Almero Strauss: Non-Executive Chairman
Almero joined the board of Urbanise on 8 February 2017, was appointed Executive Chairman on 3 April 2018, and Non-Executive Chairman on 21 January 2019. Almero is a director and an executive member of the Mergon Group’s investment team since 2008. Mergon is a private investment group that was founded in 1980. From a single, start-up business, Mergon has grown a diversified investment portfolio with significant interests in companies in the technology, commercial property, financial services, fintech, renewable energy, and logistics industries. Almero represents Mergon on the Boards of Infotech, one of South Africa’s oldest technology companies, Tradeswitch (a Mobile Virtual Network Enabler), and Renewable Energy Holdings (the foremost independent hydropower developer in South Africa).
Having initially qualified and worked as an electronic engineer, Almero obtained pre and postgraduate accountancy qualifications from the University of Cape Town before launching his career in strategy and management consulting. During his career Almero has worked with leading international firms Bain & Company and Deloitte in South Africa and the USA. Almero was a founding member of Decipher Consulting, a South African niche consulting firm, where he was an executive director of the business.
Saurabh Jain: Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director
Saurabh Jain is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director and is responsible for Urbanise’s – Facilities, Assets, and Analytics business. Saurabh oversees all aspects from strategy to sales, product development and customer service.
With 20 years of experience in technology related roles, including the last 10 years in property management & services sectors, Saurabh brings to Urbanise a large depth of knowledge and connections. After more than 5 years in Sydney and New York as a solutions director for Converga, Saurabh joined Cushman and Wakefield (Cushman) in 2013. Cushman is the world’s second largest property management organisation, with 45,000 employees in 52 countries. At Cushman, Saurabh held the role of Chief Information Officer, Australia and New Zealand, and later took on the role of Global Technology Director, Customer Portals and Analytics. More recently Saurabh has been heading up the Solutions Centre at Ventia, Australia’s largest services company.
Saurabh holds a B.E. Software Engineering from UNSW, a MBA Executive from AGSM, and a MBT from AGSM.
Tod McGrouther: Non-Executive Director
Tod has a Bachelor of Law (First Class Honors) and University Medal from the University of Sydney, a Bachelor of Commerce (First Class Honors) and University Medal majoring in Accounting and Finance from the University of New South Wales and a Diploma in Applied Finance from the Securities Institute of Australia.
Tod has worked in the Australian corporate advisory industry since 1986 and has specialised in the provision of corporate advice in the areas of corporate valuation, equity capital raising both for private and public equity and investor relation advice for ASX listed companies. Tod was as Associate Director of Bankers Trust Australia between 1986 and 1994.
Between 1994 until 1998 Tod was a Director of the Corporate Finance Department of Prudential Bache Securities Limited. From 1998 until the present Tod is co-founder and Director of KTM Capital. KTM provides corporate advisory and equity capital markets services across mid-market resources, IT, financial and other services sector companies.
Tod is a Director of ASX listed NSX Limited and Love Group Global Ltd.
Tod is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
Pierre Goosen: Non-Executive Director
Pierre is the managing director of Argosy Capital, a European based private equity and venture capital business. Prior to joining Argosy, Pierre gained significant professional experience as a commercial, private equity and funds lawyer at pre-eminent international law firms, having negotiated a variety of significant transactions with complicated investor and shareholder dynamics. Pierre is an admitted attorney in South Africa and solicitor in England and Wales.
Pierre is based on the Isle of Man and serves as a director on several boards of private and listed companies in which Argosy is an investor.
Pierre is Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.
Sam Cuccurullo: Non-Executive Director
Sam brings broad experience in property services to the Board and a deep understanding of the requirements of facility management in the Asia-Pacific region. During a career spanning more than 40 years, Sam has held executive positions with leading firms in this sector and has been responsible for several global strategic initiatives involving the implementation of new business systems.
Until March 2020, Mr Cuccurullo was Head of Property & Asset Management, APAC for Cushman & Wakefield, and from 1995 to 2014, Executive Managing Director of Asset Services, APAC for CBRE.
Mr Cuccurullo has a Bachelor of Commerce (Land Economy) from the University of Western Sydney and is a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute (FAPI) and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). He is also a Certified Property Manager (Property Council of Australia) and Licensed Real Estate Agent.