Team Who We Are

Our development team is comprised of experienced professionals proficient in multiple programming languages and frameworks. We are committed to delivering tailored solutions that meet the specific needs of our clients, ensuring each project is executed with precision.

Heinrich de Lange

Heinrich de Lange

Founder & CEO

Heinrich, our Founder and CEO, is a dynamic entrepreneur, investor, and business enthusiast with a track record of founding successful companies. His extensive industry experience and passion for creating cutting-edge products, solving complex challenges, and driving innovation resonate through his ventures. As a software and electrical engineer specializing in developing IoT and utility solutions, Heinrich leverages his wealth of knowledge and experience to propel our company forward. His leadership fosters a culture of innovation and growth, shaping the trajectory of our organization towards enduring success.

Prof. Gert-Jan van Rooyen

Prof. G-J van Rooyen

Executive Chairman

As Executive Chairman at Octoco, Prof. G-J navigates technology opportunities and risks for clients. With extensive experience, he assists startups in establishing technological foundations and supports deep-tech clients with expert engineering insights. Prof. G-J's tenure as the Research Chair in the Internet of Things at Stellenbosch University underscores his dedication to industry collaboration and innovation management. His passion for fostering innovation at the intersection of disciplines is evident in his ongoing collaboration with Stellenbosch University as an Associate Professor Extraordinary in Industrial Engineering.

Jacques Burger

Jacques Burger

Chief Operations Officer

Jacques serves as our Chief Operating Officer. Through his specialization in novel technology adoption strategies and R&D risk estimation, Jacques helps transform proof-of-concepts into reality, and empower entrepreneurship and engineering endeavors. His role focuses on bringing products to market and fueling internal growth strategies, reflecting his commitment to operational excellence and innovation.

James de Villiers

James de Villiers

Chief Technology Officer

James serves as our Chief Technology Officer. Through his specialization in electronic engineering and machine learning, James brings strategic problem-solving skills to technology initiatives. With exemplary skills in full-stack development, he drives innovation in our endeavors. James's leadership exemplifies a commitment to technological advancement.

Mieke van der Veen

Mieke van der Veen

Finance & Marketing Manager

Mieke, our Finance and Marketing Manager, brings a unique blend of accounting and marketing expertise as a Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) affiliate. With qualifications including Honours B.Com Management Accounting and Postgraduate in Marketing (Cum Laude), she oversees marketing functions and contributes to finance operations at Octoco. Mieke's multifaceted skill set and results-driven approach make her an invaluable asset, adept at balancing diverse responsibilities and providing innovative solutions on the operation front.

Lourens Leeuwner

Lourens Leeuwner

Head of Embedded Engineering

Lourens is an accomplished hardware and firmware engineer. He specialises in IoT and renewable energy applications. His experience includes biosensor development, M2M communications, PCB design and product manufacturing. Lourens has established himself as an industry leader through his unique ability to guide clients from product ideation to commercialization. He leads a team of embedded engineers at Octoco and is responsible for upskilling and management of junior embedded prospects.

Christiaan van Rensburg

Christiaan van Rensburg

Head of QA/QC

Christiaan leads front-end development and QA/QC with expertise honed through a specialization in Information Systems Management. His skill set spans software technologies and quality assurance intricacies, ensuring seamless user experiences. Driven by innovation and a passion for IT, Christiaan's leadership in quality assurance and development reflects a commitment to excellence.

Emile Lombard

Emile Lombard

Engineering Lead

Emile specializes in Informatics and IoT. As an Engineering Lead, he brings a wide range of expertise to Octoco, including embedded programming, PCB design and enterprise-level full stack software development. Emile's dedication to staying updated on technology trends ensures continuous skill enhancement, contributing to engineering excellence.

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