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Denis C Fourie

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Born in Sabie South Africa

Denis Carl Fourie was born October 14th, 1976 in Sabie, South Africa. From a very early age he knew what he wanted to achieve and later went on to achieve that dream.

Best known as the founder and former Group CEO of the successful group of companies, The Lobbyist Group, he is a highly respected entrepreneur, visionary, leader, international speaker and mentor.

Since graduating in 1994 with both a diploma in Electronics and Business Commerce, he worked for many companies, small to corporate, gaining exposure to various industries and sectors internationally. Having started his career in a technical/development capacity, he soon turned his focus to sales and marketing and before long had moved into senior strategic executive roles with his strong ability to not only think out of the box, but to influence and lead people.

Prior to establishing The Lobbyist, he served as director in several large and international organisations, gaining extensive exposure across all areas of business from tele-sales, pre-sales, sales, marketing, to operations, technical development, project management, information technology, human resources, finance and legal, each strategically chosen with the objective to understand businesses from the ground up, and eventually use that experience to reach his dreams.

He has conceptualised, started, managed and sold several successful businesses during his career. His failures and successes in entrepreneurship has made him one of the few individuals that could take a business from concept, develop a viable strategy and operationally implement that strategy, whilst ensuring it becomes a profitable entity.

Since exiting his last business, Fourie has committed his energy to developing entrepreneurs in Africa. When he is not out mentoring entrepreneurs or business executives, he is doing public talks, writing articles, or developing new strategies for businesses whilst also promoting entrepreneurship and investment in Africa and working on his book.

Fourie also serves as a Trusted Advisor for several boards at various Local and International Companies, including several governments and international development organizations, providing them with unique and innovative ideas to address challenges their organizations might be faced with.

He has also received various prestigious accolades for his success in business and his contribution to entrepreneurship and social development in developing countries. In addition to having featured many times on radio and television for his successes in and views on business in Africa, he is also an international speaker, sharing his experiences on business leadership, innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainable development and skills upliftment.

He is a professional lobbyist and networker having held relationships with senior executives, ministers, ambassadors, presidents and royal families across the globe, working closely with governments, investors and businesses on global strategic trade and investment transactions.

As a strategic negotiator, he has negotiated and closed billion dollar transactions for organisations and governments, as well as lending his negotiation abilities to resolving disputes, hostage situations and facilitating strategic transactions.

According to Fourie’s colleagues, his success can be put down to his commitment, open-mindedness, and having the ability to intellectually evaluate what needs to be done, then influencing and motivating people into co-operating to achieve the desired goal. By unselfishly sharing the success of accomplishments and his nurturing of the cooperative efforts of others, he is able to build loyal and committed teams. As a perfectionist and out-of-the-box thinker by nature, he strongly believes anything is possible once you have put your mind to it.

As a single father, avid adventurer, philanthropist and passionate entrepreneur, he has managed to find that balance in his work and personal life most people strive for whilst still achieving his dreams.

Contact details

M: 0721269844


Web presence

Business Address

Fourways, Sandton, South Africa


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Professional details

Current Position(s)

Founder | The Trusted Advisor
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2010 - present

Consulting and Project Management

The Trusted Advisor is an organization focused on providing niche trusted advisory services to executives, businesses, government and individuals across all market segments.

www.thetrustedadvisor.co.za

Services include:

- The Business Mentor
- The Life Mentor
- The Trusted Advisor
- The Speaker
- The Trainer
- The Incubator
- The Lobbyist

Role:

- Define Business Strategy
- Facilitate Partner Relations
- Facilitate Customer Relations
- Facilitate Investor Relations
- Define Policies & Procedures
- General Business Management
- Mentorship, Advisory, Speaking, Training and Lobbying Engagements


Chairman | The Lobbyist Online
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2008 - present

ICT and Telecommunications


Chairman | The Lobbyist Group Ltd
Limassol, Cyprus | 2008 - present

Other

The Lobbyist Group is the holding company for the various companies under The Lobbyist banner. The Lobbyist Group connects people + business + government across all market segments globally, through an executive network of high-profile individuals, government officials and royal families.

- Founder of The Lobbyist Group of Companies
- Chairman to Board of Directors
- Define Group Strategy
- Define Group Policies & Procedures
- Increase Market Penetration
- Develop Global Brand


Previous Position(s)

Chairman | The Lobbyist Global Trade & Investments
Seoul, Korea South | 2011 - March 2013

Other

The Lobbyist Global Trade & Investments focuses on the facilitation, investment and management of investment funds and trade deals on behalf of and between members of The Lobbyist Executive Network.

- Chairman of the Board of Directors
- Define Business Strategy
- Define Global Trade & Investment Strategy
- Overseas Executive Network Member Relations


Chairman | Xorbin Investments Ltd
Limmasol, Cyprus | 2010 - April 2013

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Xorbin Investment is a Private Equity Investment Company that facilitates and manages business & project based investments on behalf of Private Investors.

- Chairman to Board of Directors
- Define Corporate Strategy
- Define Investment Strategy
- Oversee Investor Relations


Chairman | The Lobbyist Social Investment Foundation
Limassol, Cyprus | 2009 - April 2013

Social Development and Community Services

The Lobbyist Social Investment Foundation is a Subsidiary of The Lobbyist Group. The soul purpose of the Social Investment Foundation is the distribution and investment of funds received from companies within The Lobbyist Group into viable projects focused at developing people and skills within communities.

- Define Business Strategy
- Approve Social Investments


Interim Sales & Solutions Director | Beyond Outsourcing
2009 - 2009

Consulting and Project Management


Group Chief Executive Officer | The Lobbyist Group Ltd
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2008 - 2011

Other


Interim Sales Director | Software AG
2008 - 2008

ICT and Telecommunications

Software AG is an international software and services within the ITC market providing industry leading SOA, Workflow, Integration, and Mainframe technologies.

- Manage Sales Teams (New Business & Accounts)
- Define Sales Strategy
- Develop New Business Sales Division
- Oversee Customer Relations
- Strategic Sales
- Strategic Negotiations
- Manage Partner Relations
- Manage Inter-departmental Relations


Founder / Managing Director | StudioWorx
2007 - 2011

Arts, Culture and Entertainment


Business Development Manager: Business Intelligence | Sybase
2005 - 2007

ICT and Telecommunications


Interim Business Unit Manager - CRM / Workflow | 3fifteen Technology Solutions
2004 - 2004

ICT and Telecommunications


Interim ACCPAC Divisional Manager | DIMENSION DATA HOLDINGS PLC
2004 - 2004

ICT and Telecommunications


Shareholder / Chairman | The Iron Craftsman
2004 - 2007

Building, Construction and Engineering


Interim Country Manager | COSS
2003 - 2004

ICT and Telecommunications


Sales & Marketing Director | Integrated Corporate Solutions
2001 - 2002

ICT and Telecommunications


Co-Founder / Sales & Marketing Director | Lighthouse Information Technology
1999 - 2000

ICT and Telecommunications


Various | Various
Johannesburg, South Africa | 1994 - 1999

ICT and Telecommunications

Educational history

Secondary

Ellisras Technical College, Ellisras, South Africa (1994)

Tertiary

University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika

Pretoria, South Africa | 2003 - 2008

Bcom - Enterpreneurship

University of South Africa/Universiteit van Suid-Afrika

Pretoria, South Africa | 1995 - 1996

Bcom - Cost & Management Accounting

Ellisras Technical College

Ellisras, South Africa | 1990 - 1994

Diploma - Commerce

Ellisras Technical College

Ellisras, South Africa | 1990 - 1994

Diploma - Electronics

Ellisras Technical College

South Africa | Completed 1995

N5 - Mathematics

Ellisras Technical College

South Africa | Completed 1995

N4 - Physics

Achievements

Awards

Entrepreneurial Development Award - East Africa | 2012

This award is given to various investors who have invested in Entrepreneurial Development projects focused in several countries in East Africa.

Best Boss Award | 2010

Best Boss Award | 2009

Leadership Excellence Award | 2009

Entrepreneur of the Year Award | 2009

Largest Deal Achiever - Sybase SA | 2008

media exposure

eTV - The Edition | 2012

Featured in a panel discussion around Manhood in South Africa

CNBC Africa | 2012

Interview by CNBC Anchor, Hannah Viviers, on CNBC Africa on Innovative Strategies In Mentorship

SAFM Radio | 2012

Featured on "In The Spotlight" with Ashraf Garda at SAFM Radio

Competitive Accomplishments

South African Colours for Martial Arts | WAKO | 1995

Academic Achievements

2 x Matric Diplomas | 1994

Achieved 2 x Matriculation Diplomas (Electronics and Commerce) by the age of 18

Other Achievements

Traveled the World | 2011

Sailed down the Nile | 2009

Fundraising for Abused Women & Children | 2011

Traveled the Great Wall of China | 2010

Rowed up the Amazon | 2010

Fundraising for Schools | 2011

Activities

Memberships

African Technology Policy Studies

Member, April 2012 - present

My role within the organization is focus on sustainable development within Africa with an emphasis on the development and investment of/in entrepreneurship and innovation science and technologies.

Business Advisor Network

Member / Registered Mentor, May 2012 - present

Rivonia Heroes

Member, October 2009 - present

African Business Panel

Member, May 2009 - present

African eGovernment Forum

Executive Memeber, October 2010 - present

African Heritage Society

Executive Member, October 2010 - present

Stanford Who's Who

Member, May 2010 - May 2012

The Lobbyist Executive Network

Chairman, January 2009 - present

South African Business Community

Member, January 2011 - present

International Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Member, January 2010 - present

South African Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Member, January 2012 - present

community

The Lobbyist Social Investments

Chairman, January 2009 - present

Investing in the development of communities and individuals in Africa

Other Activities

Extreme Sports

Skydiving, Rock Climbing, River Rafting, etc, 1995 - present

Testimonials

Conrad van Staden

"Denis is an extremely punctual problem solver in many areas. I experienced him as an out of the box, straight to the point solutions provider. I got great results from his consutations." - 2012

Lulu Letlape

"Denis is a passionate business partner who engages with your business as if it is his own. Not only will you enjoy time with him ( as he is fun to be with) you will also benefit from the wealth of knowledge and experience he has accumulated working with businesses similar to yours." - 2012

Ian Bentley

"For me, Denis's work personifies professionalism. Denis knows his game ... and he's a go-getter who makes things happen. I value his advice, which is always sound and well reasoned ... but carries with it that rare spark of intuitive wisdom that differentiates the exceptional from the ordinary." - 2012

Danie Kruger

"Denis is very knoweldgeable in all areas of business and has a lot of value to add because of his experience both locally and internationally." - 2012

Liezel de Lange

"In the time that I have known Denis I have been impressed with his dedication to any endeavor he has been involved with. Denis is a dependable, reliable, hardworking and honest professional. His extra-ordinary ability to analyze problems and outline necessary courses of action is invaluable." - 2012

Garikai Nhongo

"I have had the opportunity to work with Denis and to sit and chat with him and I have been thoroughly impressed by the man and the entrepreneur. Denis offers an alternative yet practical view of business while captivating an audience with complete control of the room. We all have much to learn from this man and his experiences." - 2012

Bernard Sanganza

"It was such an honor to work with Dennis at the launch of Africa Technology Awards in Johannesburg, South Africa. ''Denis is a one of the greatest advisors in trade and investments across the Africa region" - 2012

Sharon Mavundla

"Denis is a very professional business man and a great mentor. I value his principles and work ethic. I've been privilaged enough to seek and undoubtedly get the best business advice from him for my start-up company. He always has something positive to say, even during the toughest circumstances, Denis will find a way out. I can honestly say that for everyone who crosses paths with Mr Fourie, you will always leave having learned something new, or having a more clearer view of life. A truly blessed soul." - 2012

Nomfundo Xulu

"Denis is professional, driven, eloquent, dynamic, efficent, honest and confident. He knows his craft in and out and his wide array of experience with individuals, governments and corporate institutions make him the ideal mentor, business partner and the epitome of 'The Trusted Advisor'. I fully endorse Denis' open-mindedness and consistency in keeping track of investment, business and social trends as well as his passion for what he does." - 2012

Kobus van Wyk

"Denis and I had exploratory discussions on how to promote e-learning in South Africa. I find him to be an affable, passionate and energetic person who has much to offer in developing innovative initiatives." - 2012

Ann Heystek

"Denis C is a dedicated, passionate and highly professional individual, who brings great insight, leadership and encouragement to the individual and the business." - 2012

Braam van Dyk

"I met Denis a couple of monts ago for coffee. He was recommended by a personal friend. Meeting Denis was an absolute pleasure. Being an up and coming entrepeneur I had the honour of getting advice from Denis regarding my own company which has helped me get everything into perspective. Denis has an eye for business as well as a passion for helping and advising people. He makes business simple. I would strongly recommend Denis as a business partner and business adviser." - 2011

Pieter Fourie

"Denis is a born leader and inovator. He is well respected by Clients as well as employees as he treats them with respect and ensure that Clients get a fair deal. His experience in dealing with world wide organisations ranging from small businesses to large governments makes him the ideal person to play a leading role in organisations wishing to get out of stagnation and establish a healthy growth pattern in their organisations. Denis is also an accomplished speaker and trainer on various business principles and subjects" - 2011

Carl John Lotter

"Dennis is passionate about building the South African economy by encouraging foreign to invest in viable South African companies and assisting them to deal with the regulatory environment." - 2011

Norm Williams

"I've had the pleasure of working with Denis on a previous occasion and have found him to be very professional, honest and a hard working individual. Denis is a very tenacious individual and settles for nothing less than completing the job at hand. I would recommend Denis to any business or individual." - 2011

Steve van Wyk

"Dennis has a fantastic character, immediatley likeable at first meetings and refreshingly clever when it comes to customer needs. Dennis has a 360 degree view of customer requirements and his experiences and skillset allows him to select the right solution for the right customer. I enjoyed working with Dennis and his ability to think outside of the box has helped me to aprach my customr bas differently. Dennis is determined to find the right solution for his customer, and I have seen him walk away from potential deals because he didnt believe that his solution was the correct one for the customer. His integrety is above reproach." - 2011

Machtild Brenholc

"Denis is a born leader and business/life coach. He is an inspiring individual who's passionate about life and business. A true example for Entrepreneurs - he plans ahead and build strong long-lasting relationships to ensure continuous growth and success going forward. With a wealth of experience behind his name, Denis is confident in whom he is and able to ensure fast and efficient service delivery on the highest level, every time no matter what the task is he has to take on. If you want your company to achieve even bigger success, Denis is the person to contact!" - 2011

Mark Smith

"Denis Fourie is a man of acumen. He knows how to build business opportunities and sees through obstacles to the desired outcome. He is not phased by challenges, in fact the bigger the better. Denis is a man of integrity and sincerity. I would recommend him to anyone who seeks the services of a true professional." - 2010

Derrick Planting

"I have found Dennis to be a bright energetic businessman and a natural sales executive who thrives in a solution selling arena. His leadership style is participative, direct and consequent - he walks his talk. He is widely networked and experienced, plus his track record of market share growth and bottom line delivery stands for itself I have no hesitation in recommending Dennis as an executive or partner in a strategic solution based sales/ marketing environment" - 2010

Brett Cousins

"Denis came into Beyond Outsourcing with a clear direction in mind and ensured he rallied his team towards the same vision. An out the box thinking leader, Denis still ensured the basics were in place. A hard driven but fair manager to work for." - 2010

Tracey Lincoln

"Denis is persistent, hardworking and eager to achieve goals. He is ambitious, and loves to see a plan come together. He enjoys putting people together, and harnessing synergies. He is passionate and committed." - 2009

Paul King

"Denis is an experienced Sales Director with the ability to get the best out of the people working for him. His ability to develop and implement sales strategies is exceptional and he has the ability to interact at all levels in an organisation. Denis will add value to any organisation." - 2009

Frank Mulders

"Dennis is a very dynamic thinker who goes out of his way to please his clients.He constantly strives for perfection and is very passionate about everything he undertakes." - 2010

Karen Greyvensteyn

"Denis is a very professional person in everything that he does. He takes his clients into consideration and will help them get what they want as far as he possibly can. All of Denis's client have been very satisfied with the jobs that he has performed and have returned for further services." - 2010

Archimides Panagiotides

"Denis is a self motivated driven person with a passion for what he does." - 2009

Peter Blignaut

"Denis has the ability to put together a deal that benefits all parties. I would recomend him for any Business Development role or if you need someone to help put a complex deal together." - 2011

Allana Barber

"Denis is a passionate and motivated individual who goes out of his way to not only provide exceptional solutions but also makes the time to get to know his customer and offer them personal service that goes beyond the normal disinterest shown by others in the market. He showed himself to be an expert within the BI field and provided Tsogo Sun with a comprehensive, detailed and well managed solution." - 2009

Steve Van Wyk

"Dennis is an articualte individual, his capability to understand customer requirements is above and beyond. He has the ability to make people like him immediatley and as a result will gather acute intellegence about customer problems. This ability allows him to formulate solutions that match and often exceed customer expectations. It was a pleasure workign with Dennis and he was liked and respected by his peers and managers alike." - 2009

Wayne Borcher

"During the time working with Denis at the B.I.Practice - my continued recollection for him was his tenacious spirit, and his most specific attention to detail in getting and closing business. He would very often take on tasks not directly his responsibility just to ensure the job got done right - the first time. It was a pleasure working with Denis - and I would highly recommend his abilities in the sales and business environment to anyone." - 2008

Mark Vogt

"Denis was a motivated and organised individual who worked in the sales division of the company. He excelled at his position of account manager and sales person" - 2009

Zombil Muteb Nawezi

"Denis is an excellent deal-maker, and has that rare skill of engaging with a client and creating a vision that you can believe in. Working with Denis is great when in tough negotiations, as Denis's experience and skill come to the fore, and he is able to conclude the deal to the mutual benefit of all parties. With Denis, you can rest assured, that the final deal concluded is a win win one. Apart from deal making, Denis's marketing and training experience is of a high quality, and his ability to source prospects and convert them to a client is powerful. Being a true marketer, Denis sees the glass as half -full, never half-empty!" - 2012

Themba Sikhosana

"Denis C is to me what i call "the architect of his own success". From my interactions with him, i have been able to identify his strong points which have got him where he is. A true leader!!!" - 2012

Marlene van Rooyen

"Denis is a highly professional and intelligent businessman who applies high skill and determination in every aspect of his life. He is driven by internal and external motivators that makes him excel at whatever he does. He is tenacious in his approach and can see the bigger picture and the end result much sooner than others. He is accurate in his analysis of situations and his outcomes are well planned and executed. I highly recommend Denis." - 2012

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