MEET THE TEAM
Founder: Alimama Spaces
Qualifications:). NMP, MAP, PGDip-Business Administration, MBA-Strategy Execution- (Wits University). Master of Philosophy- International Business- (University of Pretoria- GIBS). Master’s in data science-Big Data and Business Analytics- (University of Liverpool). PGDip- Futures Studies (University of Stellenbosch). Board Leadership Program- (University of Pretoria- GIBS). Executive Leadership Program- (Oxford University- Saïd Business School). Disruptive Strategy Program- (Harvard Business School).
Robert Manson founded Alimama Spaces in 2015 after gaining experience working for blue-chip multinationals like Altron, IBM, Microsoft, and others. He started his professional career as a gardener, later worked as a security guard, got fired after he was caught sleeping on the job. Soon after being fired, he started working in a call centre for Protea Hotels selling Prokard membership where he spent 5 years of his life building a profile for himself while aggressively pursuing academic studies- currently doing his fourth master’s degree in global finance.
Apart from his academic qualifications, he is also a member of the institute of directors with IoDSA and a certified director.
He has continued climbing the corporate ladder to an executive level where he is currently an executive at a global multinational.
He has been the brains behind Alimama spaces’ phenomenal growth since its inception.
His bold vision is to be the biggest shared economy entrepreneur not only in South Africa but across the continent, leveraging on digital platforms like Airbnb as well as digital disruptions across different industries. This model has also assisted him in building a sizable real estate portfolio across the country.
He believes that Airbnb and other digital platforms are the future and will continue disrupting traditional businesses that are not willing to innovate and offer unique experiences consumers.
He and his team live by one mission in mind and that's “creating absolutely amazing experiences for all our guests” being hosted at anyone of my spaces.
Fun time for Robert is spent on reading, spontaneous travelling, sucker for pain in getting qualifications and is crazily in love with Chelsea Football Club and daily meditation is his spiritual healing.
Operations Manager: Alimama Spaces
Qualifications: BSc Global Studies and Sociocultural Anthropology (New School university- New York)
Thabisa Rulumeni joined the Alimama Spaces team in 2018 as Operations Manager. This newly created position had no set out path on how to execute business operations. She had to build operations procedures from scratch.
Her previous experience had been a supervisor to a social studies research team within the south african basic education sector. Born in the UK and having travelled and settled in New York these past few years, Thabisa has an extensive exposure and experience within the hospitality industry dealing with customer service as well running international hotel operations.
She is at the forefront of the company as she has a better grasp of different nationalities and expectations from our diverse clientele.
She oversees and manages over 20 housekeeping staff, manages the daily bookings, administrative queries and responds to all issues relating to guests queries across all our spaces.
She is the go-to person that ensures that you have the most absolutely amazing experiences.
Her fun time is spent on reading, social justice advocate, live music, indoor planting and she is a yoga instructor.
Financial Accountant: Alimama Spaces
Qualifications: MBA - Finance (University of Mysore). BAcc (Tanzania Institute of Accountancy).
Twabagesya Mapunda (well known as Twaba) joined the Alimama Spaces Team in August 2020 as the Financial Accountant. She is currently a candidate to be a CFA (Chattered Financial Analyst) Level l.
She is also an experienced private equity associate with a demonstrated history of working in the venture capital and private equity industry. Her skills include budgeting, Microsoft Word, team management and leadership.
Not only does Twaba enjoy crunching numbers but she is also a Manchester United Football Club fan and spends her spare time reading novels, playing sports, swimming, travelling spontaneously and attending food festivals.
Viola Lesego Matjeke
Social Media Mangager & Content Creator: Alimama Spaces
Qualifications: Currently studying towards B.Com Management Marketing (Boston City Campus)
Viola joined the Alimama Spaces team in July 2020 as the social media manager and content creator. Social media savvy and always ready to entertain, she is ready to keep you a click, like, tweet and follow away. Giving you the latest updates and freshest content, she stays in-the-know for all things social media.
She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Commerce in Management Marketing at Boston City Campus. She describes herself as a colourful social entertainer and seeks to use social media as a platform to bring digital experiences to life.
Along with being an outgoing social butterfly she is an actress, poet and blogger. She spends her spare time writing fictional stories, watching Rom-com movies and trying out all things edible and delicious. Another big foodie in the business.