Genius Reserve Core Team

Pierre Fourie | Global Managing Director
Pierre started Genius Reserve, an international Executive Search and Talent Mapping company, in 2002 in the United Kingdom which today serves as our headquarters. He has also established Genius Reserve Talent Search (Pty) Ltd, a BEE registered company in South Africa. He has previously worked in senior executive Human Resources roles in the Mining (Goldfields) & FMCG (SABMILLER & BAT). Genius Reserve offers professional consulting services to many well known multinational blue chip clients in the FMCG, Banking, Telecoms, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing & Agriculture sectors. He holds a Master's degree in Psychology. He has previously worked in senior executive Human Resources roles in the Mining (Goldfields) & FMCG (SABMILLER & BAT) sectors.

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Lizel van Rooyen | Talent Director
Lizel is a highly experienced, strategic resourcing partner, providing a range of specialised executive search, recruitment and talent solutions, whilst implementing sourcing methodologies, key metrics and measurements.  She has advised various blue chip private and public sector organisations on talent management, coaching and mentoring, development of black talent, succession planning, human resources and resourcing strategies.

Her exposure includes the headhunting of executives and scare skills professionals through to bulk recruitment (e.g. financial specialist, ICT specialists, project teams, covering various technical engineering, project management, contracts and commercial skills).  She has extensive experience in the management of large recruitment projects, as well as managed outsourced temporary and contractor solutions. She has undertaken assignments in Africa for multinational organisations in the finance, FMCG, pharmaceutical, logistics, services and telecoms sectors.

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Derick | Search Director
CAIB (SA)
Derick has spent 16 years in Corporate Banking with two major South African banks. He has 19 years experience in the recruitment industry carrying out senior placements across the Engineering, Mining and Financial Services industries. Filled many key positions both in South Africa and Africa for a range of local and international organisations.

Derick has above average ability to actively listen to a client's resourcing needs, then to analyse and identify the key criteria for success. He is known for his outstanding ability to network with key players in the markets and searching for the hidden gems. Derick is passionate about people and plays a very capable and significant role in coaching and providing career advice to individuals.

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Mike | Director – Supply Chain
Mike has held senior corporate executive roles with SABMiller over the last 27 years, including CEO of Regional Operations, Operations Director, Group Corporate Affairs Director and Group Technical Director. He is deeply knowledgeable in the field of Supply Chain and led the Group’s Global Supply Chain optimisation and harmonisation initiative.

Since leaving SABMiller, Mike brings his leadership and supply chain experience to bear in the field of executive search, focusing on E2E supply chain leadership, encompassing procurement, manufacturing and distribution, for multi-national consumer goods companies in Africa and Europe.

Mike is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and previously worked in the fields of nuclear, marine and aeronautical power generation.

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Rose | Regional Director
Rose started her executive search & recruitment company 18 years ago and has successfully built it into one of the leading executive recruitment firms in East Africa. She is very well known and a respected professional consultant in the industry. Rose has drive, passion and her ability to cultivate and build relationships, has honed her skills in identifying top talent in Africa. She leverages her extensive social networks to successfully recruit for senior management and executive positions. Rose is the Regional Director for Genius Reserve in East Africa and based in Nairobi.

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JK ACMA CGMA | Search Director
JK was born and raised in the northern parts of South Africa before coming to the UK to further his tertiary studies in 2003. JK has spent his working career in multinational organisations. Prior to joining Genius Reserve he worked for a FTSE 100 firm in London where he was a Financial Analyst working on PPP transformation projects and business turnarounds. He joined Genius Reserve as a consultant to our Banking clients but his portfolio now includes Banking, FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Mining, Oil & Gas and Agriculture across EMEA, APAC and LatAm. JK is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Fluent in English and Afrikaans with a solid understanding of Flemish and Dutch.

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Kervel
B. Com Hons, Industrial Psychology, Consumer Psychology, Organisational Development
A commercially focused Senior HR Executive with a proven track record of working in an FTSE 10 company. Kervel has more than ten years’ experience in human resources at senior director level. A solid reputation for establishing HR practices in developing markets across Africa, the Middle East, Caucasus and Turkey. An Executive Search Consultant on behalf of blue chip multinational companies, with real understanding of the complex African resourcing market.

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Gemma | Business Consultant
BA Social Policy Gemma has over 12 years’ experience within the UK contingent and professional services market, specialising in placements and services across sectors with particular focus on the Consulting, Public Sector and Project markets. Strong business development professional, skilled in creating opportunities, solution selling, relationship management, Negotiation, contract recruitment, consultancy provision, Executive Search, bid delivery, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and customer service.

She is an experienced Business Consultant specialising in Project & programmes, Change & Transformation, IT, Digital, Procurement and Interim markets.

“Gemma is the consummate recruitment professional and an absolute pleasure to deal with. She maintains a strong current overview of the market and is always up to date with the latest developments. She is friendly, helpful and always willing to provide time, energy, advice and support. Gemma (perhaps unusually for the recruitment sector) recognises the value in developing long term relationships and has always taken great pains to keep in regular contact and act as a sounding board. Highly recommended.” J. Fearon Portfolio & PMO Manager

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Ilana
Ilana was born in South Africa and moved to the UK in 1996. She joined Genius Reserve in 2008 and is now very well established within the Genius Reserve Research Team. Her attention to detail and constant drive to deliver on projects make her a well respected team player within the organisation. Dedicated Search consultant, an integral part of our business model, and an expert in research and mapping functions. She is passionate about the recruitment process and people and uses her excellent interpersonal skills liaising with candidates and clients. She is well known for leaving no stone unturned. Specialist in FMCG, Pharmaceutical, Financial Services and Mining & Energy Industries within Africa, Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Fluent in English, Afrikaans and Flemish with a basic understanding of German, Spanish and Dutch.

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Veronica
Veronica was born and raised in Brazil. Veronica is our specialist researcher for roles in Angola, Mozambique, LatAm and Portugal. She is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Veronica works very closely with our clients based in Latin America, Angola and Mozambique. She has greatly added to our capabilities to fill the most challenging roles and is experienced in the FMCG, Agriculture, Banking, Mining and Manufacturing sectors.

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Marie
Masters Degree in Marketing & International Relations
Marie is fluent in French, English and Spanish and speaks basic German, Arabic and Chinese. She has lived and worked in France, Spain, Ireland, Austria, China and Morocco. She is a specialist researcher and has experience in the FMCG and Oil and Gas sectors. Marie is also in addition to her research responsibilities, accountable for business development in the above sectors.

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Teresa
Teresa is British and has lived and worked in Africa, Latin America, and Europe. She speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Swahili and is a specialist researcher in Francophone and Lusophone countries. She is experienced in identifying talent and filling positions in established and emerging markets in FMCG, manufacturing, agriculture, telecoms, and oil and gas.

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Sema
Sema Cardillo was born and raised in Turkey. She graduated from Istanbul Technical University with a degree in Textile Engineering before coming to the UK in 2000 to study English. She has lived in the UK permanently since 2003. Sema currently works as a Search Consultant in Turkish, Eastern European and Middle Eastern markets covering FMCG, Agriculture and Banking.

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Alley
Researcher & Search Consultant was born in Estonia and has a Bachelors degree in Automatic and Telecoms Signalling Systems from TashIIT.  Alley has worked in Uzbekistan for 10 years. She is fluent in Russian and English with basic Ukrainian and Belorussian. Alley's language skills make her our specialist Search Consultant for Russian and Eastern European markets covering Telecoms, Engineering, Agriculture, FMCG, Transport and Manufacturing.

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Claudia
Degree in Business Administration(ongoing)
Claudia speaks Portuguese, Spanish, English, French and basic German. She has lived and worked in Mozambique, Colombia, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom. She is a specialist researcher for Portuguese and French speaking countries, particularly Mozambique and Angola where she has extensive networks and connections. Claudia is a specialist researcher.

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Leylani
Leylani has a solid track record of 10 years in recruitment, both on-site in 4 major blue chip companies as well as in a consulting capacity.  Leylani has extensive talent management, pipelining, recruiting and coaching experience.  Her expertise in the technology industry is her greatest asset but her business process acumen makes her equally effective in sourcing and selecting professionals across industries such as mining, oil and gas, FMCG, retail and manufacturing.  Leylani's love for people, plus the fact that she has been "on the client's side", aids her in building strong business and candidate relationships and enables her to cross cultural borders into many countries globally.

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