Risk South Africa

Risk South Africa presents an indispensable combination of the latest tools, practical strategies, regulation and marker insights from more than 30 top South African and international practitioners and superb networking opportunities with around 200 senior professionals.

Where leaders of financial risk management meet and exchange ideas on how to get ahead in the new era of risk 

The Risk South Africa conference is back in Cape Town for 2023.

The destination for over 100 risk management and investment strategy decision makers allocating budgets at leading South African asset managers, hedge funds, life insurance firms, pension funds and investment banks. 

Join us in person on March 16 to re-connect with your peers, demystify next generation risk management, get inspired, improve investment decisions and play a part in shaping the future of your industry.


the No.1 event

for risk professionals in South Africa


total attendees

from leading national firms


hours of networking

re-connect in person and meet with your peers

Brian Kantor

chief strategist and economist

Investec Wealth and Investment

Founding Chairman of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (Pty) Ltd leading that company and the redevelopment of Cape Town’s historic harbour serving between 1988 to 2001. Chairman of Acucap Properties Ltd (ACP) .

His research programmes has focused on Monetary and Financial Economics and has published frequently and widely in the field. Perhaps the most influential work was “Rational Expectations and Economic Thought”, Journal of Economic Literature, September 1979, was translated into Japanese and Spanish.

Published books South African Economic Issues, (Juta) Cape Town, 1982 and Understanding Capitalism, (Boyers-Bowerdean) New York- London, 1996. Recently published Get South Africa Growing, Jonathan Ball Johannesburg and Cape Town, 2017

Current research interests include an analysis of modern monetary policy, corporate governance issues and the links between the rand exchange rate and the behaviour of the JSE. Other published research has involved applying economic reasoning to the risks and returns in limited over cricket.

Consulted to Volkswagen (SA) Ltd, Rightford, Searle Tripp, and Makin (later Ogilvy Mather SA) BMW SA, Investec Securities and also Investec Bank since founding. Consulted to the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis (1979) and Smith Barney, Stock Brokers, New York 1994-1997. Worked with GT fund managers in Hong Kong and with the Fraser Institution, Vancouver, Canada in 1986.


  • Received Judges Award, Cape Times-KPMG, Business Personality of the Year Function - in recognition of role in the development of the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront for people “ who through their vision, energy and commitment are enabling quantum leap change in Cape Town” November 2006
  • SA Government Commissions
  • Member of the Competition Board (1983- 1989)
  • Advisor Margo Commission on Tax Reform in South Africa (1986)
Bianca Ruddy

head of market risk analysis

Nedbank CIB

Bianca recently joined Nedbank CIB as Head of Market Risk Analysis. She is an experienced risk specialist with a demonstrated history of working in the banking industry, for over 18 years including 10 years’ international experience in London, New York and Hong Kong. Bianca’s roles have included various quantitative risk roles, including roles in counterparty credit risk, market risk, and derivative structuring. Bianca has also worked in the risk consulting space, assisting banking clients on issues relating to trading risk. She holds a Bachelor of Business Science honours degree specialising in Quantitative Finance from University of Cape Town, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder.

Ahimsa Gounden

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.

Andrew Canter


Future Growth Asset Managers

Andrew is an Executive Director of Futuregrowth Asset Management and the Chief Investment Officer. He provides a strategic perspective to the investment team, oversees the investment processes, sets manager mandates, monitors compliance, and reviews fund exposures and performance.

Andrew has been with Futuregrowth since 1998. He has lead Futuregrowth to be a leading Fixed Interest Manager, Responsible investor, and Developmental investor (with a range of developmental portfolios) in South Africa. Andrew came to South Africa in 1990 from the U.S.A., and during his career in South Africa he has assisted in co-founding RMB Asset Management, was a fixed interest dealer, portfolio manager, head of fixed interest, and later CIO. He has been a Director of several infrastructure and development companies with mandates ranging from toll roads, to low income housing finance and municipal finance. Andrew has been a CFA Charterholder since 1989 and was a founding Director of CFA South Africa in 1990. He is a founding member of ASISA's Standing Committee on Capital and Money Markets. Andrew undertakes public speaking and lecturing engagements, frequently on the subjects of fixed interest management, ethics in financial services, and developmental investing. He lists scripophily and travel amongst his hobbies, and he is a regular cyclist.


Key themes for 2023:

  • Disruption and innovation in risk management 
  • Managing risk in the era of volatility, inflation and rising rates
  • Inflation and stagflation
  • Climate risk and ESG  
  • Energy risk
  • Harnessing AI and machine learning