Standard Bank Group
Goolam is the chief economist and head of research for the Standard Bank Group, having served in this role since May 2004. The bank’s commercial emphasis is on Africa and the research function supports this endeavor. Standard Bank Research comprises 53 analysts and 10 support staff, variously located in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Lagos, London and Beijing. Goolam and his team consistently earns accolades for macroeconomic research on Africa as well as numerous sectoral, industry and financial markets honours. Goolam’s interest spans politics, the real economy and financial markets, and he regularly engages in public dialogue on national and continental issues across the globe.
Executive Head, Group Market Risk Monitoring
After graduating from the University of the North West in 2005 with an MSc in Quantitative Risk Management, Eugene joined the Advantage Asset Management team as a quantitative research analyst. Eugene also has a strong actuarial background. Eugene has held various different positions of which portfolio management on the absolute return portfolios as well as all fixed interest portfolios was one. During this tenure as portfolio manager, he also managed large bespoke multi-asset client solutions. With Eugene’s strong analytical, technical and quantitative skills, he has fulfilled roles as head of quantitative research , head of research at Momentum Manager of Managers and head of Portfolio Solutions, responsible for overseeing the implementation of the outcomes-based philosophy within Momentum, portfolio construction and management of client portfolios. In his current role as deputy CIO his specific focus is on investment research related to and in support of the OBI philosophy from a practitioner perspective. This covers fundamental research focused on portfolio construction, measuring the representation and delivery of OBI portfolios as well as aspects of the aspects of the client experience. Eugene is also responsible for setting the strategic asset allocations on the various outcome-based portfolios.
Head of Credit and Equity
Futuregrowth Asset Management
Olga is responsible for the management of the credit and equity investment process, including managing the investment analyst team and ensuring that the credit and equity process generates good quality and high-yielding assets for our clients' funds.
Olga's prior experience includes six years at Old Mutual as Head of Credit, three years with Thesele Group as a deal executive and prior to spending a year in Sydney, Australia in 2013, Olga was part of the Futuregrowth team heading up the Credit Process from September 2009 to December 2012. She qualified as a CA (SA) in 1999 and articled with KPMG in Cape Town.
Director and Chief Operating Officer
Matrix Fund Managers
Robert Coombe is a director and chief operating officer of Matrix Fund Managers, a Cape Town investment manager, a position he has held since 2007. Matrix Fund Managers currently manages around R10 billion of investor capital across hedge fund and traditional portfolios.
In prior roles Robert was the regional business head for State Street’s southern African activities and a director of Investec Asset Management, responsible for SA institutional operations.
Robert serves on various forums of the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA). He is graduate of the University of Cape Town and holds the CA(SA) and CGMA professional qualifications.
Melville du Plessis
Sanlam Investment Management
Melville joined Sanlam Investment Management (SIM) in 2011 as a portfolio manager in the fixed interest team. He is responsible for a range of actively managed mandates – including Active Income Funds, Enhanced Yield Funds, Bond Funds and International Debt Portfolios. He manages both institutional and retail portfolios totalling roughly R50 billion. Melville has an extensive track record of experience in the hedge fund, multi-asset class, multi-manager and pension funds industry, and since joining SIM more specifically in the fixed interest space. Melville holds a BComm (Institutional Investments) and a BCommHons (Financial Risk Management), both from the University of Stellenbosch. He is also a CFA charter holder, a CAIA charter holder and a certified FRM.
Head of Market Risk, Capital and Regulatory
Ahimsa Gounden is Absa’s senior Market Risk Capital Analyst. Her primary foci are Regulatory and Economic Market Risk Capital demands of the Corporate and Investment Bank. Ahimsa previously worked on the implementation of market risk systems, policies and frameworks for the multiple Barclays Africa entities across the continent. Ahimsa holds an Honors degree in Advanced Math of Finance from the University of Witwatersrand and is a certified PRMTM.
Chief Director for Financial Markets and Stability
Roy Havemann is Chief Director for Financial Markets and Stability. He is responsible for legislative and regulatory design, focussing on prudential, financial stability, and capital markets issues. Roy first joined National Treasury in 2002 in the economic forecasting unit. Shortly after the start of the 2008 financial crisis, he joined the tax and financial sector policy division to lead the financial stability unit. He has an MSc from the London School of Economics, and was previously in the strategic finance team at Deloitte.
Director and Chief Investment Officer
George joined Citadel’s investment team in 2010 and has become known for his insightful market commentaries. George manages several portfolios himself, whilst also mentoring other portfolio managers. Strategy, asset allocation and risk management is his main responsibility at the moment.
Compassionate about people and finding new ways of doing things, George has spent time lecturing in investment management at his alma mater, the University of Johannesburg (previously Rand Afrikaanse Universiteit).
Head of Markets
Garth Klintworth joined Barclays Africa Group in July 2009 and currently holds the position of Head of Markets. Previously Head of FI Rates, Currencies & Commodities, Garth was appointed Head of Trading for Barclays Africa in April 2013, taking on additional responsibility for Equities and Prime, alongside his existing FICC trading mandate.
Before joining Barclays, Garth worked as the Derivatives Manager in Treasury for the Johannesburg Consolidated Investment Co from 1991-1997 and then as a Treasurer at JP Morgan from 1997 – 2009.
Garth’s qualifications include a BCom (Business Information Systems, Commercial Law) from WITS University, Accountancy (UNISA) and Certified Network Engineer, 2001.
Garth is also appointed as a Board Member for the Ghana Board Committee in 2015.
Head of Fixed Income Portfolio Management
Arno Lawrenz is Global Investment Strategist at Ashburton Investments. He is responsible for day-to-day management of the Ashburton Global Multi-Asset Fund range. Arno joined Ashburton in 2016 and has 28 years in the finance industry. Prior to joining Ashburton, he was founder and Chief Investment Officer of Atlantic Asset Management, a boutique fixed income asset manager, and before that filled the role of Head of Fixed Income at both Old Mutual and Coronation Fund Managers. Arno has a B.Sc(Hons) from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is also a CFA charterholder.
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer, Global Markets
Rand Merchant Bank
Stephen is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Technology Officer for Global Markets at Rand Merchant Bank.
Previously a Director at Barclays Africa, Stephen was the COO for its Global Equity and Prime Services divisions, as well as concurrently Head of the firm's Futures business.
Stephen has acted as a Non-Executive Director of the Safex Clearing Company (a South African CCP and a subsidiary of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange), and STRATE (South Africa’s Central Securities Depository).
Chief Investment Officer
JM Busha Investment Group
Farai graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology majoring in Computer Science. He subsequently completed a Bachelor of Commerce Honors degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management, also from the University of Cape Town. He worked for Old Mutual South Africa in Cape as a System Developer from January 2005 before joining Trilinear Investment Managers as a Research Analyst in August 2005. He joined Sanlam Private Investments as an Equity Analyst in February 2008, were he covered industrial stocks for 5 years. He left Sanlam to join Mvunonala Asset Managers as a Portfolio Manager in February 2013. Farai joined JM Busha Investment Group on the 2nd of June 2014 as Head of equities portfolio management and Portfolio Manager. Farai was a Director and Founder of Falcon Crest Asset Managers before rejoining JM BUSHA Investment Group in March 2018 as Chief Investment Officer. Farai is a member of the Investment Analysts Society of Southern Africa (IASSA), Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA) and Association of Black Securities and Investments Professionals (ABSIP).
Head of Counterparty Risk Trading
Victor graduated from University of the Witwatersrand in 2003 having completed a Master’s of Science in theoretical physics degree, he is currently completing MBA with Henley Business School. He worked in Johannesburg for 8 years in various Quantitative analysis roles and in Credit/Market risks space. He joined absa XVA trading desk in 2010. Since joining xVA desk he has also been involved in the broader absa xVA build out business and more recently has rolled out XVA to absa subsidiary in greater Africa. Victor’s responsibilities includes amongst other things the build of XVA technology stack and implementation of new VAs in Absa group.
Chief Investment Officer and Director
Aeon Investment Management
Asief is an award-winning highly capable investment professional, who founded Aeon Investment Management in December 2005 after his tenure as Chief Investment Officer at Metropolitan Asset Managers.
At Aeon Investment Management, he is the Chief Investment Officer and actively for oversees both the fundamental and quantitative investment analysis of the Aeon Active Equity Fund, Aeon Smart Multi-Factor Equity Fund and Raging Bull award-winning Aeon Balanced Fund (CPI+5%). He has over 29 years of asset management experience.
Asief is an Independent Trustee of the African Infrastructure Investment Fund. Asief is also a director and council member of the Financial Sector Charter Council on behalf of ABSIP. In addition he serves as an independent non-executive director for the ASISA Academy.
Unit Head and Chief Investment Strategist
Alexander Forbes Investments
Dr. Vladimir Nedeljkovic joined Alexander Forbes Investments on May 1, 2018, as Chief Investment Strategist. Vladimir is an experienced business leader with a proven track record in creating and managing successful investment businesses, spanning outcomes based solutions, structured solutions, indexation and multi-management. Notably, he has played a key role in the development of the exchange-traded funds (ETF) market in South Africa and in Africa.
Stanlib Asset Management
Kubeshan transferred from Standard Bank to the Liberty Group in January 2013. Prior to joining the Liberty team, he worked in various roles at Standard Bank, Corporate and Investment Banking since 2003. His roles included: Head of Financial Institutions Credit, Director, Credit at Stanbic IBTC Nigeria and Director, Business Support and Recoveries for Africa. In his time at Standard Bank, Kubeshan gained experience across the spectrum of credit disciplines and asset types. He joined Liberty as the Head of Credit in its Libfin division, a role he fulfilled for 5 years and currently works as a portfolio manager in the Stanlib Credit Alternatives franchise.
Divisional Head: Banking Supervision
South African Reserve Bank
Lushendren Pather is Divisional Head: Banking Supervision at the Prudential Authority of the South African Reserve Bank. Prior to joining the Prudential Authority, Lushendren was Chief Financial Officer of Sasfin Holdings Limited and Sasfin Bank Limited. He has extensive experience in banking including the full ambit of financial control, risk management, capital and liquidity management. Lushendren is a qualified Chartered Accountant and completed the Advanced Management and Leadership Program at Oxford University. He completed all his studies part-time and his CA training was at Ernst and Young. Lushendren was a finalist Young CFO in the 2017 Annual CFO Awards.
Head of Market Risk
Rishaan Ramnarain is Head of Market Risk at Investec Bank. His primary focus is on traded market risk and market risk capital requirements of the Bank. Prior to joining Investec, Rishaan was a Director at Barclays Africa, specializing in market risk. Rishaan holds an degree in Actuarial Science and an Honors degree in Financial Mathematics from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal.
Cannon Asset Managers
Adrian Saville’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (cum laude), MCom (cum laude) and PhD (Economics), which he completed at the University of Natal in 1997 and for which he was awarded the Economics Society of South Africa’s Founders Medal. He is a UNESCO laureate and a matriculant of Linacre College (Oxford). He has completed programmes in value investing and competitive strategy at New York’s Columbia University and Harvard Business School in Boston.
In 1994, Adrian formed an investment vehicle that led to Cannon Asset Managers being established in 1998. In 2017 Bidvest Financial Services acquired Cannon Asset Managers. Today Adrian serves as Chief Executive at Cannon Asset Managers. Adrian has experience in managing all the major asset classes. He also has held a Professorship of Economics, Finance & Strategy at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) since 2003. In 2012, Adrian was nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Professor of the Year Award and in 2014 he received the Central and East European Management Development Association award in teaching excellence. Adrian’s successful career has encompassed consulting widely to government and business, including serving as an economic consultant to Visa South Africa. He has presented to global audiences in many destinations, including Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Estonia, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Kenya, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Rwanda, Singapore, the United Kington, the United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Head Asset Class, Market & Valuation Risk
Barclays Africa CIB
Alain Tallier is a Director at Absa CIB where he is currently the Acting Head of Market and Valuations Risk as well as the Head of Asset Class for Market and Valuations Risk. Prior to this Alain has held various roles in Europe and South Africa at Barclays CIB, Crédit Agricole CIB, Nedbank CIB, Lloyds TSB, Doreen Royan & Associates and Société Génerale de Surveillance. In diverse roles across market risk, treasury risk, liquidity risk, credit control, trade analysis and philatelic investment consultation. Alain has covered all asset classes in market risk across multiple jurisdictions including the UK, SA, Africa, Middle East and Easter Europe.
Pieter van der Merwe
Principal – Portfolio Management
Absa Alternative Asset Management
Head of Fixed Interest
Vunani Fund Manager