Aug 24, 2012
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Full Name: Niels von Hase
Position: MD of Solsquare
Main Activity of the Company: Solsquare is a solar systems integrator
Date and Place of Birth: July 17, 1978, Windhoek, Namibia
Education: BBusSci Hons (finance), University of Cape Town (UCT); BCom Hons (accounting), UCT; MCom, UCT; and CA (SA)
First Job: Newspaper boy in neighbourhood
Career History Prior to Current Position: Partner at greenTEK ventures SA and finance director (concurrent); manager, regional audit, KPMG
Size of First Pay Packet: R8 an hour
First Job with Present Group: Finance director
Value of Assets under Your Control: R75-million
Number of People under Your Leadership: 44
Management Style: Consultative but directive, authoritative
Personal Best Achievement: My marriage
Professional Best Achievement: The signing of a distribution agreement with Solartech and subsequently securing a 50% investment to further strengthen the relationship
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My mother
Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: David Friedland, a very demanding partner I worked with/for at KPMG
Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Richard Branson – unbelievably good at believing in something until it works (fake it till you make it)
Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Too many to tell
Philosophy of Life: Fate will be good to those who work hard
Biggest Ever Opportunity: Being admitted to UCT in five minutes
Biggest Ever Disappointment: Learning that trust has no place in young business relationships
Hope for the Future: That the sun will start to power our lives again
Favourite Reading: Soaring Society quarterly magazine
Favourite TV Programme: None
Favourite Food/Drink: Lamb roast made with lamb from my father’s farm in Namibia
Favourite Music: Keeps on changing too often
Favourite Sport: Wind surfing and flying gliders
Favourite Website: None
Hobbies: Collecting wine
Car: Volvo V50
Pets: A Yorkie
Miscellaneous Dislikes: People who lack pride in what they do drive me crazy
Favourite Other South African Company: SAB Miller
Favourite Foreign Company: Bugatti – it makes great shoes
Married: To Hanne von Hase since March 28, 2009
Clubs: Magalies Gliding Club and Aero Club SA
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