In 2013, Mark & Alisha completed their ‘Big Year’ – a personal challenge to see as many birds as possible, in a defined geography; within the calendar year. Those adventures were documented and published on their blog. Some of the tales have been reposted here, on the HOME page. Their travels, then and now, have taken them to the four corners of the world.
To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”Oscar Wilde
The capacity to learn is a gift. Where people learn from industry-experts, learners are more willing to participate and the experience is more engaging. To fill this learning gap, Mark & Alisha launched The Edu-Hub in early 2018. The platform provides an affordable, ‘real-world’ programme for people to develop their workplace skills in the ‘Green Economy’. The Edu-Hub addresses literacy levels, adult education and skills development for a measurable impact.
We teach young people the skills and tools to become future leaders.
Mark was born in South Africa to parents of British descent. He is the CEO and founder of eVest South Africa, a Family Office service for high net worth individuals and families. Mark is also the co-founder of The Edu-Hub, a soft-skills training provider. He holds various degrees in business & law.
After graduating in 1994, Mark worked on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as a trader and portfolio manager for Société Générale Frankel Pollak, South Africa's largest private-client stockbroker. His focus included trade execution and wealth management for listed and family-owned companies; and their owners. In 1999 Société Générale Frankel Pollak was sold to Sasfin Bank. From 1999 to 2010 Mark worked for Sasfin Securities (PTY) Ltd as the entity's Head of Trading and Director. He was later appointed the CEO.
In early 2010 he founded eVest South Africa, a registered Family Office service for ultra-high net worth (UHNW) families and individuals. His focus is on tax efficient corporate structures, trusts and international wealth management.
Mark speaks English, Afrikaans and Tswana. He lives in Sandton with his wife and children pursuing his interests outdoors.
Alisha is the co-founder of The Edu-Hub, a Short Learning Programmes' (SLP) training provider. She is the recipient of numerous awards and is the preferred host for many of the world's leading CEOs and visiting royalty. After her graduation in 1996, she worked as a compliance officer at Société Générale Frankel Pollak, South Africa's leading retail-client stockbroker. From 2002 to late 2003, Alisha relocated to Durban and joined Sanlam Private Investments as their Service Manager. She returned to Johannesburg soon thereafter as a Fund Administrator for Sasfin Investment & Asset Management. In 2008 Alisha moved to Investec Private Bank and was appointed the National Wealth Management Accountant.
In early 2010 Alisha pursued her dream, changed career and freelanced as a Tourist Guide. During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, she worked the Adidas, Coke and Dutch Football Federation portfolios. Alisha also guided visiting royals, government officials and other international VIP groups. In 2012, Alisha joined Tourvest Destination Management (TDM) as the Group's Head Guide. She has, since then, consulted on various portfolios for the Tourvest Group including TEAM Global Staff Manager then responsible for the recruiting of staff to manage the movement of 40 000+ people attending the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Alisha deals, on a daily basis, with complex event-planning issues for internationally-oriented businessmen & women, royalty, wealthy families and corporations. She is also developing a new approach to Tourist Guide training, an in-house product that is expected to revolutionise the industry.
Alisha is on the steering committee of The National Federation of Tourist Guides and Affiliates (NFTGA) - a united body and voice to represent Tourist Guides across South Africa.
The NFTGA is spearheaded by the National Department of Tourism. The aim is to create a single point of contact for Tourist Guides to address concerns and promote better inclusion within the tourism industry.
Alisha is also a Board Member and on the steering committee of the African Tourism Board – an internationally acclaimed organisation acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism in Africa. The Board includes national Ministers, Business-leaders and industry specialists.
Alisha speaks English and Portuguese. She lives in Sandton, Johannesburg with her husband and children.