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Marc Tison

Digital financial services entrepreneur

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in South Africa

Before founding Zingsure, Marc held the function of Executive General Manager of IT and Operations - Mass and Foundation Cluster at Old Mutual South Africa, where he was responsible for leading Old Mutual’s entry into mobile.

In a 27-year career within financial services, Marc has held roles in building and managing insurance business, which were subsequently sold to Sanlam - listed on the South African bourse. Marc was also the founder of Alfinanz, which achieved global recognition in financial services on several occasions from reputable organisations like Forbes.

Previous to becoming involved in insurance, Marc honed his skills with prominent management consultancies and also started a management consultancy, which was acquired by Morse, listed on the London bourse.

Contact details

O: +248 432-1377

M: +2782 552-0607

Web presence

Business Address

Victoria, Victoria, Seychelles

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Non-executive Chairman | Eagle Towers Group
Stellenboch, South Africa | January 2016 - present

ICT and Telecommunications

1) Mentoring group CEO and the next Who's Who
2) Strategy
3) Business development

Managing Director | Zingsure
Seychelles, Seychelles | August 2015 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Business Strategy
IT Strategy
Strategic alliances
Capital management
Build digital insurer franchise business model for rapid deployment in multiple territories globally

Owner | Marblesharp
Stellenbosch, South Africa | January 2010 - present

Entrepreneurship and Small Business

Identify potential future Who's Who and provide:
1) Mentoring
2) Businessness strategy
3) Business development

Previous Position(s)

Executive General Manager | MFC | Old Mutual
Pinelands, South Africa | January 2012 - December 2014

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Integrated IT with group
Founder member of the Architecture Governance Board
Introduced new technologies (Mobile, BPM, SOA)
Secured large affinity group of 13.5 members

Executive | Channel Life | Sanlam Developing Markets
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2004 - December 2009

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Exco member
Sold to Sanlam listed on JSE

CEO | Alfinanz | Sanlam Developing Markets
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2000 - December 2009

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Sold to Sanlam listed on JSE

CEO and founder | Solve | Morse
Cape Town, South Africa | September 1997 - December 1999

Consulting and Project Management

Associate Partnership with Price Waterhouse
Sold to Morse listed on LSE

Principal Consultant | Price Waterhouse
Cape Town, South Africa | January 1993 - August 1997

Consulting and Project Management

Founded the financial service team: TRAMS

Senior Consultant | Accenture
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 1989 - December 1992

Consulting and Project Management

Financial Services Team

Educational history


Napier High, Napier, South Africa (1981)



Johannesburg, South Africa | January 1989 - December 1992

Accenture Technology Graduate Programme - Information Systems

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch, South Africa | January 1986 - December 1988

B Com - Accounting and Economics

Received bursary from Accenture for being a top student upon employment
Took an extra 3rd major subject - for fun



Forbes - Best Financial Services | 2007

First double recipient of the award in any category

Forbes - Best Financial Services | 2006

1st global recipient in financial services category

Top Achiever Channel Life | 2009

For founding Alfinanz and assisting on the exco of Channel life

media exposure

Outsource Excellence Awards | 2006

1st recipient of the Financial Services category

Outsource Excellence Awards | 2007

1st consecutive recipient of the award in any category

Competitive Accomplishments

Medal | Two Oceans Marathon | 2000

3 Medals

Bronze medal | Comrades Marathon | 1997

3 Medals

1st | Spur 10km | 1986


Rugby | Southern Boland Rugby | 1981

Junior: Played outside centre

Athletics | Southern Boland Athletics | 1981

Junior: 100m, 200m, 400m

Academic Achievements

Student Representative - Industrial Psychology | 1987

Other Achievements

Captain in the SADF | 1983

Those were the regime days in South Africa when all white men had to do military service.
I ended up doing 3 years.
The best thing that happened was I met my wife and best friend.

Climbed and summited Kilimanjaro | 2014

The Umbwe Route is widely regarded as the hardest trail, a tough vertical slog through the jungle, in places using the tree roots as makeshift rungs on a ladder.



Harley Owners Group

Life Member, 2008 - present

Life member

De Zalze Golf Club

Member, 2009 - present

IT Advisor


De Zalze Home Owners

FTTH Committee, 2015 - present

Secured approval and negotiated fiber to the home for the estate.

Other Activities


Runner, January 1983 - present

Give me my legs before I climb on a bicycle.


C++ Developer, January 2010 - December 2011

Just had some fun developing a mobile wallet that transacted in 3 sec with a server housed offshore. This work is now the stuff we are deplying in Zingsure.
Objective was to understand mobile app development life cycle.


Reader, 1970 - present

I enjoy reading fiction and non-fiction.


Biker, 2008 - present

Ride Harley Davidson with my wife - she leads!
We swapped hobbies: bikes for golf and now do both together.


Member, 2009 - present

Social golfer who plays with my wife.
I have a modest handicap:
In 2014, I moved down from 28 to 17.
In 2015, dropped back to 24 - to fix my swing so I could potentially get to below 15.
In 2016 at a hopeful 20 and improving - that 15 feels possible.


Andrew Kinsey

"Marc is an intense and passionate businessman who has always been a perfectionist.
" - 1992

Irfaan Sulaiman

"Marc is a very serious lateral-thinker!

He really, really has a very wide knowledge, not only around the Financial Services Industry, but also the Technology required for underpinning the innovative solutions required in the new-world of the Industry.

Marc can communicate at all levels and says alot in the moments you spend with, but the trick in getting the most out of Marc, is to listen, get tuned in, let him 'go mad' and the rest will be history, I promise you.
" - 2012

Andrew Stekhoven

"Marc has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Financial Services industrial. This is all the more valuable that he understands the business and how to align technology to this. His skills iro the technology platforms and their professional implementation are unique in the industry." - 2014

Grant Fagan

"Marc and I have worked together for a number of years, our relationship started of with me being his client, he is now my client. Marc is a pleasure to work with his research is thorough and decisive. Marc continues to look for the smart solutions and his operational execution cannot be questioned. I love partnering with Marc for a number of good reasons, number 1 being trust and respect of oneself and others.

I can recommend Marc as a person and partner.
" - 2014

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