A Journey From Struggle...

...to Significance!

Martin Kuscus emerged as one of the rare breed of credible leaders that shaped the South African democratic landscape. He was the former MEC of Finance in the North West Provincial Government from 1994 – 2004. Prior to that, he spent 17 years in the nursing profession. This was arguably the most important formative years in his life that prepared him for his future leadership assignments. In June 2004 he became the CEO of the South African Bureau of Standards, a position he held until September 2009. He then started his own business ventures in the telecoms, information technology and human capital development industries.


Martin was also the Chairperson of the first Board of Trustees for the Government Employee Pension Fund, overseeing a portfolio of R890 billion ( the seventh biggest pension fund in the world by then) from June 2005  to July 2009. During his tenure, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund, a 675 million USD fund and served as its Chairperson from 2007 – 2009. From June 2006 – May  2009 served on the PRI Board, a United Nations Compact Initiative on Principles for Responsible Investments. Here he gained intensive exposure to international best practices on corporate governance, the intricacies of global capital markets and optimization of the investment value chain.

Martin Kuscus

In September 2006 he was elected for a two year term on the Council for International Standards Organization (ISO) based in Geneve; the highest authority for industrial standards in the world.  In September 2004, the President of South Africa appointed him for a 5 year term to the Finance and Fiscal Commission where he gained vast learning experiences on public policy analysis and intergovernmental fiscal relations. From 2009, he also served as Vice President and in 2011 elected as President of the Afrikaanse Handels Instituut (AHI) which was by then, one of the biggest business chambers in South Africa. Given his strong strategic and developmental skills, he was able to transcend the various cultures with a message of hope in pursuit of the transformation imperatives of the country’s economy. From 2010 – 2019 he served as Chairperson on the Board of the Mineworkers Provident. The Minister of Health appointed him to serve on the first Board for the Office of Health Standards Compliance from 2014 – 2017. Remarkably, he exited the public sector scandal and skeleton free.

Martin Kuscus




Netcare Group from July 2008


Ellies Holdings from June 2015


Liberty Corporate Umbrella Funds since February 2018


Bigen Africa Holdings since July 2019


Coram Deo since February 2021

Graduated with a BA(Cur) from UNISA, a Post Graduate Diploma in Company Direction from GIMT and also studied for the Advanced Program in Narrative Pastoral Counselling at the University of Pretoria ( cum laude). Attended various executive development programs, including the prestigious program for Leaders in Development at the Kennedy School of Government – Harvard University. Qualified as a Life Coach through Results Coaching Institute in 2010. He was indeed blessed to have ascended the commanding heights of power and influence. It remains absolutely astounding how Martin remains anchored in humility, unquestionable integrity and continues to exemplify servant leadership.

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Personal Note:

“I stay in the scenic Hartbeespoort in the North West Province of South Africa with my lovely wife Elizabeth to whom I have been married to almost 40 years now. We have have been blessed with three children; Esther, Ezra and Zoe. We are also grandparents to Naomi and Gabriel borne out of the union of Esther and her wonderful husband Steven. My family life entertains one of my highest priorities. With the spare time at my disposal I occasionally play a round of golf, likes travelling and addictively immerses myself in good books around leadership, autobiographies and Christian living”

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