Our People

Our People


Our People are expert advisors in their fields. Let us help you find transformative and sustainable solutions.

Lisa Agbenafa (nee Tait):    Chief Executive Officer

Lisa has been an empowerment consultant and legal advisor for 25 years.

She completed her articles at Webber Wentzel Attorneys in 1992. Since then, Lisa has worked in many organisations, driving empowerment and transformation. Notably she was the Legal Director of the Mpumalanga Parks Board, where she assisted in the formulation of the current commercialisation strategy of conservation for government conservation areas.

Together with Kevin Lester, she founded Transcend Corporate Advisors in 2006, she was also the Transformation Manager of the Multotec Group from 2003 to 2007. Since then, that company has grown onto one of the foremost BEE and sustainability compliance consulting houses.  In 2014, by agreement with all of the shareholders, Lisa’s practice within Transcend broke away and, together with Lara Lombard, she founded Advance Corporate Advisers.  The business retained all of its employees, know-how and clients, and is actively establishing its brand in the social development and transformation consulting space.

Lisa’s practice within the company specialises in the provision of expertise to multinationals, as well as due diligence services to primarily listed and professional services entities, assisting corporates through verification processes, interfacing with verification agencies on their behalf and building sustainable compliance strategies and practices.

Over the past 21 years, Lisa has acquired an expert understanding on the compliance regulatory and socio-political requirements. It is with this experience that she is the head of the Ownership Department at Advance, and develops and implements strategic and ‘best practice’ solutions in this area.

A significant portion of Lisa’s practice currently focuses on assisting clients in their ability to tender for large SA infrastructure mega-projects and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) with the South African government. She advises on all issues pertaining to B-BBEE or Economic Development in tenders, providing a total solution in this field.


Inga Tshayisa:    Senior Transformation Advisor

Inga is an admitted attorney, having graduated from the university of Witwatersrand with a LLB, which ignited her passion and appreciation for the socio-economic development of the South African economy. During her time at Wits  Inga gained invaluable experience in research, problem-solving, management skills and cultural awareness.

Inga completed her articles and has worked at Lawyers for Human Rights, where she focused particularly on issues facing communities in South Africa, including mining communities in the zone of influence.

Inga joined Advance in 2019 as a senior transformation advisor, assisting large corporates in implementing their transformation strategies. Inga has become an expert in M&A transactions, as well as advising on corporate governance and compliance. She was appointed the managing director of Paramount Fund Managers in 202o.


T Dr Emmanuel Agbenafa:    International Business Development Manager

Emmanuel Joined Advance in 2017. He has extensive experience and expertise in doing business, and facilitating commercial relationships in a number of West African countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Benin.

He heads up the advisory business development team for Advance in these countries, where we have been able to ensure that our clients are able to be positioned advantageously in their new and existing businesses.

With his many years of experience in doing business in West Africa, and his relationships, which span political, commercial and traditional, he enables Advance to significantly expand the social developmental advisory work that it does on behalf of its clients in South Africa, and extend its facilitation services to these countries.



Nicolette Loots:    Senior Transformation Compliance

Nicolette has been working as a project manager and business analyst for 18 years, and has worked in the banking industry for 11 years in this role. She was the elected Chairperson on the Transformation Committee for Business Solution Delivery in Standard Bank of South Africa.

As part of the Due Diligence team at Advance, Nicolette plays a key role with regards to liaising with clients. She specialises in managing large verification projects from start to finish as well as processing and analysing data to generate scorecards. Nicolette has almost 10 years of BEE advisory experience, having built scorecards and obtaining excellent verification results large entities, with particular focus on particular multinationals. Nicolette is an expert in code pillar analysis and strategy. Nicolette assists on BEE ownership compliance, specialising in trusts and private equity fund transactions, and ensuring their verification.


Malebo Nhlapo:    Junior Transformation Advisor

Having completed matric at Waverly Girls High School in 2018 Malebo joined Afrika Tikkun on an extended learnership focussed on Computer Literacy and Work Readiness.

Malebo joined Advance as a Junior Analyst under the Youth Employment Services programme. Malebo deals with highly confidential documentation and therefore makes her trustworthy and invaluable member of the team.

Malebo assists on BEE ownership compliance, Trusts and private equity fund transactions, and ensuring the verification thereof. She assists with developing and implementing ownership solutions for a number of large multinationals, as well as smaller entrepreneurial enterprises in South Africa since she joined Advance. Malebo is the data manager of Advance, and is responsible for management of all data and compliance documentation for ownership and other transactions.