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Independent CTO comprises of a small virtual team of experts collaborating in order to present to the market an ecosystem of CTO services and associated non-executive oversight roles focusing on technology strategies and decisions. At the helm is Ferdie Lochner, a multi-disciplinary analyst with a Ph.D. in Business and Management Science, focusing on the subject field of technology management. Supporting all contracts, trusts, derivative actions and associated legal matters are independent and reputable on-line law firm Virtual Lawyers, while Blue Stallion Technologies serves as the center of excellence for the use of decision-support systems in support of technology tenders. Independent chartered accountant Elana Bester heads up financial transactions, sees to financial compliance and serves as general accounting and tax advisor.
Having served for thirty years as a public servant and academic, Ferdie took early retirement to launch a new ecosystem of services directed at technology strategies and decisions involving non-executive roles and Chief Technology Officer roles. Ferdie also serves as founding director of the tech start-up Utunzaji, as non-executive director and member of the board of Vheneka, as member of the senate of the tertiary institution Concept Interactive, is still active as part-time academic and guest lecturer for technology ventures at the Namibian University of Science and Technology, studies towards a BA LLB degree in law, and presents his services as an accredited mediator. For fun and passion, Ferdie enjoys nature and all of its life forms.