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Mike Papageorge

Mike was born in Pretoria. He matriculated from Pretoria Boys High School in 1972 where after he graduated with a B.Com degree from Unisa. He founded Helfin Financial Services in 1976 after a short tenure with Barclays Bank DCO. In 1993 he completed his MBL with his thesis on medical funding in South Africa. Mike is the director of the constituent companies. Mike is married to Elli and they have three children, Julia, Anthula and Michael.


Elli - 012 004 0382

Elli Papageorge

Elli was born in King Williams Town. She graduated with a B.Com Accounting degree from Rhodes University. Thereafter she worked for IBM in Johannesburg for 11 years and completed her Unisa MBL degree in 1994. She has been working at Helfin Financial Services as the tax consultant, property consultant, accountant and bookkeeper since 1996.


Henrehette - 012 004 0390


Henréhette was born in Cape Town. She matriculated in Pretoria. She started her career in the insurance industry in 2009 and has ever since obtained extensive experience in the financial industry. She joined Helfin Financial Services in 2014 as an investment and life administrator.

Linda - 012 004 0384


Linda was born in Bloemfontein and grew up in Pretoria. She has been in the Insurance Industry since 1998 and specializes in Commercial and Personal Lines Underwriting and Claims. She has completed her RE1 and RE5 Regulatory Exams.


Douglas - 012 004 0383


Douglas was born in Zimbabwe. He is a FAIS Compliant, seasoned insurance and risk management practitioner with over 10-year experience in short term insurance Commercial, Corporate, Personal Line Underwriting and Claims. He commenced his career in 2003 with Minerva Risk Advisors. He spent 5 years with Strategic Insurance Systems Underwriting Managers (Pty) Ltd as a Commercial Underwriter before joining us in January 2016. He is a qualified Fellow of the Insurance Institute of South Africa by examination and election and has completed and passed RE05 regulatory exams for representatives.


Lizette - 012 004 0393


Lizette has 4 years Financial Services experience, specifically Medical Aid and Short Term Personal Lines Insurance. She also has an extensive Secretarial and Administration background. She started with Helfin in February 2016 as a Systems Administrator on the Iress Xplan CRM System. Currently she is in charge of the Administration of Group Benefits and Medical Aid.

Lezandre - 012 004 0387


Lezandre was born in Johannesburg , and matriculated at Elsburg High School. She has been in the Insurance Industry since 1990 and has 20 years plus experience in Claims and Underwriting. She joined the Helfin Group in June 2014 and is responsible for all Personal and Commercial Claims. She has completed her RE 1.


Celliers - 012 004 0388


Born in Pretoria. Been in the insurance commercial and personal lines underwriting industry since 2009. Joined Helfin in November 2013. Responsible for Personal Lines underwriting and administration. Passed RE1.


Virginia - 012 004 0389


Virginia was born in Zimbabwe. She graduated with a BCompt degree (cum laude) from UNISA. She is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma (CTMA) at the same university. She joined Helfin in January 2016 as an Accounting and Tax Assistant.

Michael - 012 004 0385


Michael was born in Pretoria. He joined the insurance industry with Helfin in May 2011 and is responsible for the administration of investments. He is currently studying through Unisa towards a B.Com degree with specialisation in Financial Management and has achieved his RE1.


Nadeem - 012 004 0385


Nadeem was born in Pretoria. He matriculated from Tshwane Muslim School in 2001. He graduated with a B.Com Economics degree from the University of Pretoria in 2006 and also obtained a certificate in Investment Analysis and portfolio management through Unisa. He began his career at KPMG Advisory in the Corporate Finance division. Nadeem is currently studying towards a Postgraduate diploma in Financial Planning. Nadeem joined Helfin in March 2017 as a Financial Planner and assists the Investment and Life administration team.


Tatenda - 012 004 0398


Tatenda was born in Zimbabwe. Currently an Intern at Helfin from 01 March 2016. Is a modest, hard-working, candid individual who believes in integrity. Obtained a Bcom Accounting degree from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Postgraduate diploma in Finance, Banking and Investment management from University of Kwazulu Natal and CIMA Diploma in Managerial Accounting. Tatenda has a keen interest in Investment Analysis.

Amanda - 012 004 0397


Amanda was born in Johannesburg and matriculated at Verwoerdburg High. She started her career at Sanlam and has ever since obtained extensive experience within the financial industry. She has obtained NQF6 (30 credits). She joined Helfin in September 2015.





Joe was born in Marble Hall. He moved to Pretoria after finishing school. He has been working as Helfin’s office and scanning assistant since 1998.



Blessing was born in Zimbabwe. He relocated to South Africa together with his family in January 2009. Blessing completed his Matric in 2010 and graduated with a BSc(Actuarial and Financial Mathematics) qualification from the University of Pretoria in 2014.He worked shortly with Natsure before moving to Helfin in July 2016. A results driven Actuarial graduate, Blessing is currently perusing Actuarial Board Examinations whilst gaining financial know-how in the investments and allied sectors.




Suko was born in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe. Suko worked for Summit Financial Partners as a Tax Consultant. Suko did her studies with UNISA and graduated with a BCom in Financial Management. She enjoys working with Tax and assisting clients with their tax affairs. Suko has been employed at Helfin since 20 June 2016 as a Tax Administrator.




Valerie joined Helfin in May 2006. She is Helfin’s incredible chef and loyal tea lady. She is loved and appreciated by all the Helfin staff.

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