Karabo has a knack for understanding and solving complex business problems. She has a proven track record in driving business strategy, business and people transformation initiatives as well as delivering holistic business solutions.

Her wealth of experience spans across a wide variety of industries such as mining, petrochemical, FMCG and finance. She has a BCom degree from UCT and attended Executive Programmes from Insead and Oxford University, majoring in topics such as Digitisation and Business Global Competitiveness.


Consulting Practice and Head of Business Development

Barend believes in following a pragmatic approach to achieving lasting business impact, placing value on a healthy tension between long-term sustainability and short-term objectives. As an entrepreneur, Barend built a successful project implementation business, CoLAB, which he founded in 2008 and managed as CEO for ten years. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and Project Management Professional (PMI PMP®).

His vast business experience includes Auditing, Financial Management, IT Management, Strategic Planning, Business Consulting, Project Portfolio Management, Project & Programme Management, Neutral Facilitation and Business Model Development in wide-ranging industries, from Banking and Financial Services, Manufacturing, Mining and Resources, Information Technology, Healthcare to SMME development and Non-Profits.


Chief Financial Officer

Since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1998 and running her own audit practice, Susan has spent a decade crunching numbers in the CoLAB team. A passionately creative thinker, Susan takes a uniquely people-centred approach to solving business challenges. With her keen business insights and ability to effectively simplify processes, Susan works closely with the team, contributing to the success of each CoLAB engagement.


Talent Practice and Key Accounts Manager

Qualifying with a BSc in Engineering from North-West University in 1998, André brings 20 years of well-rounded experience and multi-industry knowledge to the CoLAB team. André is a practical problemsolver with an intricate understanding of Project Management processes and methodologies. His client-centered approach and creative problem solving makes him a valuable asset to our team.