The son of Taiwanese entrepreneurs, Chia-Chao moved to SA in 1985. He has been instrumental in the evolution of Empowerdex from a ratings verification agency into a fully-fledged research and advisory firm. He started the influential Most Empowered Companies Survey in 2002, then in partnership with the Financial Mail and now with Business Report.

Chia-Chao formed part of the Empowerdex consortium which analysed the progress of BEE within the ICT industry, on behalf of the Department of Communications. In 2004, he was appointed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism to support the Tourism Charter's Steering Committee in the development of the Tourism BEE Charter. Chia-Chao holds a MCom in corporate finance from Wits University. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

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About Us

Empowerdex: Inspiring Empowerment through Innovation, Research and Technology

Empowerdex is a Level Two BEE contributor and SANAS accredited. It is also a founding member of the Association of BEE Professionals and is registered with the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors.

Since 2001, Empowerdex has been redefining empowerment in Africa and taking it to newer heights by achieving milestones that stand testament to Africa’s continuous development and involvement in the Broad-Based Economic Black Economic Empowerment landscape.

Empowerdex’s mission is to promote the growth of businesses that operate in Africa by assisting them in acquiring clients and investors and guiding them in best-practice strategies. The training division teaches companies about the Codes of Good Practice and Sector Codes from a holistic point of view with sustainability a key feature: programmes are designed to withstand changes in the underlying codes.

Empowerdex Services at a Glance

  •          Generic verification: Companies with a turnover of more than R50 million.
  •          Qualifying Small Enterprise verification (QSE): Turnover of R10 million to R50 million.
  •          Sector Code verifications
  •          B-BBEE Advisory Service
  •          B-BBEE training

We operate through a qualified team of 100 employees and we provide our services in every province. Our clients range from large, JSE-listed companies to smaller QSEs and EME clients representing every industry in the country. Should you require a BEE certificate or further information on any of our services, please contact Empowerdex for more information.

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