André Pienaar is a managing partner and founder of C5, a specialist technology investment group focused on cybersecurity, cloud computing, and big data analytics with offices in Washington, London, Luxembourg, and Bahrain. Pienaar serves on the boards of several cybersecurity companies, including the Haven Group in Luxembourg, ITC Security in London, and Omada in Copenhagen.
Pienaar started his career at Kroll Inc in 1996 where he became the youngest managing director until the successful sale of the company to Marsh & McLennan. In 2004, Pienaar went on to found G3, an international consulting firm that advises global companies and international law firms on cybersecurity. In 2011, he sold G3 to Europe’s leading technology investment holding company.
Pienaar has also taken on many advisory roles, including advising the 6th Duke of Westminster on the establishment of the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) in the United Kingdom as a state-of-the-art centre for the rehabilitation of British military veterans.
Alongside his current role at C5, Pienaar is a member of the U.S. Government’s Institute of Peace (USIP) International Advisory Council and a director of the PeaceTech Lab in Washington, DC. He also supports a number of charitable organizations and is a member of the National Council on White House History, a U.S. based not-for-profit that is the custodian of the White House and its art and history. He’s also a director of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC), and a trustee of the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, a British charity focused on wildlife conservation.
Pienaar is a lawyer and an expert on cyber law and cybercrime.