Our Directors

Consumption Information Real Time (CIRT) is a 100% black-owned IoT data insights solutions provider.  We pride ourselves in being a preeminent home-grown business that provides companies with customised IoT, Data Analytics and Digital Transformation solutions.  


Our team of experienced IoT professionals, Data Scientists, Innovation Strategists, Chartered Accountants, Entrepreneurs, and Application Development specialists understand today’s business challenges and the impact these have on the performance of our clients. Our aim is to bridge the gap between technology and business challenges to deliver real measurable results for clients in the form of a real Return on Investment.

The following team make up our Board of Directors and Advisory Board

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Ajay Lalu

CA(SA); Certified IoT Professional


Ajay is a serial entrepreneur and has successfully started and exited companies with a combined value of over $60m.  A trusted strategic advisor to C-suite executives of Fortune 500 companies in South Africa.  He is a Certified IoT Professional and a Chartered Accountant. He has over 22 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience across sectors from FMCG to Financial Services to ICT.  He was a shareholder in Deutsche Bank South Africa and a former director of Corporate Finance at Ernst & Young.

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Gary Hagel

Advisory Board Member

Gary has worked for corporations from e-bay to Apple and Vodacom to BT in Europe and Africa.  His 25 year career includes leadership positions as Group Chief Officer Commercial Operations and Senior Director Customer Experience Europe and included managing budgets of over $130m and teams of over 6500 people. His  has industry experience in Digital on-line retail, Telcos (fixed and mobile) and financial services industries. At e-bay he was responsible for leading the functions of Customer Care, Digital Channels and Experience Design of the on-line trading platform across the European markets. He also led the Sales and Distribution business for Apple Inc across the EMEA Region, at the time of the launch of the first generation iphone.

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Sameer Jooma

BSc (Applied Math), MBA 

Advisory Board Member

Sameer is a specialist in strategic analytics, an excellent curator of innovative technologies and has demonstrated the ability to bring innovation to life, for impact. He has a deep understanding of technologies such as IoT and Blockchain; and experience in large scale enterprise Data Science projects. He is passionate about developing start-ups to scale globally. He was the Director of Technology Innovation and Analytics for Africa at AB InBev and worked closely with MNOs, Banks & FinTechs to implement solutions. Sameer has qualifications from Stanford, Georgia Tech and Wits.

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Sanjay Soni CA(SA)


Sanjay is an accomplished business strategist, transformation leader, entrepreneur & chartered accountant having serviced a range of multi-nationals, private sector & public-sector clients as a trusted strategic & business advisor with 25 years experience. Sanjay has expertise in transformation advisory, strategy formulation, executive & business management, capital raising & corporate governance and has been involved in numerous  businesses, as both a shareholder and executive director. He was a former Director of Corporate Finance at EY.

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Dr Manoj Chiba (Phd)

Advisory Board Member

Manoj has a Phd in Strategy and a qualification in Machine Learning from Stanford. He has over 15 years hands-on experience in data analytics, and data science. His core capabilities include data, data science, financial analysis (including modelling), and value creation.


His clients over time have included listed firms in the financial services sector, retail and fast-moving goods, software and entertainment industries, as well not-for profit organizations and government entities.


Shainal Patel

Bsc IT Hons

Advisory Board Member

Shainal is a specialist IT Professional who has over 17 years strategic and operational ICT experience extending throughout designing, creating & implementing various ICT solutions ranging from mobile applications to cloud based services, which have been utilised by Multinational Banks and some of the largest MNOs in Africa and the Middle East. He is an IT entrepreneur that brings a wealth of knowledge including project management & digital transformation skills to build efficient solutions on various cloud platforms that range across multi-million dollar projects in both the private and public sectors.