Ferrial Ismail Adam
Ferrial Adam serves as OUTA’s chairperson of the board. As an environmental justice activist, Adam, brings a new and visionary dynamic to our board and the governance structure of OUTA.
She has vast and extensive experience from serving as a South African diplomat to environmental campaigning with Earthlife Africa and Greenpeace Africa. She has authored many insightful reports including “Sasol – profits from poison” and “Free Basic Electricity: A better life for all” published by Earthlife Africa. Adam served as a non-executive director in April 2017 and was appointed chairperson in October 2017.
Wyna Modisapodi is an accomplished Legal Expert at Executive Level with experience across industries including corporate law and finance.
With over 15 years’ experience in Commercial and Corporate Law, Modisapodi has demonstrated the tenacity necessary to speak truth to power having advised extensively on corporate governance of JSE listed boards. She is also a member of Institute of Directors of South Africa and the Chartered Secretaries of Southern Africa. Modisapodi joined OUTA as a non-executive board member in 2018.
Phumlani Michael Majozi
Phumlani M. Majozi is a contributor at Greenmantle LLC, a radio talk show host at Salaamedia and One Nation FM, a business analyst at Sasfin Bank, and a contributing writer on News24.
He is also a member of the council at the South African Institute of Race Relations, and sits on the board of the Free Market Foundation South Africa. He joined OUTA as a non-executive board member in 2017.
Simi Pillay-Van Graan
Advocate Simi Pillay-van Graan has vast leadership experience in both government and the private sector over the last 22 years.
Pilly-van Graan, also Chaired the National Anti-Corruption Business Forum and has a great passion for advocating good corporate governance and ethical leadership in all sectors. She is actively involved in ensuring the application of King iv in both government, business entities, and NGO’s. Over the past few years, Pillay-van Graan served as the CEO of Business Against Crime SA and CEO of Tobacco Institute of Southern Africa. She is currently the CEO of Red Lotus Consulting. Pillay-van Graan was appointed as a non-executive board member in 2018.
A BSc. Graduate of KZN University, Wayne has 25 years’ experience in the travel and tourism industry, where he was Chief Executive at Avis for five years until 2012.
Along the way, Wayne has spent a few years on the board of the Tourism Business Council (TOMSA) and Chaired the Car Rental industry body – SAVRALA. He left the corporate world to Chair the formation of OUTA, initially known as the “Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance” that challenged Government’s irrational e-toll scheme. In 2016, Wayne led the team to transform OUTA into a broader entity that took up a myriad of challenges against the South African Government’s wasteful and corrupt use of tax-payers funds – changing its name to the “Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse”. Wayne became OUTA’s CEO in 2017.
Ben Theron has an interesting and varied history of appointments and achievements, spanning from being a project manager on the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) in President Mandela’s office.
His extensive experience in project management saw him through a long stint with Telkom and heading up its Western Cape division, as well as a secondment to South Western Bell in Dallas, Texas. He also worked as project manager on the trans-frontier parks in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT). Prior to joining OUTA Theron was involved in the Electronic Toll Collection joint venture as chief operations officer (COO). Theron holds an MBA degree from the University of Pretoria and with his vast project management experience and skills, along with his activism for change, has offered OUTA immense insight as our COO.
Adv. Stefanie Fick joined OUTA in February 2017 as Head of Legal. Fick started her career in the Department of Justice at the age of 17 while pursuing her degree in law.
She has over 26 years’ experience in the judicial system and has brought her expertise to our organisation.
Upon obtaining her legal degree she began prosecutions in the District Courts and later in the Regional Courts. Her dedication to the law saw her successfully climb the judicial ladder eventually serving as Senior State Advocate at the SCCU (Serious Commercial Crime Court). Fick left the SCCU to join the Johannesburg Bar where she gained experience as an advocate in private practice.
Paul Pauwen, is an entrepreneur and has extensive experience in the management, commercial, strategic planning and logistics side of businesses.
Having lived and worked in a number of African countries, Pauwen has an understanding of the unique socio-economic landscapes across the continent.
In 2000 he shifted his interests locally and merged his business with U-Drive Car and Van Rental which was eventually sold to one of the major industry players.
Since 2001, Pauwen served the South African Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association of South Africa (SAVRALA) as Chairman of the Rental section and was eventually elected President of the Association. He also served on the Board of the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) as the SAVRALA representative.
In 2012, together with Wayne Duvenage and Mike Tatalias, he formed the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) to challenge the infamous E-toll scheme in Gauteng. This was on a pro-bono basis until 2017 when he undertook to help adapt governance standards to a fast growing organisation and achieve compliance with the King IV code. Pauwen is an executive director on OUTA’s board.