Meet the SA Chamber of Commerc

Meet the SA Chamber of Commerce nominees who are doing extraordinary things in the UK

The South African Chamber of Commerce Awards are around the corner, and we’ve put together a list of the first nominees.

Meet the SA Chamber of Commerc

There are seven awards up for grabs this year, and here are the nominees for the first three awards, namely Business Leader of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year and Innovator of the Year.

Business Leader of the Year

John Andrew Boyd

John Andrew Boyd

John is a passionate advocate for – and example of – the role sport can play in the lives of young people, having built his career from being a young volunteer and sports person. He is a well-connected sports business leader, with eleven years of experience as a CEO, travelling widely across the world to work with national sports bodies, local authorities and international organisations.

Avi Lasarow

Avi Lasrow

Born in Johannesburg, Avi has been in the UK since 1998. A serial entrepreneur, he has pioneered the use of genetics in our day-to-day lives. He founded DNA Bioscience, a UK DNA testing company in 2003, Trimega Laboratories in 2005, a global hair drug testing company and finally DNAFit Limited, a global genetic testing company. Avi has also been nominated for the Innovator of the Year award.

Michael Abromowitz

Michael Abromowitz

Co-Founder and Managing Director UK at In2Touch Sports Leagues and Events.

Paul Gardiner

Paul Gardiner

Paul has been living in the UK for 13 years. He and his father Adrian have grown their hotel group, Mantis, from its humble beginnings in 1990 with the conception of Shamwari Game Reserve. The hotel group is on located on seven continents. Paul is also in partnership with the survival expert and television personality, Bear Grylls. Together they’re on a mission to get kids and families back outdoors. Their venture is called: Bear Grylls Survival Academy, which has expanded to countries beyond the UK.

Entrepreneur of the Year

Pily Mirazi

pily mirazi

Born in Durban, Pily is the founder and CEO of South African Fashion & Culture Week (SAFACW), London. She is also founder and CEO of Spotlight Fashion Models. Pily helps business from South Africa set up and market in the UK and vice versa. Pily is also a television personality who regularly appears on British mainstream television. As an event organiser and promoter, under her company name of Pilyvan Consulting, Pily organises South African Fashion & Culture Week (SAFACW) in London. SAFACW is one of the top fashion events in London attended by major celebrities and VIPs. SAFACW works closely with the South African High Commission, with support from the UK Trade & Industry and the Office of the Mayor London.

CV Pillay

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CV has been living in London for the last 13 years, and his underlying foundation of it all has always been helping and coaching people. Initially, he started his career in 1999 by studying to become a Personal Trainer in Durban (The Health and Racquet Club), now Virgin Active. He’s now a Life Coach and has worked as a SuccSex Coach for about four years, published a book and has given talks worldwide.

Gordon Glyn-Jones


Gordon has worked in every role in the publishing industry from editor, freelancer, photographer, copywriter, ad salesman and publisher.  He now divides his time between the media and making fine art. Gordon was born in Zimbabwe and studied Fine Art in Cape Town. As his first employment, he started Cape Review, a lifestyle title that sold 25 000 copies monthly and was bought by Caxton Press, SA’s largest publisher. In his capacity as an international journalist he has edited a range of entertainment and culture titles and written freelance pieces for titles such as the BBC, Dazed & Confused and Contemporary Art Magazine. As a travel writer he has written stories on over 50 different countries. In 2010 he joined Blue Sky Publications and has helped take the business from a weekly newspaper to the largest multi-platform media title for South Africans outside of SA, with over 600 000 unique visitors to the website monthly.

Ross Goodwin

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Having worked in the banking sector for a number of years, Ross now runs The Money School UK with offices in Johannesburg and London. It is a financial education company that was launched to help people better understand their personal finances. Ross had this to say about what he does: “Having worked in various fields throughout my career, I realise that there is an abundance of opportunity out there. It is identifying these moments, these sparks and turning them into a reality. Some work, some might not but all that counts is to never stop looking. We never know what is around the corner.”

Innovator of the Year

Avi Lasarow has also been nominated for the ‘Innovator of the Year’ award (see above).

There is only one nominee in this category.