CEO & Founder
Gwen Ngwenya is a public policy expert. She was Chief Operating Officer at a leading South African think tank before taking up the role as Head of Policy and Member of Parliament for the official opposition in the Parliament of South Africa.
Before moving back to South Africa she lived in France, India, and the UK where she worked as an economic researcher covering the pharmaceutical and airline industries. Her interest in tech began when she was recruited by a global fintech company. She has degrees from the University of Cape Town (BSocSc) and Université Paris XII (International Economics) , where she wrote her masters thesis on Optimal Cartel Policy in India.
Techpol brings together a team who are just as passionate about innovation in public policy as they are about innovation in tech.
Tim Hall is a data product designer, and has spent the last 4 years working in banking building customer facing data prototypes, from investment planning to market research tools.
He is a practiced hand at building data prototypes within large bureaucratic systems, working both with and against ingrained frameworks when needed. His passion is in using technology to ease peoples lives, either through reduction of risk, or by automating away stressful tasks.
Before this he worked in the software development side of logistics and demand planning.
He holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Gabriel Julius Albertyn Cross is an admitted advocate who was called to the bar in 2011 and practiced at Group One Chambers until February 2019.
He holds the following degrees: a BSocSc in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from UCT, a BSocSc (Hons) in Philosophy from UCT, an MSc in Philosophy from Edinburgh University and an LLB from UCT. He was formerly an attorney at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs in its Banking & Finance and Commercial Litigation Departments.
Gabriel was a general commercial litigator with particular experience and interest in contractual disputes. He also worked in matters involving construction law, insolvency, evictions and intellectual property. Gabriel is also a CEDR accredited mediator.