About Tautona AI

Meet Our Leadership Team

We love what we do and we do it with passion. We value the experimentation, the reformation of the message, and the smart incentives.

John Holdsworth

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

John is serial a entrepreneur with a track record of identifying emerging trends in disruptive sectors, building pioneering companies and leading them to profitability and exit. John was the founder and CEO of ECN which pioneered the use of Voice Over IP (VoIP) in South Africa. ECN was sold to Reunert Ltd for R172m in July 2011

John studied Industrial Engineering at Technicon Witwatersrand and completed the Management Development Program (MDP) at the University of Cape Town

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Philip Cooper

Director Business Development

Philip has held various executive positions with local and international technology organisation’s and is an acknowledged expert in electronic payments and Fintech.

Prior to joining Tautona, Philip pioneered a suite of prepaid solutions for some of the worlds largest online brands, including UBER, iTunes, Google Play and  Microsoft.

Philip holds a B.Com. Management Accounting degree from the University of Stellenbosch.

Kyle Geyser

Head Professional Services

Kyle is an expert in computer vision, machine learning, data analytics and predictive modelling, having developed credit risk and equities trading models for Nedbank and Cratos Capital.

Kyle’s interests include digital transformation and artificial intelligence (specifically machine learning). He is also an experienced programmer with expertise in languages such as Python and R.

Kyle holds a B.Eng. Electrical/Electronic degree (Cum Laude) from the University of Johannesburg and is a certified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and  SAIFM member

James Clay

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

James has a passion for building technologies which drive change and efficiency. He has experience leading development teams with a variety of programming languages.

James has experience in technology sectors in freight logistics, and is responsible for driving digital change and data handling in this industry for South Africa.

James is a qualified Electrical Engineer with a BSc  as well as an MSc Engineering Degree (with Distinction) from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Hein Smith

Chief Technology Architect

Hein is an IT professional with 10+ years experience spanning a range of technologies including: Java, Linux, MySQL, PostgreSQL, Kubernetes, Docker and cloud computing

Hein has been instrumental in developing solutions for a number of large multinationals including Vodafone

Hein has the following certifications: Oracle Certified Professional; Java 6 and 7 Programmer; Oracle Certified Expert Java EE 6 Web Component and JavaBeans Developer 

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