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Michiel Jonker, Director


Michiel Jonker is a director in the Advisory department. He is a member of the firm’s Digital Transformation Team, and is also an innovation champion, contributing to the BDO International Innovation drive. As a trained Futurist, Michiel writes on a regular basis on different topics, ranging from technology and innovation to other futuristic and strategic matters.

Prior joining the firm, Michiel spent nine years in the medical scheme / insurance industry. He also developed an e-commerce web site in 2005 and finished an e-book on risk management principles for small and medium businesses in 2006. In 2007 Michiel joined Grant Thornton Johannesburg as a manager and was promoted to director in 2013. In December 2018 Grant Thornton Johannesburg merged with BDO, and he is currently heading up the IT Advisory division in Johannesburg. He is now responsible for a wide variety of assignments, ranging from IT audits, corporate governance, business risk strategy formulation, IT security and privacy reviews, business continuity and disaster recovery planning, policy assessments/implementations, business process reviews, to strategic advice to clients.

Michiel strongly believes that every business can maximise its chances of success by not only applying appropriate risk management strategies, but also by incorporating foresight into its strategic thinking (so as to identify new business opportunities).

Michiel has extensive experience in a variety of assignments for both private (both listed and non-listed) and public sector organisations, with experience in the following industries: e-commerce; insurance; retail; healthcare; manufacturing; construction; agriculture; tourism; banking, mining, as well as national, provincial and local government.


  • MPhil (Futures Studies)
  • PGDip (Futures Studies)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Diploma (Computer Audit)
  • Diploma (Advanced Computer Audit)
  • BA (Political Science)


Michiel presents to audiences on a regular basis, covering different topics. Some of his recent presentations were at ITWeb Security, ISACA, SAICA, IIA, the Finland Institute of Futures Research, and numerous internal events and other conferences.

He has been interviewed in the past by 702 (John Robbie); PowerFM; Radio Sonder Grense; Financial Mail (featured twice), Africa Business Today TV and e.TV (Moneyline).

For recent press releases and publications, please visit:

Michiel is a member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and the Institute of Directors SA and speaks both Afrikaans and English.