Meet our team members
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Richard Brake was born and educated in Bath, England and studied at St Peter’s College Oxford securing an MA in Engineering Science and Economics.
Thereafter he pursued a 19-year career in the City, initially in corporate finance and fixed income securities, but later as a proprietary trader and hedge fund manager investing across a broad spectrum of financial instruments, commodities, currencies and derivatives throughout the world.
Richard’s later City career included spending 7 years as director-in-charge of treasury and capital markets at Tokai Bank Europe, following which he became a partner at Tudor Proprietary Trading LLC.
In 2000 he formed Kaikoura Investments and in 2003, Kaikoura Capital (Pty) Ltd.
Federico Méndez was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina. He started his rugby career with Mendoza RC, and made his Argentina debut as a teenager in 1990.
After playing in the 1995 Rugby World Cup, he later played for Sharks in South Africa winning the Currie Cup in 1996. He then played for Bath Rugby and Northampton Saints in England, winning the Heineken Cup in 1998 with Bath and then again in 2000 with Northampton, thus becoming the first player to win the trophy twice.
He then returned too the Sharks before returning to Argentina to play for Mendoza RC. After a successful career in sport, Mendez entered the Argentinian business world where he has been just as effective - identifying the provincial comparative advantages of Mendoza as a vehicle to realise national opportunities.
In 2007 he founded Newlands Developments, focussing the business in urban development, acting as the director general in the completion of a number of successful residential apartment buildings.
MARKETING AND SALES CO-ORDINATOR
Zachary was born in England and relocated to
Cape Town with his family in the 2000. After attending Bishops Diocesan College he completed a year of International and Global relations at the University
He then transferred to the University Of Cape Town where he completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences majoring in Statistics, Economics, Spanish and Sociology, before concluding his studies with a Post Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship.
Jose was born in Mendoza, Argentina and finished his education with a degree in accounting at Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. He has a vast professional experience in various industries such as: petroleum, mining, food industry, machinery import and construction.
He works in Newlands Developments as the account manager, making use of his particular skill in financial management and legal advisory.
For Jose, it is essential that the company maintains flexibility with a high level of administrational order.
Florencio was born in the city of Mendoza, Argentina, and completed his education with an Engineering degree in Construction at the National Technological University (Mendoza Regional Faculty). He has a broad experience in: coordination of construction; costs calculation; tender preparation; developing of controls, monitoring and audits in public and private building construction, field construction and installation of industries; infrastructural projects; technical advices for individuals and companies; calculation of metal structures for industries, building and housing.
For Newlands Developments he has worked in project coordination, initiation, monitoring, completion of infrastructural projects, determination of cost analysis and cost projections.
Juan Paulo Rodriguez
Juan was born in Mendoza, Argentina, and has 44 years of age, receiving a degree from the University of Champagnat in commercialization and Marketing.
Juan obtained then acquired seven years experience as the purchasing manager for the Provincial Government of Mendoza, after which he became the Purchasing Director in the Ministry of Defence for two year.
Since 2008 until present day, Juan has worked for Newlands developments as their principal purchasing manager.
Marketing and Sales
Juan Paulo Rodriguez