Board of Trustees

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Torsten Koehler Founder & CEO

Torsten has been diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 30 and is the author of the book "Love your Nuts - Testicular Cancer touched my life".
Born and raised in Namibia but a Cape Town resident since 2007. Followed his passions – photography and design – until the end of 2016 after leaving the teaching profession in 2005.
Since 2017 he is working full time for his foundation with the best job description ever: talking balls and saving lives.

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Rikus Visser Finance Management

Testicular cancer survivor
Audit Manager at Meredith Harington Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors
Qualified Charetered Accountant (SA) since January 2011. 
Member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA)
Member of the Southern Suburbs Discussion Group for CA's in practice.

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Sonja Ewles Project Management

Sonja studied a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Stellenbosch and has mainly worked and consulted in the mining industry. She is a Business Analyst for Environmental Management, Health and Safety Risk Management and has worked in multiple industries locally and internationally. She has an interactive management style, ability to build good relations with people and has excellent organisational skills on her projects.

Advisory Team

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Otto Gerntholtz Patent & Trademark Attorney

Business website: Dr. Gerntholtz Inc.

Attorney admitted to appear in the High Court
Sworn translator of the High Court of South Africa (English-German-Afrikaans)

Academic Qualifications
B.Eng. (Chemical Engineering) (University of Stellenbosch, ZA)
Dipl.-Ing. (Energiesystemtechnik) (Energy Systems Technology) (TU Clausthal, DE)
LL.B. (University of Stellenbosch)

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Andreas Springer Attorney & Notary

Business website: Springer & Nel

Andreas matriculated at the German Private School in Windhoek, Namibia, in 1987. He obtained the degrees of Bachelor of Business Science (BBusSc) and Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the University of Cape Town in 1993 and 1998 respectively.

He was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 2001, and he obtained the degree of Master of Law (LLM) in taxation from the University of South Africa in 2002. In 2003 Andreas was admitted as a notary. Andreas is fluent in German and he represents a number of German speaking clients from South Africa, Namibia, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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Colin Habberton Consultant/Specialist for NPOs

Business website: Relativ

Colin has specialised in the fields of relationship management, loyalty programmes, social finance, corporate governance and fundraising. He has worked in each of these disciplines both theoretically and in practice for more than 15 years. He has worked and founded both local and international profit and non-profit organisations designing, implementing and managing multi-faceted relationship and information-oriented strategies assisting companies in wide range of industries in both South Africa and abroad.

Medical Advisory Team

David Anderson

Dr David Anderson Cape Town

Clinical Oncologist
Groote Schuur Hospital and UCT Private Academic Hospital

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Dr Godwin Shane Cornelius Cape Town

Previous Director on the Board of the Breede River Hospice, with post graduate qualifications in Palliative medicine and a special interest in oncology.
Medical Practice number MP0477893

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Dr Johannes van Waart Stellenbosch

Director and founder of Wijnland Fertility
• MBChB; MMed (Obstetrics & Gynaecology)(Stellenbosch University)
• Registered Fertility Specialist
• Fellow of the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of South Africa (Stellenbosch) - FCOG (SA)
• Immediate Past President of the South African Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SASOG)
• President of FOSAS (Federation of South African Surgeons)

Representatives in other countries

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Tanja Kriess Namibia

Tanja supported Torsten from the beginning of his cancer journey. She is his sister and connection in his home country Namibia.