Juan obtained a B.Comm. Chartered Accounting degree at the North West University, South Africa and an Honours B.Comm.Cost and Management Accounting degree obtained at the University of South Africa (Unisa). The last-mentioned qualification is on par with the Chartered Institution of Management Accountants (CIMA) managerial level. Juan completed his RPE’s and wrote the Stockbroker SAIS examinations enabling him to trade directly on the JSE and providing financial advice on the stock market. During his audit articles at BDO, the 5th largest audit firm in the world, he gained valuable experience in financial and investment management of several leading SouthAfrican companies.
As equity trader at Goldings, Torr & De Decker Stockbrokers in Sandton, South Africa, Juan traded with multi-millions directly on the JSE for two years and learned from the best as a young graduate. He bought his first shares at the age of 15 and have been involved in business ever since. Juan gained invaluable knowledge and experience on senior management level when he was appointed as Group Financial Manager at Shopfitting Studio in Pretoria, South Africa. Prominent franchises such as Reggies, Famousbrands, Contempo, Chamberlains, Coricraft and Rhapsody’s were some of their respected clients. Thereafter, Juan was appointed as Portfolio Manager at SA Asset Management in Pretoria, South Africa where he broadened his expertise in finance, investments and the stock market. Juan established Evolve Fund Managers in 2013 and acts as director (in co-operation with the directors of Goldings, Torr & De Decker Stock Broking firm in Sandton, South Africa) managing investors’ funds in pension funds, discretionary mandates and several other types of investments. Juan also acts as director of RFS Asset Management and Khalifa Capital that also specialise in asset management.
Juan expanded his horizons when he realised the huge potential of blockchain technology and how it will revolutionize business and redefine companies and economies in the world. Juan established Zaber Import Export (Pty) Ltd and subsequently acts as CEO of the company. Juan (in partnership with Paul Pelser – a MOBU management team member) proved to operate one of the largest cryptocurrency miners in the southern hemisphere as early adopters of the blockchain technology. They manage four large cryptomining farms that showed a turnover of ZAR 100 mil for 2017 alone. As CEO of Zaber Import Export, Juan recognised the huge potential of the huge arbitration opportunity in commodities in Zimbabwe and exports chrome and lithium to Dubai as well.
As CEO of Zabercoin ICO Juan gained invaluable knowledge, experience and lessons on how to successfully raise funds on the blockchain. In his endeavours, he was afforded the opportunity to establish strong business relationships with strong leaders in the blockchain space and cryptocurrency community. Juan has learned a valuable lesson namely that there is more to an ICO than just the “hype”. For example, although he personally invested 1 million USD into Zabercoin he believes this to be a learning curve appointed for a greater purpose and long-term goal. “The best way of learning anything is by doing it and not to be embarrassed if things do not always go according to plan but to learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson.
When Juan takes an idea, he flies with it. He takes bold actions when everyone else is afraid to venture into uncharted waters. Juan’s individuality, ability to recognise opportunities, strategic decision-making skills, passion and persistence make Juan a very successful entrepreneur. Juan will play a vital role in leading MOBU to big heights and great success.
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