Our People

Our People


Our People are expert advisors in their fields. Let us help you find transformative and sustainable solutions.

Lisa Agbenafa (nee Tait):    Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Tait, Chief Executive OfficerLisa has been an empowerment consultant and legal advisor for 22 years.

She completed her articles at Webber Wentzel Attorneys in 1992. Since then, Lisa has worked in many organisations, driving empowerment and transformation. Notably she was the Legal Director of the Mpumalanga Parks Board, where she assisted in the formulation of the current commercialisation strategy of conservation for government conservation areas.

Together with Kevin Lester, she founded Transcend Corporate Advisors in 2006. Since then, that company has grown onto one of the foremost BEE and sustainability compliance consulting houses.  In 2014, by agreement with all of the shareholders, Lisa’s practice within Transcend broke away and, together with Lara Lombard, she founded Advance Corporate Advisers.  The business retained all of its employees, know-how and clients, and is actively establishing its brand in the social development and transformation consulting space.

Lisa’s practice within the company specialises in the provision of expertise to multinationals, as well as due diligence services to primarily listed and professional services entities, assisting corporates through verification processes, interfacing with verification agencies on their behalf and building sustainable compliance strategies and practices.

Over the past 21 years, Lisa has acquired an expert understanding on the compliance regulatory and socio-political requirements. It is with this experience that she is the head of the Ownership Department at Advance, and develops and implements strategic and ‘best practice’ solutions in this area.

A significant portion of Lisa’s practice currently focuses on assisting clients in their ability to tender for large SA infrastructure mega-projects and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) with the South African government. She advises on all issues pertaining to B-BBEE or Economic Development in tenders, providing a total solution in this field.


Danielle Shuval:    Transformation Advisor

Danielle graduated with an Honours Degree in Organisational Psychology, which ignited her passion and appreciation for the socio-economic development of the South African economy. During her time at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Danielle gained invaluable experience in research, problem-solving, management skills and cultural awareness,

After graduating, Danielle went on to teach English to students in Hong Kong and then took time to travel in 2015, learning  valuable life lessons through her travels.

Danielle joined BEE consulting firm Advance Corporate Advisors in 2016 as a transformation advisor, assisting large corporates in implementing their transformation strategies. She gained valuable insight into BEE, particularly Ownership advisory, where she has advised many large entities, both local and multinational, in various strategies.

Danielle has become an Ownership modeling expert through her in depth understanding of the Codes, and through her exposure on the large projects that Advance Corporate Advisors deal with, and her experience and leadership within these deals has made her one of the leading advisors on this issue.

Danielle’s analytical skills and problem solving abilities coupled with her strong research skills assist her to implement innovative solutions for multiple corporates.


T Dr Emmanuel Agbenafa:    International Business Development Manager

Emmanuel Joined Advance in 2017. He has extensive experience and expertise in doing business, and facilitating commercial relationships in a number of West African countries, including Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Benin.

He heads up the advisory business development team for Advance in these countries, where we have been able to ensure that our clients are able to be positioned advantageously in their new and existing businesses.

With his many years of experience in doing business in West Africa, and his relationships, which span political, commercial and traditional, he enables Advance to significantly expand the social developmental advisory work that it does on behalf of its clients in South Africa, and extend its facilitation services to these countries.