David Frankel BSc. Elec.Eng (Wits), MBA (Harvard)


David is a Managing Partner of Founder Collective, a New York and Boston based seed capital fund. He was the CEO and co-founder of Internet Solutions, the largest internet service provider and private data carrier in Africa. David was an executive director of Dimension Data plc from 2000 - 2004. In 2000, David was voted the South African Technology Achiever of the Century and selected by the World Economic Forum for the GLT Program in Davos, Switzerland. In 2013, Forbes Magazine put him on the Midas List of Venture Capitalists. David is also a director of Rand Merchant Bank.

Arthur Davies BSc. Building Science (Wits)

Head Of Property Management

Since joining Alchemy in 2008, Arthur has been responsible for the highly-successful delivery and management of several complex buildings and refurbishment projects. Prior to joining the company, Arthur was a property manager at Broll and project manager at Paragon Interiors, each for 3 years.

Anthony Orelowitz B.Arch (Wits), MBA (Wits)


Anthony is the founder and director of Paragon Architects. As a multiple award-winning architect, Anthony's core expertise in the practice are as design director and project principal on complex, fast-track projects that rely on cost engineering and workshopped construction solutions. Prior to starting Paragon, Anthony worked as a Project Finance specialist at Standard Bank.

Nico Pretorius CA(SA), B Compt (Hons), B Compt (Unisa)


Nico has been responsible for all facets of Alchemy's finances since joining the company in 2009. He has overseen the ongoing financial operations of the company and closely managed the capital structure for new developments. Nico ensures that projects do not go over budget or important cost-items are omitted. Before joining Alchemy, Nico was a financial manager at JHI.

Gregory Sacks BBus.Sc (UCT), LLB (UCT)

Executive Director

Gregory has been CEO of Alchemy since its inception in January 2007. His key responsibilities include strategic planning, capital raising, acquisitions, lease negotiations, financial structuring and disposals. Gregory is a qualified attorney with experience in private equity and structured finance. In 2013, he was awarded the ABSA Business Achievers Award for Entrepreneurship.

Steffen Schneier CFA, BCom (Wits), BA(Hons) MA(Econ) (UCT), MBA (Columbia)


Steffen has been the Head of Asset Management for the Schneier Group since 1999. He brings his many years of successful investment expertise to Alchemy and provides key strategic insight and guidance. Prior to joining The Schneier Group in 1999, Steffen was a director of the Institutional Equity Brokerage Division of Brown Brothers Harriman & CO., a Wall Street Merchant Bank, which he joined in 1990.