consultancy based in Johannesburg, with offices in Cape Town and Mumbai.

Marco obtained a Master’s degree in Architecture at the University of Pretoria, and is currently a PhD candidate having recently completed his thesis proposing an integrated systems design-methodology and revised model for sustainable development in the Information Age, focusing on how the architectural profession and built environments are required to evolve to meet the needs of 21st century design and delivery.

With over a decade of experience in most sectors of the industry, Marco has lead projects of varying size and complexity in design and implementation, including: commercial, retail, residential, institutional, health care, and hospitality projects. His work is supported by expertise in Building Information Modelling (BIM) in project design and delivery, as well as in green building design as an Accredited Green Building Professional for new and existing buildings.


Mfundo Xulu Ka Dlamini

Non-Executive Director

Mr Mfundo Xulu Ka Dlamini is a Real Estate professional, having completed studies in University of Johannesburg, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science (MSc) qualification in Management of Technology and Innovation (MOTi) with the Da Vinci Institute for Technology Management. He was in a class of pioneers at the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) and holds two qualifications - Thought Leadership for Africa's Renewal and Africa & international trade - Building an Africa Developmental State.

Leadership roles include being Chairperson for the National/ Provincial Green Building Technical Task Team and Chairperson of the Green Building Council's Public Sector Committee, a role he assumed in 2017.
Mfundo has been the driving force in establishing the Green Building Unit, commencing with the development of the National Green Building Framework which was adopted at COP17 and the subsequent Green Building Policy.

Neil Gopal

Non-Executive Director

Neil Gopal is the Chief Executive Officer of SAPOA (South African Property Owners Association). SAPOA represents some 1200 companies and organisations (some which include the following, ABSA, Standard Bank Properties, Stanlib, Investec Property Group, PARETO Ltd, Old Mutual Properties, Liberty Properties, Eskom, Transnet, East London IDZ, Growthpoint Properties, ACSA, Redefine Properties and Resilent Property Income Fund).

Neil holds a qualification in BSc Town Planning from the University of Witwatersrand.

Neil currently serves as Vice Chair, and Founding Member of the BOMA International Committee in Washington DC , as well as serves as a  Director on the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA) board.

Nkosinathi Manzana

Non-Executive Deputy Chair

Nkosinathi Manzana is the Head: Professional & Technical Services within the Group Real Estate Services of Standard Bank. In this role, Nkosinathi is responsible for Development Management of strategic properties, Maintenance, Engineering & Energy Management.

Nkosinathi has over nineteen years experience in the built environment in South Africa and has been involved in the planning, design and implementation of a broad range of multi-disciplinary projects such as transport infrastructure, buildings, petrochemical pipelines and pump stations, ports and municipal engineering services.  During this time he has developed a keen interest in the subjects of sustainability, green buildings and energy management. He forms part of the core Standard Bank team that has overseen the certification of four bank owned building in the last three years.

Rudolf Pienaar

Non-Executive Immediate Past Chair

Director of the Office Sector of Growthpoint, with a portfolio value of R32.5 billion. Rudolf is also a Director of Acucap Properties Limited and Sycom Property Fund Managers Limited. Rudolf has 30 years’ experience in the property industry and has been a member of senior management of five listed property companies.  He has been a Director of management companies of Barprop, Primegro and currently Growthpoint. Rudolf also serves on the Property Committee of the prestigious R17.4 billion Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town.

Won the MSCI/Financial Mail Listed Property Investment Award twice for the best performing Office Portfolio, as well as the best performing Industrial Portfolio.  He has been part of the Growthpoint development team that developed in excess of R9 billion of developments, and won SAPOA awards for Innovative Excellence in Property Development in respect of Office, Industrial and Mixed Use developments.

Rudolf has been at the forefront of sustainable development at Growthpoint, who won the 2013 SAPOA Overall Award for Sustainability and the 2014 and 2015 Innovative Merit Award. Growthpoint is the proud recipient of the Nedbank Capital Sustainable Business Award in the category Infrastructure and Renewable Energy for the years 2013 and 2014. Growthpoint won the prestigious LUX International Project of the Year award in 2014. Growthpoint currently owns 71 green office buildings, certified by the GBCSA, at a total value of R16 billion. Rudolf is the immediate past Chair of the Green Building Council of South Africa, Director of the World Green Building Council and serves on the Advisory Board of the Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria.

Stephen Elliott-Wetmore

Non-Executive Director

Always looking for collaboration and finding synergy, Stephen currently drives Sustainable Business, Partnerships, and Innovations at WWF-SA.  Working with industries and companies alike in the analyses of material risks and identifying targets, and then championing the development of innovations, new ideas, alternatives, shifts and opportunities, towards developing sustainability strategies and re-shaping business models.

Seeking to strengthen market transformation and encourage low carbon bio-economy transitions, much of the work naturally includes creating shifts in how we better work and relate to our built environments - developing strategies and solutions to reduce our footprint to live within the confines of what our one planet.

A social economist and community developer by training, Stephen is a strategist and pragmatic optimist with a deep knowledge and blended experience in the fields of development, business sustainability, innovation, and market transformation. Driven by the desire for social, economic and environmental justice, he has often combined formal work experience with social enterprise. With more than 22 years’ experience and a career that has spanned 4 continents and across all sectors, he brings a range of leadership roles and unique perspectives and experience, garnered as a aid worker, researcher, academic, social entrepreneur, property developer, corporate consultant and policy advisor.

These include some of the Top 500 Fortune companies to global Aid Agencies such as the UNDP and SIDA; to creating Integrated Development Plans and Local Economic Development stakeholder mapping and engagements with GIZ & the CSIR; policy advice to the national government departments on transformation, food security and water surety on behalf of the World Bank and European Union; from industry transformation and Charter facilitation; to structuring and coaching some of the first Broad Based Black Empowerment enterprises; from training communities in participatory democracy, to shaping more than 50 corporate strategies for business sustainability.

He is also an Advisory Board member of the National Business Initiative , and serves as a thought leader of the Network for Business Sustainability in South Africa.

On an international front, Stephen fulfils the role as co-chair of the RSB (Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials ), an independent and global multi-stakeholder coalition which works to promote the sustainability of biomaterials (a key emerging agenda within the RSB is the role in shifting design and innovations in the use of biomaterials in our built environment).

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