Axis Group Kobus van der wath

Kobus van der Wath

Founder and CEO

Kobus is the Founder and CEO of Axis Group International.
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Based in Dubai and Shanghai, he has been working in Asia for 25 years. Before founding Axis Group and The Beijing Axis, he was Head of Investment Strategy and Global Market Research for Asia Pacific for Standard Chartered Bank Plc. Prior to that, he was a Senior Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group in Asia. In his early career, he was an Emerging Market Investment Strategist in London; a Treasury Economist with Standard Merchant Bank in  Johannesburg; and an Economist with the South African Reserve Bank in Pretoria.

He holds an MBA from INSEAD in France, a Master of Business (I.T.) from Curtin in Australia and BCom Honours degrees in Finance / Investments and Economics, respectively from UJ and Unisa in South Africa.

He is an adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business’ International Strategy Department,  teaching ‘Doing Business in China and Asia’. He is also a Fellow at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute for Business Science, in their Centre for Dynamic Markets.

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Rachel Wu

Managing Director – Asia

Rachel is the Managing Director: Asia of Axis Group. She is responsible for global business development, all client solutions and overall P&L. She is also the BU Head of Procurement & Supply and she has an international team across Asia and Africa that supports her in driving the business forward. Her expertise is in global procurement / supply chain, transaction management, international business, complex negotiations, and strategic development. She has advised numerous international clients with their cross-border activities over the past 15 years.

Rachel has lived and worked in China, Australia, Singapore, the rest of Asia and Africa. She has travelled extensively over the past years and is currently based in Beijing and Shanghai. Prior to joining Axis Group, she worked in senior roles in global procurement, management consulting, supply chain and logistics. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business on international strategy – and has done public speaking in several countries.

Rachel holds an MBA from the University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia and a BA degree in International Business and Trade from the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing. She is fluent in Mandarin and English.

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Gerrie De Jonge

Managing Director – Africa

Gerrie is the Managing Director: Africa of Axis Group.

His responsibility is to lead, manage, integrate and align Business Performance in Axis Group International South Africa & Africa through the development and implementation of strategy and operating model that enables financial performance, a high-performance culture, client satisfaction, reduced risk, and compliance to regulatory and legislative requirements.

He is a logistician with 18 years of experience, of which 16 years has been in the African environment with a specific focus on Southern, East and West Africa. He has travelled extensively over the past 10 years and is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Gerrie has been with Imperial for the past 11 years and has served as an Executive Director and Chairman of the board for Imperial Managed Solutions Africa Regions, Imperial Managed Solutions Namibia, WP Transport, Imperial Health Sciences Kenya, Imperial Health Distributors Kenya, Zimbulk Tankers, Truckafrica Zambia, Imperial Managed Solutions Nigeria, Imperial Managed Solutions Ghana, Imperial LMI Ghana, as well as Executive Director and Exco member of Imperial Logistics Africa Regions and Exco member of Axis Group International.

He holds a BCom Honours degree in Strategic Business Management with specialisation in Logistics Management from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

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Chantelle Visser CA (SA)

Financial Director

Chantelle is the Financial Director of Axis Group, and her responsibility currently is to manage and lead the finance, risk, commercial and legal side of the group.

She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in both finance and commercial, having overseen finance departments for several years. Chantelle has worked for Imperial Logistics for 18 years. Chantelle previous experience includes holding the position of Commercial and Finance Executive of Managed Solutions Africa Regions as well as head of finance of other divisions within Imperial. Chantelle has a vast understanding of logistics and warehousing in Africa.

Chantelle, a Chartered Accountant, holds a BCompt Honours and Bcom Accounting Sciences degree from the University of South Africa.

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Haiwei Huang


Haiwei is a Director of Axis Group and the BU Head of Corporate Advisory. He leads all cross-border origination & transaction advisory. Haiwei has been with the company for 13 years and advises blue-chip South African, Chinese and international clients across various industry sectors.

Prior to joining Axis Group, he worked for CHINT, a Shanghai Stock Exchange-listed low voltage product manufacturer, as an International Business Development Manager cultivating clients in Europe and the US. Prior to CHINT, he worked as a Sales Representative at Shanghai Huaqi Telecommunication Company.

Haiwei holds a BA Hons degree in Business Administration from the London South Bank University in the UK. He is fluent in Mandarin, English, as well as Shanghainese.

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Barbie H. Co


Barbie is a Director of Axis Group. She is the BU Head of Market Expansion, responsible for global business development, client solutions, and managing an international team. With 15 years of China/Asia experience, she has managed and executed numerous strategy and international market expansion projects for both Chinese and multinational clients in various sectors. Her expertise is in international business, project management, research and analysis, marketing and communications, and client engagement.

Prior to joining the Axis Group, Barbie was an International Liaison Officer with ET Group, a multinational management consulting corporation specializing in finance and investment, science and technology, and capacity building. Prior to that, she was a Project Assistant with TravelPeople, a member of the Magsaysay Group of Companies, a leading human resource company in the Asia Pacific region. She was also a Lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University on research methods for international relations, and an independent events and marketing consultant.

Barbie holds a BA degree (magna cum laude) in European Studies, International Relations, from the Ateneo de Manila University (Philippines), and has attended programmes at Beijing Normal University (China) for Chinese Language and Culture, and at L’École Supérieure des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers (France) for International Business. She is fluent in English, Mandarin and Filipino, and speaks basic French and Minnan.