Chairperson, Government Employees Pension Fund


Director and Chief Investment Officer, Pension and Endowments Department, World Bank Treasury


Director and Chief Economist, Econometrix

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Dr Renosi Mokate is the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the former Executive Director and CEO of the Graduate School of Business Leadership, University of South Africa (Unisa).


She has held various positions in the public sector and academia, and has extensive experience of development strategies globally. She is a former Executive Director of the World Bank Group and former Deputy Governor of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB), where she also served on the Monetary Policy Committee and as the G20 Forum Central Bank Deputy for South Africa.


Mokate has held numerous board positions in the public and private sectors. She holds a PhD and MA (University of Delaware). Her areas of specialisation are Development Economics, Urban Economics and Policy Analysis.

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John Gandolfo is the Director and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank’s Pension and Endowments Department. The department manages about $26.8 billion pension and other retirement benefit portfolios invested across a range of asset classes, including fixed income, public and private equity, real estate, and hedge funds. He is also Acting Director of the Market and Counterparty Risk Department.


Prior to assuming these responsibilities, he was the Director of the Quantitative Strategies, Risk and Analytics Department, where he focused on the development of strategic and tactical asset allocations, risk management, and financial modeling for the asset management, capital markets, and banking businesses. Previous to
that, he was the Director of Investment Management Department.


Gandolfo holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the George Washington University.

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Dr Azar Jammine is Director and Chief Economist of Econometrix (Pty) Ltd, South Africa’s leading independent economic research consultancy and forecasting company, established in 1982. He has been in his current position since December 1985 and has established a significant profile in South Africa as an analyst and commentator on domestic and international economic affairs.


He has conducted over 4 000 presentations to leading client corporations and other institutions as well as at conferences. Over the years, he has served as independent non-executive director at several corporations and is presently member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation, a body of experts appointed by the Department of Science and Technology.


He is also project leader of the annual production of a booklet of data detailing the state of science, technology and innovation in South Africa.
Dr Jammine was recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at The South African Professional Services Awards Association (sponsored by Sanlam).
Dr Jammine holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Statistics and a BA (Hons) in Economics (WITS); an MSc in Economics (LSE) and a PhD (London Business School).



Lead Investment Strategist, World Bank Treasury

Linda Mateza

Head of Investments and Actuarial Services, GEPF

Richard Byarugaba

CEO, NSSF Uganda

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Gabriel Petre is responsible for developing asset allocation strategies for the World Bank’s staff retirement fund. As part of his work, he has also been involved in advising central banks of developing countries on reserves management issues; governments from developing countries on investment policy issues related to public pension funds; and official institutions of commodity-rich countries in setting up sovereign wealth funds.


He joined the World Bank Treasury in July 2006. Before joining the World Bank, he worked for three years at the National Bank of Romania, as part of the team in charge of the foreign reserves portfolio.


He has an MBA from Georgetown McDonough School of Business and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

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Linda Mateza is Head of investment and Actuarial Services at Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF). She previously served as the Chief Investment Officer of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF). At the EPPF, Linda managed a portfolio of investments across asset classes including equities, bonds, property and money market investments. She also had oversight of investments in hedge funds, infrastructure and private equity.


She began her career in financial services as a financial market analyst at the South African Reserve Bank. She has held various roles, including managing assets for and consulting to pension funds.


Mateza holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Investments (WITS). She is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative (South Africa) and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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Richard Byarugaba has overseen the transformation of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) and turnaround over the last 7 years to an asset size of over USD 2.5 billion.


His has over three decades experience of managing large financial institutions of international repute. He held similar roles at Nile Bank and Global Trust Bank, before joining the NSSF. In 2007, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Barclays Bank Uganda.


Byarugaba sits on the Boards of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Uganda Clays and the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE). He chairs the East and Central Social Security Association (ECASSA).


He has previously served on the boards of Standard Chartered Bank, Global Trust Bank, Nile Bank, Vodafone Uganda, Hospice Uganda and the Uganda Institute of Banking and Financial Services. He also served as the president of the Uganda Institute of Bankers, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nakasero Hospital Limited, and Kulika Uganda (a charity).


Byarugaba is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He holds an MBA (Edinburgh Business School), a Management Diploma (Henley Management College, UK) and a BSc in Statistics and Economics (Makerere University).


Daniela Klingebiel

Manager, Reserves Advisory and Management Program, World Bank Treasury

Dr. Daniel Matjila

CEO, PIC | Public Investment Corporation

Adrian Bertrand

CEO and Co-Founder, Six Capitals Advisory

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Daniela Klingebiel is Manager of World Bank’s Reserves Advisory and Management Program (RAMP). RAMP provides advisory services and training to official/governmental sector investment with a focus on helping countries efficiently manage foreign currency reserves and other pools of financial assets.


She joined the World Bank in 1995 and has been deployed in various capacities including Principal Portfolio Manager for the World Bank’s Pension and Endowment Department. Prior to that assignment, she was responsible for the Plans’ hedge fund portfolios, the currency portfolio, the Global Tactical Asset Allocation portfolio, and the developed international equities portfolios.


She researched portfolio construction, persistence of manager alpha and portfolio construction of public and alternative portfolios as well as broader financial and capital markets issues and developed a currency trading model for 11 developed market currencies.


Klingebiel also worked in the World Bank’s Research and Financial Sector Policy and Strategy Departments, as well as in various regional departments. In those varied capacities, she advised governments on financial sector policies and regulatory frameworks and undertook research on banking systems, capital markets, and banking and financial system crises with their resolution mechanisms.

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Daniel Matjila (“Dr Dan”) is currently the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) of South Africa. PIC is the largest asset manager in Africa with over R2 trillion assets under management (over USD 145 billion) and a staff complement of 400 people. He has positioned the PIC among the top asset allocators that incorporate ESG issues in their investment process, and has received numerous awards and recognitions for this.


His career portfolio reflects substantial expertise and experience as a Finance and Investments Specialist, Investment Risk Management Specialist, Investment Strategist and Academic Professional. He has over 22 years’ experience in the investment management industry.


Matjila was the Chief Investment Officer of PIC before becoming CEO. He previously held various senior positions, including Senior Quants Specialist for Stanlib and Anglo American, and Advance Mathematics Senior Lecturer.


Matjila holds the following qualifications: Financial Services Board RE1, RE3 and RE5; Post Senior Management Programme (UP); Post Graduate Diploma in Mathematical Finance (Oxford)
PhD in Mathematics (Wits); MSc in Applied Mathematics (Rhodes); BSc Honours Applied Mathematics; (Fort Hare); BSc Physics and Applied Mathematics (Fort Hare).

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Adrian Bertrand is Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Six Capitals Advisory. He is member of the ASISA RI Committee, the Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa (CRISA) Committee and the Integrated Reporting Committee (SA) Working Group.


Prior to co-founding Six Capitals Advisory in 2017, Bertrand worked as Head: Africa & Middle East for the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).


Bertrand previously worked as ESG Manager at the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), managing and implementing the GEPF Responsible Investment programme, with responsibility across a R1.5 trillion investment portfolio.


Prior responsibilities included Advisory Committee member to the JSE SRI Index, Project committee member of the Sustainable Returns for Pensions and Society project, and Advisory Board member to the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund I (PAIDF) as managed by Harith General Partners.


Post his MBA studies at the University of Stellenbosch, Bertrand worked as a researcher at the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa where he helped develop an ESG ratings matrix for the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) and the rating of JSE listed companies for the annual JSE SRI Index ranking of companies, in association with EIRIS (UK).


Isaac Ramputa

CEO, Financial Sector Charter Council

Muvhango Lukhaimane

Pension Fund Adjudicator (PFA)

David Ashiagbor

Head of Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), African Development Bank

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Ramotshudi Isaac Ramputa is CEO of the Financial Sector Charter (FSC) Council which is a transformation body for the finance industry in SA. He has been the President of the Batseta Retirement Fund since its launch in 2014. He was the retirement funds coordinator for labour unions in South Africa. He is the Chairperson of the ASISA Foundation.


Between 1994 and 2014 he held different positions in Sasbo, the finance union and played a role in the Sustainability Steering Committee. He is also a trustee in pension funds and was engaged with the retirement fund reforms on behalf of labour.


He is a graduate in industrial relations (Wits Business School) and labour relations (Unisa). He holds a Certificate in Social Development and Managing Social Security from (Wits P & DM). He also completed a Personal Mastery Development Programme with IE Group. He recently graduated from the Africa Directors Programme (University of Stellenbosch Business School).

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Muvhango Lukhaimane commenced her responsibilities as Deputy Pension Funds Adjudicator on 1 June 2012 and was appointed Pension Funds Adjudicator on 1 July 2013.


She acquired first-hand experience and expertise in pension fund matters as research consultant and legal advisor at Sanlam Employee Benefits and Liberty Personal Benefits. She gained strategic planning and organisational skills during her stint in various executive management roles at the South African Domestic Intelligence Services. She was also Principal Officer of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund.


Lukhaimane holds the following qualifications: BIuris (Univen), LLB (UP), LLM (Unisa), Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies (Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College), Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning (UFS) and an MBA (Wits Business School). She was admitted as an advocate of the High Court.

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David Ashiagbor heads the Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A) Partnership Secretariat in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoir. MFW4A is a multi-donor funded initiative which supports financial sector development in Africa through research, knowledge management and advocacy. MFW4A is hosted by the African Development Bank and funded by the European Investment Bank, Agence Française de Développement and the Dutch and German governments.


MFW4A’s priority areas include financial inclusion (digital finance, agricultural finance, SME finance), long-term finance, which focuses on mobilising domestic resources for long-term investment and financial stability and governance.


Ashiagbor previously managed the Commonwealth’s Private Investment Initiative (CPII), which raised US$800 million for investment in frontier markets in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific. He has also worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Agence Française de Développement.


Fiona Stewart

Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank

Emenike Dave Uduanu

Chairman, African Pension Fund Network

Themba Gamedze

Non-executive director, Santam and Government Employees Pension Fund Trustee

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Fiona Stewart is Lead Financial Sector Specialist and part of the long-term finance team in the World Bank’s Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation Global Practice. She provides policy advice on pension and insurance market reform to governments around the world, and is currently working on projects in East and Southern Africa, Indonesia and Georgia.


Previously, she worked for the OECD’s Financial Affairs Division for eight years and led the Secretariat of the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS). Prior to working at the OECD, Fiona worked in the pension fund industry. As head of American Express Asset Management in Japan, she was responsible for investing $2 billion in Asian equity markets and, as part of an international team, for managing $20 billion globally. She also served on the advisory board of one of the OECD’s own pension funds.


She holds degrees from Oxford and Johns Hopkins universities and a Chartered Financial Analyst qualification.

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Emenike D Uduanu (“Dave”) is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Pensions Limited. He currently serves as the Chair of the Africa Pension Funds Network (APFN) and is also a past Chairman of the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria.


He previously worked with Ernst & Young in Lagos; was a Partner in a Lagos-based consulting firm and subsequently became an Executive Director of an insurance company in Nigeria. He was also a Founding Director of Pensions Alliance Limited (PALPensions) and served as the MD/CEO from 2009 to October 2016.


Uduanu holds an honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He also holds a Certificate in Institutional Private Equity Investing jointly awarded by the EVCA and the Said Business School at the University of Oxford. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Financial Analyst Charterholder.

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Themba Gamedze is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. He was also the founding President of the Association of South African Black Actuarial Professionals, established with the express aim of increasing the number of black qualified actuaries.


His financial services career commenced over 25 years ago with actuarial training in the UK. He returned to South Africa in 1995 to manage the actuarial division at the Munich Reinsurance Company of Africa. He progressed into a number of executive roles in the life assurance sector, including running the Employee Benefits Division of the Sanlam Group.


Gamedze also worked at HSBC South Africa as an Investment Analyst and as a Derivative Structured Products Executive.


He served as President of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and Chairman of the South African Insurance Association. He still serves as a non-executive director on the boards of Santam and of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), having taken early retirement from his executive role as Chief Executive: Strategic Projects for the Sanlam Group at the end of 2015.


Gamedze holds a BA (Hons), MSc (Pure Mathematics) (Warwick, UK), FASSA, FIA.


Dr. Thabi Leoka


Sholto Dolamo

Executive Head of Research & Project Development, PIC | Public Investment Corporation

Fulu Makwetla

Managing Director, Third Way Investment Partners

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Thabi Leoka is an Economist who has worked for various organisations in the financial sector. She is currently on the VAT Panel appointed by the Minister of Finance to review the zero-rated products in order to support the poor and vulnerable in the country.


Lekoa is also a non-executive director of SA Express. She started her career as an Economist at Investec Asset Management in South Africa and London. She has worked as an Emerging Markets Economist at Barclays in London and Head of Economic Research for SA at Standard Bank and the Chief Economist for SA at Renaissance Capital.


She was named the Economist of The Year 2017 by ABSIP and writes for various publications in South Africa and internationally.


Leoka has a PhD in Economics (University of London), MSc in Economics and Economic History (London School of Economics) and MA (Distinction) (Wits).

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Sholto Dolamo is the Executive Head of Research & Project Development as well as Fund of Funds for the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Africa’s largest asset manager.


He leads a team of investment professionals that conduct research and identify long-term structural themes. These inform the institution’s medium to long-term investment strategy as well as tactical asset allocation at the combined listed and unlisted level for the various clients’ portfolios. Furthermore, he is responsible for the institution’s fund of funds proposition which is aimed at allocating capital to external managers on the unlisted portfolio. This is aimed at providing an avenue for advancing the PIC’s investment strategy as well as contributing to the transformation of the asset management industry, specifically private equity.


Prior to that, he was portfolio manager and head of mining at Stanlib Asset Management and worked at Momentum Asset Management where he was part of the three-year Raging Bull award winning team for the resources portfolio.


Dolamo holds a BSc Chemistry (UCT), MSc Engineering (WITS) and an MBA (GIBS).

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Fulu Makwetla is the Founding Partner and Managing Director of Third Way Investment Partners. She is also a Non-executive Director of All Weather Capital and Fundi (previously known as Eduloan).


She was previously the Investment Manager of GEPF, the largest pension fund in Africa, with assets in excess of R1.8 trillion, representing the retirement interest of 1.2 million members and over 360 000 pensioners. During her tenure at the GEPF, she served on various committees and represented the GEPF on advisory boards of private equity funds.


Prior to joining GEPF, Fulu was an Executive and Senior Investment Consultant at RisCura, consulting to pension funds, insurance companies and medical schemes in Southern Africa. She was an employer-elected trustee of the RisCura Provident Fund.


She also worked for RMB Asset Management and has over 15 years industry experience.
Makwetla holds a BComm in Econometrics and a BComm (Hons) in Economics (UP).



Director, Financial Advisory and Banking Dept, World Bank Treasury

Mohammed Nalla

CFA| Head: Economic Research PIC | Public Investment Corporation

Chris Holdsworth

Strategist and Head of Research, Investec Securities

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Marcelo Giugale is the Director of the World Bank’s Department of Financial Advisory and Banking Services, which helps emerging and developing countries manage reserves, lighten debts, and hedge risks.


For 28 years, he worked as director of country, regional, and global departments, and as international development leader, throughout the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Latin-America and Africa. He led senior-level policy dialogue and over $30 billion in lending operations across the development spectrum.


A Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration, he has published on macroeconomic policy, finance, subnational fiscal rules, development economics, business, agriculture, and applied econometrics. He was chief editor of collections of policy notes published for the presidential transitions in Mexico (2000), Colombia (2002), Ecuador (2003), Bolivia (2006) and Peru (2006).


He authored the second edition of Economic Development: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press 2017). He taught at the American University in Cairo, The London School of Economics, and the Universidad Católica Argentina.


Giugale holds a PhD and a MSc in Economics from The London School of Economics, and a Summa-Cum-Laude BA in Economics from Universidad Católica Argentina.

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Mohammed Nalla leads the Economic Research Division at the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). The division provides economic input into investment strategy formulation, implementation, review and adaptation. Established in 1911, the Public Investment Corporation (SOC) Limited is one of the largest investment managers in Africa today, managing assets of over R2 trillion and still growing.


Prior to joining the PIC, Nalla was Head of Strategic Research at a Nedbank Corporate and Investment Bank. His experience spans multiple asset classes including equity, fixed income, derivatives and financial engineering.


He believes in merging the academic world of economics with the practicalities of capital markets and the real economy, and participates regularly at conferences and roundtable discussions discussing economic and financial markets matters.


Nalla holds a BComm (Hons) (UJ), a Certificate in Business administration and Management (GIBS) and is a CFA Charterholder.

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Chris Holdsworth is Strategist and Head of Research at Investec Securities where he has been in the sell side for just over a decade.


Investec provides the freedom and space to take advantage of the opportunities that sell side presents. Sell side research involves sampling the opinions of some of the sharpest creative minds, something that he thrives on.


Holdsworth joined Investec in 2007 as a quants analyst for the equities team, started covering strategy from the beginning of 2013 and now heads up the equity research team for the cash equities business, which also covers investment strategy.


His team provides recommendations and views for a number of stocks listed on the JSE. In addition, the team provides views on asset allocation, sector selection and calls on currency to Investec’s institutional clients.


Holdsworth has an MSc in mathematical statistics from UCT and is a CFA charter holder.


Aymeric Saha

Managing Director of Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure
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Stadi Mngomezulu

Deputy Director - General and Corporate Services, National Treasury, GEPF Board of Trustees
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Abel Sithole

GEPF Principal Executive Officer (PEO)

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Aymeric Saha is the Managing Director of Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure (MiDA), a partnership between the U.S. National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) and USAID.


MiDA has close to $3 trillion in assets under management. It mobilises, advises, and expands opportunities for 70 U.S. institutional investors – pension funds, insurance companies, foundations and endowments – into infrastructure investments in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Saha oversees a team of investment and legal experts, program resources, and joint operations with the World Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.


He spent 14 years at the World Bank and led the quantitative risk finance function responsible for managing market and credit risks for over $300 billion in global investments and banking operations.


In 2013, Saha was appointed Financial Policy Director in the United States Congress – House Subcommittee on Financial Institutions Ranking Member Congressman Gregory W. Meeks – to oversee the implementation of reforms in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis.


In 2005, Saha and a former classmate co-founded a real estate investment partnership that developed and managed multi-million dollar assets in Washington, DC.


Saha holds two master’s degrees in finance and business management from Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from McGill University.

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Stadi Mngomezulu is the Deputy Director-General: Corporate Services at National Treasury. He oversees the financial; information and communication technology; human resources; enterprise risk; and knowledge management units. In addition to that, he assists the Director-General with administrative oversight of the internal audit function of the National Treasury.


Mngomezulu joined National Treasury in 2002 and has held various positions, including that of the Chief Risk Officer and the Chief Financial Officer, among others. Throughout the years, he has served – and still serves – on various boards and governance committees, including the Financial and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET), State Information Technology Agency (SITA), and GEPF.


Before entering the public service, he worked in the private sector where he gained hands-on financial and managerial accounting experience in multinational organisations, among them is Lucent Technologies, Mercedes Benz, Colgate-Palmolive and Ernst & Young.


Mngomezulu holds an MBL (UNISA) and a BCom (Accounting) from Vista University.

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Abel Sithole is the Government Employees Pension Fund Principal Executive Officer (PEO). He assists the Board in meeting its fiduciary and oversight obligations in line with the GEP Law& rules and other legislation. He also represents GEPF on a policy level, and has overall responsibility for financial reporting, disclosures, and consolidating and amending the Fund’s rules as well as valuating liabilities and assets.


He is presently also the Commissioner of Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), previously known as Financial Services Board (FSB) where he was the Chairman before the transition to the Twin Peaks model of financial regulation.


Before joining the GEPF, Sithole was a Senior Researcher and Deputy Director with the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at the University of Stellenbosch. He served two terms as Chairman of the Institute of Retirement Funds (IRF), and served on the Boards of the Financial Planning Institute (FPI) and of the Savings Institute of South Africa (SISA).


He has served in the financial sector in principal, trustee, advisor, regulator and policy developer roles, and spent over 20 years in the insurance and retirement fund industries.


Sithole holds an MA (International Relations) and MPhil (Futures Studies) (University of Stellenbosch) and an MBA (Wits Business School).
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Life and Pension Advisors (FILPA) and a qualified Chartered Financial Planner (CFP).

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Nicole Martens

Head of Africa and Middle East, UNPRI

Fabiana Fedeli

Managing Director and Global Head of Fundamental Equity, Robeco

David Nuyoma

CEO & Principal Officer, Government Institutions Pension Fund (Namibia)

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Nicole Martens is Head of Africa and Middle East at the UNPRI. Her work revolves around strengthening existing and developing new relationships with stakeholders in the investment space as well as implementing an Africa-focused strategy for identifying and addressing the needs of African investors with respect to integrating ESG into investment processes.


Prior to PRI, Martens worked on multiple projects in the field of ESG and RI research and advisory. Her experience includes providing research support on the IFC’s Sustainable Returns project (A Guide for Pension Funds in South Africa), and co-creating and implementing the Southern African Impact Investing Network (SAIIN) Conference.


She has advised corporates and financial services providers on their respective impact strategies. She has also conducted multiple ESG due diligence assessments and developed social and environmental management systems (SEMS) for clients operating across Africa. In addition, she has experience in innovative development financing, having worked closely with the South African National Treasury and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Martens has a BA (Hons) in economics (Rhodes) and a post-grad certificate in Managing for Results (GIBS).

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Fabiana Fedeli is Managing Director, Head of Global Fundamental Equities, and Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Markets Equities team where she is responsible for portfolio construction and country allocation. She is one of the leaders at Robeco responsible for integrating ESG in emerging market portfolios.


She has worked as a portfolio manager and analyst in Asia and US equities in London, New York and Tokyo. Prior to joining Robeco, Fabiana was the Portfolio Manager of the Asia (ex-Japan) Equity fund at Pioneer Asset Management. She joined Pioneer following the sale of Occam Asset Management, where she was Partner and Fund Manager.


She began her career at ING Barings Tokyo as Research Analyst covering Japanese equities.


Fedeli holds a Master of Economics from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and a degree in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan.

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David Nuyoma is a renowned figure in the retirement industry and is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Officer of the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF), Namibia.


Before he joined the GIPF, he was the first CEO of the Development Bank of Namibia. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of the Namibia Investment Centre in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.


Due to his wide ranging experience, he serves as Director on many corporate boards and is currently Chairman of the Namibian Stock Exchange Board of Directors. At a point he served as Chairman of the SADC Investment Promotion Agencies and the SADC Development Finance Institutions Network.


He served as a Commissioner of the National Planning Commission and a member of the President’s Economic Advisory Council, Namibia.


Nuyoma has a BA in economics and MA in Industrial Development obtained at the University of East Anglia’s School of Development Studies, UK.



Bruce Whitfield

Financial Journalist & Radio and television host

Lerato Mbele-Roberts

Presenter, BBC World News Television and Host , Africa Business Report TV Programme

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Bruce Whitfield is an award-winning business broadcaster, speaker, MC and conference facilitator.


He is best known for the Money Show, which is aired on various radio stations and entails a wrap-up of the day’s business news as well as insight into trends and expert advice on all things money-related.


Whitfield has worked as a journalist for over two decades. His career includes stints in the highly competitive London radio market and as a foreign correspondent for various global news organisations.


He has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Rhodes University.

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Lerato Mbele-Roberts is a presenter for BBC World News television and is the host of the weekly television programme ‘Africa Business Report’.


This programme is designed to showcase the wealth of opportunities, innovation and talent that Africa offers as an investment destination. However it does not shy away from the real issues such as poverty, infrastructure constraints and skills shortages that are pervasive in Africa. The show aims to offer a balanced approach to the popular notion of ‘Africa Rising.’


Lerato and team form part of the BBC Africa Business Unit, which is responsible for all coverage of economic news output from Africa, for both radio and television. Lerato joined the BBC in 2012 and began as the co-presenter of the Newsday, a radio show aimed at raising the profile of Africa in the broader agenda of world news and current affairs. In that year Lerato has reported for the BBC and presented shows from the USA, Switzerland, London and parts of Africa.


Prior to joining the BBC, Lerato was a senior business anchor for the international business channel CNBC Africa. This experience gave her much access to newsmakers in Africa and raised her profile as a voice and face in this niche area of broadcasting. However her popularity as a media personality was a established during her days at the national public broadcaster of South Africa, on SABC 3 as the anchor of the prime-time anchor daily show the News@10.


In 2012, Lerato Mbele was named a ‘New Generation African Leader’ by the African Leadership Network. She has participated at the World Economic Forum as a media leader.


She has spoken and moderated televised debates at amongst others the World Economic Forum on Africa; the World Bank & IMF annual meetings in Washington DC; summits of the African Development Bank; the UN Climate Change Summit COP-17 ; UN’s Rio+20 and hosted all the televised presidential debates for the Nigerian Economic Summit Group in Abuja-Nigeria.


Lerato also worked briefly as a political analyst and during that time, she was co-editor of the book Designing Democracy, published under the auspices of the Ford Foundation and SAIIA. The book was a collection of research and views on contemporary political systems and challenges to democracy in Africa.


Lerato is a Chevening Scholar and graduated with an Msc Development Studies from SOAS at the University of London.  Her BA was completed at the University of Cape Town.

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Nhlanhla Musa Nene

Minister Of Finance, South Africa

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Honourable Nhlanhla Nene is the Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa.

He has been a member of Parliament since 1999 and this is his second term serving as minister of finance. He was appointed as minister for the first time  in May 2014 and served until December 2015. His second term started in February 2018.

Minister Nene’s notable career includes serving as Chairperson of the Public Investment Corporation from 2008 – 2014 and Non-Executive Director at Allan-Gray.

He served as Chairperson of Ntunjambili Development Forum from 1994 until 1999; ANC Local Government Councillor and Caucus Chairperson from 1996 until 1999; Chairperson of Kranskop Policing Forum from 1997 until 1999; and  ANC Regional Secretary of Ukhahlamba Region from 1997 until 2000.

He organised the first ever strike in the financial industry under the banner of SACCAWU in 1990 while still at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company – where he worked as Regional Administrative Manager for 15 years.

Minister Nene holds a Diploma in Marketing Management (DMS), BCom (Hons) in Economics and the Advanced Diploma in Economic Policy (University of the Western Cape), Certificate in Economics and Public Finance (Unisa), Certificate in Micro Economic Theories and Applications and Macro Economic Principles and Issues from the University of London. He also completed a course in Evaluating Macroeconomic Strategies in 2000 from Williams College, U.S.A.