Our Team

Dr Etienne van der Walt

Co-Founder, CEO and Head of Science
BSc, BMedSc, MBChB, MMed (Neurology)

Etienne is an accomplished neurologist, cognitive neuroscientist, and authority in early childhood brain development. Etienne’s 14-year career as a clinical neurologist means he has a deep understanding of the anatomy, biology, and physiology of the brain and the human nervous system. In more recent years, his professional and personal fascination with the remarkable discoveries coming from the various brain sciences has led him to believe in the vast potential of this new knowledge to enhance brain performance and a state of thriving as he puts it. The realisation of this vision is the founding of Cape Town based Neurozone®, a neuroscience business dedicated to the application of brain science to enhance human capacity.

Etienne is also the founder of AmazingBrainz™, a non-profit dedicated to the design of programs for the brain stimulation of young, developing children – especially in disadvantaged communities. Etienne worked as a neurologist in South Africa, the UK, and the Netherlands, and speaks to diverse audiences of professionals, educators, and parents about the amazing human brain.

Tony Kirton

Co-Founder, Commercial Director USA
BA, MBA

A 24-year sales and marketing career in the automotive industry, plus ten years of consulting brings deep experience in the critical aspects required to successfully bring new products to market. Most notably, Tony was the marketing manager VW South Africa, director of marketing Audi of America, national sales manager, VW & Audi in the UK, and sales and marketing director BMW South Africa. In addition, Tony developed the IMAX Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina. He subsequently spent ten years in Phoenix, Arizona consulting nationally for a wide range of American clients.

This consulting work led Tony to growing fascination with neuroscience research, with all its new promise to positively affect the lives of people from all walks of life. Recognising that this new knowledge will change forever our view of the world we live in, Tony returned to South Africa in 2010 to find ways to make this a reality. Tony has now returned to the US to commercialize the Neuroscience for High Performance Leadership product, and to explore opportunities for additional innovations using the same neuroscientific platform.

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CHARL JACOBS

Organizational Psychology, Psychometrics and Statistics
BComm, MComm (Organizational Psychology)

Specializing in psychometrics and statistics, Charl heads up Neurozone’s diagnostics, analytics and research unit. Charl has a passion for using predictive analytics in the field of applied neuroscience.

ANZA JACOBS

Business Development & Client Relations
LLB (Law)

Having worked in HR for a number of years, Anza works directly with our clients. She is an expert in tailoring Neurozone solutions into different marketplaces.

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DR FLEUR HOWELLS

Neurophysiology
BSc, BSc(Med)Hons, PhD (Neurophysiology)

Fleur is an expert in the field of neurophysiology and an active researcher at the University of Cape Town. She focuses especially on the sensory integration driver, and is active in the search for neuro-biomarkers. She ensures the integrity of the Neurozone® Model of Brain Performance.

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DR DARREN GREEN

Health and Wellness
MBChB

A medical doctor with a passion for healthy living, Darren is our wellness expert. He focuses on the foundational drivers. Because of Darren’s creative background he is also responsible for media and PR, as well as facilitating in Neurozone® workshops.

DR MELIKE FOURIE

Neuropsychology
BSc, BSc(Med)Hons, MSc, PhD (Neuropsychology)

Melike holds an MSc in cognitive neuropsychology and a PhD in neuroscience. She analyzes all our content from a neuroscience perspective with a special focus on the emotional drivers of the brain.

GUSTAV VAN GREUNEN

Psychology
BA, MA (Clinical Psychology)

With 23 years’ experience as a clinical psychologist, Gustav works to enhance understanding of the higher order drivers of the brain, facilitates in Neurozone® workshops and performs direct consultation with executives in large organizations.

Our advisors

Professor Kurt April

PhD; Cert(JP); MBA; MSc(Eng); HDE; BSc(Eng); NDip(LS); NDip(EE)

Kurt April is a Sainsbury Fellow and tenured Professor of Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion at the Graduate School of Business of the University of Cape Town (South Africa), an Associate Fellow of Said Business School (University of Oxford, UK), Research Fellow of Ashridge (UK), Faculty Member of Duke Corporate Education (Duke University, USA), Visiting Professor at Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University, Netherlands), and Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan University (UK).

Professor Jonathan Carr

MBChB; PhD; FCP(SA) Neurology

Chair of the Department of Neurology at Stellenbosch University, Jonathan Carr is a neurologist with a particular interest in movement disorders. He completed his undergraduate training at UCT, and then did a Neurology residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York. After returning to South Africa, he took up a post in the Division of Neurology at Tygerberg Hospital and the University of Stellenbosch. He subsequently did a sabbatical at the University of British Columbia, and thereafter, together with Professor Soraya Bardien, helped to set up a laboratory at Stellenbosch to investigate the genetic causes of Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Wim Myburgh

DPhil (Psychology) NMMU

Wim Myburgh is a registered industrial psychologist and a leading expert in the field of psychometrics. He is a founder of Psymetric, a group of consulting/industrial psychologists whose core business in the use of assessments to help employers and individuals make informed career decisions. As an expert advisor to Neurozone®, Wim provides important oversight in the design of our questionnaires to ensure they meet the standards required for psychometric assessment.