Our Pandas

Nick Hudson 🇿🇦

Nick Hudson 🇿🇦

Private Equity Investor

Currently a founding partner at SANA Partners, Nick has extensive experience in the financial sector and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. Nick has spent a decade at RMB Ventures, four years at Stern Stewart & Co. in New York City, and six with the the Swiss Re Group. 

In March 2020, concerned about the long-term effects COVID-19 may have on South Africa, Nick & Peter founded Pandemics Data and Analytics – PANDA to provide decision makers calculated data on the virus’ cost on SA livelihoods.

Peter Castleden 🇿🇦

Peter Castleden 🇿🇦

Actuary

Peter has over a decade of actuarial experience at one of the largest financial services groups in South Africa. He specialises in actuarial product design.

In March 2020, concerned about the long-term effects COVID-19 may have on South Africa, Peter & Nick founded Pandemics Data and Analytics – PANDA to provide decision makers calculated data on the virus’ cost on SA livelihoods

David Carman 🇦🇺

David Carman 🇦🇺

Medical Doctor

David has a BSc in microbiology and biochemistry, and an MBChB. He worked extensively with TB and HIV in the 1990s, and now writes and runs Linux systems in health data management. He also believes vitamin D supplementation is vital in the fight against SARS-CoV-2, as well as HIV, TB and a host of other illnesses.

Shayne Krige 🇿🇦

Shayne Krige 🇿🇦

Lawyer

Shayne has over a decade of experience as a corporate lawyer in Europe and has spent the past nine years practicing in South Africa. He is currently a director in the corporate law department of Werksmans Attorneys, and has worked on a diverse range of cases including major corporate restructurings, saving butterflies from extinction, assisting victims of police torture and setting up a well-known online start-up.

Ian McGorian 🇬🇧

Ian McGorian 🇬🇧

Big Data Analyst

Ian is currently the managing Director of Silver Fox Consulting, a firm specialising in data analysis to inform strategy. A former director of Allied Publishing (media distribution) and 21st Century (remuneration consulting). Currently residing in the “Big Smoke” (Johannesburg) but escaping whenever possible to indulge in twitching.

Ian joined PANDA as he believes meaning and purpose is lost if we remain silent on things that matter.

Russell Lamberti 🇿🇦

Russell Lamberti 🇿🇦

Economist

A self-professed Austrian economist, Russell is the founder and Managing Director of ETM Macro Advisors, an investment advisory firm based in Cape Town where he also resides. He is also the co-author of ‘When Money Destroys Nations’, a book about Zimbabwe’s hyperinflation crisis.
Russell joined PANDA at the outset to help provide clarity over the economic impact of lockdowns and to help strengthen the analysis of the immense harm and inappropriateness of lockdowns. Russell remains with PANDA to help equip societies with the knowledge to live courageously and resist such damaging policies in future.

Vincent Anthonyrajah 🇿🇦

Vincent Anthonyrajah 🇿🇦

Financial Services Professional

Vincent is Managing Director at Differential Capital. He has close to 15 years of experience, primarily in the investments and insurance sectors. As an equity research analyst during this time, he was highly rated (top 3) in the Financial Mail rankings for research in Banks, Real Estate and General Financials sectors. Vincent’s current area of expertise are in blending traditional fundamental analysis with machine learning techniques.

Abir Ballan 🇱🇧

Abir Ballan 🇱🇧

Activist

Abir has a background in public health, psychology, and education. She’s been a passionate advocate for the inclusion of students with learning difficulties in schools. She has also published 27 children’s books in Arabic. Abir joined PANDA in September 2020, with the hope of fostering an international movement that counteracts the predominant unscientific narrative behind government policies.
She is very concerned for the wellbeing of society, particularly the children and the elderly. She fears the deleterious effects of the economic downturn on the world as a whole, but more so in developing countries.
Roy Breeds 🇿🇦

Roy Breeds 🇿🇦

Medical Doctor

Dr Roy Breeds is an alumnus of the University of Cape Town (UCT) medical school and holds an MBChB (UCT) FCP (SA) Cert Rheumatology (SA). He completed his specialist training at Groote Schuur Hospital and is currently in private rheumatology practice in Cape Town.

Roy joined PANDA because he believed the world’s public health response to SARS-CoV-2 to be the greatest iatrogenic catastrophe in modern history. He understood that a false and one-sided narrative around Covid-19 had taken root and was pervading society and that medical science, with the help of the mainstream media, was complicit in this propaganda and fear-mongering.

Heike Brunner 🇿🇦

Heike Brunner 🇿🇦

Freelance Performer

Heike is an alumnus of WITS University, a stage/screen actor, voice-over artist and writer. She lived and worked in Europe for 12 years before settling in Cape Town. 

Heike joined PANDA in April 2020, deeply concerned about the impact of lockdowns and the accompanying fear-mongering, guilting and shaming on children and marginalised youngsters. Heike worked with Afghan child refugees in Paris and volunteers with former street children in Cape Town. She coordinates PANDA’s Communication.

Rowan Burger 🇿🇦

Rowan Burger 🇿🇦

Actuary

Rowan has over two decades of experience as a specialist in the pensions and investments areas in a number of large financial services organisations. Rowan has a passion for improving financial inclusion and the financial welfare of South Africans. He is involved in policy formulation and a regular participant and commentator within the retirement savings environment.

In times of uncertainty we need clear heads to make informed decisions. The dire consequences of the lock-down did not feature in the national discourse and the PANDA  team were passionate and more than capable to better frame our national (and now global) response.

 

Clare Craig 🇬🇧

Clare Craig 🇬🇧

Consultant Pathologist

Clare Craig has been a pathologist since 2001 in the NHS in the UK and more recently as the day to day pathology lead for the cancer arm of the 100,000 Genomes Project and working for an AI startup in cancer diagnostics.

Clare Joined PANDA because she believes that our actions as a society have killed and are continuing to kill more people than COVID ever did. As a diagnostics expert Clare recognises the mistakes that have been made and wants to shout about them.

Grant Gallagher 🇺🇸

Grant Gallagher 🇺🇸

Science Journalist, Editor

Editor and social analyst with experience writing about biotech, pandemics (Ebola, HIV, SARS-CoV-2), and contradictions in the relationship of politics to civil society. Grant worked at an infectious disease publication at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and became involved with PANDA after interviewing Dr. Martin Kulldorff.

As a cancer survivor, Grant is personally invested in supporting experiences of normalcy and social connection for children with cancer through volunteer organizations like Camp Quality USA.

AJ Kay 🇺🇸

AJ Kay 🇺🇸

Science Writer

AJ is a mom of four and a freelance writer with a background in psychology, research, education, marketing and non-profit healthcare. Narrative writing is her passion and she believes that storytelling is how we make sense of our lives and, ultimately, change the world.

Working with PANDA, AJ hopes to give voice to those disproportionately affected by global-suppression-efforts-turned-human-rights-violations and help bring awareness to the devastating consequences of widespread lockdowns, especially in developing countries.

Jacques Malan 🇦🇺

Jacques Malan 🇦🇺

Data Scientist

CEO of Optisol Australia, working on IoT and AI products. Jacques is currently a doctoral candidate at Edinburgh Business School, but spends most of his time programming mathematical models on computers. He has lived and worked in seven countries, over 20 years, including a two-year stint in Silicon Valley (working on leading edge AI and ML models).
Jacques has a passion for smart IT and loves creating sophisticated systems.
 

Emma McArthur 🇬🇧

Emma McArthur 🇬🇧

Former Social Worker

A former radiographer, Emma moved from the UK to South Australia in 2007. Following a career break to raise her family, Emma completed a Master of Social Work. She has worked in the fields of homelessness, mental health and counselling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Emma joined PANDA in November 2020 to voice concerns about the ongoing impact of lockdown policies on societies’ most disadvantaged, as well as upon the wellbeing of our young people. She believes ‘being alive’ is about more than biology, and that policies must incorporate the psychosocial and spiritual welfare of all citizens.

Kevin Mckernan 🇺🇸

Kevin Mckernan 🇺🇸

Chief Scientific Officer, Medicinal Genomics, Microbiology, DNA Sequencing

Kevin holds a B.S. in Biology from Emory University with a focus on cloning and expressing Norepinephrine Transporters.  He is the CSO and Founder of Medicinal Genomics and has pioneered the genomics of cannabis and hemp to build a stronger scientific environment  for the study of cannabis based therapeutics. Kevin also managed the R&D for the Human Genome Project at Whitehead Institute/MIT resulting in several patents for nucleic acid purification.

Kevin joined PANDA  as he believes C19 risks are not being objectively displayed in the media and this is causing global economic harm that may vastly exceed the risk of the disease itself.

Trevor Nell 🇬🇧

Trevor Nell 🇬🇧

Senior Data Scientist

Trevor is a data scientist with BSc in Statistics, a qualified electrician and also possesses a Grandmaster in Memory from the 2005 World Memory Championships. He has an uncanny knack for numbers and is keen interest in machine learning, computer vision, feature engineering, AB testing, fraud modeling and problem solving.

Stacey Rudin 🇺🇸

Stacey Rudin 🇺🇸

Attorney

Stacey Rudin is a writer and activist and  runs PANDA’s Legal Network. Stacey writes for the American Institute of Economic Research and others in support of freedom, human rights and democracy. Her work with underprivileged communities and in the justice system informs her activism against lockdowns and open-ended “emergency” declarations.

An avid tennis player and reader of history, Stacey lives with her husband, two daughters, and one Cockapoo in Short Hills, New Jersey.

Janet Schuiling 🇿🇦

Janet Schuiling 🇿🇦

Geophysicist

Janet spent 17 years in the Oil and Gas industry, analyzing data in search of exploration prospects. A large part of her role was determining risk and volumetric uncertainty for these exploration targets which were easily 2km underground. Her assessment of risk and reward would help determine the commercial feasibility of an exploration campaign. Janet is comfortable in the world of data analysis, risk assessment and uncertainty.

Paul Scott 🇿🇦

Paul Scott 🇿🇦

Entrepreneur

Paul is a seasoned professional in financial markets and emerging-market technologies and in charge of PANDA Fundraising and Business Operations. He has deep-level FinTech, InsurTech and Big Data ecosystem knowledge, including utilisation of leading-edge technologies that underpin the ecosystem’s development. His focus for the last 5-years has become the inherent benefits in disruptive technology and the nascent opportunities this presents for a decentralised global economy.

 

Jessica Shelver 🇿🇦

Jessica Shelver 🇿🇦

Strategic Communications and Media Liaison

Jess is an international political studies and communications professional with almost a decade’s worth of international experience in crisis communications, reputation management, government relations, media relations,  as well as general brand, corporate reputation and image management. With a reputation for being a candid communicator, Jess is the Pandas strategic communications and media liaison. 

 

Heidi Short 🇿🇦

Heidi Short 🇿🇦

Statistician

Heidi is a statistics lecturer who gains satisfaction from educating and helping others make sense of numbers. She is passionate about data-driven decision making, and a keen advocate of good science, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heidi joined PANDA to help dispel fear and empower people by demystifying the data into relatable, bite-sized pieces. 

Piet Streicher 🇿🇦

Piet Streicher 🇿🇦

Engineer

Piet studied engineering at the University of Witwatersrand. He is the CEO of BulkSMS and Founder of Parents Corner, communications and social responsibility platforms which he has been running for the past two decades.

His interests include science, religion, gene-culture co-evolution and epistemology.

John Taylor 🇿🇦

John Taylor 🇿🇦

Engineer

John Taylor is a retired businessman who has long had a social conscience and is greatly concerned about the freedoms, rights and liberty of everyone and the impact of humans upon the environment.
When the first reports of a novel coronavirus appeared in the media, John was inspired to take action. As the responses of the World Health Organisation (WHO) became clearer, he realised that there was something seriously amiss. Spurred into action he has assembled an array of legal and professional skills to advise and guide the direction and actions of “Free the Children – Save the Nation”.

Jonathan Witt 🇿🇦

Jonathan Witt 🇿🇦

Medical Doctor

Dr Jonathan Witt is a medical practitioner working in the field of Anaesthesia and Critical Care. He is a passionate communicator, a skill which he applies as a medical educator as well as on various media platforms including the acclaimed current affairs podcast, the Renegade Report. He is well known for his steadfast opinions and views on a wide range of political, economic and sociological topics. Dr Witt is an executive member of the Convocation at the University of Witwatersrand, is the current Chief Commissioner of St John South Africa, and is the former Chairman of the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa. Jonathan lobbies for thoughtful data driven actions which take into account medical, economic and political outcomes.