Key Contributors



Monica Singer CA(SA)

Monica Singer is the CEO of Strate. She has nurtured Strate since it was pulled out of the ideas jar in the mid-to-late 90s, growing the company to a successful provider of innovative post-trade products and services as a South African authorised Central Securities Depository.

Monica completed her Bachelor of Accountancy at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Johannesburg and became a Chartered Accountant (S.A.) in 1988.




Ashnee Maharaj CA(SA)

Ashnee Maharaj is the CFO of Strate. She became a Chartered Accountant in 2002.





Bev Furman

Beverley Furman (Bev) is the Managing Executive of CSD Operations, a division of Strate (Pty) Ltd. The division was established in August 2016 and it encompasses Strate’s Clearing and Settlement division, its Project Management Office, as well as the Strate Collateral Management Services offerings.

Prior to this role, she was the Head of STRATE Supervision, which she created in 2001 to supervise and monitor the compliance by the CSD Participants. Bev has over 17 years’ experience in the financial markets. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, Johannesburg.




Dale Connock

Dale Connock is Strate’s Chief Risk Officer. With extensive experience in the risk management field, Dale is an integral part of Strate’s business with the mitigation and management of risk being at the heart of the company’s vision and purpose.

The Risk Division promotes and maintains an enterprise-wide culture that values the importance of effective risk management, encouraging open and frank dialogue regarding the effectiveness of risk management-practices and potential risk-management deficiencies.



Iann Seymour-Smith

Iann Seymour-Smith is the General Manager of CSD Operations at Strate. Iann is an expert in Strate’s core business with extensive experience and knowledge of clearing and settlement. Iann has worked at Strate in the operational area since its inception in 1998, leading the clearing and settlement team to provide electronic settlement for equities, bonds and derivative products such as warrants, Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), retail notes and tracker funds as well as money market securities.

His division is also responsible for providing services to issuers / listed companies in terms of the Companies Act and Financial Markets Act.



Leigh Bevis

Leigh Bevis is Strate’s Head of Marketing and Business Development. Leigh has been with Strate for over 8 years after joining from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. She is responsible for working with Strate’s stakeholders including the CSD Participants, Issuers and Business Partners. Through Strate’s commitment to educating the market, Leigh oversees Strate Training, which provides numerous training courses and exams for the financial market. Leigh has a BCOM Law degree from RAU and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) through the Gordon Institute of Business Science.




Maria Vermaas

Maria is Strate’s Head of Legal and Regulatory and is an author of various textbooks and publications. She has been with Strate since 1997.  She also served as vice chairperson and a member of drafting committee on the UNIDROIT convention on intermediated securities.

Maria has numerous qualifications, including BLC LLB (University of Pretoria), LLM (UNISA) and LLD (UNISA). Maria is also a qualified Attorney and Conveyancer of the High Court in South Africa.



Rudi Steenkamp

As Strate’s CIO, Rudi Steenkamp overseas the entire IT function of Strate. Since joining the company through Strate’s merger with UNEXcor in 2003, Rudi has worked in the IT space for over 16 years. With one of the most advanced and sophisticated IT infrastructure for a CSD, Strate has achieved 99.995% uptime for the last four years and is one of the top 2% users of the SWIFT Network internationally. He holds a B.Sc (Computer Science and Applied Mathematics) from Potchefstroom University (PU for CHE).



Tanya Knowles

Tanya Knowles is the Managing Executive of Fractal Solutions, a Division of Strate (Pty) Ltd. She has been with the company for 15 years and has successfully filled various Executive positions within Strate including Head of the Project Management Office, Strategy, International Relations, Marketing and Human Resources.

She was appointed the Managing Executive of Fractal Solutions, a new division established August 2016 with the mandate to drive exciting innovations within the company, such as Blockchain. Tanya holds a BA, PDM and MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand and Wits Business School.