Middle East and Africa Management Team

Theuns Kotze

Managing Director

Theuns Kotze

Theuns is currently the Regional Managing Director for BSI – Management Systems in Middle East and Africa. He holds a B.Com. Degree from the University of Pretoria. Previously he held the position of Sales and Marketing Director for BSI- Management Systems in Europe, based in London. Prior to that he has held postions as the Managing Director of Amtri Veritas - UK and he was an Executive Director of Nosa International responsible for Auditing and Certification globally. During 2002 he developed an Aids management standard now known as AMS 16001. The AMS 16001 is now the South African Standard for Aids management and could become the ISO standard for aids management in future. He has conducted more than 2,000 assessments on various standards in the last 20 years.


Ahmad Al Khatib

General Manager - Assurance

Ahmad Al Khatib

Ahmad joined BSI as a Training Business Manager in 2006, after that he became BSI Abu Dhabi General Manager from 2009-2012. Ahmad holds a Master’s Degree in International Business. Ahmad has extensive experience in business development, operations, and held senior management roles across a range of industries including Advisory and Consulting, Auditing and Certification as well as Commercial Training.


Paul Keyworth

Finance Director and Head of Compliance & Risk

Paul Keyworth

Paul is a graduate of Leeds University and qualified as an ACMA in 1992. He joined BSI in 2008 working as Interim Financial Controller for BSI in Milton Keynes UK before moving to the BSI MEA offices in Dubai in 2009 as Finance Director and heading up the Compliance & Risk team. Paul has a breadth of financial and general management experience from working across a range of industries including banking, FMCG, fashion and government departments in a variety roles up-to and including Finance Director as well working  as a consultant for a Professional Services company.

Omar Rashid

General Manager - Qatar

Omar Rashid

Omar Rashid is the General Manager for Qatar and has worked with BSI for over 6 years. Omar has extensive international and regional experience, he is skilled in various management system specifications and requirements such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 22301, ISO 27001, ISO 22000, ISO 28000, and PAS 99. Throughout his time with BSI he has gained valuable expertise in management systems, standards and the procedures and processes involved with implementing them into organizations. 


Yahya El Olabi

General Manager - Abu Dhabi

Yahya El Olabi

Yahya has more than 9 years in the fields of Training, 2nd & 3rd party inspection and management systems standards. Yahya  joined BSI in 2010 and is currently the General Manager in Abu Dhabi. He has previously held various positions within BSI Group including Business Development for assessment, training and entropy. Before joining BSI, Yahya worked for Bureau Vertias in Abu Dhabi, covering the development of the business in training, assessment and inspection. He holds a BA Degree in Business Administration from American University of Lebanon.


Fiona Korte

General Manager - Product Certification

Fiona Korte

Fiona Korte joined BSi in 2009 as a Business Development Manager for Assessment and training. In 2013 she was promoted to Commercial Manager focusing on Assessment and growing the product certification business within the MEA region.  It was then in 2014 she was promoted to General Manager  for Product testing and certification. Fiona is a Marketing Management graduate and has been working and living in the Middle East for over 10 years.


Maria Luminita

Marketing Manager

Maria Luminita

Maria joined the BSI team in January 2011. She became the Marketing Manager for the MEA region in 2014. Maria holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She has more than 9 years of experience in the marketing field including planning and implementing marketing strategies, direct marketing, effective copywriting, creative collateral design, database  management, events management, brand management, SEO, Google Analytics, developing case studies, social marketing, PR and media relation. Previously Maria she worked in the events management industry. A highly motivated, results orientated, enthusiastic professional with over 12 years’ experience in the Middle East market. 


Dr Richard Freeman

Operations Manager, BSI Healthcare Saudi Arabia

Dr Richard Freeman

Richard joined BSI in 2010 and is based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. BSI is one of five Conformance Assessment Bodies supporting the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) implement regulations for all Medical Devices, Active Implantable Devices and In Vitro Diagnostic Devices in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Richard studied Chemistry at Cork University, Ireland. He obtained his doctorate in Organic Chemistry at Oxford University and was a Fellow of Sydney University, Australia. Previously he has held positions in an advanced wound care company in Chester, as head of Research & Development. Prior to this he was part of a biotechnology company in Farnham, UK, developing coatings for medical devices.  


Adriana du Plessis

Operations Manager - South Africa

Adriana du Plessis

Adriana joined BSI in February 2015 as a result of the acquisition of PricewaterhouseCoopers Certification (Pty) Ltd (A division of Sustainability & Intergrated Reporting at PwC). Adri is responsible for the day-to-day functioning and growth of the South African operations including ensure compliance to the accreditation requirements. She is an ISO 9001 lead auditor with more than twenty years’ experience in accredited certification. Prior to joining PwC Certification, Adriana was the Operational Manager at the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) Certification, specialising in the services sector, auditing of ISO 9001 principles, tools and techniques across many areas covering customer services, operations management, supply chain and manufacturing.  


Anita Repkeny

HR Manager

Anita Repkeny

Anita joined the BSI team in January 2015 as HR manager. She has an Msc in Psychology and Mental health and also holds an MBA in HR management. She has more than 10 years of experience in the full spectrum of  HR management at medium and large companies. Previously she worked in various fields of the profession, transacted lots of personal development and a developed a number of different soft skill training programs for private and government organizations.