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Our Staff

Tasso Evangelinos

Chief Executive Officer
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Tasso originally joined the CCID in its founding year as a precinct manager. Prior to this, his career included nine years in the restaurant and entertainment industry, and a further eleven years in the textile industry working as the national marketing and sales manager of a large hosiery manufacturer.  Tasso became the Chief Operating Officer of the CCID in April 2007 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2016.

Christa Maans

Personal Assistant to the CEO
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Christa started out her career in administration and bookkeeping at a five-star boutique hotel and health spa in Tokai. She then moved on to a renowned Civil & Structural Engineering firm in 2003 where she swiftly moved through the ranks to eventually become the PA to the Managing Director of the Cape Town and Port Elizabeth offices. She worked there for 13 years before deciding that a change of environment was needed and that’s when she joined the Cape Town CCID as PA to the CEO.

Stephen Willenburg

Business Manager
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Born and bred in Cape Town, Stephen qualified as a CA(SA) in 2004 following a three-year training contract within the auditing profession and the completion of his business studies at the University of Cape Town. He has honed his skills as a finance manager in various roles based in Cape Town and abroad in London. With a natural flair for numbers and a hands-on, problem-solving approach, he has extensive experience within the private, corporate and non-profit sectors.

Mary-Ellen Joseph

Finance and HR assistant
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Mary-Ellen attained her bachelor of commerce degree in 2014 and started her career in the microdot industry. After that, she worked for a year at an accounting and auditing firm, and is now studying towards a bachelor of accounting sciences in financial accounting.

Ernestine Smith

Front of house & Dbase Admin
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Exhibiting a natural love for people, Ernestine interrupted her university studies to pursue a position with Estee Lauder, for whom she worked for well over 10 years. She then went on to complete her TEFL CELTA accreditation at The College of English Language Training in Athens where she taught English for five years. A self-proclaimed empath, her driving force in life is the empowerment and upliftment of women and children. To this end, she currently serves on the board of an NPO Khusela Ikhaya and, in whatever spare time her two kids allow her, she also volunteers at various women’s organisations. Joining the CCID was the next step in a natural progression, and she looks forward to making a contribution to an organisation already making a difference.