Meet the Team

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Tabassum Qadir

Co-Founder and CEO

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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Patrick Schofield

Co-Founder

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.

Join the Uprise.Africa Team Today!

We are looking for the crazy ones that want to change the world to join us in Sandton, Johannesburg. If you’re just looking for a job, this isn’t for you.

Uprise Fund Board of Directors :

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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.

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Patrick Schofield

Co-founder

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.

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Colin Mkhonza

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

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Samukelo Zwane

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

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Palesa Ngomeza

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

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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.

Partnerships