Born in Zululand, Verdan enjoyed his nature-filled and community-driven childhood. They planted a seed within him, as he is thoroughly committed to helping create solutions that serve communities in a realistic way.
Even though he studied PC Engineering after school, Verdan spent some years in the hospitality and shipping industries, where he learnt that hard work pays off. He joined the SACAN team in Hillcrest later on, and spent ten years with this community-driven Safety and Security initiative. He joined AAT to head up the ICEPlus project, bringing a very human focus to the programme.