Meerkat was founded in 2016 by David O’Brien. A qualified actuary who has spent over 20 years developing products in a large insurance company. David became frustrated at the low savings rate and limited access to financial services in South Africa, and therefore conceived the promise of Meerkat “looking out for you”.
The Meerkat team share a passion for helping our clients reduce their reliance on debt and build up resilience for financial emergencies. All our solutions are simple, cost-effective and tailor made. Each solution looks to generate savings for our clients that if nurtured, can make a difference when life presents the next emergency. This positive savings balance can reduce the dependence on debt for consumption. This then frees up more of the budget so our clients can begin to invest in themselves and achieve their various financial goals.
Shortly after completing his Bachelor of Science degree at Rhodes University Guy set off to see the world returning 25 years later. During his time away he worked for several software companies in San Francisco’s Silicon Valley; completed the Executive MBA program at Stockholm University; and co-founded two software companies in the FinTech space. Guy can be found most weekends tempting fate on the mountain bike single tracks around his home town of Knysna. Guy has four children, and two stepchildren, but still finds time to make his wife her morning cappuccino.
Chris holds a degree in Theology and has completed various management courses at USB, London Business School and Insead. Chris held Senior Management positions at Old Mutual where he worked for 33 years. In 2017 Chris joined the Meerkat leadership team and enjoys the challenge of making a difference to the lives of our clients and staff. Chris and his wife have a daughter who moved to London almost a year ago. Being empty nesters, they make the most of their time and enjoy trips overseas. Chris is a keen long-distance walker and enjoys playing golf. When he is not outdoors, he can be found in the kitchen creating great dishes for his wife and friends.
After studying with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK), Nicki spent 8 years working in marketing and communication agencies in the UK. She moved to Cape Town in 2005 and continued her career at one of the largest advertising agencies in South Africa – Ogilvy Cape Town. Working on large clients like American Express, Nedbank and Volkswagen. In 2010 Nicki took the leap client side, working for one of the largest insurers in the country, completing a management advancement programme through WITS business school whilst there. In 2016 she left Old Mutual to join David O’Brien in starting Meerkat. Nicki is married to Adrian and has a son Luca. When she is not running after Luca with her two dogs in tow, she loves nothing more than kicking back with a good book and a good glass of wine.
Fred loves seeing how technology can be used to make a difference. This has fuelled his passion to build great applications which make a difference in the lives of users. After completing a PhD in Computer Science at Rhodes University, he moved to Pretoria to join Telkom. Fred worked on several strategic turnaround tasks and built an entire analytics team within Telkom. He then moved to the Garden Route to take on a new challenge and to pursue his passion for software development. He is now responsible for building various applications in a start-up environment. Fred has a young family and can often be found at the market with his wife, racing around the streets of Sedgefield with his son Jonah, playing his guitar or walking on the beach.
Zelda worked in financial services for 16 years, before changing career to follow her passion for beauty and hair artistry. She now chairs the Meerkat board
Shakira completed her BComm degree at Rhodes University in 2005, followed by a post grad in B Comm(Hons) in 2006. She completed her articles at PKF and qualified as a CA(SA) in 2011.Shakira is originally from Port Elizabeth (now known as Gqeberha) and moved to Cape Town in 2014. She has spent over 10 years, building a career in finance, spanning different industries such as advertising, medical aid, and employee benefits. Shakira is most passionate about making a meaningful difference in empowering South Africans to understand their personal finances so that they are enabled to make better choices. There is no better way to do this than to work within the Financial Services industry and the work that Meerkat is doing in this space, is close to her heart. When she is not stuck in spreadsheets and looking at budgets, she enjoys keeping fit and a good family braai with all the trimmings. She is a mom to an active daughter who dances, sings, and is a social butterfly.
We have a strong sense of belonging as a team which we extend to our clients. Meerkat clients are part of our family, and as the sentinel of the pack we are always looking out for them.
“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners” Laurence Sterne
We believe our integrity is what makes us different. We have strong moral principles, putting the customer first in everything that we do. We use simple language and provide full transparency in our products.
We are committed to developing all our staff and equip them with the tools and training needed to deliver to our clients.
Average doesn’t cut it at Meerkat. We strive to be outstanding in our product delivery & deliver excellent customer service.
Moku is our super smart Meerkat who is ready to assist with your financial queries. He is an easy-going character and super enthusiastic about money and finances. He is keen to help empower you to take control of your financial future. Chat to him at any time, he is ready to partner with you on your journey to financial freedom.