Vuyo Jack grew up in Dube, Soweto where he toyed with the idea of becoming a film director, before a family friend in merchant banking changed his mind. He then decided to study accounting which he sees as a critical basis for informed economic decision-making, in the sense that it is the central measure of business performance. He holds a BCom from Wits University and is a chartered accountant. Since co-founding Empowerdex, Vuyo was appointed as a member of the dti's BEE Task Team in 2003 and has advised both government departments as well as various corporates on matters of BEE.
A director of various companies including the Public Investment Corporation, Vuyo was also appointed by the minister of finance as a commissioner on the Davis tax review committee. He was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the 2009 World Economic Forum.
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.