Who we are

Why the name Graphene Economics™?

Graphene is the world’s first 2D material and was first isolated in 2004 by two researchers at The University of Manchester. It’s 200 times stronger than steel, but very flexible and is the thinnest material possible – so thin that it’s transparent. It’s ultra-light, but extremely tough, and is the world’s most effective conductor. Scientists are working on a plethora of potential applications for graphene.

We chose the name Graphene Economics™ because we aim to exhibit many of the same characteristics:

  • “Light” but extraordinarily strong: we’re a lean, but experienced team with 25 years of transfer pricing experience between us. We’re not a big firm with a TP division tacked on. We are a specialist economics transfer pricing advisory firm with a focus on Africa – this is what we do.

  • Flexible: our understanding of the nuances in various African countries, combined with our experience across many different industries, means we are positioned to identify, develop and implement the appropriate transfer pricing solutions for you to address the specific economic and market conditions you face in Africa.

  • Responsive: just as graphene is a brilliant conductor – enormously responsive to an electric current – so we hope to delight our clients with our responsiveness and turnaround times as Graphene Economics™.

Our Team

Graphene Economics™ prides itself on providing quality advice from some of the most experienced minds in African transfer pricing. Our team of professionals will assist you with your transfer pricing challenges and help you navigate the complex African cross-border transactions landscape.

Michael-Hewson

Michael Hewson

Michael founded Graphene Economics™ in 2017 with a vision of creating a specialist economics-focused African transfer pricing firm. In 2019 the company was recognised by the International Tax Review as a Tier 1 transfer pricing firm in South Africa.

He has over 15 years of experience in transfer pricing in Africa and was previously a partner at EY. Under his leadership, the EY South African transfer pricing team grew to the largest professional services TP team in Africa and was awarded the 2016 International Tax Review award for South African Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year. Before joining EY, Michael was an Associate Director at Deloitte..

He has a MCom in Financial Economics, Honours in Econometrics and a Higher Diploma in Tax (Law) and has contributed to two books on transfer pricing, as well as guest lecturing at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria.

He has a MCom in Financial Economics, Honours in Econometrics and a Higher Diploma in Tax (Law) and has contributed to two books on transfer pricing, as well as guest lecturing at the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria.

Michael is a member of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT) where is also a member of the national education committee. He initiated the development of a trainee programme for university graduates to specialise in transfer pricing, which is run through SAIT. It is in the process of being accredited and certified as an official qualification. Michael is also a member of the SAICA subcommittee on transfer pricing and a member of Transfer Pricing Economists for Development, a Paris-based NGO.

Valdis-Leikus

Valdis Leikus

Valdis joined Graphene Economics™ in August 2017 as an Associate Director. In August 2019 he was promoted to the role of an Executive Director.

He has over twelve years of experience in tax advisory and transfer pricing. Valdis started his professional career in his home country, Lithuania, where he joined EY’s tax team in 2008.

He moved to South Africa in 2014 joining EY South Africa’s transfer pricing team. During his three years with EY South Africa, the transfer pricing team became the largest professional services TP team in Africa, and was awarded the 2016 International Tax Review award for South African Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year. Since joining Graphene Economics™, Valdis played an instrumental role in winning some of the biggest Pan-African TP projects for the firm and contributed significantly to the growth of the TP practice.

Valdis has a Master’s Degree in Financial Markets (Economics) and a Bachelor’s Degree (with distinction) in Economics (Accounting). He is a member of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT) as well as Institute of Business Advisors Southern Africa (IBASA).

Lisa-di-Domenico

Lisa di Domenico

Lisa Di Domenico joined Graphene Economics™ at the beginning of May 2018 as Assistant Manager and now fulfills the role of Manager.

Lisa completed her BCom Law and BCom (Hons) Tax at the University of Pretoria and then joined the SAIT tax graduate programme at EY. During this time, she rotated into the various tax departments and ended the three-year tax article programme by writing the SAIT External Integrated Summative Assessment, where she was ranked in the top two performers in South Africa.

International tax stood out to Lisa as a key interest, and so she pursued that as a focus area, obtaining significant experience in various international tax matters through engagements with a number of multinational companies during her time in the international tax department. Although a keen interest in international tax, Lisa has considerable experience in the field of transfer pricing having worked in various facets of the specialty, such as compliance, controversy and advisory. A key focus for Lisa is the entwined nature of international tax and transfer pricing and assisting clients in identifying the risks and opportunities which may exist between the two fields.

Her experience in international tax complements the strengths Graphene Economics™ has in transfer pricing, while her understanding of the broader tax landscape also adds value to the team.

Carmen

Carmen Ferreira

Carmen joined Graphene Economics in April 2019 as a manager, with four and half years of experience in Transfer Pricing after developing a passion for it during the SAIT tax graduate programme at a Big Four firm.

Carmen holds a BCom Accounting degree and BCom Accounting with specialisation in Taxation (Hons) obtained from the University of Johannesburg. After passing the SAIT External Integrated Summative Assessment at the end of the SAIT tax graduate programme.

Carmen’s love for the complexities of transfer pricing is channelled through her focus on transfer pricing planning engagements which include the development and practical implementation of pricing models, intellectual property, and documentation across specialist industries such as insurance and reinsurance, telecommunication, transport and consumer goods.

Sade Moodley

Sade Moodley

Sade joined Graphene Economics™ in June 2019 as an assistant manager, with over three years of transfer pricing experience. Subsequently Sade has assumed the role of Manager within the team during August 2020.

Sade completed her BCom LLB and BCom (Hons) Taxation qualifications at the University of Pretoria and then her academic articles at the Tax Department of the University of Pretoria. Sade recently completed the Transfer Pricing Compliance and Advisory programme organised by the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT) and is now a qualified transfer pricing advisor in South Africa.

Before joining Graphene Economics™, she worked at two Big Four firms in Transfer Pricing compliance, planning and controversy matters. Her experience within the transfer pricing landscape extends across a number of industries such as construction, chemicals, mining and manufacturing.

Sade has a particular interest in the legal and controversy aspect of transfer pricing and as such she has pursued that as a focus area.

Edlan Jacobs

Edlan Jacobs

Edlan joined Graphene Economics™ at the beginning of 2019 as an Assistant Manager.

Edlan completed his BCom LLB and BCom (Hons) Taxation qualifications at the University of Pretoria and then did his legal articles at Motla Conradie Attorneys (now Maphalla Mokate Conradie Inc.) He then joined a Big Four firm in January 2014 until January 2018, before a stint at one of the other Big Four firms for a year in 2018. During this time, he rotated into the International tax department and value-added tax department.

Edlan provides transfer pricing services in all industries, but has a particular focus in the specialty chemicals, construction and building materials, and the insurance industry. He has a strong focus on taxpayer’s rights, tax administration law, and the dispute resolution mechanisms both in a domestic tax and international tax context.

He enjoys the rigour of the legal analysis required for tax law and believes his experience in various tax departments complements the transfer pricing advisory services he provides at Graphene Economics™.

Jessie-Ann van der Vyver

Jessie-Ann van der Vyver

Jessie joined Graphene Economics™ in January 2019 and is currently an Assistant Manager.

Jessie started her transfer pricing career when she joined the Transfer Pricing Graduate programme at one of the Big Four auditing firms. Jessie’s experience spans across several industries from the telecommunications sector, fast-moving consumer goods, construction to manufacturing.

Jessie has a specific interest in driving complex transfer pricing planning and operating model effectiveness projects.

Jessie holds a B(Com) Financial Sciences and BCom (Hons) Tax from the University of Pretoria, as well as a Transfer Pricing Compliance and Advisory qualification from the South African Institute of Taxation.

Muzi-Shabangu

Muzi Shabangu

Muzi is an Assistant Manager at Graphene Economics™. He joined the team in August 2017.

He has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree in Economics, specialising in international economics, and an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE).

He has six years’ of transfer pricing experience. After developing a keen interest in transfer pricing while working at the Centre for Development and Enterprise, a policy research and advocacy think tank, he joined Deloitte and later worked at Ernst & Young. He has experience assisting clients in various industries including FMCG, construction engineering, mining, shipping & logistics, manufacturing, telecommunications and information technology.

Outside of work he enjoys running, hiking, pushing his adrenalin to the limit and learning about outer space.

Nadine Smit

Nadine joined Graphene Economics™ in October 2020 as Assistant Manager. She has more than three years of transfer pricing experience.

Nadine holds a BCom Accounting degree and BCom Accounting (Hons) obtained from the University of Johannesburg. She completed her articles at a Big Four firm in assurance, after which she started her transfer pricing career at the same firm.

During this time, she provided various transfer pricing services to clients in industries ranging from automotive to telecommunications, media, mining and hospitality.

Outside of work, Nadine enjoys spending time with family, running, gardening and reading up on news affecting stock markets.

Thandeka Nkosi

Thandeka Nkosi

Thandeka joined Graphene Economics™ in May 2019 as a Supervisor and in August 2020 took up the role of an Assistant Manager.

She completed her BCom (Hons) in Economics qualifications at the University of Stellenbosch and joined the tax graduate programme at one of the Big Four firms, where she gained over five years’ grants and incentives experience while engaging various clients, including multinationals, across several sectors.

Since joining Graphene Economics™, Thandeka has provided transfer pricing services to clients within all industries but mainly to those in the financial services, telecommunications and media and fast-moving consumer goods industries.

Thandeka has a great understanding of macroeconomics, finance and analysis. She is a robust individual that enjoys working with Excel, research and modelling as well as collaborating with multiskilled individuals on projects to achieve the most robust and efficient results.

Henry-Dicks

Henry Dicks

Henry joined Graphene Economics™ in June 2019 as a Supervisor.

He completed his LLB degree at the University of Pretoria and was admitted as an attorney in 2014, after completing his legal articles. He was admitted as an advocate in 2015 and completed his pupillage at the Johannesburg Society of Advocates in the same year.

Henry practiced as an advocate and was a member of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates until joining the Graphene Economics™ team.

Henry completed his LLM (Tax Law) at the University of Pretoria in 2019.

LUNGISA NTOMBELA

Lungisa joined Graphene Economics in February 2020 as a Supervisor.

She completed her BCom Investment Management degree at the University of Pretoria and attended the Deloitte Vacation Work Programme, gaining insight on various issues that businesses face, including those of a financial advisory.

As she embarks on a career in transfer pricing, Lungisa looks forward to interlinking it with her investment knowledge and adding value to Graphene Economics, as well as growing her skills set and knowledge in the TP environment.

NABIL PATEL

Nabil joined Graphene Economics™ in April 2020 as a junior transfer pricing consultant.

Nabil completed his BCom qualification at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and then did his tax articles at KPMG. During this time, he rotated into the various tax departments and ended the tax article programme by writing the SAIT External Integrated Summative Assessment, where he was ranked first nationally for the Initial Test of Competence.

Nabil has since expanded on his knowledge and experience of tax advisory matters at PWC, prior to joining Graphene Economics.

He is currently pursuing am MCom degree, specialising in taxation, at Rhodes University.