Heading the team

Within the FutureForesight Group are people skilled in a variety of areas and across a multitude of disciplines and who have hands-on experience complementing knowledge gained over the years.

Heading the company are:

BARRY GONIN
Director
barry.gonin@futureforesight.com
B.Comm(Acc) GCMA ACMA (CIMA – UK)Barry-Gonin

Operational experience
2 years MTN South Africa (GM: Office of the Managing Director South Africa)
4 years Weather Intelligence Systems (Commercial Director)
1 year AfricaWeather (Chief Executive Officer Africa)
8 years FutureForesight (Director)

Having been in business for 20 years, Barry boasts an in-depth knowledge of the media and telecommunications sectors. From working his way up to executive level within MTN to a position where he assumed board and shareholder level responsibility for commercial disciplines where he was required to weigh uncertain future outcomes, unstructured market realities, funding and resource constraints and legislative and regulatory inputs with stakeholder requirements from shareholders, boards of directors, suppliers, customers and staff to determine optimum strategies, his expertise is unrivalled.

Barry’s key skills lie in business development, negotiations, market assessments and value propositioning in the creation of business opportunities.

His achievements are many and varied, and range from leading MTN’s drive to customer centricity and acquiring companies to support MTN’s strategy of moving into broadband services to leading the delivery of Mobile Number Portability for the South African telecommunications industry. He has established sales and service channels to penetrate nascent markets whilst Commercial Director at Weather Intelligence Systems and advised various telecommunications operators on market entry strategy and business valuation for 14 countries in the EMEA region as a Director of FutureForesight.

Having been featured in a number of key industry-related publications, he is regularly invited to speak at industry functions and conferences and is held in high esteem in this regard.

CHRIS BARKER
Director
chris.barker@futureforesight.com
Bsc Mech Eng; GDE Eng; MSc Ind Eng

Chris-Barker

Operational experience:
8 years Unilever (GM)
3 years McKinsey (EM)
14 years FutureForesight (Director)After leading FutureForesight’s HIV project from the pioneering of treatment in SA to it being the world’s largest treatment centre, Chris headed the winning SNO (Neotel) bid.

He then led MTN into Iran and secured lottery traffic for the organisation.

More recently, he has assumed responsibility for all the systems required for the commercialisation of weather across the African continent – as well as the development of new markets on the continent.

Although Chris’ expertise lies in developing nascent environments into commercial opportunities, he also has a wealth of mining experience.

Furthermore, he is adept in the building of start-ups and the turning around of businesses.

KGOMOTSO LEKOLA
Director
kgomotso.lekola@futureforesight.com
MBA GIBS, BSc Computer Science UNISA, Dip Data Artificial Intelligence UNISA, Master of Finance and Investment (Cum Laude,Current) WITS

Kgomotso-Lekola

Operational experience:
4 years MTN (Program Manager in the office of the MD)
3 years Mutual & Federal (Senior Exec and CEO: Direct Business)
6 years LGC Capital (MD)
2 years FutureForesight (Director)After working for Mutual & Federal Group as GM responsible for setting up of the New Markets division, Kgomotso was appointed CEO of the direct insurance subsidiary (later to be launched as Iwyze).

In 2007 Kgomotso founded LGC Capital which acquired equity in technology startup firm, Weather Intelligence. As chairman, he led the businesses’ entry into the short-term insurance industry and brought all the major insurers onboard as clients. Santam credited AfricaWeather for fewer hail claims in 2013.

In 2012 Kgomotso managed the turnaround of TopTv as interim COO for a period of 9 months. Within 3 months of taking over, he managed to reduce losses by 33% and raised additional funding to keep the business going until the implementation of a R1bn strategic equity deal.

During that time he designed and launched a world-first mobile phone-based prepaid pay tv solution as a payment method – something that currently accounts for a significant portion of TopTv/StarSat payments.

Kgomotso has provided advice on deal structuring, restructuring and turnaround on assets with a value in excess of R1bn. He is regularly invited to accompany South African delegations to the IMF, World Bank meetings and various other trade delegations.

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