Leading IBIS and its supporting network of experts and associates is Dr Marie-Luce Kuhn.
Marie-Luce is a director, owner and co-founder of IBIS. She has a distinguished career in competitive intelligence, competitive intelligence analysis and knowledge building. Her primary experience lies in the fields of centralising, managing and evaluating a wide range of tactical and strategic information into intelligence products, including policy advices and business strategy. Marie-Luce has published many articles on competitive intelligence in various journals and other publications including the first article on competitive intelligence in South Africa in 1999. She is also a regular contributor to various journals and magazines including the SA Journal for Information Management (SAJIM), published by the University of Johannesburg's Department of Information and Knowledge Management and the PMR Magazine. She holds a PhD in International Trade from the NWU (Potchefstroom Campus). Her PhD was about exporter information requirements and exploring realistic export opportunities for South African exporters.
Mike is a co-founder of IBIS and currently leads the Competitive Intelligence Training Division. He has extensive experience in the formal state intelligence environment where he served for more than 36 years including more than 10 years on top management of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) and the South African Secret Service (SASS). He is a founding member and co-architect of the SASS. For most of his career in the state intelligence environment he was involved in international responsibilities for which purposes he travelled the world extensively.
Managing and driving projects in the north of the country are Linda Kotze and Johan Engelbrecht.
Johan's career started in 1981 as an analyst in the National Intelligence Service where progressed to being responsible for strategic research and analysis projects. Johan served in London, UK, for two years and liaised with counterparts in most European and African countries. Apart from receiving the departmental 'Researcher of the Year Award' in 1992, he was also permanently involved as advisor to the South African national negotiation process (CODESA), during which time he gave frequent presentations to interim and new government executive bodies. Besides assisting various businesses with planning, production expansion and competitor analysis, he has been acting as project manager and team member on numerous research projects covering a range of industries and socio-political frameworks. These include telecommunications, retail, health, insurance, liquor, energy and risk analyses of African states. Furthermore, Johan fulfilled a leading role in various market research projects for leading companies and civil departments where extensive application of qualitative and quantitative methodology is a prerequisite for successful completion. Johan holds an Honours Degree from the University of Pretoria in Political Science and International Politics and served in the South African civil service for 14 years.
Thinus has more than 30 years experience in the security environment, of which 19 years were in the counter-intelligence environment. Thinus specialises in security risk and threat assessments. He has been involved in a number of projects relating to the security environment for companies on top and middle management levels in a variety of economic sectors including manufacturing, industrial, petrochemical, precious metals mining, aviation, telecommunications, security printing, banking and pharmaceutical. This experience extends beyond the borders of South Africa. He holds an Honours degree in Criminology from the University of South Africa and a Masters degree in National Strategy from the University of Johannesburg (previously Rand Afrikaans University).
Grey Van Der Hoff
Grey focuses on assisting organisations to grow and develop new and existing markets. Development activities include both local and export markets, and interventions include market research and facilitating more effective marketing planning. He also specialises in export market studies, conducting export orientation and training, coaching, mentoring and skills development, developing business and marketing plans and competitiveness assessments using various theoretical and practical models. Grey has extensive consulting, export and local marketing and business experience of more than 20 years. He served on the National Export Advisory Council (NEAC) and worked for the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where he was responsible for industrial development and foreign investment portfolios. He also worked for the National Productivity Institute (NPI) for 13 years as Manager of the Marketing Management Department and as Head of the Consulting Division and presented training in benchmarking for Benchmarking South Africa (Bensa). Grey is a registered service provider for Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP) and the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and is an accredited service provider to undertake export marketing and orientation courses. He has also completed several projects for the European Union (EU). Grey Holds a B.Com from University of Pretoria and MBL from UNISA and was a visiting lecturer in Marketing Management for MBL students at UNISA in 2009.