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Leadership

Board of directors
executive team
Mahesh R Patel
Group Chairman

Mahesh is the CEO of Export Trading Group (ETG), the parent company of Techno Brain.At ETG, he is in charge of overall strategy, strategic acquisition of assets, and the expansion of product lines, regions, and markets. He joined ETG in 1978, acquired it in 1981, and has since served as the driving force behind transforming it into the integrated global agri-business ETG is today.

Mahesh founded Techno Brain in 1997, and has been actively involved in the business ever since.His vision continues to provide direction, while his unfailing support of staff and management is a key motivating factor that drives the business forward.

Mahesh holds a B.Com. in Accounting and Business Administration from Sardar Patel University, India.

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Ketan V Patel
Director

Ketan is the Managing Director of Export Trading Group (ETG) and responsible for financial oversight, trading strategy, acquisitions and expansion. He joined the company as a share holder in 1986 and spent several years managing ETG exports from the UK. After that, he shifted focus to transforming the business from a general merchandising entity to a globally integrated agri-business.

As Director of Techno Brain, Ketan gives his valuable inputs in raising and structuring finance for all large projects implemented by Techno Brain. Born in Kenya, he studied Business and Law in the UK.

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Manoj Shanker
CEO, Techno Brain Group

Current Group CEO at Techno Brain Group, where our aspiration is to create a world class high-tech global company from Africa.

Entrepreneur with experience in building niche technology businesses, Manoj has steered Techno Brain Group as CEO and Board of Director, to what it is today through innovation, vision, commitment and passion. Under his leadership, the company continues to expand into 25 countries globally in 17 years, has added to its portfolio the IT Solutions and Business Process Outsourcing business from a Computer training company. The company’s customer portfolio includes industry leaders in the Private Sector, NGO’s and Government institutions all over the globe.

Manoj’s vision is aligned with his passion, empowering lives in Africa through technology. He has always been passionate about technology and how it can be used to transform Africa. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 by CNBC for EA Region, under his leadership Techno Brain was ranked second fastest growing Technology company in African continent by Deloitte’s Fast 500 technology company survey in 2014.

Nature & wildlife photography is his other passion in his spare time.

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Mandla Nhlapo
Managing Director, Techno Brain, South Africa

Mandla served as a senior executive in the Products Operating Group at Accenture, while also heading their Transportation and Travel Services line. He serves on the Board of Accenture in South Africa as chairperson, and as a trustee on the Akha Black Economic Empowerment Trust. Mandla joined the Board of Adapt IT in Africa with more than 20 years of experience in IT projects and consulting. He brings to Techno Brain his core competencies in management consulting,managing complex IT project delivery, and large account management.

At Techno Brain South Africa, Mandla is responsible for business oversight, and defining and executing country growth strategy. His specialty areas include oil and gas, utilities and logistics, and SAP ERP.Mandla holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Cape Town, and a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science from the University of Witwatersrand.

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Manoj Shanker
CEO, Techno Brain Group

Current Group CEO at Techno Brain Group, where our aspiration is to create a world class high-tech global company from Africa.

Entrepreneur with experience in building niche technology businesses, Manoj has steered Techno Brain Group as CEO and Board of Director, to what it is today through innovation, vision, commitment and passion. Under his leadership, the company continues to expand into 25 countries globally in 17 years, has added to its portfolio the IT Solutions and Business Process Outsourcing business from a Computer training company. The company’s customer portfolio includes industry leaders in the Private Sector, NGO’s and Government institutions all over the globe.

Manoj’s vision is aligned with his passion, empowering lives in Africa through technology. He has always been passionate about technology and how it can be used to transform Africa. He was named Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014 by CNBC for EA Region, under his leadership Techno Brain was ranked second fastest growing Technology company in African continent by Deloitte’s Fast 500 technology company survey in 2014.

Nature & wild life photography is his other passion in his spare time

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Anand Mohan Nagothu
Chief Operating Officer
Anand has extensive experience in operations, business expansion, business strategy, analyst relations, and marketing. He heads Techno Brain's business operations globally, executing business strategy and ensuring operational excellence company-wide. Across the world, Anand leads the company's employees responsible for end-to-end services delivery and dedicated to ensuring that Techno Brain meets the highest standards of quality. Earlier, as Managing Director of Techno Brain Asia and Middle East, Anand was instrumental in establishing operations, building R&D capacity, driving product development, and expanding business. Anand holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Kakatiya University, India, and a Masters degree in International Business.
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Joel Gachomo
Regional Director, Southern Africa
Joel is the youngest member of the Techno Brain management team. He has held various roles at Techno Brain, having started as a programmer in 2004. He went on to become general manager, enterprise business practice — and then director of business development for Techno Brain's Southern African operations in 2012. He manages Sales and sales teams for Techno Brain across Africa. Under Joel's leadership, the company has built successful products including EHR, Payroll Management, and Airport Revenue Management Systems. Joel holds an Advanced Diploma in IT from Aptech and a Higher National Diploma (UK).
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Simon Edwards
Director - Europe
Simon started his career with sugar refinery Tate & Lyle as accounting and business planning official. He was later CEO of Systems Union, the UK's leading ERP Software Company, thereafter moving to Microsoft as director for public sector - Microsoft Business Applications Division across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa before coming aboard Techno Brain. He is Director of European Operations for Techno Brain, and Head of Tax and Customs Systems. Simon has served numerous professional and marketing bodies including the Open Software Foundation, the Business & Accounting Software Developers Association (BASDA), and the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales. Simon has a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics from Birmingham University, UK.
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Clint Cuny
Director - USA
Clint is a results-oriented management executive with experience in complex technology services and solution sales. Over his career in the technology business, Clint has led sales and solution teams in mature and start-up businesses. Before joining Techno Brain, Clint worked with L1 Identity Solutions as Regional Director for Africa. He held multiple sales and consulting leadership roles at HP in their consulting and technology services businesses. At Techno Brain, Clint manages sales and sales teams across the United States. Clint holds a B.A. from Baldwin Wallace College, USA, and a Masters degree in Marketing and Finance from Fairleigh Dickenson University, Canada.
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Mekonnen Tesfaye
Director, Ethiopia
Mekonnen Tesfaye, Director, Techno Brain Ethiopia, has over 16 years of experience in Sales function across various domains. He was handling the position of Country General Manager for Techno Brain Ethiopia from 2010 - 2011, before taking up the new responsibility as Director, Techno Brain Ethiopia in 2012. Mekonnen started his career as Sales Representative at African Lakes Corporation in 1991 and got promoted as Sales & Marketing Manager. From 2001 - 2004 he worked as Solution Sales Manager at GCS-NCR Ethiopia and 2004 2009 as Founder & General Manager of MTM Enterprises Ltd. He has completed his bachelor’s in Mathematics (major) and Computer Science (minor).
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Jose Araujo
Director - Sales, Southern and Central Africa
Jose has more than 23 years of experience in Sales and Marketing, business development, project delivery, and customer support. He was country head for Techno Brain Malawi before his responsibilities as sales director for the Southern Africa and Central Africa regions at Techno Brain. Jose started his career at M.S.B. Caculo Pvt Ltd as Administrative Officer, and then worked for different companies in diverse areas real estate, tours and travels, and iron and steel. Before Techno Brain, Jose was client relations executive manager at Management International Limited, Uganda. He holds an LLB.
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David Irungu
Group Finance Director
David joined Techno Brain Group in July, 2015 as director of finance responsible for overall group finance operations. He brings more than 20 years of finance experience working for multi-national companies in senior finance roles across Africa, Europe and USA. David led multicultural teams in multiple geographies latest one being the finance director and controller of Cargill business in East Africa. Earlier in his career, he worked for Corn Products and Eastern Produce Group in Kenya. David is a champion of fiduciary and operational controls and a true business partner. He is passionate about his team members professional and personal development. David is a certified public accountant from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya. He enjoys farming in his past time.
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