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.

AMBROSIUS AMUTENYA PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNS THROUGH GROWING FOOD

Ambrosius Amutenya Primary School’s (AAPS) Agriculture school project under the name Project Pamwe (“together” in Herero) is back and breaking...
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OMDis shining a new light on Oranjemund’s Tourism

The iconic National Geographic yellow frame can be found at the edge of our picturesque Orange River mouth.
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OMDis supports Futree Community Garden

Situated on the northern edge of Oranjemund, Frutee Community Garden Project, is an exemplary community project that plays an important...
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Oranjemund’s agriculture project thrives

OMDis Town Transform Agency “OMDis” was established in August of 2019 as an S21 Company by NAMDEB Diamond Corporation with...
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Oranjemund’s museum, Jasper House, gets a revamp.

A town like Oranjemund, situated in the renowned Sperrgebiet and with all its rich history and secluded ambiance, has an...
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Pitching for recovery with SMEs Compete and OMDis

The Pitching for Recovery (P4R) programme is conceptualized by SMEs Compete and enabled by the support of GIZ. It is...
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