Meet Your Team
...who will help bring your next digital course to life by overseeing
the entire eLearning
process for you, from beginning to end!
Core Digital Team
CEO and Founder
Daren has the energy of a 5 year old with an Organisational Psychology degree and a business card.
He was the highest ranked competitor at the World Memory Championships from Africa and the Southern Hemisphere from 2006 – 2011. He was also the only person in the world to compete in all 6 World Memory Championships during this time, making him one of the most experienced competitors on the global memory circuit at the time. (Out of over 450 competitors from 42+ countries.) Daren’s ultimate passion can be found at the intersection between brain science and technology. He lives in Salt Rock, South Africa with his wife Katharine and 3 children, Jack, (8) Alistair, (6) and Abi. (2)
Brendan is a seasoned Project Manager and creative problemsolver, with strong conceptualisation skills.
His project management experience was initially in the Construction Industry, but he has a proven track record across a diverse range of environments, both locally and internationally, which also include the Not for Profit and most recently the IT Sector. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Project Management and is responsible for the total management of projects, from scoping and budgeting through implementation to handing over projects on time, to specification and within budget. Outside of work he enjoys being outdoors, in the bush, beach or mountains. He also values spending time with his wife and four children.
Alasdair Frederick Yuill
Alasdair is MD of Mantis Networks (Pty) Ltd. He worked for IBM for 19 years holding positions in IBM South Africa and IBM France.
After leaving IBM he undertook various roles in the UK including country sales manager for Software AG and Managing Director for Syntellect – a US computer telephony integrator.
His company Mantis Networks is known for its BEE scorecard and cloud-based software solutions. Alasdair is married with two children and four grandchildren. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of the Lily of the Valley Children’s Village and chairs the networked organisation Genius Series.
Head of Business Development
Bianca started her career in shipping as an operations manager for various global shipping companies in Hamburg, Germany and Geneva, Switzerland but decided to change her career trajectory and pursued a new life in South Africa.
She completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Environmental Economics and joined a startup energy and sustainability company where she built a short term training academy from 3 courses to more than 30 SETA accredited and globally recognised training courses. Bianca supports the Genius Series team in business development and sales as well as building internal capacity for SETA related projects. Bianca helps clients by understanding their needs and how to ensure that they can be met.
Head of LMS Design & Development
Dale enjoys solving technical problems and is constantly on the hunt for new software and solutions to improve user experience.
Dale studied brand development and design through Hirt & Carter and has continued to extend his knowledge in Website Design and Development.
He has a wide range of experience from small design agencies to large marketing teams within corporate environments. ‘The Learning Management space excites me as it’s evolving so quickly, and also improves the lives of people by giving easier access to endless amounts of knowledge.’
Production Manager (Strategy)
With extensive working experience in Client Service, Digital Advertising and Media both in The Netherlands and South Africa, Emma analytical eye for detail and her drive to look at opportunities from different perspectives, she rises to any challenge and makes it work.
Head of Motion Graphics
Kerry joined the Genius Series team In 2019. Her main role has been in working with our video production team to conceptualise and execute storyboards and motion graphics for our Learning Management Systems.
Coming from the communications field, Kerry has developed her ability to use visual tools to translate key messages into clear, professional, and captivating visuals.
Having to work with multiple diverse sectors simultaneously, Kerry has developed the skills to acquaint herself with different brands, their corporate identities and specific company cultures and use this knowledge to develop graphics and visuals that effectively communicate to their intended audience.
Jason is our Production Manager who deals with the business end of getting projects completed on time, under budget and to specification.
His background in a broad range of construction and manufacturing disciplines, has equipped him with a deep understanding of the Production Process. Jason’s vast experience in the hard disciplines of Construction have equipped him to function optimally in the IT sector.
Head of Digital Marketing
Douw Jordaan, Head of Digital Marketing
Aka: “Version control bodyguard” Mike meticulously captures, stores and protects every single piece of digital content created, from beginning to end, for every client. (Raw, HD/ 4K, compressed files, slide decks… everything!)
Karen has applied her 17 years of experience to helping create a clean, functional and beautiful look and feel to the Little Genius Curriculum.
She graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2002 with a 4 year BA (Fine Arts) Information Design degree. Some campaigns she has worked on at various agencies include: Absa, Avios, IBM, Ascendis Health, Blackberry, Chipkins, Boston City Campus & Business College, Bayer Healthcare, Mastercard, Sage, Tsogo Sun, Monash University, Clarins, Nedbank, Vodacom 4U, Chatz Cellular, Cell C, SAICA and Bidvest Food Solutions.
Content creation & curation
Suzy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Psychology and Business Administration, and a qualification in Public Relations. She is an enthusiastic jack-of-all trades, having worked in a variety of fields over the years.
From management assistant, teaching, fundraising, administration and assisting in running an NPO, Suzy has a broad base of experience. She enjoys word-smithing and people liason. When not working, she is a busy mother of three sons and a daughter. Apart from her family, she enjoys music and walks on the beach.
Head of Video Production
Bryce has put his bachelors degree in motion pictures (majoring in directing and screenwriting) on hold to allow him the space needed to head up the video production team. I have worked in a variety of different roles, including junior management at a children’s camp, hence my love for working with people.
Currently he is working as an editor. He is passionate about writing, with two novels in the works. He has co-written and pitched two animated feature films, and an animated series to Dreamworks animation, Sony animation and Netflix respectively. He enjoys storytelling and filmmaking, spending time in nature and making people smile.
Videographer and Editor
A videographer and video editor that is me1culous at bringing together every small and large element needed to deliver excellence with each project, 1me and 1me again. Jermaine has been a part of the Genius Series team since 2017 and heads up the video produc1on team in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Content Specialist and Copywriter
Bronwyn is a dynamic, creative individual with a passion for English and Communications. She is exceptionally driven with a particularly keen interest in new social media and how it can be used as a tool for effective digital, brand and corporate communications.
Photographer & Videographer
Alouise assists us as a photographer and videographer. She is very creative and imaginative and has an eye for visual effects, with a sharp eye for composure and lighting to ensure that every shot is always perfect.
Creative Design and Web Development
Alex has a Degree in Publishing and many years of design experience which has allowed him to craft content into informative graphics, elegant books, appealing magazines, dynamic websites or just about any other design.
Content & Development
Mondli’s ultimate goal is a deeply rooted commitment to teamwork, transformation and to do collaborative work that makes a difference in people’s lives, teams, businesses and enhances performance through advanced technology.
Experienced in digital skills training, innovation, design thinking, presentations, e-Learning management systems, project management and data productivity. He is recognised for his professional commitment in seeing every project that his involved in becoming a success. A member of a winning team in 2019 Builders of Africa’s Future Awards.
Lead Editor, Post-Production
Nadarajah heads up the Genius Series editing team with more than 7 years of experience in video editing and Post Production including knowledge on a diverse range of video editing, animation and post production.
Head of Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn Marketing
Dario is an experienced internet marketer who enjoys boosting sales via targeted online campaigns.
For the past 8 years, he has been building on his business and legal know how, coupled with coaching and consultancy skills to provide complex online marketing consulting and implementation services; comprising website and e-shop creation, social media presence establishment and management, online campaign implementation and analyses as well as brand advisory services.
According to Scott, design is about identity – breathing life into one’s creation. Scott has certainly breathed life into the Little Genius series.
He has added excitement, intrigue and humour to all of the lessons as well as helped create a powerful and engaging plot for each of the terms. As a result, children are captivated throughout the course … making the learning experience both memorable and highly entertaining.
Head of Finance
Alf worked for Grinaker LTA for 27 years. He served as Financial Director of Grinaker for 9 years and thereafter Managing Director for a further 4 years. He then finished off his Grinaker career as company secretary for an additional 4 years before starting at Genius Series in 2010.
Kerwin van Niekerk
Lifestyle Protection; Retirement Planning and Investment Planning for Genius Series team members
Kerwin is passionate about creating connections, building relationships and making positive impressions. By adopting a holistic approach, he helps individuals gain a better understanding of their financial position and how they can both grow and support their wealth.
To ensure that every individual has the opportunity to pursue their goals and aspirations in life, whether it be starting a new career, getting married, planning for retirement or starting a family, Kerwin provides each team member with a tailor-made solution to suit their needs.
He also encourages team members to develop their own personal financial discipline through ongoing monitoring and reviewing of their portfolio and financial plan.
Heathers helps bridge the gap between what is happening in the Genius Series day-to-day operations and the need for real numbers to make informed business decisions. Her passion lies in making sense of data to help all projects (and the business as a whole) run as smoothly as possible.