Sunil Thakor will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum

Sunil Thakor

Managing Director, Sands Capital Asset Management, USA

Sunil Thakor is Senior Portfolio Manager at Sands Capital, where he has worked since 2004. Prior to joining Sands Capital, he worked as an Associate and Analyst at Charles River Associates, Inc. from 1999 to 2004. Sunil received his BA degree in Economics and Mathematics from Colby College in 1999 and his MBA in 2006 from Columbia Business School at Columbia University.


Sunil’s “Tales from the Road”

Inside a fund manager’s mind

Dave Iben

Top Performing Global Equity Manager, 2016. Chief Investment Officer, Kopernik Global Investors USA

Dave Iben is the sole portfolio manager of the Kopernik Global All-Cap strategy, lead portfolio manager of the Kopernik Global Unconstrained strategy, co-portfolio manager of the Kopernik Global Real Asset strategy and co-portfolio manager of the Kopernik International strategy. Prior to Kopernik, Dave managed the $2.7 billion Global Value Long/ Short Equity portfolio at Vinik Asset Management, where he was a director and head of the Global Value team (July 2012 through March 2013). Dave received his Bachelor’s degree from University of California, and his MBA from the University Of Southern California Marshall School Of Business. Dave is CFA charterholder as well as a member of CFA Institute and CFA Society of Tampa Bay.


Growth vs value investing

Dave Iben will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum
Trevor Noah will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum

Trevor Noah

The Daily Show Host, USA

Recently catapulted into the international spotlight, South African comedian Trevor Noah is the host of Comedy Central’s prestige late night programme, The Daily Show. Trevor’s comedy specials have sold more DVDs than any other standup comedian on the African continent, and his last DVD: Lost in Translation was released on Comedy Central. His memoir, Born A Crime, was on the New York Times bestseller list and his upcoming one-hour special will stream on Netflix later this year.

Sean Fitzpatrick

Former All Blacks Captain. Chairman Laureus Sports Foundation, New Zealand

Sean Fitzpatrick is the former Captain of the New Zealand rugby team, the All Blacks. Sean played 92 international rugby matches for the All Blacks from 1986-1998, including a world record of 63 consecutive Test matches, and 51 Test matches as Captain. He was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit by the Governor General in 1997. Sean is the Chairman and Academy Member of the Laureus Sports Foundation.


The Art of Winning

Sean Fitzpatrick will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum
Stephen Koseff will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum

Stephen Koseff

Chief Executive, Investec Group

Stephen Koseff is Chief Executive Officer of the Investec Group which has a dual listing on both the London Stock Exchange and the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. Stephen has been with the company for over 38 years in various capacities and has been in his current role as Chief Executive Officer since 1996. Stephen is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a MBA from Wits and a Higher Diploma in Business Data Processing.


The global economy

Unplugged session

Henry Blumenthal

Chief Executive, Investec Wealth & Investment SA

Henry has a B.Comm and a B.Acc from Wits University, and is a Chartered Accountant. He began his career in 1987, when he started the Johannesburg private client stockbroking business of Simpson McKie. In 1996 Simpson McKie was acquired by HSBC Africa and he was appointed Deputy Chief Executive. Henry joined Investec Wealth & Investment in 1999 and was appointed Chief Executive a year later.

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Henry Blumenthal will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum
Redi Tlhabi will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum

Redi Tlhabi

Journalist, radio and TV presenter

Redi Tlhabi is a highly distinguished South African journalist, producer, radio and television presenter, columnist and author. Apart from her former radio show on 702 and CapeTalk, she has also hosted several television news shows and has been a guest anchor on international broadcasters SKY and the BBC. Redi graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and English Literature. She holds an Honours degree in English Literature and is currently reading for a Master’s degree in Gender and Politics.


Unplugged session

Lesetja Kganyago

Governor of the South African Reserve Bank

Lesetja Kganyago is the Governor of the South African Reserve Bank. He was appointed to that post on 6 October 2014. He is a South African economist and central banker. Lesetja has also served as Director-General for the National Treasury.


Unplugged panel

Lesetja Kganyago will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum
Zweli Mkhize will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum

Zweli Mkhize

Treasurer General, African National Congress

Dr Zweli Mkhize is a medical doctor, legislator and politician. He played a pivotal role in the process leading towards the establishment of a democratic government. He has been the provincial chairperson of the ANC in KwaZulu Natal from 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. Dr Mkhize has been Chancellor of University of KwaZulu Natal since 2009 and at the ANC’s 53rd National Conference in December 2012, was elected Treasurer General of the ANC. Dr Mkhize obtained an MBChB degree from the University of Natal (now University of KwaZulu Natal) in 1982.

John Haynes

Chairman of the Global Investment Strategy group, Investec Wealth & Investment, UK

John is Head of Research at Investec Wealth & Investment, UK and leads the research team. He is Chairman of the Global Investment Strategy Group and the Asset Allocation Committee as well as a member of the Stock Sector Committee. A graduate of Cambridge University and CFA Charterholder, John has been with Investec since 2001.


Global investment view

John Haynes will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum
Ryan Friedman will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum

Ryan Friedman

Head: Multi-Manager Investments, Investec Wealth & Investment SA

Ryan Friedman is the Head of Multi-Manager Investments. He is lead portfolio manager on the World Axis range of funds and a member of Investec’s Global Investment Strategy Group. He also chairs the Offshore Committee on global multi-manager investments. Ryan has over 17 years’ experience in financial markets, 15 of which was spent doing due diligence on global fund managers. He holds a B.Com from Wits and is a CFA.



World Axis panel

Investec Wealth Forum highlights

Fani Titi

Chairman, Investec

Fani Titi is the Chairman of Investec Limited, Investec Plc and Kumba Iron Ore. He also serves on the boards of other Investec Group companies. Fani has over 20 years’ experience in the private equity and banking sectors as well as general business. He has served on the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees of boards over this period. He offers seasoned judgement on issues of corporate performance, strategy formulation and implementation and leadership. Fani holds a BSc. Hons (Mathematics) from the University of Fort Hare, an MA (Mathematics) from the University of California and Berkeley as well as an MBA from Wits Business School.

Fani Titi will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum
Brian Kantor will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum

Brian Kantor

Chief Strategist & Economist, Wealth & Investment SA

Brian is Chief Strategist and Economist at Investec Wealth & Investment SA. He is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cape Town, where he was the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Head of the School of Economics. He is the previous non-executive chairman of Acucap Properties and the founding chairman of the V&A Waterfront. Brian holds a B.Com and a B.A. (Hons), both from UCT.

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Global investment view for the next 18 months

Annelise Peers

Chief Investment Officer, Investec Bank Switzerland

Annelise Peers joined Investec Bank (Switzerland) AG in July 2014 to head up the investment process and product development. Prior to Investec she worked for Insinger Asset Management, leading the Fixed Interest Investment team where she oversaw the macro-economic process and bond funds. Annelise holds a BA Honours in Economics and Mathematics.

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Global investment view

Annelise Peers will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum
Chris Hills will be speaking at the 2017 Wealth Forum

Chris Hills

Chief Investment Officer, Investec Wealth & Investment UK

Chris is the Chief Investment Officer of Investec Wealth & Investment UK. He has been the architect of its approach to portfolio management, its internal research department and its investment policy committee. Chris holds an Honours degree from Cambridge University.


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