Welcome to the
GEPF Thought Leadership Conference 2023

Dear Guests

Welcome to the 2023 GEPF Annual Thought Leadership Conference. It is my honour and privilege to host you as the Principal Executive Officer of the GEPF to this prestigious and exciting conference.

Since the inception of this conference, we have seen it grow significantly with stimulating dialogue, thought provoking and impactful discussions on the opportunities and challenges facing the global pension industry. We have also seen interest from industry peers across the globe to attend the conference and participate. Indeed, we are honoured by the interest and support received for this conference this far.

The GEPF Annual Thought Leadership Conference comes at a significant time, where the global community is still grappling with various challenges like low economic growth, high inflation, high oil prices, the war in Ukraine and numerous climate disasters across the globe. We believe that by bringing together knowledge, expertise, and experience from across the globe we will yield a unique combination of strengths and insights to meet the challenges that we face in the pension/retirement industry and prepare the industry for a better tomorrow.



Conference Facilitator

Andile Khumalo is a seasoned entrepreneur and Chartered Accountant (SA) with over 20 years of finance & business experience. He is the Founder & CEO of KhumaloCo, an investment firm with interests in Technology, Media, Marketing, Hospitality & Property.

He serves as Chairman of portfolio companies Ince, Brave Group, Immersion Group, and Quizzical Pictures, as well as Co-Founder of the Sanlam Gauge, an annual research study of sectoral performance of the South African economy on Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.

Andile is the Founder & Chairman of I AM AN ENTREPRENEUR, a skills development firm that manages Enterprise & Supplier Development (ESD) programmes on behalf of South African corporates and helps entrepreneurs build & grow their businesses.

Andile also serves as Non-Executive Director of JSE-listed Metrofile Holdings, Non-Executive Director of Airports Company South Africa SOC Limited; and a board member of NPO Mentor-A-Boy-Child.

He regularly writes and speaks on entrepreneurship, leadership and doing business in South Africa.

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Conference will highlight the following
Programme Themes

Understanding a changing
global geopolitical landscape
and its implication

Outlook 2023-2033 Investment
management in a changing world
Markets in the Post
COVID-19 Era

Disinvestment vs engagement in
meeting climate change targets
and Opportunities for Pension
Fund Investment

Gender Lens Investing 
and Funding
Equity Investments 

The future of pension 
fund management

Sleepless Nights
Uncertain Environment

Pension policy and
regulatory reforms


Risks and rewards for pension
funds in infrastructure investing
Markets in the Post
COVID-19 Era

Reframing finance: new models for
long term investment management
and Opportunities for Pension
Fund Investment