Meet the team

RAYMOND YAP

CO-FOUNDER 

Raymond has had 30 years of international business experience and was global CEO of a billion dollar multinational company before taking early retirement. He resides in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mike Lyth

CO-FOUNDER

Mike is based in the UK but was born and brought up in Africa for 20 years. He has a degree in Agriculture and a Masters in Rural Development. He spent 20 years in Asia leading pioneering OM teams and 20 years in Europe as Chief Operating Officer for OM International. He took over and is developing B4T at the request of OM International leadership.

Jakes Naude

CORE TEAM MEMBER

Jakes is based in South Africa where he oversees the day to day operations of B4T, as well as implementing the work of B4T in Africa. Prior to taking this role, Jakes ran a business in a South East Asian country as well as helping local entrepreneurs through the B4T developer role. Before joining B4T in 2008, Jakes was working as a futures commodity trader on the JSE.

JIMMY DOWSLEY

CORE TEAM MEMBER

Jimmy is based in Johannesburg in South Africa. He has spent 30 years in the mining business and had major responsibilities in international Mergers and Acquisitions as well as business development.

BRIAN SPARKS

CORE TEAM MEMBER

Brian lives in Switzerland and has over 30 years of experience in financial services and is a founding member of a Social Impact Investment association in Zurich.

ChuiEn YEOH

CORE TEAM MEMBER

A Malaysian CPA, Chui En trained with KPMG KL and worked in Oil & Gas industry as a tax professional for 25 years, 16 of which were on international assignments in Singapore, Dubai, Paris and Houston. He and his wife, Keh Ching who served on the MV Doulos 1979-1981, are resident in Kuala Lumpur.

Andrew Velez

CORE TEAM MEMBER 

 

Andrew Velez was born in Romania, his family immigrated to Australia when he was 4 years old. Andrew has owned and operated various businesses over the last 20 years.He currently operates three businesses in the Construction and Accommodation Industry. He has been actively involved in missions overseas with his family. Andrew is married with two children. He is passionate about using business to alleviate poverty and see the gospel reach the least reached.

Zintle Mokgapa

OPERATIONS MANAGER

 

Zintle  is a South African,  she joined OM 2007, after completing certificate in Theology. She then joined AIDS Hope Ministry for fours years  in Mamelodi, Pretoria focusing on children and youth who are affected by HIV and AIDS. She finally joined the B4T Operations team in September 2017. 

Derek Kessen

TRAINING COORDINATOR

 

Derek spent 12-years building portfolio and balance sheet strategies for community banks in the trading and investment banking industries. He also runs a small consulting firm in Chicago, USA working with middle-market organisations.  He studied Finance at both the undergraduate and graduate level, earning an MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg) in 2018.  He has a heart to see Businesses transforming lives and communities.

Simamkele Mokgobu

OPERATIONS OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

Simamkele a B4T developer is based in Pretoria,  He loves the Financial Markets and wants to use his love for the markets to help grow kingdom businesses in South Africa. He is currently studying towards a Bcom accounting degree with the University of South Africa.

Alan and Vicki Clarke

PRAYER MINISTRY FACILITATORS

 Alan and Vicki, from Australia.  Alan worked in manufacturing, plastics and recycling, held various management roles in multi-national companies until he retired due to cancer in 2015.Vicki had a career in education and social work while also keeping the family on the agenda. Alan and Vicky have over the last 15 years enjoyed the privilege of voluntary involvement with Coaching and Healing Prayer Ministries with OM and B4T.