About us

Technology is changing:
be prepared

Our world is facing inevitable technological changes and the Blockchain Academy ensures our clients are prepared.

Who and what
we teach

The Blockchain Academy was established in 2015 and is the first of its kind in South Africa. Entrepreneurs, developers and institutions from many different industries attend our training and consulting sessions to learn about the innovative potential of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. We have provided training in the following six African countries: Swaziland, Mauritius, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa as well as in Oman in the Middle East.

Many industries are now paying close attention to this technology that could radically improve business processes between companies and individuals. The African Development Bank, Barclays Africa, Standard Bank, Old Mutual, Direct Axis, Absa and the Central Bank of Swaziland and Oman have already attended some of our courses and presentations at our offices in Cape Town, on-site or at another convenient locations in various countries.

Experts say blockchain technology is broadly applicable, highly disruptive and could shape our future as much as AI or the Internet. But what’s hype, and what’s true? What should you learn first to separate the signal from the noise?

We provide these answers during our presentations, training and consulting sessions. 

Our courses

  • Bitcoin and Blockchain Beginner Course
  • Blockchain Advanced Course
  • Blockchain Executive Course
  • Blockchain for Developers Course
  • Blockchain for Financial Institutions Course
  • Ethereum Beginner Course
  • Ethereum Developer Course
  • Introduction to Hyperledger Course
  • Introduction to the Legal Implications of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Course
  • Cryptocurrency Trading for Beginners Course
  • Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and the Token Economy Course
  • Tailor-made Courses

Our team

Sonya Kuhnel

Founder & Managing Director

About Sonya

Sonya is one of the first women in South Africa to get involved in bitcoin and as an early adopter she started a BitPay Affiliate company in 2013 called Bitcoin Payments, allowing merchants to accept bitcoin as a means of payment on their websites. In 2014 she Co-founded Bitcoin Events, an events company and host of Africa first and largest Blockchain Africa Conferences. Sonya is also the Co-founder of Bitsure, a Ripple blockchain enabled mobile payment platform. She is the co-organiser of the Bitcoin Cape Town Meetup group which has over 750 members and is passionate about educating people on the benefits of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

Carel de Jager

Instructor

About Carel

Carel has been an active investor and crypto miner since the early days. He has a high appetite for risk and ICO’s sparked his interest as an alternative investment vehicle in 2016. Being an engineer, his investment interest soon developed to a fascination and passion for the underlying technology that forms the Blockchain. He is a firm believer that the blockchain is the next step of financial evolution which will revolutionize the way we transact.

Nerushka Bowan

Instructor

About Nerushka

Nerushka is an emerging technology law specialist, legal technology innovator and speaker based in South Africa. She is a co-chair of the Johannesburg chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She has a background working as a technology & privacy lawyer and business development manager for technology and innovation for an international law firm, and has work experience in both London and Melbourne.

Willem van Riet

Instructor

About Willem

Wilem is the Ethereum consultant and instructor at the academy. He is a software architect with 9 years’ experience as an architect and a total of over 20 years in software development, specialising in delivering solutions from refining business requirements and documenting architecture to leading engineering teams in delivering completed products. He is an experienced Senior Architect and Technical Lead with a wealth of e-commerce knowledge.

Marvin Coleby

Consultant

About Marvin

Originally from the Bahamas, Marvin is a venture technology lawyer and Founder of Raise (raiseimpact.io), a startup innovating the impact economy with connected devices (IoT) and distributed ledger technologies. Marvin is an international speaker on the potential of exponential technologies such as blockchain, AI and IoT to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Marvin co-founded a venture studio for social impact and worked as an innovation policy advisor at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization in France.

Fabian van de Merwe

Instructor

About Fabian

Fabian has over 20 years experience in the IT sector ranging from website development to IT Management consulting services. Through his experience, Fabian has played a pivotal role in advancing IT initiatives and projects across various Industry sectors including finance, industrial, retail, hospitality, IT and manufacturing. Fabian is the Principal Lead and instructor for the Hyperledger course at the academy.

Gavin Marshall

Instructor

About Gavin

Gavin is a well-known speaker on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in South Africa. Gavin has built his own bitcoin and blockchain crowd funding platform, called ShareBit. He has worked as the Head of Innovation at the mobile social network Mxit and as Product Development Lead at the Nigerian e-commerce company, Konga.

Richard Krugel

Instructor

About Richard

Richard is the cryptocurrency trading course instructor at the academy. He is a full time options and commodity futures trader with 7 years experience. He provides technical analysis expertise and writes private weekly forecasting reports to clients all over the world. Richard is very interested in cryptocurrencies as an alternative trading vehicle and provides consulting and instruction on cryptocurrency trading for the academy’s clients.

Nazley Swartz

Administrative Assistant

About Nazley

Nazley previously worked as a Sales and Administrative Consultant in the retail industry for 14 years.