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Pax Resilience (Pty) Ltd is a leading provider of risk management, resilience planning, and cybersecurity solutions. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, the company serves clients across the continent and around the world.

Drawing on over 120 years of collective wisdom and experience, Pax Resilience delivers top-tier customised risk, resilience, and cyber security solutions to help organisations identify potential threats, implement proactive strategies to mitigate risks, and develop robust resilience plans. The company's services span enterprise risk management, business continuity planning, crisis management, and cybersecurity which offers advanced threat detection, vulnerability management, and incident response capabilities to safeguard critical systems and data assets.

Distinguished by its expertise and commitment to client success, Pax Resilience has earned a reputation for delivering strategic and practical solutions that enhance organisational resilience. The company's multidisciplinary team includes seasoned risk professionals, business continuity experts, and elite cybersecurity specialists. Through its integrated risk and resilience services, Pax Resilience empowers clients to anticipate disruptions confidently, respond effectively, and emerge stronger in an increasingly turbulent global landscape.

Our Team

Michael Davies

Founder and Managing Director

Michael Davies is passionate about providing effective risk, resilience and recovery solutions for organisations. During the last two decades in the Risk, Resilience & Business Continuity Industry, Michael has assisted companies across different industries in planning for and handling disruptions. Michael has also had the privilege to speak about Risk, Resilience and Business Continuity Management (BCM) at various conferences in Africa and has been the author of many articles on leading edge concepts on the topic. Michael was CEO of the leading BCM service provider in Africa, and left the company in March 2021, after 18 years with the company. Whilst at the helm of the company it won numerous prestigious awards including being inducted into the Global Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Hall of Fame after winning the Continuity and Resilience Provider award for Africa for 3 consecutive years. Michael’s current focus is to help organisations integrate strategy, risk and resilience to remain effective and sustainable in times of great uncertainty and accelerating

BCI Africa Personality of the Year award 2018
BCI Resilience and BCM Contributor for Africa award 2020
Managing Director and founder of Pax Resilience
Chairman of Birger Resiliency Services
Chairman of Africa Steering Committee of Institute of Risk Management South Africa
Honorary Fellow of Global Business Continuity Institute
Fellow Member of Institute of Directors South Africa
Member of Institute of Risk Management South Africa
Member of Risk Management Association Mauritius

Resilience Specialist

Pete Frielinghaus is a highly experienced professional in Business Continuity and Resilience, holding significant roles within the Business Continuity Institute, a Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (FBCI), founding chairman of the African Chapter of the BCI, Director of the Global BCI Board,
approved BCI and ISO 22301 Instructor, founding BCI Forum Chairman for Mauritius and surrounding Islands as well as the founding member of the East African BCI Forum. With extensive experience and recognition as a Business Continuity Consultant of the year, he has completed successful projects in over 20 countries. Pete's expertise spans Africa, the United States, the United Kingdom, and the UAE. He continues to advise global companies on resilience and Crisis Management, his dedication to promoting resilience and risk management makes him a highly sought-after expert in the field.

Fellow of the Business Continuity Institute (FBCI)
Founding chairman of the African Chapter of the BCI
Director of the Global BCI Board
Founding BCI Forum Chairman for Mauritius
Founding member of the East African BCI Forum

Governance, Risk and Compliance Specialist

Dale Connock has spent more than 40 years in the Financial Services Industry and has extensive experience in the Governance, Risk and Compliance arena, initially in the Retail and Commercial banking environment before moving into the capital markets where he held the position of Chief Risk Officer at Strate, the Central Securities Depository in South Africa. Dale has an in depth understanding of the capital markets, retail and wholesale payment and clearing systems and the risk landscape in general.  Dale has consulted extensively across the continent on matters relating to the establishment and effective management of Financial Market Infrastructures.

Chief Risk Officer at Strate

Governance, Risk and Compliance Specialist

Robert Davies is an admitted attorney and member of the Corporate Lawyers Association of South Africa and has extensive experience in corporate law and governance, including regulatory matters, compliance, finance and restructuring. He was previously the Head of Legal Risk Management for a major listed company where his roles and responsibilities included developing the Group’s Legal Risk Management Framework together with an array of automated services including an online contract management system, a litigation database and reporting system and a web-based Governance, Risk & Compliance Knowledge Centre which provides efficient access to regulatory and compliance resources and toolkits.

Robert specialises in advising clients on regulatory and legislative matters (including POPIA, FICA and Cyberlaw) and drafts contracts, forms and policies to ensure compliance with the law. He adopts a direct and clear approach on all client matters and believes in providing services which ensure that his clients’ needs are met with solutions which are practical, effective and delivered with efficiency.

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Project Manager and Administrator

Renoo Shurmah is a highly organised and dedicated Administrator and Executive Personal Assistant with a proven track record of providing exceptional support to C-suite executives. With over 20 years of experience in both roles, Renoo is adept at project management, complex diary management, coordinating local & international travel, and handling confidential information with the utmost discretion. Known for outstanding communication skills and the ability to anticipate needs, she is an asset in optimising the efficiency and productivity of executives and projects. With a commitment to professionalism and a solutions-oriented mindset, she ensures seamless operations and enables execution of strategic objectives.

Chief Risk Officer at Strate

Christopher Palm

Christopher is a seasoned professional with 27 years of experience at Eskom Holdings, where he held various senior executive positions, establishing the integrated risk management capability in 2008. As a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa, he received the prestigious South Africa Risk Manager of the Year Award in 2016. Christopher chairs the SABS Standards Committee for Risk Management and represents South Africa as a full member of the International Standards Committee on Risk Management. He collaborates with public and private South African businesses, enhancing risk maturity and addressing complex risk management elements. Christopher's recent contributions include the integrated risk framework on strategy, risk, and resilience, and the South Africa Risk Report for 2022.

Ethical Hacker and Cyber Security Guru

Timothy Gilman has a background in Ethical Hacking stemming from childhood, through to achieving distinction grades at college in ICT & Software Development. Progressing through different sectors of security, Timothy progressed from corporate site security, advanced CCTV systems and access control before engaging a full-time career in Offensive Cyber Security and associated intelligence disciplines. Timothy’s 25 years of experience in ICT and offensive cyber security has led to the training of other industry operatives and he currently provides routine training and development to organisations including law firms and luxury vehicle brands. Timothy’s core skills include penetration testing, cloud security audits, cyber threat intelligence, open-source intelligence and investigations as well as counter-intelligence. Timothy has provided disclosures that have been pivotal in the protection of critical national infrastructure and maintains strong ethical values including the right to privacy and security of information and holds a strong belief in the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders 1998.

(OSCP) Offensive Security Certified Professional
(CRTP) Certified Red Team Professional

Cyber Security Expert

Gary Elliot is passionate about providing effective penetration testing for organisations to improve the security posture of systems and applications.  Gary has been involved in the Cyber Security Industry for 10 years after having spent 20 years in the IT Industry providing support, systems and network administration. Gary has assisted clients across various industries with improving the security postures of their networks and applications ranging from internal and external infrastructure, wireless infrastructure, web and mobile application penetration testing. Gary’s core skills include infrastructure and web application penetration testing, risk assessments and mitigation as well as incident response. Gary is of the strong opinion that Cyber Security is not simply about technologies and technical solutions but that procedural and human factors are as vital.  As such, Gary is a strong advocate of ensuring that Cyber Security is embedded in all business processes and will always take account of the business need and impact of any recommendations made.

Cyber Scheme Team Leader
IASME Cyber Essentials & Cyber Essentials Plus Assessor
IASME Cyber Advisor
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