Our Associate Partners form the core team. They are further supported by our registered associates, as well as our extended network. Our extended team covers every engineering discipline, finance, sales and marketing, legal, HR, and several fields of natural science. Our team has a very broad experience base in a wide number of industries and sectors including:
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- Agro processing
- Automotive components
- Botanical Extracts
- Building and construction
- Business Process Outsourcing
- Composite materials (conventional and natural)
- Electric vehicles
- Energy efficiency
- Essential oils
- Food and beverage production
- Gas vehicles
- Industrial Parks
- Intensive agriculture systems
- Mari culture
- Metal Casting
- Nonwoven materials
- Renewable and alternate energy resources
- Waste management and recycling
- Water Quality Monitoring
Alan’s early career as an electronics engineer, focussed on the design and development of scientific and industrial electronic instrumentation and control systems. His keen interest in manufacturing meant that he has undertaken a diverse range of projects, leading to an enviable depth of experience across a number of sectors.
Alan has spent the last 25 years in the socio-economic development domain, where he has been responsible for the investigation of many business opportunities, as well as the establishment of a number of manufacturing and agro-processing businesses. He has worked locally in South Africa, and internationally. His work has included studies and strategy development for local and international government departments and development agencies.
Alan is a generalist who integrates the key skills of the various specialists in the BST team.
John is a highly experienced manager of large and diverse engineering projects ranging in value from £100,000’s to tens of millions in offshore locations. He is an expert in precision metal casting. His experience includes aerospace projects, automotive engineering, renewable energy (wind/solar and biomass), and consumer related products from lamps to electrical devices.
Whilst John is an expert in precision metal casting, he has experience in a diverse range of technologies, including
- Automotive engineering
- Renewable and alternate energy
- Energy efficiency and conservation
- Waste Utilisation
John’s work experience spans the globe, covering the UK, USA, Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa. John contributes a strong technology focus to the team. John is located in the UK and is responsible for international business development.
Wendy has a strong administrative background, with great attention to detail. She has excellent proficiency in MS Excel, Word and PowerPoint, with the ability to coach people in developing a better use of the software. She is a good communicator with strong writing and editing abilities.
For the last 18 years Wendy has been involved in enterprise development, initially developing and implementing administrative systems. Her skills in primary and secondary data gathering and analysis as well as problem solving skills have made her a key contributor to a number of feasibility studies, mainly in the agro processing sector.
Wendy provides research support that enables the BST team to rapidly access market and technical information.
Alissa has an academic background and personal interest in construction, real estate, green building and sociology. She has years of experience in construction and property development, research and research implementation as well as lecturing. Her projects have required on-site work, concept designs, market research, technical specifications research and financial modelling.
Alissa has also worked in enterprise development, with specific experience in inorganic chemical research implementation, food processing and metal fabrication.
She enjoys applying herself – creatively, analytically and inter-personally. Her capacity to dream big works towards her ultimate goal – to make a difference and better the world even if just by finding a balance between people, planet and profit.
Alissa represents BST from Singapore.
Trevor Gildenhuys founded Talent Network in 2003 and CareerConversations a few years later. His vision was to create a virtual business that fully supports networking and collaboration and then leverage the collaborative partnerships to provide exceptional Recruitment, HR Consulting & Business support services/solutions to the SME & Corporate sectors.
Trevor’s experience as Recruitment Manager of a listed, integrated HR Services Group and 13 years at an established recruitment company in Cape Town served as the perfect foundation. He is passionate about Connecting People, Adding Value to Business.
Talent Network’s core capability is providing creative & innovative Recruitment Solutions i.e. Executive Search, Talent Mapping, Contingent Management Recruitment and Outsourced LinkedIn Response Management. The product offering has recently been extended to include the provision of HR Consulting and Interim Management services. Trevor oversees all talent management and HR related matters for BST projects.
Pietersarel holds a Masters degree in Agricultural Economics. As a successful pioneer in the South African Essential Oils industry he has applied his 25 years of experience in fragrance extraction to build a successful essential oils and projects business. Herbs-Aplenty has an enviable local and international client base and reputation.
In addition to running his own business, he has contributed to the development of local industry by assisting the public and private sectors in the establishment of a number of other related enterprises.
Pietersarel is a respected expert in distillation as well as botanical extraction technology. He is currently involved in the circular economy with a keen interest in utilising waste streams.
Pietersarel provides the BST team with an in depth local and international business experience, and is our botanical extracts and flavourants expert.
Tulio is a seasoned leader with decades of executive and management experience in distribution and real estate development. In the last 25 years, he has led and built companies in Europe, Australia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Tullio has created partnerships and logistical structures that have enabled his businesses to increase turnover exponentially and expand globally.
He is a founding partner of SafePower1 (USA), as well as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hofburg Group, an investment holding company focussing on innovation in the fields of sustainability and robotics.
In 1993 he founded European Sunrise Trading Limited and Combitex Holdings, companies involved in producing and distributing garments and accessories worldwide for prominent brands in the fashion industry.
Under his leadership in 2001 the Hofburg Group started developing real estate projects in East Europe and Italy, thereby creating a large portfolio of commercial and residential properties.
In 2012 Tullio joined Premetal Middle East, located in Doha (Qatar), where he developed the market for architectural steel and facades.
Fluent in English and Italian, Tullio holds degrees in economics and classical music studies.
Marco took up the challenge of transitioning to the green economy after more than 10 years of European sales and sales management experience. He focused on the global environmental problem of recycling End-of-Life Tyres (ELT).
He signed an exclusive agreement with a German company in 1997 to promote their recycled rubber moulding plant. Later that year, his first plants were delivered to Italian costumers, establishing him as a pioneer of a new environmental technology.
The following year, he became the general manager of the first Italian tyre recycling machinery producer, delivering plants to European and Russian markets.
In 2005 Marco acquired the company, as well as the know-how and technical management. It has since developed an international presence, with clients as far afield as Brazil and other South American countries.
In 2015, they engineered and delivered the first Off-the-Road Tyre (OTR) large mining tyre recycling plant in the world.
He has merged his business interests with the Hofburg group, led by his friend Tulio Angheben. In 2020 they launched HYPERTYM, the first world-wide patented, mobile integrated OTR tyre downsizing unit. It has generated significant interest in the global mining and service industries.
Being pro-active and embracing new opportunities are clearly the foundation of Marco’s entrepreneurial career.