Founder & Director
Mellowcabs, South Africa

I’m an entrepreneur, and a real start-up enthusiast. My first start-up was a kid’s stroller called the Riksha that we designed and developed which is still on the market, and is now expanding to the European market.

Mellowcabs is my pride and joy, and I believe that it could change the world. Mellowcabs manufactures, and operates new, electric mini-cabs that provide on-demand, eco-friendly and affordable taxi and transport services in cities.

I have a lovely wife, new-born twins, and a six-year old son; they really are my inspiration for doing what I do. I enjoy mountain biking, stand-up paddle boarding and fishing with my son.

I’ve gone through a personal journey where I had to face many challenges after breaking my back in a mountain biking accident. I now approach all life’s obstacles with the same positive energy and dedication I’d given to recovery. I’ve hiked the Eastern Himalayas, and recently completed the gruelling 7-day Cape Pioneer Mountain biking stage race. It's a multi-day race across the Western Cape of South Africa, over some of the most challenging terrain imaginable.

I've been a speaker at the World Bank's Climate Innovation Centre, the South African Sustainability
Conference, Microsoft's BizSpark program, the Durban Innovation Summit and many others.

Awards Received:

• Winner of the International Smart Cities category of the Challenge Cup, supported by the US Chamber of Commerce (Washington DC)
• Winner of the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Solver Competition
• Finalist in the African Innovation Award
• Winner of the U-Start Africa competition
• Winner of Johannesburg Green City Start-up
• Top 3 finalist in the Global Innovation Challenge
• Official World Design Capital 2014 Project
• Winner 2013 Gauteng Innovation Competition
• Forbes Magazine: 7 Most Innovative Companies in Africa
• Proud recipient of green flag for environmental excellence from Western Cape Premier Helen Zille

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