Meet the Team
  • Genevieve Mannel
    Genevieve MannelSpeaker Liaison

    Currently head of BI Strategic Consulting at Saratoga, Genevieve has more than 17 years experience in the corporate insurance industry. Leading a complex team of BI professionals around development of business KPIs, delivery analytical and synthesis solutions, and provision of strategic support. Her expertise is in sales, distribution, marketing and customer support. Through business intelligence controls Genevieve brings customer segmentation to gather segment-specific insights. She is a trusted and objective source for ideas testing, problem evaluation and solutions development.

  • Jason Haddock
    Jason HaddockConference Founder

    Jason has previously helped start up a number of successful technology companies and now heads up the business intelligence and innovation competencies at Saratoga Software. He is busy with a masters degree in innovation and is passionate about helping entrepreneurs start up globally successful business in South Africa. Being a serial optimist, Jason is passionate about making a positive change in the world and believes that Africa, and specifically South Africa are well positioned to be a catalyst for this.

  • Jo Chevalier
    Jo ChevalierExperience & Graphic Designer

    As a freelance Graphic & Visual Communication Consultant. Jo has worked with the Saratoga team for the past 2 years designing events and conferences including Net Prophet Sparkup, TEDxCapeTown and MammothBI.

  • Lauren Shantall (PTY) Ltd
    Lauren Shantall (PTY) LtdMedia Liaison

    Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd provides an integrated communications offering, spanning social, digital and traditional marketing and perception management.

  • Lianne du Toit
    Lianne du ToitOrganiser & Partner, Silicon Cape

    Lianne is a business developer working at U-Start Africa. She is prominent in the business development community, especially in the world of tech. Organiser at #GovHacksSA and founder of Talent Fusion, Lianne has an eye for encouraging and promoting long lasting business solutions.



  • Maximillian Kaizen
    Maximillian KaizenSpeaker Liaison, Treeshake

    Maximillian Kaizen is a hunter of genius. She develops accelerated learning programs to help intrepid humans strengthen their opportunities, cognitive capacity and critical new skills for a world where work – and reality – is now open for remix.
    (Oh, and make far more interesting use of their leisure time).


  • Rebecca Maserow
      Rebecca MaserowDigital Marketer

      Rebecca Maserow works in digital marketing for Saratoga Software. With a passion for copywriting and editing she aims to finely weave her language skills into digital media. Working with projects like Net Prophet Sparkup! lending a hand to the social side of the startup community.

    • Steven Cohen
        Steven CohenOperations Manager

        Steven originally managed an educational NGO and started in BI, where his passion for Data, Statistics and mathematics came together. He is currently a BI consultant working at Saratoga and has 2 years Data warehousing experience. He enjoys solving complex problems that arise in loading, transforming and exposing data.

      • Tamryn Sherriffs
        Tamryn SherriffsCo-Curator

        Tamryn worked as a corporate trainer in Europe before returning to South Africa. She trained a variety of audiences from high-ranking CEOs to their staff base in both IT and core Communication Skills. In 2009 she partnered in a Durban-based software development company, The Development House, specialists in the SME, public and civil society sectors. Her focus, while at TDH, was to provide and implement online communication strategies for her clients. In 2011 she partnered in Public Relations company, Media Spot, a boutique communications firm specializing in both print and online media. Tamryn graduated from the University of Natal with a degree in Applied Internet Research and Publishing and Psychology.

      • Tom Martin
        Tom MartinSpeaker Liaison

        BIG or small, Tom has been working with data in the Business Intelligence discipline every day for the last six years. Currently the Head of Data Warehousing & Descriptive Analytics at Saratoga, he develops BI solutions and has been involved in architecture, dimensional modelling and Data Warehousing projects. His big passion is the utilisation and visualisation of data – too often all the back-end work is never exposed to the user and that is where the value resides. This is an area in technology that is always in flux and is a very exciting space right now. When Tom is not extracting, transforming or exploiting data he enjoy mountain biking, good wine and the occasional blog usually about sport of some kind.

      • Tracy Gander
        Tracy GanderMarketing & Creative Director

        She’s gone by various titles over the years – Creative Director, Graphic designer, Brand manager, Digital designer, Artist or Fine Art photographer.

        Tracy currently works as Creative Director for Saratoga with a great bunch of IT geeks.