Executive Consulting Geologist

Afarak Group Pte Ltd , South Africa

Cuan has a passion for enabling the “business of tomorrow” with an Innovative Business Strategy.  He was key note speaker at various international conferences on Mining, Business Strategy, Business Leadership, Information Technology, Innovation, IT Transformation, Thought Leadership and Running Business Processes Effectively. 

With over 30 years of experience (including Mining and Metals, Oil and Gas, Process, Manufacturing, Shared Services, Business Systems, Consulting Industries, Programme Management, Management Consulting, of which the last 17 years hands-on Executive Management level.

Cuan is currently a Chief Consulting Geologist & Mineral Resource - and Management Consultant for Afarak and an independent Executive Management –and -Advisory Consultant and CIO Advisor on Business Strategy – and Transformation.

Cuan was the Chief Operating Officerof Vaxirox Investments (Pty) Ltd, Aztitone (Pty) Ltd, Storage Genie (Pty) Ltd and Vigasat (Pty) Ltd T/A Storage where he transformed the business into an effectively run business to ensure that the company had a positive P&L and a nett increase in income by 25%, and a change from a net loss to a net profit position in 5 months and a successful Business Turnaround to enable an acquisition transaction of R4Bilion by a JSE listed company.

He is the Founder of CIO Unlimited(Pty) Ltd, the first “CIO-as-a-Service” in Africa also serving as a platform for IT Leadership, Information, Innovation, Business Strategy, Corporate Services, Operations Optimisation, and Running Business Processes Effectively. He was an Executive Director of Sales Sense Management Consulting.

Cuan was the Chief Information Officer (CIO)and Head of Mineral Resources of Samancor Chrome Limited, the world’s largest integrated Chrome Mining and Smelting Company for 12 years, with an executive accountability on Group and Executive Level.  He was also a member of the Samancor Chrome Executive Leadership Team and had a direct reporting line to the CEO of the Samancor Chrome Group. 

 Cuan was also the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African SAP User Group (AFSUG)for the 5-year term (2009 to 2014). Cuan served on IEMAS Financial Services Board of Directors' Information Technology Advisory Committee. (from the term  2011 to 2017).  He was instrumental in advising and evaluating their journey towards their IT Modernization Programme.

Cuan is a Certified SAP Consultant in both Functional and Solution Managementareas, including Value Engineering as well as a Certified Quality Systems Auditor and Certified in Principles and Practices of World-class Corporate Governance, including King III, the new Companies Act, GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance).


Cuan started his career in a variety of roles in the Mining Industry, such as Mining Geology, Engineering Geology, Geophysics, Exploration, Mineral Resource Management. He joined the SAP Consulting, Business Information, Information Technology and Management Consulting world in 1997.  He has worked with major companies including Iscor Group (now Kumba, Exxaro, MittalSA), AST (now Gijima), SASOL, KPMG, EDS, KWV, Scotts Company (USA), Anglo Platinum, BHPBilliton, Samancor Chrome, Vaxirox Investments (Pty) Ltd and Storage Genie (Pty) Ltd, Afarak SA

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