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Our People

People form the crux of our business. Therefore, employing the appropriate individuals with the right mindset and energy is important for GRIPP to succeed.

We have, since being established, recruited a group of professionals that are engaged, enthusiastic, respectful of our values, and are fully energised to deliver internal audit and related advisory projects. These are individuals that believe in our business model and plan and are hungry to engage in quality services that are delivered in an efficient and timely manner.

Our internal structures allow us to behave as a hybrid of a consulting firm and an inhouse function and creates headroom for leveraging a cost-effective delivery model to our clients, given the varying nature of our work and level of skill required.

In the limited time since our operations begun, we have employed close to 40 staff located between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Our staff complement includes a variety of skills, experiences and qualifications ranging from Chartered Accountants, Certified Internal Auditors, Control Self-Assessors, Risk Management Professionals, Information Technology Advisers, Certified Fraud Examiners and Data Analytics Experts.

Our Service Delivery Team

Our Executive Directors are:

Ritesh Narsai

Founding Member, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer B.Com, P.DIP.ACC, CA (SA), CIA, CRM

Ritesh has experience in delivering high-profile, complex and multi-geographical governance, board performance and effectiveness reviews, internal audit, advisory and consulting engagements spread across the public and private sectors. He has led key confidential engagements for various boards of organisations in the public and private sectors. He provides a high quality of service and integrity promise to his clients.

Years of experience

20+ Years

Industry Exposure

  • Hospitality
  • Media
  • Property Management
  • Transport and logistics
  • Financial Services
  • Public Sector, state owned entities, public entities

Geographical Exposure

  • South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Zambia, Guinea Conakry, Ghana, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, United Kingdom, Germany.

Technical Exposure

  • Board performance evaluation
  • Board induction and training
  • Internal Auditing
  • Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Governance
  • Risk Management
  • Benchmarking

Adhika Singh

Founding Member, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer B.Com, P.DIP.ACC, CA (SA), CIA

Adhika has over 20 years of experience in delivering external audit, internal audit and advisory services across various sectors.  She has been described as an innovative problem solver and change agent with unwavering courage to provide independent and objective observations by her clients. During her career, Adhika has lead respected, strong, sustainable and progressive out sourced Internal Audit functions with a staff complement in excess of 40 across the country.

Years of experience

20+ Years

Industry Exposure

  • Hospitality
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Asset Management
  • Transport
  • Financial Services
  • Public Sector
  • Entertainment
  • Fast Moving Consumer Goods
  • Industrial & Automotive
  • Pharmaceutical & Health

Geographical Exposure

  • South Africa, United Kingdom, India

Technical Exposure

  • Internal Auditing
  • Financial reporting
  • Information Technology
  • External Auditing
  • Risk Management
  • Regulatory Compliance and Corporate Governance

Gert Cruywagen

Chief Operations Officer: Risk and Insurance Services: PMD, MBSc, PhD, RIMS CRMP, CRM Prac. and CRM Prof

Gert has more than 4 decades of experience in risk management and insurance at some of the largest companies globally. He worked in industries a diverse as electronics, security, shipbuilding, heavy engineering, steel, mining, pulp and paper, as well as hospitality and gaming. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa (IoDSA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA). He is an Honorary Life Member of both the IRM (UK) and of IRMSA, as well as an Honorary and Founder Member of the Polish Risk Management Association (PolRisk) and an Honorary Member of the Russian Risk Management Institute (RusRisk).

Gert has delivered training addresses to the World Bank in Washington DC, to the SA Reserve Bank, to the SA Army Planning Forum and to the Generals of the SANDF. He lectured on Risk Management at 5 different Universities in South Africa as well as at the Illinois State University in the USA. Gert currently lectures on “The Governance of Risk” at the Board Programme presented by Duke CE and serves on the Faculty of the “Good Governance Academy”. He is a sought-after speaker at conferences, and he delivered the keynote addresses at various international conferences on the topic “Jungle Risk Management – Risk Lessons from the Bush”, based on his book with the same title.

Gert has a wealth of professional work experience and is a member of the King Committee on Corporate Governance. Further, Gert was the convener of the Risk Work Group of King II and King III; a role he repeated for King IV. 

Gert has served as chairperson of various Audit and Risk Committees and Social and Ethics Committees and was recently elected as the President of the International Federation of Risk and Insurance Management Associations (IFRIMA).

Years of experience

40+ Years

Industry Exposure

  • Electronics manufacturing
  • Security
  • Shipbuilding and Ship Repair
  • Heavy Engineering and Construction
  • Steel
  • Mining
  • Pulp and Paper
  • Municipal Services
  • Aerostructures and armaments manufacturing
  • Property
  • Humanitarian services
  • Gaming and hospitality

Geographical Exposure

  • South Africa, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Austria, Isle of Man, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Romania, Russia, Guernsey and Sweden

Technical Exposure

  • Risk Management
  • Corporate Governance
  • Governance of Risk
  • Governance of Opportunity
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Response design

Contact Info


Level 3 East, Gallagher House
Gallagher Convention Centre
19 Richards Drive

Cape Town

Unit AO77, 3rd Floor West Wing
The Palms Décor and Lifestyle Centre
145 Sir Lowry Road

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