Meet the team

Board of Directors

OMDis is governed by a Board of Directors. OMDis’ operations are led by a General Manger who is supported by a small team of business developers.

The team’s core activities include: Economic research, industry and business case development, funding and investment facilitation, SME development and business skills and entrepreneurship training.

Riaan Burger

Riaan Burger

Chairperson
Jurgen Jacob

Jurgen Jacob

Libertha Kapere

Libertha Kapere

Jauque Jansen

Jauque Jansen

Leadership Team

Tony Bessinger

Tony Bessinger

General Manager

Tony’s vast business and operational management knowledge is attained from leading an array of multi-disciplinary business units within the Diamond mining value chain. This includes his most recent Senior Management position at Namdeb as Lead of Town Transformation, prior this, as the Mine Manager for Elizabeth Bay Mine in Lüderitz and the Mining area 1 in Oranjemund, respectively. He achieved his international exposure and strong leadership qualities from experiences as the General Manager (acting) of Namgem Diamond Manufacturing, a diamond cutting and polishing firm in Okahandja, thereafter in 2001, he held a Plant Manager position at the Orapa Kimberlite pipe operations in Debswana Diamond Mines. Tony is currently appointed as the General Manager (acting) at OMDis.

Aunie Gideon

Aunie Gideon

Business Development Manager

Mrs. Aunie Gideon, holding over 14 years’ experience in Community Development, Sustainable Economic and Business Development, is the Business Development Manager at OMDis. She has held notable leadership positions as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lüderitz Town Council and most recently, as the Director of Operations at the Electoral Commission of Namibia. Currently acquiring an MBA from the University of South Wales, she also holds an Bphil in Sustainable Development from the University of Stellenbosch and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Namibia.

Ronel van der Merwe

Ronel van der Merwe

Sustainable Development Manager

Ronel holds a Master’s degree in Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge.  Her main areas of expertise include strategy formulation, organizational culture change, and complex transformations. As Environmental Manager at Namdeb, Ronel was responsible for embedding environmental management as an integral part of the business.  In a later role as Sustainability Manager, she was tasked with creating a vision and strategy for Oranjemund’s transformation. She also worked for De Beers Group Services as a Project Manager, for Routes to Resilience as a Sustainability Specialist, and for University of Cambridge as an Assessor. After a short learnership break, learning about content creation, filming techniques and storytelling, she is here to continue the transformation journey. Ronel is a botanist by trade, environmentalist by heart and a “sustainabologist” by experience, and can mostly be found on a dune, by the sea or on a river.

Meameno Vatileni

Meameno Vatileni

SME Coordinator

Ms. Meameno Vatileni holds over 8 years of experience in Business Administration with a background in communications, accounting, client relations, and financial management. She has held creditable positions at companies like Pupkewitz Megabuild amongst others. Meameno has played a crucial role of the establishment of OMDis. Passionate about social-economic development and community engagement, she is currently the SME Coordinator at OMDis.

News & Announcements

Through our news and announcements, we hope to keep you engaged yet inspired as we share Oranjemunds transform journey with you.

Joint SME development project kicks off in Oranjemund

OMDis Town Transform Agency, Uconomy Namibia and Nedbank Namibia this week announced a collaboration that will boost the SME development...
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ART CAN TRANSFORM Project kicks off at Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School (AAPS) in Oranjemund.

Windhoek based artist Nicky Marais and Oranjemund based artist Aurelia Sieberhagen was contracted by OMDis to coordinate a school mural...
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OMDis open up SMEs Centre on their premises

On Thursday, 19 August 2021, OMDis officially opened up the new SMEs Centre in Oranjemund, located at the OMDis Offices...
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Benches donated and installed at the East Gate Courtyard

Three wooden picnic benches have been built by a local carpenter as part of the support local businesses initiative. East...
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Property Development project kicks off in Oranjemund

On the 10th of August a team of town planners, architects and engineers from the AIJ consortium had an inception...
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Agricultural Project Pamwe doing big things

Mara Beukes, the principal of Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School in Oranjemund, says their school prides itself on its school garden....
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