Our Team

Jaco Maritz - CEO

Tyron Nel - Operations Manager

Raised in Stellenbosch, Jaco is now the founder and CEO of FutureLab. Obtaining his PhD (Physics), his MScEng (Electronic Engineering) and MPhil (Futures Studies) at the University of Stellenbosch, it is evident that he is passionate about science, technology and attention to detail. He enjoys helping children explore the world of science and technology, he loves learning new things, and he enjoys being outdoors – hiking, cycling or even gardening. What he loves about FutureLab is the impact it is making by opening doors of learning to children.

As the Head of Operations at FutureLab, Tyron thoroughly enjoys teaching and educating the next generation. Tyron is originally from Pietermaritzburg in KZN and obtained his B-Com Finance Honours at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. With a passion for upliftment of the underprivileged, he loves the fact that FutureLab gets to transform the lives of people who don’t have access to any technology. Seeing them grow and interact with maths and logic concepts gives him great hope for our country’s future.

Annamarie - Head of Finance

Anathi Funa - Senior Instructor

Annamarie is part of the team as head of finance.  She holds BCom and MBA degrees, making her ideal to manage the finances and provide strategic input into the management of FutureLab.

Annamarie is part of the team as head of finance.  She holds BCom and MBA degrees, making her ideal to manage the finances and provide strategic input into the management of FutureLab.

Anathi is an instructor at FutureLab. He enjoys solving problems with logic and is passionate about learning through play and education. He is from Gugulethu, Cape Town, and currently studies at CPUT. He has 5 years’ experience as a Robotics Facilitator at ORT Education. He absolutely loves the team that makes FutureLab.

Anzel Botha - Senior Instructor

Liesel Swart - Senior Instructor

Anzel is a senior instructor and she leads the junior primary division of FutureLab. She holds a National Diploma in Information Technology from UNISA as well as a PGCE. Anzel has experience in teaching IT at various schools across Cape Town (including 3 years SACS where she taught grade 10 to 12 Java and programming theory). With Anzel’s experience, she will be developing new curriculum for all our Junior Primary classes which will be rolled out in the fourth term of 2019.

Liesel is a Senior Instructor at FutureLab with a passion for maths and science and especially getting girls interested in STEM fields. She enjoys helping others succeed and she also loves dancing! Originally from Sasolburg in the Free State, she has obtained her BEng (Chem) and MEng (Engineering Management) at the University of Stellenbosch. She has great problem solving skills and is a pro at organising and crisis management. What she loves about FutureLab is that the company has a heart for people and is all about seeing everyone succeed, including students and instructors.