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About Us

In ancient times, sculptors of stone would cover up their mistakes by filling them with wax.

Similarly, merchants would use wax to cover flaws and cracks in their pottery
so that they could sell their merchandise at a higher price.


‘Sine Cera’ – Without Wax

became a phrase used to describe the genuity of work done and was considered a quality trademark.

Ceravoid is a play on words of ‘sine cera’ and shows our commitment to genuine, high quality work. It is not only our company name, but the high standard we hold ourselves accountable to on a daily basis.

Additionally, as a commercial intelligence firm, we enable our clients to ascertain whether potential business partners, prospective employees and other parties of interest have “worked with wax”. What flaws did they try to hide? What information was withheld?

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To ensure the successful completion, all projects are based on the following principles:


All enquiries are founded on a rational working hypothesis to provide the client with impartial intelligence.


An adequate spectrum and depth of intelligence is determined to satisfy the scope at hand.


Leads are followed to their logical conclusion to ensure all key findings are corroborated.


A variety of vetted sources is used to ensure accurate intelligence is provided to the client.


All intelligence gathering is completed in a timely manner.

Directors’ Profiles

Ceravoid was co-founded by Eva Nolle and Carl Hancocks after recognising a need for a commercial intelligence firm specialising in HUMINT on the African continent.

Eva Nolle. A Co-founder of Ceravoid (circular)

Eva Nolle is the Director of Operations for Ceravoid. With a European background but having lived and worked on the African continent for several years, Eva is well-positioned to build a bridge for businesses wanting to operate in Africa. Eva holds a degree in Risk and Security Management and is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP®), Professional Certified Investigator (PCI®) as well as a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Combined with her theoretical background, she draws on her own practical experience through project work in many African countries, when enabling businesses to gain a better understanding of the potential risks when operating in Africa.

Carl Hancocks. A Co-founder of Ceravoid (circular)

Carl Hancocks is the Director of Intelligence and has been involved in security, law enforcement and intelligence operations over the past 30 years. Having started out in the military, Carl progressed to law enforcement and finally into corporate and private business. During this time, he has acquired extensive experience and knowledge, making him a risk management and intelligence professional with a wide array of skills.