About BreakThru Advisory


BreakThru Advisory offers a wide range of advisory services for sub-Saharan African Banks, Commercial Businesses and SMEs’, such as private equity and venture capital investments, merger and acquisitions, market entry and growth strategies, business and operating model design and implementation, execution and commercialisation of strategies, revenue enhancement, product development and digitization – read more in the Services section to follow.

Sustainability is key to the BreakThru approach and we strive to build long lasting and mutually beneficial relationships with our clients by adopting a locally relevant and value-add approach in all our engagements. Knowledge transfer is at the heart of what we do and we pride ourselves in this philosophy when designing and delivering client engagements.

About Marius Wait


36 Years banking experience fulfilling several senior executive roles across Standard Bank, ABSA and African Bank Investment Limited and across most of the African Continent. Co-authored a number of publications on retail banking best practice together with the Council of Financial Competition (London) and the Corporate Executive Board (Washington) and featured in the Retail Banker magazine. He represented Standard Bank on a number of Boards for alliances and joint ventures. He has completed an Advanced Executive Development Program at the University of South Africa Business School for Leadership (cum laude) together with other professional development programs. As Entrepreneur Marius has Shareholding and Directorship positions in companies across various industries.

About John Smit


20 Years banking experience fulfilling several executive roles for Standard Bank across Sub-Sahara Africa which included 5 years living in Nigeria as well as 5 years in Angola to establish and grow to scale a Retail banking business for the bank. John holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Banking and completed an Executive Development Program with Duke University (USA). As Entrepreneur John has Shareholding and Directorship positions in companies across various industries

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