Who we are

The brain behind Quintessence is a company called f(x) Software Development, founded in 2004 by investment managers and software engineers. f(x) comprises development, consulting and marketing divisions. Our team of financial, mathematical and software development experts allows us to provide an industrial-strength decision support platform that seamlessly integrates with all aspects of the investment and research process.

The Management Team

Keri Davies

Business Operations

Keri manages the internal day-to-day operations that underpin our market leading service. Her client centric approach ensures the company maintains the highest level of efficiency possible to meet and exceed the expectations of our clients. Keri holds a Bachelor of Business Science Honours degree in Information Systems and is backed by experience in building successful businesses.

Keri loves being in nature, and aspires to make every day count.

    Nico Christodoulides

    Business Development

    Nico heads up Business Development. He has a Master of Science degree in Mathematics and over 25 years’ experience in the investment management industry. His work has primarily focused on providing quantitative and fundamental research solutions to investment professionals.

    Nico loves abstract mathematics. In his spare time he dabbles in carpentry and likes to read widely, including politics, science and philosophy.

      Zakaria Mohamed-Fakier

      Technical Architect

      Zak leads the technical research and development team, using an architecture-focused approach in the development process. He has a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Computer Science and over 20 years’ experience in the development of industrial strength software platforms. Through implementing industry best practices, he has ensured that the Quintessence platform is robust and of an extremely high standard.

      Zak keeps fit by playing provincial league squash and is a keen and talented photographer.

        Desmond Nyenes

        Client Operations

        Desmond heads the consulting team. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics, and more than 20 years’ experience in delivering front office solutions to the investment management industry.

        Desmond loves reading, focusing on science and avoiding politics in order to maintain a serene outlook on life. He also enjoys playing golf and keeping fit.

          The Client Support Team

          Ziyaad Kumandan

          Implementation Team Leader

          Ziyaad performs the roles of implementation consultant and business support analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Business Information Technology and has six years’ experience in the development, testing and implementation of software in the financial markets.

          Ziyaad loves soccer, DIY projects and looking after his home aquarium.

            Alexandra Albers

            Implementation Consultant

            Allie is one of our implementation consultants. She looks after clients and implements solutions best suited to their investment management process needs. Allie holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Information Systems Management.

            Allie is passionate about social causes, especially those involving children and animals in need. For relaxation she spends time at the beach with her dogs.

              Anneleen Terblanche

              Implementation Consultant

              Anneleen develops and implements solutions for our clients that address their investment research process requirements. Anneleen holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry and Polymer Science.

              Anneleen's interests are wide ranging, and encompass maths, science, art and music. In her free time she loves spending time with her family and jogging with her dogs.

                Benjamin Bingham

                Implementation Consultant

                Ben works at f(x) as an implementation consultant. He looks after our clients' needs by analysing their investment management process requirements and implementing tailor-made solutions. Ben has a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Mechatronics.

                Ben loves people. In his free time, he enjoys hiking and cycling.

                  David Greenland

                  Implementation Consultant

                  David works at f(x) as an implementation consultant. Using Quintessence he develops and implements solutions for investment management clients by analysing their processes and addressing their needs.  He has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Chemistry , Physics and Biology.

                  David is passionate about sport and also loves making films.

                    Gillian Watson

                    Implementation Consultant

                    Gillian is involved in the implementation process at clients. She has a wealth of experience in quantitative processes. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting and Information Systems. She also has an Investment Management Certificate (IMC) from UKSIP (London), and an Investment Administration Qualification (IAQ) from the Securities Institute (London).

                    When not working, Gillian enjoys spending time with her family.

                      Heinrich Linnert

                      Implementation Consultant

                      Heinrich is one of our team of implementation consultants. He looks after clients, both analysing and addressing their needs in the investment management process arena. He has a Bachelor of Science Honours (B.Sc Hons) degree in Applied Mathematics.

                      Heinrich loves solving problems, be they related to business, engineering, economics or science.

                        Malvernon (MJ) Engelbrecht

                        Implementation Consultant

                        MJ works at f(x) as an implementation consultant. He looks after our clients and develops solutions that best meet their needs in terms of their investment processes. With a BSc in Mathematical and Statistical Science, as well as a BCom Honours degree in Economics, MJ loves anything to do with maths, stats and finance.

                        In his free time, MJ is an avid and patriotic follower of sport and plays rugby to keep fit.

                          Monaheng Ramochele

                          Implementation Consultant

                          Monaheng is one of our implementation consultants. His work involves analysing clients' investment environments and implementing solutions best suited to them. Monaheng has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Applied Mathematics.

                          Monaheng is a keen learner and spends much of his free time on the internet researching topics that are science and technology related. He also enjoys spending time with family and friends.

                            Oliver Clark

                            Implementation Consultant

                            Oliver works as an implementation consultant, using Quintessence to address the needs of our investment management clients. Oliver is passionate about financial markets and strategy development. He is a Statistics Honours graduate and CFA level 2 candidate.


                            Oliver is a keen sportsman and avid cyclist. He also enjoys following Formula 1.

                              Abdul-Malick Abrahams


                              Malick is one of our technicians. He is responsible for all things hardware and software related at f(x), in particular ensuring that software implementations run smoothly at clients.

                              In his free time, Malick is a keen pigeon racer, following a family tradition started by his grandfather.

                                Vyacheslav Shevchenko

                                Software Developer

                                Shev is your go-to man for all things technical. He is responsible for ensuring that client implementations go smoothly, and that the integration of our software into your company is seamless. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science.

                                Shev keeps fit by hiking and playing squash.

                                  Alison Sussex

                                  Content Manager

                                  Alison is in charge of Quintessence training and documentation. She is responsible for creating and maintaining all content, ensuring that you have access to our latest software help manuals and knowledge base articles. Alison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree (English and Sociology). She has worked in a range of software-related and financial environments, both locally and internationally.

                                  In her free time, Alison loves hiking, reading, wildlife, films, gardening and art.

                                    Business Support

                                    Alice Santos

                                    Business Support Manager

                                    Alice looks after all aspects of our business, including HR and office management, and our most important asset - our clients. She is your first port of call for any query. Alice has over 20 years’ work experience, much of which has been in the financial and asset management arena.

                                    Alice loves travelling, and is a keen landscape photographer.

                                      Anne-Marié Wolfaardt

                                      Business Support Administrator

                                      Anne-Marié assists Alice in looking after all aspects of our business. She has over 20 years' experience in office administration, and holds a Professional Receptionist and Personal Assistant Diploma.

                                      Anne-Marié's family is her passion. On weekends, when not being a soccer mom, she likes to fit in some hiking.

                                        Asanda Prince


                                        Asanda is our housekeeper. She keeps everyone well looked after and well fed, and manages kitchen stock control. She has experience in the hospitality industry, having worked as a chef in a hotel for four years.

                                        Asanda is passionate about music, and on weekends she sings in her local choir.


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