Husband, father and serial entrepreneur.
I am fortunate to have found my three greatest passions in life.
Although balancing them all daily can be a challenge, especially considering the hectic workload and travel schedule which can average around 75 flights and 15 countries a year. As a family we opted to reside in Southern Spain, where the children could become truly bilingual and we could all take advantage of the down time and follow some truly great outdoor pursuits such as horse riding, paddle tennis and sailing.
Having been involved in the talent sector since I graduated from university some 19 years ago, I’ve had the privilege of building some truly amazing staffing businesses and working with some of the best minds in the industry.
For me the formula is very simple, work with the best talent, provide the best talent and deliver the quality of service you would want delivered to yourself. Which is exactly what we have set out to achieve across the TechStream Group.
Having worked with all the board members and many of our senior leaders previously meant there was an immediate bond and synergy cross the entire business in all our locations, two critical ingredients for a successful start-up.
Achieving such a senior balance creates a very strong foundation across all the brands within the group, and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses really allows you to have confidence in those around you to take ownership and drive forward with the desire and passion needed.
Our board prides itself on being hands on in every aspect of the business, we roll ourselves up support our consultants, directors and clients on a variety of different projects. Leading by example is a core belief we practice at every level.
As we design, innovate and implement our strategy, I can’t help but get excited about what the future holds for TechStream We are entering an exciting new era and determined to disrupt the traditional staffing models.
I knew when we brought together TechStream Group’s board of directors that we would be designing & building a truly unique business and one that would hopefully disrupt and transform classical recruitment models across some very exciting engineering and technology markets.
Having worked with all the board members previously meant there was an immediate bond and synergy, two critical ingredients for a successful start-up.
Achieving such a senior balance creates a very strong foundation for the company, and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses really allows you to have confidence in those around you to take ownership and drive forward with the desire and passion needed.
My role as the CCO is highly diverse, challenging and varied; this combination means every day is different and exciting.
At the strategic level; designing the overriding vision & goals for the business; at the functional level developing our directors & consultants; at the commercial level winning and developing global projects and at the operational level setting budgets across the group.
It is the process of transforming this vision into reality and watching it being delivered to our clients where I feel the greatest sense of achievement and satisfaction. Nothing brings a smile to my face more than receiving a reference about the quality of work one of our consultants have undertaken and delivered.
Myself and the team have recently been designing a service proposition to support and promote “the business of inclusion & diversity”. It is critical that we have a truly inclusive business and one that champions gender & ethnic diversity.
This service culminated in the strategic alliance between TechStream and “The Centre for Inclusive Leadership”, which I hope will begin to set the industry standards and form one of the core philosophy’s of TechStream.
Throughout my 20 years of recruitment experience, I have worked with a variety of international clients across many sectors. The relationships I have built and fostered throughout these years are always built on trust, respect and delivery. This approach is the fundamental reason we can form such strong partnerships and bonds with our clients that have stood the test of time.
“Guten Tag! Wie gehts?” As you may notice I am the Managing Partner for TechStream’s German speaking countries. I was part of the EarthStream founding team and have since built successful office locations in Zurich, Munich and Hamburg.
I started my career many years ago with one of the big global recruitment companies; so when I was approached to join an innovative start up and build a German capability from the ground floor, I felt the opportunity was too great to pass.
One thing that really makes the difference are the people that you work with and for me that was critical in my decision to join, the values within the group are key to our success and I make sure these hold true in every aspect of the German build and this is reflective in the amazing people we now have in the team.
Besides of managing the operations and the business leaders I like to lead from the front and I engage regularly with my key clients to win & deliver executive searches. We combine technical & market knowledge with a good network and efficient search and identification methodology. In my career I only failed on one search and as of my knowledge this position is not filled until today.
My family lives with me in St. Gallen / Switzerland and I travel regularly between Zürich, Munich, Hamburg and the other European and global offices. If I am at home I spend the time with my two boys and I like to sail at lake Constance or to go hiking in the Appenzeller Alps.
As a Managing Partner within the TechStream Group and one of the groups founding team members I have been involved in building our business from the ground floor up.
Building a new business is challenging; it takes time, drive, commitment and there are many highs and lows along the way.
However, once you really start to see the success of what you’ve built the rewards are amazing.
Throughout our growth, I have kept our core vision and values central to everything we have done, and this is reflective in the amazing people we now have in the team.
Prior to building our business in Cape Town, I had spent over six years in the UK recruitment market focusing on hedge funds & asset management whilst developing my recruitment skills. London is one of the world’s recruitment capitals and was fundamental in gaining the knowledge needed to build a market leading practice here in South Africa.
I’ve now been back for over 6 years and loving every minute of it; I’ve worked on many projects across the MEA region that range from staffing up large greenfield mining operations in West Africa to delivering turnkey solutions to enterprise cloud application vendors. The variety of opportunity in such an emerging market is outstanding.
We have positioned ourselves at the cutting edge of the market and are working with some of the hottest technologies across some of the best businesses in what I can only describe as true partnerships.
Building a business like ours can take its toll, not least on the amount of personal time you have, and that’s why you must take every opportunity to enjoy the fruits of your labour. I am very fortunate to have married a beautiful wife and we have a new beautiful son which takes up most of our free time. But if there is a morning going spare then you’ll see me on my paddle board heading up the west coast.
Having over 15 years of global talent acquisition experience, I have been privileged to have lived and travelled international throughout my career. Originally residing in the UK and providing technology recruitment into financial markets, I subsequently spent 9 years living & recruiting cutting edge technologists across Asia.
As part of TechStream’s broader global growth strategy and globalization of our CyberStream brand this has seen me move to the US (via Cape Town) to spearhead our International practice in New York.
My passion in talent acquisition & technology is derived from striving for excellence in service delivery and adding value to our clients by the execution of strategic sourcing solutions. As a founding director of EarthStream and later CloudStream and most recently CyberStream I have helped define and nurture these shared values & beliefs within our company.
At the core of this is the conviction that to become a true partner to our clients, we must demonstrate an integrity that is based on complete transparency and belief in our ability to add strategic value.
Throughout my career I have had an affinity with technically challenging marketplaces where technical advances & evolutions can change the landscape of how you work. My work at CloudStream in machine learning & the cutting-edge technology we see developed in CyberStream’s clients allows me to continue to interact with the “best of breed” technologists in their given fields.
Outside of work I cultivate my curious & energetic nature by exploring new cultures and have a passion for travelling. I have been fortunate in my life to experience the working and social culture across multiple countries around the world and have experiences ranging from Caving in New Zealand, Elephant riding in Lao to hiking in Cape Town or Scuba Diving in the Barrier Reef.
Having worked with EarthStream for several years I was very excited when asked to enlarge my role and become Managing Partner for TechStream Group’s Asia Business.
Based in Singapore “SMART nation” we have become a melting-pot of cultures, full of youth, with an insatiable appetite for technology.
As a key global growth centre, the region never ceases to amaze me as it leads the world in connected living. When a driverless car is prototyped, Singapore will become an early adopter, when one country introduced facial recognition into immigration checkpoints, Singapore became the world’s first fully automated airport.
Working in such an innovative environment means we can partner with leading enterprises in technology and SMART-engineering, whilst working very closely with hot new start-ups that have just received series-A-funded to launch new products into the market. Our tech-mix of Digital, Big Data, Info & Cyber Security and Smart Energy & Cities, is perfectly positioned for this region.
I’ve been fortunate to work with various members of the Board and management team for over 7 years and have always been impressed by the professionalism, integrity and the innovative forward-thinking approach that is embedded in our business way of life. The team here in Singapore is truly multicultural, passionate and stand for everything the business is about. It’s always exciting to lead such a talented and committed group of professionals.
If you want to catch me at the weekends, it’s best to look at the golf-course, although as someone once told me “if we hit it perfect every day, everyone else would just quit!”.
Having over 27 years of global experience in strategic growth & leadership roles for global recruitment and consulting companies; I have amassed a wealth of knowledge that I bring to our clients; always assuring talent solutions meet their technology demands and create genuine return on investment.
Having worked with all the board members on a previous technology recruitment venture, that was subsequently acquired by Harvey Nash Plc in 2000; it made logical sense to join the team again to build TechStream Group and drive forward the CloudStream operations into what we believe will be a market leader across the technology and advanced engineering market.
My years of experience has been varied and this variety gives me a unique set of skills; I spent several years with my wife and very young family (at the time) based in Boston, Massachusetts managing the US operations and overseeing the integration with Harvey Nash. Upon returning to the UK I invested in a software company that built a Basel II Credit Risk engine and was instrumental in selling this business to a leading Core Banking Vendor.
Over the last 8 years, I have focused on building talent solutions in the world of security & data and most recently how Robotics, AI, Machine Learning and Blockchain can help prevent intrusion, corruption and financial crime activities.
As a member of the Senior Management Team and working alongside the TechStream board my vision is to build our business into a market leading Talent & Technology Solutions provider, that is driven towards emerging technology and innovation.
Work-life balance is fundamental at CloudStream, so I make sure I spend quality time with my family and enjoy sailing and rugby. Unfortunately, I no longer play rugby, but I try to impart the wisdom my playing career gave me and qualified as a Level 2 coach and have now coached for 10 years including my 2 sons from 6 years to 16 years at my club, Hertford RFC.
I’m Kim, a loving husband, avid poker player, F1 fanatic and Head of CloudStreams’ Flexible Talent Solutions Practice in the UK.
With 12 years of specialisation in Prime Services, Hedge Funds and Derivative IT, I have recruited across all levels from: CTO, Programme Management, Project managers, BA’s and technical resources.
My experience of working across time and skill critical projects, often driven to high compliance and regulatory standards has meant building a team of professionals that meet and exceed these demands.
As a team we are well versed in delivering large scale projects of work across multiple locations, currencies and cultures. My team has developed the skills to manage and successfully deliver these projects to strict deadlines.
Nothing excites me more than seeing my teams career progression, I challenge them every day to be their best and in return they give me one of the best working environments I could ask for. Building a practice is truly rewarding and is reflected in how we interact and support our clients.
I’m Ben; a father of three beautiful children an avid Gloucester Rugby fan and head of CloudStream’s Permanent Talent Solutions Practice in the UK.
With over 13 years of technical recruitment experience supporting large international transformation projects, I have developed a client and candidate style that is forward thinking, and delivery orientated. I passionately care about building long standing relationships and have a proven track record of placing the same candidate multiple times throughout their careers.
I’m a believer that we are only as good as our individual staff and pride myself on mentoring entry level associates and developing them into the stars of the future.
Financial Technology recruitment has been my passion for over 25 years and during this time I have seen many changes: dotcom bubbles rise and burst, a Y2K that never was, multiple recessions and multiple rebounds. But one thing has stayed firm – the best businesses need the best talent whatever the market conditions.
What I love is to see most are the junior developers I once placed now becoming the heads of department or even CIO’s. It fills me with a great sense of pride and nothing more so than providing these same talent solutions for clients that were once my candidates.
The relationships I have built and fostered throughout these years are always built on delivery, trust and understanding. This approach is the fundamental reason we are able to form such long-term partnerships.
Of course, following such a journey means you have to have some fun along the way and what better than spending time with my three children, or visiting our international offices. I discovered tennis a few years ago and this now forms a key part of my weekly fitness regime.
I’m Andrew and about 9 years ago I relocated from UK to South Africa, one of the best decisions I ever made. During the summer I’ll head to the beach, in the winter it’s up to the wine farms, in between there’s plenty of hikes and climbs, restaurants and bars and a multitude of other activities to keep you busy outside of work.
The social aspect aside – the real attraction to South Africa was to provide my European recruitment skills across Sub – Sahara Africa within economies that are still very much in their infancy.
I have focused on the emerging Sub-Saharan African market for the last 7 years, most recently with a focus on the Technology sector. This has given me the opportunity to assist in the development of one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
I believe in hard work, networking, and being unique. A combination of these three traits will take you a long way in recruitment in any industry or geographical area. This has been particularly useful here in Africa where a strong candidate and client base who remembers and relies on you has proved invaluable.
Many of the clients I have had the opportunity to work with have relied on my recruitment expertise gained in Europe to help them overcome hurdles and difficulties at a local level.
Since graduating from university, I have lived and recruited in three different countries UK, Spain and South Africa. In each location having the opportunity to build an amazing network, develop my skill base and have a myriad of life experiences.
Being based in Cape Town gives you easy access to the entire Middle Eastern region and some of the fastest emerging markets in the world. The UAE is experiencing a technology revolution as they look to diversify away from their Oil & Gas influence- The investment within Tech in the Middle East is astronomical as they look to become world leaders in innovation.
I came from a background in Oil & Gas recruitment, so have naturally diversified with the market trends. When I first landed in The Cape and saw the levels of technology innovation, development and drive, I knew I had to be involved in the technology market and more specifically FinTech and application development.
Living in Cape Town for nearly two years means you will naturally get involved in outdoor pursuits and I’ve always been a sports fanatic playing semi-professional football from my time in Spain. The country has given me the opportunity to experience many new pursuits. In 2016 I ran with the CloudStream office at the Cape Town “run for peace” and have since begun serious long-distance running completing the Victoria Falls marathon in 2018.
As a main hobby alongside many “white collar” boxing events for local charities. You can even see me on You Tube!!! Originating from Manchester, I must also mention I am a big Man United fan and exclusively listen to Oasis.
I have 10 years’ experience in recruitment with 7 years focusing on technology recruitment into the investment banking sector. I have built deep market knowledge from working in London and Hong Kong investment banking markets.
The accounts I’ve been accountable for include JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley , HSBC , BAML and ABN Amro to name a few. From a technology perspective I specialise in recruiting the top talent in areas of software development, data management and security.
Something about me: I’m a huge LFC fan and love to keep active playing football and boxing.
Although originally from Cape Town, I relocated to London almost 12 years ago and love living in such a dynamic and vibrant city. As Europe’s leading tech hub and home to some of the hottest start-ups on the planet, it is definitely an exciting place to be for tech recruitment.
My focus is on App Dev and over the past 6 years I have helped many organisations – from early stage start-ups to large corporates – grow their tech teams with some of the top open source talent from across Europe. I strive to provide an exceptional service to everyone I deal with, and for me recruitment is about forging and building strong relationships while delivering the very best talent and service. This can be very challenging but is made easier with the right blend of people skills, drive, commitment and market knowledge.
I have a passion for technology, especially the Cloud, and am constantly researching latest trends, tools, blogs and start-ups to keep ahead of the game. Technology is rapidly evolving and the extent to which it can disrupt the way we live and do business is still very much unknown, but with major drives in spaces such as Blockchain and AI we are in for some exciting developments over the next few years. Outside of the office my passion is sport and I am an avid (and more often than not disappointed) Arsenal fan, and although recently I’ve been kept very busy on the weekends by my beautiful new daughter I still try and sneak in the occasional 18 holes.
I am a Talent Manager for the Sub-Saharan African Key Accounts Team and hold close to four years of recruitment experience. I started my recruitment career in Johannesburg where my speciality was placing Commercial and Finance executives into Africa.
My success in SSA included placing national and expats into Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Rwanda, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Angola. These positions included CEO’s, CFO’s, General Managers, Country Managers, Finance Managers, Sales Managers and Corporate Affairs Executives.
Since joining CloudStream Global I have assisted in signing and developing some of the largest Accounts in the business, including; Financial Services, Insurance, Media, FMCG and Retail. My focus has shifted to include Senior Commercial Technology recruitment.
Some of my significant placements include the CIO for a multinational Insurance leader, the Head of Data Development and the Head of Data Services for a leading FS company, the Head of Treasury for a multinational Media company, Senior Global AE for an International Software Vendor and more.
After finishing my education on the West Coast of South Africa, I moved to the UK for a 1-year gap year and 10 years later I was still living there! I lived in the beautiful Cotswolds for 8 years and in Bristol for 2 years and had an amazing time. You just cannot beat British humour, right?!
I started my career in recruitment in the UK in 2010, I worked for a very fast paced high turnover temping solution agency. I learnt all about the importance of building strong relationships with my clients and candidates alike, managing the process, expectations and most importantly having fun!
In Bristol I joined a fantastic specialist Technical agency and learned everything I know about recruiting Developers, I focused on was placing Developers into everything from startups, fintech, corporate insurance businesses and FTSE 100 businesses around the South West of the UK.
I absolutely love what I do and learning about the projects my clients are working on honestly excites me. I pride myself on really getting to know my clients, so that when I am representing them to local talented individuals I can get them just as excited as I am!
After an amazing time in the UK, I decided I needed to get back to my home roots, one’s heart will always have a magical connection with Africa that cannot be broken.
Here at CloudStream I am proud to have brought my experience in hiring talented Developers into the European market to Cape Town! I am working with Software Engineers, Product Owners, BAs and QAs across South Africa and placing them into Development teams in start-ups, the majority of the work I do is building development teams up from scratch.
In spare time I love going to live music gigs, spending time on one of Cape Town’s beautiful beaches, hosting dinner parties and shopping!
Since I matriculated I have always had a keen interest in connecting with people, so I started my studies of International Management in Munich as a result of this interest. As it was an accompanying course of studies, I had to choose the direction of my professional life.
I began my professional career in the IT sector at one of the largest recruitment companies in the region. Without really being aware of how diversified this job can be, I conceived in the early days that it is much more than you would think of in the beginning.
It is more of a multifaceted work where no day is like another. It is rather about knowing the people you’re talking to every day, understanding their requirements for the future and supporting them the best you can – no matter if it’s a hiring manager or a candidate you are talking to. One can’t go without the other!
Since my first day in the job of a recruiter and consultant, IT has always remained as my main area of focus. I learnt so much and really got to love all the topics I’m surrounded by every day.
At CloudStream Global, I’m responsible for the staff recruitment in the IT sector for freelancers and permanent positions. I’m really enthusiastic about what I’m doing and know that the urge of external recruiting is increasing, especially in the IT environment.
I originally started my career in law, studying at the University of Johannesburg, signing up for articles with a commercial property firm and moving across to the UAE for a short stint with a legal practice in Dubai.
Coming home to SA wiser and clearer on what the legal world is, I left the legal profession so to speak and took to recruiting lawyers into law firms. Having dealt with lawyers and law firms for years, I hopped on a plane and moved to Cape Town in a drought to start a new challenge, Tech recruitment!
I enjoy working hard to fill roles, I enjoy the challenge and the satisfaction of placing that impossible role. I am currently specialising in the Technology sector, focusing on Commercial, Legal, Finance and IT.
Having recruited for several years and sourced across the legal profession and commercially into Africa, managing accounts and handling the recruitment process has become a process that I believe sets you apart from any other agency. How you manage your client and the experience they are left with is what makes you successful. Honesty and transparency are the only way to manage a recruitment process, you become an extension of your client’s business thus an extension and a representation of the brand in the market and quality of employees on the floor.
Coming from a sales and business development background within the Legal sector, it was a relatively easy transition into recruitment, as I quickly became passionate about understanding my client’s talent needs and fulfilling it with pinpoint accuracy. As a result, I was voted “New-comer of the year” in my first 7 months and promoted into a client-facing role when I hit the year mark.
My goal is to form strategic partnerships will clients I truly believe in and help them achieve their goals with the best talent available.
I am a highly ambitious, driven, motivated, positive, enthusiastic and bubbly individual who is always eager to learn, I believe in ‘always be learning’. There is nothing like a challenge and simply put I refuse to give up. I thrive on taking initiative and being able to work autonomously, however I am just as able to work together as a team member. I have been working for Cloudstream for over two years and currently offering support to the Middle East for both clients and candidates. I am focused on working with start-ups and enterprises alike to provide talent solutions for Technology & Commercial specific requirements.
As a Senior Key Accounts Consultant, I specialize in working with professionals across the full Software Development Lifecycle, globally, from Developers to Testers with focus on technologies such as Selenium, Hadoop, React.JS, Node.JS , JVM Languages such as Scala, Core Java, Groovy, Kotlin & Clojure, from junior to senior positions, assisting the candidates in career growth, relocation to the Middle Eastern region and managing the entire process, for the respective client and candidate, from start to finish.
Working in an agile team of specialist consultants, the Middle East team can support your hiring strategy across everything Technology related.
I’m Honey, a spoken word poet and a fitness enthusiast. A lot of my free time is spent either at the gym or performing at spoken word competitions- spaces which I can explore the limits of both mind and body. This natural affiliation with performance led me towards a career in recruitment. It gave me the perfect opportunity to constantly interact with people and build out what I believe with be an amazing career.
I recently graduated from university and am one of the younger consultants in our London operation. Having the opportunity to start my career for a fast track business such as CloudStream and be surrounded by such a wealth of experience has provided me with exactly the foundation and environment I need to achieve my goals.
I hope to be an asset to the company and provide a unique experience for both candidates and client. Focusing on Application Development allows me to be a part of the growth of many start-ups as well as large corporate organisations where I can focus on building and maintaining strong relationships, while infusing my desire to work in a sector that is centred around technology.
Although its early days, I’m confident you will hear much more from me as I develop into a leading consultant – watch this space!!!
I am part of the Tech Stream Global team, focusing in building their contract market in Europe.
In my career as a technology consultant I have acquired a strong technical understanding in all levels of development. I am vertically focused in Development & Architecture and Data & Analytic.
I place candidates in roles from Integration Architects, Senior Java Developers and IAM Specialist onsite Top Tier clients globally.
I am a Talent Consultant within the CloudStream Global Key Accounts Team. I hold five years of recruitment experience. I originally started my career within the petrochemical industry and later branched into the Information Technology space where my success has ranged from placing Java/ C# Developers, Web Developers, Systems and Business Analysts, Test Analysts – Manual and Automation within Cape Town, Durban and Gauteng. I also have a years’ experience within the Digital and Social Media space, having worked on Account Director / Manager/ Executive, Creative Director, Digital Designers and Art Director positions.
Since joining CloudStream Global, I specialise in working with Analysts, Scrum and Project Managers, Developers and QA Engineer professionals globally from junior to senior level positions, helping them find their best suited career path within Sub-Saharan Africa.
I’m originally from Luanda Angola and I’ve been in Cape Town since 2001.
After studying Public Management and specialising in Human Resource Development, I found my passion for working with people and it kick-started my recruitment journey.
I specialize in the Information Technology and Application Development field and which has taught me so much about technology. I enjoy staying up to date with current trends and developments in my sector.
I love working with many different nationalities as I recruit in SA, UK and Europe to match the best talent with a great career path.
I recently re-located to London three years’ ago and kick-started my career in a sales environment. As I have the opportunity to deal with people face-to-face on a daily basis, I have improved my communication skills and feel more confident in addressing individuals in the working environment who I made not have known. As an individual, I have developed my personality over the last few years and joining EarthStream Global allowed me to position myself in a role that offers fantastic growth opportunities.
I have enjoyed working with my team from day one as the fast-paced environment offers an exciting experience every step of the way. Each day offers new challenges that I am able to conquer and you learn and grow as time goes by.
For now, I aim to master the market in which I work and grasp as much information on a daily basis to ensure I continue to thrive in my role.
With regards to me life outside of work, I love to focus on my hobbies that include drawing, music, socializing with friends and reading crime fiction books and articles!