Board of directors
Dr Xolani Humphrey Mkhwanazi
BSc, University of Botswana and Swaziland
MSc and PhD Applied Physics, University of Lancaster
Xolani is an internationally experienced executive, currently serving on a number of boards – including BHP Billiton. He is able to contribute imaginatively and innovatively to the development and sustainability of a business, using his extensive executive leadership, business and technical experience in the energy, mining and public sectors. He was previously CEO of the National Electricity Regulator of South Africa where he was responsible for rebuilding the organisation into a world-class regulatory authority. He has chaired Gibela’s board of directors since May 2016.
MBA, Institut Francais de Gestion
Yvan, a non-executive director of Gibela and the managing director of Alstom Transport Southern Africa (ATSA), is a veteran of the transport sector with 36 years of senior executive experience. He was closely involved in the PRASA fleet renewal tender and the establishment of the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium. Prior to his appointment at ATSA he was the Train Life Services Operations Vice President for France and Asia Pacific. Yvan has extensive experience in strategy, business development and modelling.
LLB, University of Stellenbosch
Mzi is General Counsel at the National Empowerment Fund (NEF). An admitted attorney and Notary Public (South Africa), he spent six years with attorneys Cliffe Dekker Inc. Mzi joined the NEF in March 2008 as a legal advisor. He was promoted to Senior Legal Advisor and later Manager in the CEO's office before taking up his current position as General Counsel since March 2011.
Mzi has a strong corporate and commercial finance background having specialised in banking, finance and regulatory law. He has been serving on the board of directors since 2013.
Gian Luca Erbacci
BSc Mechanical Engineering
Gian Luca Erbacci has been senior vice president of Alstom Middle-East and Africa since November 2015. He held the equivalent position at Alstom Transport from 2013 to 2015. He has considerable experience in the rail, power and machine industries. During his time at Alstom, Gian Luca has overseen technical and industrial aspects of the business, including the production of bogies, light rail vehicles and the entire rolling stock engineering unit. He joined Gibela’s board of directors in 2016.
Sonja De Bruyn Sebotsa
LLB Hons, London School of Economics; MA Business and Economic Policy, McGill University, Montreal; Securities and Funding Authority (UK); Executive Programme (Harvard Kennedy School)
Sonja has considerable experience in the areas of finance, business and the empowerment of women in South Africa. She is the co-founder and principle shareholder of Identity Partners, an investor in established and growing businesses and an advisor to government and corporate clients, with a dedicated fund to finance black youth and women entrepreneurs.
She currently sits on the boards of RMBH/RMI, Discovery Group and Remgro (previously Anglo American Platinum), Mr Price Group and the National Empowerment Fund.
During the course of her 18-year career, Sonja has been recognised by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals, the Black Management Forum and the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
Zunaid has a wealth of experience in technology-related services encompassing technology consulting and project management on complex, large-scale technology projects. He has a strong track record in strategic and operational leadership, customer relationship management, people leadership and the ability to recognise and articulate business opportunities.
In 2009, Zunaid joined EOH – the world’s largest ICT services organisation and one of the largest integrated engineering solution providers in Africa – initially as managing director of subsidiary Mthombo IT Services (M-IT) and a member of the EOH executive committee. He is currently charged with leading EOH’s industrial technologies division.
He joined Gibela’s board of directors in 2016.
"We are determined to offer South Africa the best of our technology and expertise through Gibela, and we are convinced that our trains will establish a high standard of quality to serve passengers."
Yvan Eriau, Managing Director, Alstom Transport South Africa