Meet the Team

Matshepo Skhosana


Ms Matshepo Mokoena-Skhosana is CEO of Uprise.Africa. She has an unyielding and voracious interest in financial inclusion as it pertains to the complete and innovative democratization and liberation of the existing towers of access to capital for financially excluded entrepreneurs. She holds a B. Com in Risk Finance and Insurance Management. Her competencies are centred around risk management, venture capital finance, corporate governance and financial modelling. Matshepo has earned widespread respect for her ability to build intelligent investment structures that are built to get financing for the small to medium enterprise sector. She is the Chairperson and founder of Global Diaspora Investment Group, a shareholder of Uprise.Africa and also a financial services industry citizen. 

Tabassum Qadir


Tabassum Qadir is the CEO of Uprise.Africa. She is also the chairperson of Uprise Markets which is an authorised Financial services provider based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Being a strategist, innovator and visionary leader she believes in the future of Equity Crowdfunding in South Africa. She is the former chair of Skywise Airline that she co-founded as a 100% female owned low-cost airline in 2014. She believes in empowering marginalised stakeholders, especially women. She is a dynamic female leader with a background in diversified business operations


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Uprise Fund Board of Directors :

Prabir Badal

Board Chairman

Prabir served as a Deputy Chairperson of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), Chairperson of Finance Audit Committee of GEPF and a member of the Investment Committee of GEPF.

Patrick Schofield


Co-Founder of Uprise.Africa. Patrick is a pioneer of crowdfunding in Africa & a founder of a number of companies, including Thundafund and BackaBuddy Technologies.

Colin Mkhonza

CEO of the South African Chemical Technology Business Incubator. He has previously acted as the CEO of the eGoliBIO Incubator.

Samukelo Zwane

FNB Head of Product, Wealth and Investment Management . Samukelo strongly believes in the power of a high-performance culture.

Palesa Ngomeza

Palesa is a Senior Audit Manager at BDO South Africa, in Cape Town and forms part of BDO’s Innovation Forum.

Vuyisa Qabaka

Vuyisa is a startup advisor and angel investor with investments in fintech, traveltech, e-commerce and agriculture startups.

Get to know our platform partners

Uprise.Africa is built from the base of a network of established support organisations that provide the required regulatory, compliance and administration structures.