Exponential Team

Carol Atkinson

Carol Atkinson

Managing Partner: Integration

Carol Atkinson is based in South Africa and predominantly focuses on driving and maximising the creation of value in the context of the scaler and optimiser opportunities for both MMI and the businesses Exponential integrates with. She bridges the gap between the Exponential business unit and the rest of the MMI business units, particularly in a South African context.

Carol’s strength is in the employee benefits solutions space; her roles within the MMI group have required her to collaborate with divisions to offer compelling value propositions to employers, employees and financial intermediaries. She has been involved in product design, development and implementation both from a technical point of view as well as a leadership role (having headed up MMI’s SMME segment, distribution division within Momentum BenefitsAtWork and award winning employee benefits product line Momentum FundsAtWork). In her various roles and collaborations, Carol has created an extensive network with divisional leaders and technical experts, she is widely recognised in the industry as a solid conceptualiser and executor of strategy.

Jonathan Stewart

Jonathan Stewart

Managing Partner: Africa Investments

Jonathan is based in South Africa and is responsible for identifying and managing opportunities in South Africa and Africa, mainly focusing on venture developer opportunities.

Jonathan has extensive experience in the asset management space; he was previously Chief Investment Officer for Momentum Asset Management, Investment Strategist for RMB Asset Management and headed various Fixed Income portfolios in the asset management industry. Jonathan joined MMI’s Group Strategy division in 2012 and was part of the team that drove the implementation of the client-centric business model. Jonathan’s investment management and business strategy experience has culminated in his ability to identify and uncover opportunities to help future-proof MMI.

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Managing Partner: Global Investments

Dan is based in the UK and is responsible for identifying and managing the global (non-South African and Africa) opportunities, mainly focusing on venture developer opportunities. He is responsible for the relationship with Exponential investment partner, Anthemis, and the portfolio companies in this corporate venture fund.

Dan has 10 years of experience advising small and large technology businesses, most recently in Strategy Consulting with Monitor Deloitte, at CxO and board-level in the technology and media sectors. Prior to this, Dan held senior commercial roles in Strategy, Business Development and Sales for IBM across EMEA. Passionate about start-ups and innovation, Dan has been active in the tech start-up community as an advisor for Microsoft Ventures Accelerator, a global mentor for Startupbootcamp and has also led paid strategy projects with co-working spaces/incubators.

Yolanda Van der Merwe

Yolanda Van der Merwe

Personal Assistant

Yolanda is based in South Africa and is responsible for coordinating and managing the activities of Exponential and the team. Yolanda has training and experience, ranging from internal communications to ABL advertising and PR. She has been an executive assistant to various leaders within the MMI group which has exposed her to the various aspects of the business but also provided her with on the ground opportunities to apply the myriad skills gained through various training programmes.