ABOUT US

BENJAMIN WARD


Ben Ward has over 20 years C-Level Executive experience in running conglomerate and multi-national businesses, in Africa, Europe and the US. He also sits on several Boards and is currently the Chairman of DevShack International –  a FinTech Company highly active in the Zimbabwean and Zambian Financial Sector. 

Ben co-founded Altitude Advisory International, with a view to offer Strategic and Executive Advisory Services to clients across industry sectors where he has an interest and expertise – these sectors include: FinTech, Hospitality, Retail, FMCG, Logistics and Agri-business. 

Ben is dedicated to continuous improvement and his strengths include strategic thinking, clear communication and decisive decision making. He ensures objectives are understood and met and is particularly adept at building coalitions and consensus around challenges. Ben has excellent experience in M&As, Divestitures and post-merger integrations and is well-versed in turnaround programs. Ben is passionate about developing people, and supporting them in fulfilling their potential. Sustainable social upliftment and capacity building are central to his approach.  

 

During the course of his career, the highlights of his work experience include:

  • Altitude Advisory International: Chief Executive Officer (present)
  • DevShack International: Chairman of the Board (present)
  • Radicle Produce: Founder and Chairman of the Board (present)
  • Meikles Ltd: Strategic Advisor to the Chairman 
  • Lonrho Africa: Chief Executive Officer 
  • AMC Group North America: Chief Executive Officer, responsible for growing US business with expansion to Chile, Peru, South Africa, and Shanghai
  • Capespan Ltd UK: Executive Director, and earlier Finance and Operations Director

 

Ben is a Chartered Director with the IOD, with commerce and finance training from University of Stellenbosch. 

KELLY SEARLE-SMITH


Kelly Searle-Smith is a seasoned professional with 18 years of Management Consulting experience. Following Kelly’s successful career working for one of the world’s largest Consulting Firms, Accenture for over a decade and thereafter one of Africa’s fastest growing ICT companies listed on the JSE – Adapt IT, Kelly jointly co-founded Altitude Advisory International.

Kelly’s ambitions for Altitude Advisory International is to be the Strategic Partner of choice at the Executive level, offering advisory services for complex transformational initiatives and strategic projects. 

 

Kelly’s passion and drive to execute strategy and deliver on business results ensures she delivers on-time, in-budget and sustainably, so that the change and transformation is successfully adopted and embedded by the organization. Kelly’s strengths include: strategic thinking, problem solving, unlocking value, driving innovation, managing transformation and sustainable change and continuous improvement.

 

Kelly has led high profile, strategic and complex transformation and turnaround programs reporting into the CEO/CFO and Boards of several Multi-nationals, Globals and Local companies spanning these industry sectors: Banking, Financial Services, Retail, Oil & Gas (O&G), Utilities, Mining, Manufacturing, Logistics, and Public Sector. Kelly has international experience having led Accenture’s Global Energy Hub network, spanning 60 countries around the globe. 

 

Some of her engagements during the course of her career includes:

  • Altitude Advisory International: Chief Strategy Officer (present)
  • Zanaco (Bank in Zambia): Executive Digital Transformation Programme Manager (present)
  • Adapt IT (Pty) Ltd: Energy Markets Executive & Head of Business Advisory
  • Accenture SA: Senior Manager (Natural Resources, Strategy, and Management Consulting Practices)
  • Multi-national O&G, Global Oil Majors, National Utility: Leading Strategic Projects
  • Other Roles: Value Architect, Thought Leader & Business Development Manager 

 

Kelly holds a BSc degree, with Double Majors in Chemistry & Applied Chemistry from University of Cape Town (2000).

ADRIAN JORDAAN


Director: Head of Agri-business

Adrian Jordaan is an innovative Executive Manager with over 25 years’ experience across the entire business supply chain. He is results-driven, with a logical and methodical approach to achieving tasks and objectives. Adrian has a passion for operational re-engineering, strategic redesign, project management and strategic implementation.

 

Adrian’s extensive experience in project and operations management gives him inside knowledge of the intricacies of driving business strategies to completion. He has worked across the entire African continent in industries ranging from agriculture to specialist engineering and logistics. His range of capabilities include strategic planning, formulation and implementation, business model development, budgeting and overall company performance.

 

During the course of his career, a few highlights of his work experience include:

  • ALE Heavy Lift Nigeria (Pty) Ltd: General Manager
  • Philafrica Foods (Pty) Ltd: Senior Strategic Business Advisor
  • ALE Heavy Lift South Africa (Pty) Ltd: Head of Projects RSA
  • Lonrho Fresh Exports Zimbabwe (PVT): General Manager
  • ALE Heavy Lift South Africa (Pty) Ltd: Business Development Manager Southern Africa
  • Denver Agricultural (Pty) Ltd: Director (Operations)

 

Adrian holds a B Sc degree from Stellenbosch University, as well as an MBA (Business Consulting) from the Stellenbosch University Graduate School of Business.

JUSTIN CLARKE


Director: Head of Governance, Risk & Compliance

Justin Clarke is an experienced IT Business Manager with over 14 years of experience in information technology, management consulting, governance, risk and compliance. He is skilled in business strategy, operations management, project management and risk management.

 

During the course of his career, Justin has achieved many accolades, including winning a 2016 EOH Best Achiever Award and the GRC 20/20 Award at the 2014 SAP GRC Value Awards for the SAP Process Control and Risk Management project. During his time at Deloitte, he implemented the most successful Deloitte Rotation project in South Africa to date.

 

Justin’s work experience includes the following roles:

  • Futureneers Cape Town: Chief Value Officer – responsible for developing, incubating and supporting start-up businesses
  • EOH Johannesburg: Business Unit Head
  • CQS GRC SOLUTIONS Johannesburg: COO and Head: Project Management Office
  • Deloitte Johannesburg: Senior Project Manager
  • Cura Software Johannesburg: Business Analyst and Project Manager

 

Justin holds a B Tech (IT) from Tshwane University of Technology and an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS).