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DAVID ASHIAGBOR

Coordinator of Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A)

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

 

David 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. A graduate of the London School of Economics and The Management School, Imperial College, London, he has also worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Agence Française de Development.

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FIONA STEWART

Lead Financial Sector Specialist at the World Bank

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Fiona 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. She previously worked for the Financial Affairs Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for eight years and led the Secretariat of the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors.

 

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.

Mervyn-King

PROF MERVYN KING

Senior Counsel and former Judge Supreme Court of South Africa

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Professor King, a Senior Counsel and former Judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa, is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of South Africa on Corporate Citizenship, as well as an Honorary Professor at the Universities of Pretoria and Cape Town and Visiting Professor at Rhodes University.

 

He is chairperson of the African Integrated Reporting Council and of the Integrated Reporting Committee of South Africa. Professor King is also Chair Emeritus of the King Committee on Corporate Governance in South Africa, which produced King I, II, III and IV, and Chair of the Good Law Foundation.

 

Prof King, who sits as an arbitrator and mediator internationally, is also Chairperson Emeritus of the International Integrated Reporting Council in London and of the Global Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam and a member of the Private Sector Advisory Group to the World Bank on Corporate Governance.

 

He has chaired the United Nations Committee of Eminent persons on Governance and Oversight and was President of the Advertising Standards Authority for 15 years and a member of the ICC Court of Arbitration in Paris for seven years.

 

He is a Fellow of the following organisations:

  • Royal Society of Arts and Commerce,
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales;
  • Institute of Internal Auditors of the UK;
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants;
  • Certified Public Accountants of Australia;
  • Chartered Institute of Public Relations of the UK and
  • Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and a Chartered Director of South Africa.

 

Prof King has received the following awards:

  • Lifetime Achievement Awards for promoting quality corporate governance globally from the ICGN, the Asian Centre for Corporate Governance, the Indian IOD and the Regenesys Business School.
  • World Federation of Stock Exchanges and
  • International Federation of Accountants.

 

Prof King is the author of five books on governance, sustainability and reporting, the latest being “The Auditor. Quo Vadis.”

Aymeric-Saha-

AYMERIC SAHA

Managing Director Mobilizing Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure

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Aymeric is the Managing Director of Mobilising Institutional Investors to Develop Africa’s Infrastructure (MiDA) – a partnership between the U.S. National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP) and the United States Agency for International Development.

 

The initiative mobilises, advises, and expands opportunities for U.S. institutional investors – pension funds, insurance companies, foundations and endowments into infrastructure investments in Sub-Saharan Africa in seeking higher returns while making a meaningful impact on development in the region.

 

MiDA’s investor network extends to 70 U.S. pension funds, foundations, and endowments with close to $3 trillion in assets under management.

 

As part of his duties, Aymeric oversees a team of investment and legal experts, programme resources, and several joint operations with the World Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

 

He previously spent 14 years in investments and banking 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.

He has led numerous legislative proposals that were adopted by the United States Congress on banking regulations, housing finance, consumer financial protection, insurance and financial inclusion.

 

Aymeric 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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NDABAZINHLE MKHIZE

Chief Investment Officer Eskom Pension and Provident Fund

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Ndabe is Chief Investment Officer of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund with assets of R140 billion ($10 billion) and more than 80 000 members.

 

He has been involved in the financial services industry for more than 20 years, starting in the actuarial field and then moving to the asset management industry.

 

Ndabe started his career at Old Mutual in 1998 as an Actuarial Assistant then moved to Prudential in 2003 to take on the position of Equity Analyst. In 2005, he joined Coronation Fund Managers and rose to the role of joint Portfolio Manager of the Coronation Property Equity Fund.

 

Between 2008 and 2010, Ndabe was involved in the direct real estate industry and made an attempt to list the first SA Healthcare Property Fund in 2010. He then joined Stanlib Listed Property team in late 2010 and remained with this team until April 2014.

 

Ndabe was appointed Deputy Chief Investment Management Officer of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund in May 2014 with responsibility for internally managed assets in Equities, Fixed Income and Listed Property.

 

In April 2015, Ndabe stepped into the role of Acting Chief Investment Officer with overall investment oversight over the entire assets of the Fund and was appointed as a Chief Investment Officer in December 2016.

 

He has qualified as both a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) and holds a BSc Actuarial Science degree from the University of Cape Town (UCT).

 

Ndabe has also completed the Investment Management Workshop at the Harvard Business School as well as the EDHEC – Risk Institute’s Advances in Asset Allocation.

Dr-Renosi-Mokate

DR RENOSI MOKATE

Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Government Employees Pension Fund

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Dr 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 in 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.

 

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

Marcelo-Giugale

MARCELO GIUGALE

Director of the World Bank’s Department of Financial Advisory and Banking Services

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Marcelo 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, Marcelo 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, Marcelo 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.

 

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

Isaac-Ramputa

RAMOTSHUDI ISAAC RAMPUTA

CEO of the Financial Sector Charter Council of South Africa

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Ramotshudi is CEO of the Financial Sector Charter (FSC) Council, which is a transformation body for the finance industry in South Africa. 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, Ramotshudi 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. A University of Witwatersrand Industrial Relations and University of South Africa Labour Relations graduate, Ramotshudi also 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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THEO BOTHA

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FABIANA FEDELI

Managing Director and Global Head of Fundamental Equity at Robeco

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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.

Fabiana 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.

 

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

Sholto-Dolamo

SHOLTO DOLAMO

Executive Head of Research & Project Development and Fund of Funds at the Public Investment Corporation of South Africa

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Sholto 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, Sholto is responsible for the institution’s fund of funds proposition which is aimed at allocating capital to external managers on the unlisted portfolio. This aims to provide an avenue for advancing the PIC’s investment strategy as well as contribute 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).

Abel-Sithole

ABEL SITHOLE

GEPF Principal Executive Officer (PEO)

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Abel is the Principal Executive Officer (PEO) of the Government Employees Pension Fund. He assists the Board in meeting its fiduciary and oversight obligations in line with the GEP Law& rules and other legislation.  The PEO 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.

 

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

 

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

 

Abel 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).

Nicola-Martens

NICOLE MARTENS

Head of Africa and Middle East at the UNPRI

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Nicole is Head of Africa & Middle East for the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). She is responsible for strengthening existing and developing new relationships with stakeholders in the investment space and for designing an Africa-focused strategy for identifying and addressing the needs of African investors to integrate Environmental, social and governance (ESG) into investment processes.

 

Prior to PRI, Nicole worked on multiple projects across numerous levels in the field of ESG and RI research and advisory.

 

Nicole is a Development Economist by training, with her career to date dedicated to the provision of strategic advisory services in the development space.

 

She has worked with local and international clients across the public and private sector on the design and implementation of strategies aimed at achieving large-scale developmental impact in Africa. Her experience includes work around social and environmental due diligence and strategy, shared value strategy development, stakeholder engagement strategy development, dialogue facilitation, and political economy and policy analysis, with a special interest in responsible investment, impact investing and innovative social finance mechanisms.

 

Nicole has also advised corporates and financial services providers on their respective impact strategies and has conducted multiple ESG due diligence assessments and developed Social and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) for clients operating across the continent.

 

In addition, Nicole has experience in the field of innovative development financing, having worked closely with the South African National Treasury and the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship on initial investigations into the potential merit of Social Impact Bonds in furthering the country’s development agenda.

David-Nuyoma

DAVID NUYOMA

CEO & Principal Officer of the Government Institutions Pension Fund (Namibia)

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David is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Officer of the Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF) – a fully funded pension Fund established in 1989.

 

Before he was appointed CEO of GIPF in 2013, David was the first CEO of the Development Bank of Namibia, the Executive Director of Namibia Investment Centre in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the Chairman of the SADC Investment Promotion Agencies, the SADC Development Finance Institutions Network, the Commissioner of the National Planning Commission and a member of the President’s Economic Advisory Council.

 

Nuyoma holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Development and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Development Studies both obtained at the University of East Anglia, UK.

 

Currently Nuyoma is also the Chairman of the Namibian Stock Exchange Board of Directors and is a Non-Executive Director for Pupkewitz Holdings.

Joanne-Yoo

JOANNE YOO

Managing Director, DPI

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Joanne is a senior executive at Development Partners International (DPI) – a leading Pan African private equity firm with $1.5 billion under management. Prior to DPI, Joanne was recently a Managing Director and Partner with CBO Investment Management – a private equity firm based in Lagos, Nigeria.

 

She was previously a co-founder and Managing Director of Watermark Alternative Investment Management, a private investment firm based in New York.

 

Prior to Watermark, Joanne served as a Senior Investment Officer for the New York Common Retirement Fund, the third-largest public pension fund in the United States with approximately $200 billion under management. She began her career in the Financial Institutions Group at Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup). Joanne is a founding member of the Steering Committee of PEWIN (Private Equity Women Investor Network), representing over $2.5 trillion in assets under management. She is an Advisor to the Sponsors for Educational Opportunity Alternative Investment Program and serving on the Advisory Council of the National Philanthropic Trust UK (NPT-UK).

 

She is a graduate of University of Virginia. She received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University; and a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, where she was awarded a Morgan Stanley Fellowship.

Rob-Roscuni

ROB RUSCONI

Independent Actuary

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Rob Rusconi is an independent actuary with working experience in life insurance, reinsurance, medical aid, pensions, institutional investments and social security.

 

He has worked for and consulted to a variety of insurers, reinsurers and pensions funds. Clients include the World Bank, the International Labour Organisation, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, FinMark Trust and the governments or regulators of a number of Southern African countries. Rob lives in Johannesburg with his wife and five children.

Olga-Fuentes

OLGA FUENTES

Deputy Chair of Regulation, Superintendence of Pensions, Chile

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Olga Fuentes is Deputy Chair of Regulation at the Superintendence of Pensions, Chile.

 

Previously she was the Head of the Research Division at the same institution between 2009 and 2014.

 

An economist who graduated from the University of Chile, she holds a PhD. in Economics from Boston University.

 

Olga was Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Finance between 2007 and 2009. She has been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, a speaker in international conferences, lecturer in economics and finance in Chile and the U.S., and an author of articles on pension and labour matters. She is Vice-President of the International Organization of Pension Supervisors.

Bekeme

BEKEME MASADE OLOWOLA

Chief Executive of CSR-in-Action

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Bekeme is the Chief Executive of CSR-in-Action – a group made of a consulting firm, a think tank and a training institute dedicated to corporate social responsibility, policy development, advocacy, empowerment and sustainable development in the region.

 

A well-respected sustainability and communications entrepreneur and social entrepreneur, under her leadership CSR-in-Action has promoted sustainable measurement and reporting using the GRI framework, specifically, since 2011, and has catalysed the growth of sustainability adoption and transparency in the region through consulting, training and advocacy interventions.

 

Bekeme helped establish the Business Coalition for Sustainable Development Nigeria – an initiative affiliated with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, made up of a coalition of leading businesses across all sectors to drive collective development.

 

Bekeme is on the board of the Global Reporting Initiative in Amsterdam as well as other non-profit and for-profit organisations.

 

She is convener of the annual Sustainability in the Extractive Industries Conference, the largest development focused gathering for extractives now in its eighth year, and producer of The Good Citizen Radio Show which has over 500,000 listeners every month.

Dr-Colin-Habberton

DR. COLIN V. HABBERTON

Co-Founder of the Relativ Group

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Dr Habberton is the Co-Founder of the Relativ Group – an impact advisory firm assisting organisations with the creation and allocation of financial, relational and intellectual resources aiming to deliver sustainable social and/or environmental outcomes.

 

He has led projects with corporations including BrandsEye, Vodacom, JSE, Momentum and Old Mutual; NGOs including UNICEF, WWF, MSF, Greenpeace and Givengain; and public sector institutions including SANParks and the City of Cape Town.

 

He has contributed to a variety of academic and industry publications, and presented at conferences around the world on the topics of social finance, social enterprise, fundraising, loyalty economics, relationship management and the perspectives they bring to business and social systems.

 

Colin is a Bachelor of Social Science graduate. He majored in Business Administration, Politics and received a Masters of Philosophy cum laude. He recently completed a PhD focusing on the decision-making dynamics of institutional investors towards responsible investing.

 

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa, a mentor for Endeavor and serves on the boards of a number of local and international for purpose organisations.

ELIAS-MASILELA

ELIAS MASILELA

Executive Chairman of DNA Economics, Commissioner of the 1st & 2nd National Planning Commission

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Elias is Executive Chairman of DNA Economics, Commissioner of the 1st & 2nd National Planning Commission and Chairperson of the National Task Force on Impact Investing in South Africa.

 

He was previously CEO of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC)’s Head of Policy Analysis at Sanlam, Acting Deputy Director General Economic Policy in the National Treasury, and Director of Research at the Central Bank of Swaziland.

 

He was also a member of the Boards of the South African Reserve Bank, the Government Employee Pension Fund, the Airports Company SA, as well as the UN Global Compact Board & Chairman of the (UNGC) SA Local Network. Until recently, he was Chairman of Economic Research Southern Africa and member of the Avior Capital Markets board.

 

He was chairperson of several influential companies, including V&A Waterfront, Absa Asset Management and Capital Harvest.

 

Elias holds a BA Degree Social Science with the University of Swaziland, MSc in Economic Policy and Analysis with Addis Ababa University, as well as several professional certificates with Harvard University.

 

He is a member of the boards of Multichoice Group, Multichoice SA, Alternative Prosperity Holdings, and Future Planet Capital in London, Strate, Absa Financial Services, as well as the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund.

 

He was instrumental in the listing of Multichoice Group and Avior Capital Markets on the JSE, as well as, CA Sales on the BSE.

Kenneth-Matomola

KENNETH S. MATOMOLA

Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA)

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Kenneth is the Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (NAMFISA).

 

He previously held various positions in NAMFISA (Acting CEO, Assistant CEO: Supervision, General Manager: Investment Institution, General Manager: Research, Policy & Statistics), at First National Bank (Manager: Regulatory Reporting), and Bank of Namibia (various positions in the Banking Supervision Department).

 

His professional interests lie in financial regulations and supervision and markets development.

Kenneth is the current Vice Chairman of the Committee of Insurance, Securities and Non-banking Financial Authorities (CISNA), a substructure of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

 

Kenneth holds a MSc. in Financial Economics from the University of London, B.com Economics from the University of Namibia, and Advance Diploma in Central Banking from the Institute of Bankers South Africa.

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LOUIS VAN VUREN

CEO of the Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa (FISA)

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Louis is currently the CEO of the Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa (FISA), and Director of Trust Services at Finlac Risk and Legal Management – a fee based financial planning practice in Cape Town.

 

He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), a Fiduciary Practitioner (SA) (FPSA®), an advocate of the High Court of South Africa, and a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) with the international Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

 

After a career as public prosecutor and state advocate in the 1980’s, he changed to financial services, first as legal adviser and regional training manager with Old Mutual in Bloemfontein, and since 1996 in various management positions in Old Mutual Trust and BoE Trust in Johannesburg and Cape Town. He took early retirement in 2012.

 

 

He has extensive experience of lecturing and speaking in the field of financial planning and fiduciary services

 

Louis holds BA, LL.B, and LL.M degrees from Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg), an Advanced Certificate in Leadership from the University of Cape Town and an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (cum laude) from the University of the Free State.

NzomoMutuku

NZOMO MUTUKU

Chief Executive Officer of Retirement Benefits Authority in Kenya.

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Nzomo is Chief Executive Officer of Retirement Benefits Authority of Kenya.

 

Prior to his appointment, he worked at the National Treasury as the Senior Advisor, Financial Sector and Acting Director, Financial and Sectoral Affairs Department. He specialised in policy matters related to financial sector development including financial inclusion, efficiency and stability.

 

Nzomo was previously Chief Manager, Research & Development at the Retirement Benefits Authority and has also worked in the Research Department of the Central Bank of Kenya.

 

He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Economics as well as a First Class Honours Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Nairobi and a Certificate in Digital Money from Tufts University.

Gautam Bhardwaj

GAUTAM BHARDWAJ

Co-founder and director of pinBox Solutions, Singapore

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Gautam is co-founder and director of pinBox Solutions, Singapore – a global pensionTech firm committed to digital micro-pension inclusion across Asia and Africa.

 

pinBox has developed a white-labelled micro-pension administration, record-keeping and delivery platform that integrates the existing financial inclusion ecosystem to help establish a digital micro-pension marketplace in any country within a few weeks and at a near-zero capital cost.

 

Gautam has over two decades of experience working extensively with governments and regulators on design and implementation of inclusive pension arrangements for non-salaried informal sector workers.

He pioneered the concept of “micro-pensions” in 2006 in India and established a unique social enterprise that helped deliver mainstream pension solutions to nearly 2.5 million low-income individuals across over 100 districts of 14 Indian States.

 

Gautam has led many pension sector technical assistance projects and studies funded by ADB, World Bank, FSD and UNCDF for Bangladesh, Nepal, Rwanda, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, India, Nigeria, Indonesia and Kenya.

 

He has also served on several governmental and regulatory committees on postal, pension, tax and financial sector reform.

Bernard Murira

BERNARD MURIRA

Lead Financial Officer at the World Bank Treasury

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Bernard is a Lead Financial Officer at the World Bank Treasury and has worked at the institution for over 20 years.

 

He works with official institutions as Engagement Manager responsible for coordinating and delivering their technical advisory engagements under the Reserves Advisory and Management Program (RAMP).

 

Benard also works with official institutions in developing their governance structures, including the investment policies and strategic asset allocation, as well as in implementing operational frameworks for the efficient management of the investments.

 

Prior to his current engagement, he worked in risk management, responsible for the risk and performance measurement, reporting and compliance monitoring for the assets managed by the World Bank Treasury.

 

Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the European Corporate Treasury team at Price WaterhouseCoopers in London.

 

Benard holds a Master of Science in Finance degree from George Washington University (Washington, DC) and an MBA from Cranfield University School of Management (UK). He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder and a Certified Public Accountant.

Eric-Gires

ERIC GIRES

Principal Actuary within the Pension department of the World Bank Treasury

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Eric has been the Principal Actuary within the Pension department of the World Bank Treasury for more than five years.

 

His primary mission is to oversee the funding mechanism of the Staff Retirement Plan and the Retiree Medical Plan of the World Bank Group.

 

Prior to joining the Bank, he was Principal Actuary within the Joint Pension Administrative Section of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for about twelve years, overseeing the pension plans of about 10 international organisations based in Europe. He holds a masters degree in Statistics from the Statistical Institute of the University of Paris and is a Fellow of the French Institute of Actuaries.

Daniela-Klingebiel

DANIELA KLINGEBIEL

Manager, Financial Advisory & Banking Reserves Program

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Daniela is the manager of the Financial Advisory & Banking Reserves Program.

 

Previously, she was a Principal Portfolio Manager for the World Bank’s Pension and Endowment Department where she was the head of the emerging markets equities and opportunistic portfolios.

 

Before, she was responsible for the Plans’ hedge fund portfolios, the currency portfolio and the Global Tactical Asset Allocation portfolio, and the developed international equities portfolios.

 

In addition, 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.

 

Daniela also worked in the World Bank’s Research and Financial Sector Policy and Strategy Departments as well as in various regional departments.

 

In that capacity, 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.

 

She has published extensively in the areas of pension management, capital markets, banking, financial crises, and enterprise and financial sector restructuring in leading professional and academic journals.

 

Daniela joined the World Bank in 1995. She holds a doctorate degree and Master of Science in Economics and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the Albert- Ludwigs-University in Freiburg, Germany.

Nicola-Comninos

NICOLA COMNINOS

Risk Officer Johannesburg Stocks Exchange (JSE), Managing Director Nautilus Group

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As Chief Risk Officer of the JSE and Managing Director of Nautilus Group, a Hedge Fund Platform, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of JSE Group, Nicola represents the exchange on various industry committees, including the World Federation of Exchanges Enterprise Risk Working Group and the Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa Committee.

 

Her previous roles at the JSE over the last 10 years include heading up teams responsible for JSE Group Strategy; Group Sustainability; Key Client Relationship Management – including sell side, buy side and listed corporate coverage, and the JSE Cape Town office; Head of JSE Equities and Equity Derivatives markets; Head of the JSE Transformation Office, responsible for implementing strategic cost management initiatives, and Head of Business Intelligence, Financial and Pricing Analysis  which is responsible for JSE statistics and pricing.

 

Nicola is the chairman of the JSE Pension Fund Board; the non-executive chairman of a Fintech start-up and holds various directorship positions for Nautilus Group.

 

She has a B.Com Honours and B.Com Investment Management degrees, both Cum Laude, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tshokolo-Nchocho

TSHOKOLO PETRUS NCHOCHO

Chief Executive Officer Industrial Development Corporation

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After spending 20 years in the economic development finance and banking arena, Tshokolo joined the Industrial Development Corporation as Chief Executive Officer in January 2019.

 

Before joining the IDC, he was CEO of the Land and Agricultural Development Bank and has also been Group Executive at the Development Bank of South Africa, where he managed the institution’s infrastructure project, finance debt and equity investments.

 

His passion for socio-economic development has seen him serve on boards of some community-based organisations including the Youth Enterprise Society (YES) – a non-governmental organisation based in Harrismith, Free State.

 

At YES, he volunteered business advisory services to young entrepreneurs. He also served on the board of Yeast Housing Company – an inner-city housing section 21 company operating in central Pretoria.

 

He holds a B.Com degree from the University of the North, a Master of Business Leadership (MBL) from UNISA School of Business, an MSc Finance (University of London-UK), and completed an Advanced Management Program from Harvard University.

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ANNE CABOT-ALLETZHAUSER

Head of the Alexander Forbes Research Institute

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Anne heads up the Alexander Forbes Research Institute – an initiative that looks at the full spectrum of savings, investment and wellness issues that confront South Africans in particular and Africans in general. As Head of Research, Anne’s primary focus is in overseeing Alexander Forbes’ thought-leadership initiatives, in particular Benefits Barometer.

 

Before joining Alexander Forbes in 2010, Anne spent 32 years managing pension fund assets in North America, Japan, the UK, Europe and South Africa. She moved to South Africa in 1992 and pioneered the development of the multi-manager management approach of pension fund management that has become the hallmark of that industry today. She sits on the CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Committee, INSETA’s Research Committee and ASISA’s social security committee.

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ANDREW SLATER

Fellow and Council member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, CFA Charterholder

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Andrew Slater is an actuarial and investment expert with 25 years’ experience. In his career in institutional investment, he has worked in many countries with pension funds, insurers and wealth management institutions, ranging from high-net-wealth private banks to mass-market defined contribution providers. During his career he has successfully deliberately sought out the areas that presented a challenge to the orthodox.

 

In 2016 Andrew was elected a member of Council of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, the top governing body of the profession, and additionally sits on its Research and Thought Leadership Committee and was appointed Deputy Chair of the organising committee for the IFoA Africa Conference. Andrew is also a CFA Charterholder, and a member of several local actuarial societies in Africa.

 

Andrew works as an independent adviser on a full range of actuarial and investment matters, working with institutional investors across Africa. He also works with clients outside Africa wishing to invest in Africa. He has clients in several west African countries, including the African Development Bank. Most recently he has been commissioned by the World Bank to conduct research with Kenyan pension schemes relating to their investment decision making.

 

Andrew has been focused on Africa for the last six years, with the results he spends more time in Africa each year. His career started with Price Waterhouse, and has worked in investment management with SEI Investments, and a start-up venture to create a pension indemnity insurer. SEI Investments is one of the original two manager-of-managers investment firms in the US; Andrew joined SEI Investments shortly after they established in the UK. Andrew was at the forefront of the development of SEI Investments in the UK, in the Netherlands and in South Africa.

 

Andrew is alumnus of Cambridge University with a first-class undergraduate MA in mathematics and postgraduate MMath in theoretical physics. He is also an alumnus of London Business School (executive education courses) and has guest-lectured at Cass Business School, London.

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CHRISTOPHE CHARLIER

Chairman of the Board of Directors Renaissance Capital

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Christophe Charlier rejoined Renaissance Capital as Chairman of the Board of Directors in April 2017. Mr Charlier co-ordinates the work of the Firm’s board of directors, and oversees the strategic development of the Firm’s brand globally and its relationships with key clients and stakeholders in the Firm’s markets.

 

Mr Charlier is an experienced finance professional, working most recently as Deputy CEO of ONEXIM Group. He has served in executive positions and on the board of directors of some of Russia’s largest companies, including RUSAL, Polyus Gold and Norilsk Nickel, and on the boards of other companies internationally in the financial services, mining, sports and entertainment industries. He served on the board of directors of Renaissance Capital from 2009-2014, and prior to that worked in the Firm’s Investment Banking department from 1997-1998.

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JORDAN BERGER

Director, Institutional Investors Roundtable

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Jordan has over 25 years of experience as a fiduciary manager for public sector pension plans. He is an advisor and member of the Institutional Investors Roundtable – a global community of senior investment executives from over 40 of the world’s largest pension and sovereign wealth funds. The Roundtable provides a unique and independent environment for information-sharing, collaboration and co-investment by asset owners.

 

 

Prior roles – with OPTrust, a large Canadian public sector pension plan – include serving as Trustee, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Board of Trustees. As an OPTrust employee, Jordan was Director of Compliance for the private equity and infrastructure team, Corporate Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Managing Director of the Emerging Alternatives Investment Group, and Executive Director, Corporate Development. Prior to joining OPTrust, Jordan served as research director for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union and subsequently, Principal and Head of Responsible Investment, Canada, with Mercer Investment Consulting.

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NICKY NEWTON KING

Chief Executive Officer Johannesburg Stocks Exchange (JSE)

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ARABILE GUMEDE

Financial Journalist and Economic Analyst

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Arabile is a financial journalist with a career glowing from remarkable feats and interrogative work. The world of money, markets, finance and economics are where he has garnered a lot of his reputation as a leading commentator, reporter, anchor and writer.

Arabile is also a firm believer and advocate for financial literacy, leading the path in education small business owners, students and entrepreneurs alike, in getting the best out of the country’s economic standing. Having studied a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at the University of Johannesburg, he went on to pursue a career as a Financial & Business Journalist at CNBC Africa, holding positions such as Producer, Reporter & Junior Anchor.

 

He has hosted numerous debates featuring African heads of states such as Paul Kagame (Rwanda President) and Jacob Zuma; national commissioners and prominent business personalities including Former Reserve Bank Governor and now Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni.

 

ArabileG become eNCA’s Business Anchor and Reporter in late 2013, hosting many forums and interviews with the likes of fmr. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Sir Richard Branson & a plethora of JSE Top 40 company CEO’s. He followed this up by being at the forefront of the local and continental economics beat at Bloomberg News.

 

He has co-hosted SA’s first and only morning business radio show, Classic Business Breakfast.

 

ArabileG has featured in leading magazines, and maintains special attention for his research outlooks, while being a Master of Ceremony, Motivational Speaker, blogger and economic researcher. ArabileG has MC’d for corporates such as SAICA, Liberty, Old Mutual, Nedbank, JLL and many others while hosting and moderating discussions with Transnet, the AFDB, the Land Bank, the PIC, Standard Bank etc. The journalist in ArabileG has afforded him the opportunity to provide market commentary for Classic FM, Yfm, Kayafm, Metro fm and SAfm while hosting Bruce Whitfield’s “The Money Show” on 702 when required.

ArabileG now offers business and market news on SABC News while hosting business updates on 702 in the morning as well.