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Conrad is South Africa’s top comedy ventriloquist and an international, double Emmy-nominated comedian. His most famous puppet, Chester Missing, has won numerous awards in his own right, and is famous for political analysis and interviewing actual politicians. He's also the only puppet in history to have won a court case. No, really. Conrad headlines at comedy clubs around the world and has appeared at most of South Africa’s biggest comedy events and international festivals such as the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland. Fun characters, innovative puppets and hilarious audience interaction, layered with sharp social commentary, make his shows unique. His theatre shows sell out and repeatedly achieve five-star reviews. Conrad concedes that, with a Master’s Degree in Social Anthropology, talking to puppets was his only career option.
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Equity Portfolio Manager: Fairtree
Cor started his career in the mining industry in 1996 at De Beers as an engineer. Between 2000 and 2008, he was involved in management consulting, working for Bain & Company and Seabury Group where he advised corporations in Johannesburg, New York and Sydney on strategy, operational optimisation and revenue enhancement. During this time, he gained in-depth knowledge of the mining, telecommunications, aviation and manufacturing industries, as well as the public sector. Cor moved into fund management in 2008, where he was Head of Resources and a fund manager at RMB Asset Management. He subsequently was a sell-side analyst for HSBC, covering the platinum and diversified mining sector. In 2012, Cor joined Fairtree to co-manage the Fairtree Long-Only Prescient Equity Fund.
Cor holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree.
Darren joined Investec in 2015 and is an investment specialist in the Quality team at Investec Asset Management. His responsibilities include the fundamental research of South African listed shares. Prior to Investec, Darren was an analyst at Allan Gray focusing on the South African equity market. He started his career at Old Mutual.
Darren graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2004 with a Bachelor of Business Science Degree in Actuarial Science. Darren is an actuary and a CFA® charter holder.
Country Head – South Africa: Schroders
Doug is a key individual, responsible for Schroders’ financial services licence in South Africa and leads the team in the country. Doug joined Schroders in 2008 and has been located in South Africa since December 2015. He has worked with South African institutional and retail investors since 2013. Prior to moving to South Africa, Doug was responsible for relationships with discretionary asset managers in the UK as well as sales and marketing for Schroders’ close-ended funds in the UK. He joined Schroders in 2008 as a member of the graduate scheme.
Doug has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Modern History from Oxford University, a Master of Science Degree in African Studies from Oxford University and holds an Investment Management Certificate.
Investment Professional and Chief Investment Officer: Marriott
Duggan has been a professional in the investment industry since 2006. He leads the investment team at Marriot and is responsible for both primary and secondary research in the securities market. He is also responsible for monitoring broad macro-economic variables. Duggan is a member of the Investment Analysts’ Society of Southern Africa.
Duggan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) Degree, and an Honours Degree in Strategic Management. He is a CFA® charter holder and has completed an MBA.
Chief Executive Officer: Matrix
Eben joined Matrix in 2012, managing currency derivative trading strategies across various hedge funds and was appointed as the CEO in 2016. He started his career with local and global multi-managers and fund of hedge funds. He spent seven years working offshore for a leading investment bank gaining exposure to derivative structuring and running a successful internal hedge fund in the foreign exchange space. He manages the asset allocation of the Amplify Defensive Balanced Fund.
Economist: Efficient Group (EFG) and Head of Sales: Efficient Private Clients (EFPC)
Francois Stofberg joined the Efficient Group (EFG) in 2014 as an economist. He fulfils a dual role at EFG and is also Head of Sales at Efficient Private Clients (EFPC), a boutique investment subsidiary of EFG.
Francois holds a Degree in Econometrics and has been a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society since 2009. He also completed an MCom in Econometrics, cum laude.
While studying, he did part time work analysing municipal revenue and expenditure trends to aid in the investment of financial sustainability and resource mobilisation. He also received an award for the best policy modeller at the University of Pretoria.
Francois is finalising his PhD in Economics at the University of Pretoria and has started a Global MBA at the IE Business School in Spain. His doctoral thesis is on dynamic, regional economic modelling and policy analysis. He also focuses on researching and interpreting current economic affairs and analysing economic and financial trends. To achieve these purposes, he completed studies at Fordham University in New York on Political Risk and Strategic Financial Planning.
Head of Balanced Funds: Sanlam Investments
Previously Head of Asset Allocation and Macro Research, Fred was appointed Head of Balanced Products for third-party clients in June 2016 and has over 20 years’ industry experience. Before joining Sanlam Group, Fred was Sector Head of Resources at Investec Asset Management. He also has experience as an analyst, portfolio manager and equity dealer. He has extensive business knowledge and insight, gained through his diverse roles at General Mining Corporation Limited (Gencor) and through attaining his MBA qualification.
Fred holds a Master of Science (Engineering) Degree and started his career as a lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch. He qualified as a CFA® in 2003.
Investment Specialist: Coronation
Frederick joined Coronation Fund Managers in 2009 as an investment specialist within the Personal Investments team. As a senior member of the team, his current responsibilities include positioning Coronation’s retail fund range to clients across South Africa; reporting and consulting on Coronation’s investment views; and assisting corporate institutions, multi-managers and financial advisers with fund selection. Prior to joining Coronation, Frederick spent five years at Stanlib Asset Management where he worked closely with financial advisory institutions focused on investment management. Frederick holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning Law.
Frederick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) Degree in Economics and is a CFP®.
Head of Retail Sales and Distribution: Prudential
Hamilton joined Prudential Investment Managers in 2001 as Head of Retail Sales and Distribution. He is primarily responsible for managing relationships with independent financial advisers and expanding Prudential’s presence in the retail market. With 26 years of industry experience, Hamilton has worked for various LISPs and asset managers in legal, advisory and sales positions.
Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences Degree; an LLB, a Postgraduate Diploma in Tax and is a CFP®.
Senior Portfolio Manager – Multi-Asset and Equity: Stanlib
Henk has 35 years’ investment industry experience. After gaining early experience in the treasury environment at Telkom and Senbank, Henk joined Liberty Asset Management in 1990, and was appointed Head of Fixed Income. He retained this role throughout the amalgamation with Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank that formed STANLIB. For many years, Henk led a multi award-winning team which built an undisputed reputation as the most astute and consistently successful Bonds/Fixed Income unit in the South African industry.
In August 2019, Henk handed over full responsibility as Head of Fixed Income and Chairman of the Interest Rate Committee to Victor Mphaphuli. He then assumed the role of Senior Portfolio Manager in the Multi Asset and Equity franchise.
Chief Investment Officer: Truffle
Iain manages the Amplify Wealth Protector Fund. He has been part of the Truffle team since 2010. He began his career at RMB Asset Management in 1993. During his 16 years with the company, Iain has held various positions including serving as a member of the Board of Directors and the Management Board. He also fulfilled the role of a senior investment professional in the Equity team. Iain’s move to Truffle was part of his decision to transition from a corporate environment into a smaller asset management business, where he could be part of building an owner-managed business.
Juanita regularly guides business leaders in the fast lane to future success, with a specific focus on doing better business, better. Juanita is a successful business owner and holds the designations of Certified Director (SA), Certified Ethics Officer and Chartered Public Relations Practitioner. As an “old millennial” she has experienced the world of work as it used to be, and as it has shifted. Because of this, she is uniquely positioned to give practical guidance on how to stay ahead of the curve, even in highly regulated environments.
Director and Fund Manager: Bateleur Capital
Kevin is the founder of Bateleur Capital. He has been involved in South African capital markets since 1996. Prior to Bateleur, Kevin worked on the sell side for various international investment banks, including Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) and Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB).
Investment Consultant: Sarasin
Malcolm has over 20 years’ experience in the investment industry. He spent 10 years at Glacier as a national business development manager. He has been an investment consultant at Sarasin & Partners LLP for 10 years, focusing on Southern Africa. Malcolm lives in Frankfurt, Germany, and travels to South Africa five or six times a year. He is responsible for the distribution of Sarasin’s Irish range of FSCA approved funds.
Co-founder and Portfolio Manager: Laurium Capital
Before starting Laurium Capital in 2008, Murray was CEO of Deutsche Bank South Africa for three years. During the nine years prior to his role as CEO, Murray held various positions at Deutsche Bank SA, including Head of Global Markets (Debt and Equity) and Head of Research. During his tenure, Deutsche Bank held top ratings across all areas. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Murray was a partner and industrial analyst with Ivor Jones Roy and Co Inc. He is the co-portfolio manager of the Amplify Balanced Fund.
Chief Investment Officer: Abax
Omri manages the Amplify Flexible Equity Fund and has 20 years of investment experience. He joined Abax in 2007 as an investment manager. Prior to joining Abax, Omri was the chief investment officer at Sanlam Investment Management, where he worked from 2003 to 2007. From 1998 to 2003, Omri was an investment analyst at Old Mutual Investment Group.
Fixed Income Portfolio Manager: Fairtree
After graduating from UCT in 1991, Paul spent five years at Eskom in the engineering field before moving to the financial services industry. He first worked for Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank’s interest rate products unit and then joined the asset management industry in 1999. After five years at RMB Asset Management, Paul moved to the newly-formed Momentum Alternative Investments, where he managed numerous hedge funds and specialised segregated mandates. Paul joined Fairtree in 2013 and is responsible for managing the Proton Fund, as well as setting the overall philosophy and investment strategy for the Multi-Strategy Fixed Income team.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) Degree, an MBA, and he is a CFA® charter holder.
Analyst: Allan Gray
Pieter joined Allan Gray in 2013 and is an analyst in the Investment team. He holds an MBA from the University of Oxford, is a chartered accountant (SA) and a CFA® charter holder.
Portfolio Manager: BlueAlpha
Richard began his career in 1995 as an analyst for Old Mutual Asset Managers. He has extensive experience both locally and offshore, including co-managing the BigRock Fund for Decillion Capital. In 2001, he relocated to London with Decillion and co-managed a US/European hedge fund. Richard co-founded BlueAlpha in 2004, where he manages the BlueAlpha BCI Global Equity Fund. He has won multiple awards – most recently, the Raging Bull for the best three-year straight performance on the Select BCI Worldwide Flexible Fund.
Richard is a CFA® charter holder.