Team

Stef Riccardi

GROUP CEO

Stef joined the originally formed company, CGW, in 1995 and became a director in 1998. The company was renamed to CKR Consulting Engineers (Chorn, Kirtland, Riccardi) in 2001. Stef was instrumental in establishing CKR offices in the Middle East and opening the Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban branches.

Due to his leadership and vision of diversifying company expertise, CKR has grown to become one of the leading MEP engineering consultancies on the African Continent and the Middle East. Stef holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand. He is an ECSA registered professional engineer and a Senior Member of SAACE, ILIESA, SAIEE and a GBCSA Accredited Professional.

Branko Popovic

DIRECTOR

Branko joined CKR in 1995 and is currently heading the African Projects Division. During his time at CKR, he succeeded in executing numerous projects in Africa and formed invaluable relationships with investors, developers and construction sector professionals. His expertise and experience afforded CKR a large footprint across East and West Africa.

Branko previously worked in Libya, Egypt and the Middle East. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Belgrade and is an ECSA registered professional engineer and a Senior Member of SAACE, ILIESA, SAIEE and a GBCSA accredited professional.

Ryan Neilson

DIRECTOR - AFRICAN DIVISION

Ryan joined CKR in 2013. Ryan was instrumental in expanding CKR’s service offering to most parts of East and West Africa. Ryan has more than 20 years’ experience in the consulting build environment sector working in Africa and the UK.

Ryan holds a Bachelors of Technology Degree in Electrical Engineering from DUT, National Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering from Technicon Natal and is a Senior Member of SAIEE.

Gabriel Olivier

DIRECTOR - PRETORIA

Gabby joined CKR in 2001 and played an integral part in the establishment and management of the Pretoria branch. Starting with only a handful of dedicated engineers, the Pretoria office has grown into a hub of MEP services catering for the Tshwane region and projects as far afield as Bloemfontein.

Gabby holds a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering, is a Senior Member of ILIESA, SAIEE and a GBCSA Accredited Professional.

Albert Moloi

DIRECTOR – PLANNING SERVICES

Albert joined CKR almost 30 years ago. His experience includes mainly for the establishment of electrical infrastructure and more recently for the interaction and liaison with municipal authorities for the development of water and sanitation connections withinSouth Africa. Albert’s interaction with supply authorities and municipalities is invaluable to CKR and its clients.

Logan Naidoo

DIRECTOR - ELECTRONIC SERVICES

Logan holds a National Diploma in Electronic Engineering from the Witwatersrand Technikon and is a qualified Data Centre Accredited Uptime Institute Tier Designer. He is a member of SAIEE, SAQCC, PSIRA and GBCSA. Logan has more than 20 years’ experience in Security, IT Infrastructure, Audio Visual, Automation and Fire Detection Services in the build environment.

Martin Lamprecht

DIRECTOR – MECHANICAL SERVICES

Martin joined CKR in 2016 where he heads the Mechanical Services Division and drives the technological development of the company. Martin has more than 25 years’ experience in the Building Industry in Consulting and Infrastructure Developments in South Africa, West and Central Africa and the Middle East.

Martin spent 3 years in Nigeria and 4 years in Iran managing major telecommunications infrastructure projects. Martin holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch and an MBA from the University of Pretoria. He is a professionally registered engineer with ECSA and a member of societies such as ASHRAE and SAIRAC.

Donovan Delport

DIRECTOR - HVAC SERVICES

Donovan joined CKR in 2011 to help build the South African Mechanical division and currently heads the HVAC division in Johannesburg. His experience stretches across all mechanical disciplines and he has successfully completed projects as far afield as Ghana, Rwanda and Kenya.

Donovan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand and is an ECSA registered Professional Engineer as well as a Member of SAIRAC and ASHRAE. He is also a GBCSA Accredited Professional.

David Wills

DIRECTOR – WET SERVICES

David joined CKR in 2016 and currently heads the Wet Services Division. David has more than 13 years of engineering experience in South Africa and was instrumental in developing the CKR Wet Services division by mentoring a number of graduate engineers.

David holds a Baccalaureus Technologiae Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Central University of Technology and is a Registered Professional Technologist with ECSA. He is a member of various professional organisations such as SAICE, WISA and is a GBCSAr Accredited Professional.

Michael Berry

DIRECTOR - DUBAI

Michael has joined CKR in 1999. He relocated to Dubai to oversee one of CKR’s major projects and decided to remain there to build a new base of CKR operations in the Middle East.

The Dubai office provides MEP services to the UAE building sector, the Middle East and manages projects as far afield as Sri Lanka and India. Michael has grown the Dubai office to include 60 engineering members, all highly accredited professionals in their fields of expertise. CKR Dubai office prides itself on being one of the most diversified offices whether it comes to providing of engineering services or utilisation of resources from India, Middle East and Russia.

Michael holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Natal, is a Professionally Registered Engineer with ECSA and the Engineering Council of UAE.

Anil Menon

DIRECTOR - DUBAI

Anil has joined CKR Dubai in 2002 and instantly became a valuable member of the CKR professional engineering and leadership team. He likes to focus his attention on business operations, strategy and growth.

Anil has been based in Dubai for more than 26 years and has invaluable experience in the engineering and consulting industries in the region.

Anil holds a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering, A Post Graduate Diploma in IT Systems Management as well as an MBA from the University of Leicester. He is an Accredited Data Centre Tier Designer and an Empaneled Hospitality IT Consultant. He is a Registered Engineer at Dubai Municipality, Civil Defense, a member of UAE SOE, CIBSE, BICSI, HTNG and AVIXA.

Jeán van Loggerenberg

DIRECTOR - DUBAI

Jeán has joined CKR Dubai in 2009. He heads the Regional Mechanical Services Division and has more than 25 years of engineering experience in the Middle East and South Africa. Jeán was instrumental in building CKR Dubai office to include for the full spectrum of consulting services under one umbrella.

Jeán holds a National Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg and is a Registered Professional Technologist with ECSA. He is a member of various professional organisations such as UAE SOE, ASHRAE, SAIMechE, SAIRAC and DSCP Al Moltaka.

Marius Lourens

DIRECTOR - DURBAN

Marius has 25 years of engineering experience and joined CKR in 2006 to assist with its expansion into KwaZulu-Natal where he now heads the CKR Durban office.

Marius has a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering and is a Professionally Registered Technician with ECSA.

Ryan Moolman

DIRECTOR - DURBAN

Ryan joined CKR’s KwaZulu-Natal offices in 2013 adding his expertise in the engineering field with the aim to expand its client base to include international hospitality and entertainment developers. He assisted in establishing the Fire Engineering and Energy Management Consultancies within the group.

Ryan holds a National Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Natal Technikon. He is a Professionally Registered Technician with ECSA.

Deon Basson

DIRECTOR - CAPE TOWN

Deon has joined CKR Cape Town office in 2006. He currently heads our Cape Town Office. He has more than 15 years of experience in the Building Services Design and Implementation across Africa. His projects include Commercial, Leisure, Industrial, Educational Facilities and Data Centres.

He holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering and is Professionally Registered with ECSA. He is a member of SAIEE and is an Accredited Data Centre Design Professional.

Charl Burger

DIRECTOR - CAPE TOWN

Charl has joined CKR in Dubai in 2009, where he worked for five years on projects in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, specialising in major chain hotel developments. Charl has more than 15 years of experience in the consulting engineering sector. He relocated to South Africa in 2014 and joined our Cape Town office.

Charl holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering and is Professionally Registered with ECSA. He is a member of SAIEE and SAQCC.

Dean Pillay

DIRECTOR – AFRICAN DIVISION

Dean joined CKR South Africa in 2003, prior to moving to CKR Dubai where he specialised in electrical and electronic engineering services for major hotel developments. Dean has more than 8 years experience in Dubai and 15 years’ experience in consulting engineering. He relocated back to South Africa in 2013 and joined the Johannesburg office, where he leads an electrical engineering team.

Dean is a Professionally Registered Technician with ECSA and a member of SAIEE and MIESSA. He is also a GBCSA Accredited Professional and an Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Design Professional.

Gareth Botha

DIRECTOR - CKR IT CONSULTING

Gareth joined CKR IT as a Director in 2012. He was responsible for establishing CKR IT as a consultancy specialising in data centres, core IT infrastructure and the relevant plant that supports this.

Today CKR IT is responsible for some of South Africa's largest data centre projects. Gareth has spent the past 25 years in this field and is truly passionate about designing and building data centres for either small or large scale projects.

Johan Herbst

DIRECTOR - CKR IT CONSULTING

Johan joined CKR IT Consulting in 2012 to assist with establishing the infrastructure and IT division. He has 15 years’ experience in the IT Infrastructure Design and Implementation, delivering projects across Africa.

Johan is a Certified Data Centre Design Professional(CDCDP), an Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designer(ATD), Green Star SA AP and has completed his PMP certification.