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Manzar Ahmed
Manzar Ahmed
GlobeTax
Director | Sales
Manzar Ahmed is a member of GlobeTax’s Sales team focusing on the promotion of the company’s withholding tax relief services to investment funds across EMEA.
Manzar has over 25 years of experience within the fund management and securities servicing industry, specializing in fund managers and alternative investment funds covering fund administration, middle office, global custody, corporate trust, foreign exchange and financing business lines. Before joining GlobeTax, Manzar has held senior roles at BNY Mellon, Royal Bank of Canada and HSBC.

Gareth Allison
Gareth Allison
MSCI
Executive Director
Gareth Allison is an Executive Director and Head of Client Coverage for Sub-Saharan Africa. He is responsible for MSCI’s business development and coverage for all client types in Sub-Saharan Africa, based in Cape Town.

Gareth joined MSCI in 2007 and prior to joining MSCI worked at Wilshire as a Managing Director responsible for business development in EMEA. At Wilshire, he covered different territories in EMEA.

Prior to Wilshire, Gareth worked in various business development roles including for Bloomberg LP, covering French & Italian speaking territories in Switzerland and for Tullett & Tokyo as an Italian Government Bond Broker. Prior to this, Gareth was a professional Rugby Union player for NEC Harlequins in London and Clermont in France. During this time Gareth also represented England 'A'.

Andrew Barman
Andrew Barman
The Network Forum
MD
With a long background (20+ years) in market research of the global securities industry, Andrew launched The Network Forum in January 2017. A new industry initiative for the custody and post-trade industry, The Network Forum aspires to be the undisputed global community for market participants. Andrew's strengths are in Product and Business Development, Negotiation, Sales and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Celia Becker
Celia Becker
ENS Africa
Executive
Celia Becker is an executive at ENSafrica and an expert in sub-Saharan Africa tax and regulatory matters. She specialises in advising multi-national companies expanding into and doing business in Africa on the tax, investment and business regulations applicable in jurisdictions across the region.

Celia is a Chartered Account (CA (SA)) who started her career as an International Tax Advisor at a Big 4 accounting firm and spent six years at a multi-national construction company as Country Risk Director. She has travelled extensively on the African continent and is currently spending her time between Johannesburg and Kigali in Rwanda.

Chris Becker
Chris Becker
Investec Bank
Blockchain Lead
Chris is Investec’s blockchain lead and focuses specifically on product development and strategy for the Specialist Bank. He has more than a decade experience as a macro-economist strategist consulting to institutional and corporate clients, before his fascination with the history of money and the inner workings of the monetary system led him to the world of blockchain and privately issued monies four years ago.

His career spans roles as an economist, sovereign risk analyst and sell-side economic strategist. Chris is a co-founder of the South African chapter of the Mises Institute and is currently an advisor to the economics curriculum at a private South African university as well as a strategic advisor to a Chamber of Commerce. He holds an undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Stellenbosch University.

Wayne Bennett
Wayne Bennett
Standard Chartered
Head of Securities Services & CAT
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Johannesburg and is a seasoned business professional with over 24 years working experience, including 20 years experience in management roles in the Investment Banking and Financial Services industries, both locally and abroad with domestic as well as multi-national organisations.

In 2009, Wayne joined Rand Merchant Bank where he was appointed to head up Securities Lending and Borrowing Operations and later in an acting capacity headed up the SLB business until his departure in 2010 when he was approached by Nedbank Capital (now Nedbank CIB) to head their newly formed Prime Broking business.

Since October 2017, Wayne has served jointly as Securities Services Head for South Africa and as Securities Services and Corporate Agency and Trust Manager for South & Southern Africa.

Charl Bruyns
Charl Bruyns
Standard Bank
Head of Investor Services
Charl Bruyns is the Head of Investor Services at Standard Bank South Africa. Investor Services is a leading provider of custody, trustee services, securities lending, derivatives clearing and investment administration services to local and foreign institutional investors. Charl also heads the Financial Institutions Franchise for Standard Bank’s transaction bank services. He has held roles as CFO, COO for Standard Bank’s Transactional Products and Services business and Head of Africa Treasury. Prior to joining Standard Bank , Charl has held executive management roles at STANLIB.

Hari Chaitanya
Hari Chaitanya
Standard Bank
Head – Investor Services Product Management
Based in Johannesburg, Hari Chaitanya is responsible for leading global product management strategy for Investor Services business across 14 countries in Africa and serve as a member of the Investor Services Management committee at Standard Bank.

Hari joined Standard Bank in July 2015 after 7 years with Standard Chartered Bank where he ran Investor and Intermediaries business in Africa and South East Asia. Hari has more than 23 years of Securities Services industry experience during which he has held senior positions at Deutsche Bank in India, Indonesia and the Asia Pacific regional office in Singapore.

Alan Chalmers
Alan Chalmers
Funds Europe
Publisher
Alan is publisher of Funds Europe and Funds Global Asia and MENA. He is a chartered accountant, involved in publishing for the funds industry for over 20 years. He co-founded Funds Europe in 2002 while he was managing director of Union Press Limited from 2001 until 2007. He was managing director of Harper Trade Journals Limited for five years from 1996. Previously he was commercial adviser to Lipper Analytical Europe, publisher of The European Fund Directory, and a director of Professional and Business Information Plc, publisher of the UK Fund Industry Directory.

Paul Clark
Paul Clark
Ashburton Investments
Portfolio Management
Paul is a Fund Manager at Ashburton Investments. He joined Ashburton Investments South Africa in 2012 to set up and manage an Africa Fund for the FirstRand Group. Paul started his investment career with Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank’s Asset Management division where he served as a Research Analyst and Specialist Unit Trust Fund Manager for two years. He subsequently joined HSBC Equities South Africa as an Equities Analyst for five years. Paul then joined the African Alliance Group in 2004 as Head of Research and was instrumental in the launch of the Africa Pioneer Fund in June 2007. He was the lead Fund Manager on the fund until December 2011. Paul holds a BEng degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch as well as a BCom degree in Accounting from the University of the Witwatersrand. Paul is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

James Clayton
James Clayton
Independent
James is a financial services consultant with extensive experience of front, middle and back office operations across Banking, Asset management and Insurance in multiple regulatory environments.
His trading, valuations and risk experience was gained through roles in DHSA (Bond Trader), Nedbank (Senior derivatives dealer), Old Mutual Bank (Executive Treasurer) and in various consulting roles such as Metropolitan (LDI Risk), the Saudi Arabian Central Bank (IRRBB) and Old Mutual (Fund Transactions and Treasury).
His keen interest in CryptoCurrencies and CryptoAssets led to a recent period of research into South African FinTechs and Stablecoin models that culminated in building the SygniaCoin cryptocurrency exchange.

Simon Cleary
Simon Cleary
Standard Chartered Bank
COO, Securities Services, Transaction Banking - Central
Simon has been the Chief Operating Officer for Securities Services at Standard Chartered Bank since 2014, having previously been the Global Product Head for Custody and Clearing. He is also the Accountable Executive for the Transaction Bank’s Conduct Agenda.
Simon has worked within the Securities Services business for well over 30 years across multiple functions, including Operations, Client Service / Account Management, Product Management, Country Business Management and Strategic P&L ownership for a number of the industry’s leading providers, including Chase Manhattan, The Bank of New York, Citi, SWIFT and Brown Brothers Harriman, prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore in 2009.

Mike Davies
Mike Davies
Kigoda
Principal
Mike is an experienced political risk analyst and responsible investment consultant with specialist knowledge of South Africa, and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa. He works across a broad range of sectors, including mining, energy, agriculture, telecoms and FMCG.
Prior to establishing Kigoda Consulting, Mike worked for three of the top political and global risk consultancies in the United Kingdom. He has briefed numerous FTSE100 and S&P500 firms and financial sector clients, including asset managers and international financial institutions, on the risks and opportunities of investing sustainably and responsibly in sub-Saharan Africa.

Beverly Furman
Beverly Furman
Strate
MD
Beverley Furman currently holds the position of Managing Executive: CSD Operations, Strate.

Strate (Pty) Limited (Strate) has been authorised as South Africa’s Central Securities Depository (CSD) by the Financial Services Board (FSB). Beverley serves as an Executive Member of Strate and holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She joined Strate in 2001 where she helped create the STRATE Supervision division.
In August 2016, Beverley assumed the position of Managing Executive: CSD Operations, Strate responsible for managing the Custody and Settlement, Product Development, Project Management Office and Strate Collateral Management Services divisions of Strate.

Whilst at Strate, she has represented the company at various international and national conferences and symposiums on various topics including settlement efficiency and role of the CSD, risk management, Crisis Preparedness, Self-Regulatory Organisations, compliance and Collateral Management.

Alicia Greenwood
Alicia Greenwood
JSE Ltd
Director: Post Trade Services
Alicia joined the JSE in February 2016, as Head of Post Trade Services. Alicia is responsible for risk management, clearing and settlement of central order book equity and bond transactions, and managing the Group’s derivatives clearing CCP, JSE Clear.

Alicia’s business career spans more than 18 years working in management consulting, investment banking and capital markets. Her experience has been acquired in some of South Africa’s leading companies in these fields, including Accenture, Discovery and Standard Bank. Alicia has worked extensively in strategy, risk and capital management, both in South Africa and across numerous African countries.

Alicia holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Cape Town, having majored in Chemistry and Mathematics, and is published in various scientific journals.

Mark Kerns
Mark Kerns
Adapa Advisory
CEO
Mark Kerns is a seasoned senior executive with a distinguished career working with leading global and regional banks including Standard Bank where he was Head of Investor Services. He has held senior roles at The Bank of New York, JP Morgan, Bankers Trust and The WM Company. His experience embraces business ownership roles, client and sales management, product management leadership, strategy and corporate development within the post trade and securities services industry. Mark is a Global Custodian Legend inductee and has received a Lifetime Achievement award from Global Investor.

Brett Kotze
Brett Kotze
A2X
COO
Brett has worked in the financial industry for some 31 years, of which 18 have been in the exchange space, and brings extensive clearing and settlement expertise to South African financial markets. Amongst many other implemented projects, Brett was responsible for the successful implementation of the move in the settlement cycle for equities from T+5 to T+3 mid 2016 and has also been involved in several important industry projects over the years. In addition, he sits on numerous local and global committees representing the South African markets.

Brett is the Head Post Trade Services at A2X Markets – a new competitive exchange in South Africa.

Jonathan Kruger
Jonathan Kruger
Adventis
Portfolio Manager
Jonathan Kruger CFA, has over a decade of experience in public equity markets, having managed portfolios investing in Frontier Africa, South Africa and Developed Markets. He is a portfolio manager and director at Adventis SA where he manages the Adventis Africa Equity Fund. The fund has a competitive track record and follows a bottom-up value-driven investment process with a risk control overlay model. Previously he co-founded Africa Merchant Capital Management which was subsequently acquired by Adventis. Prior to that he worked at Prescient Investment Management as a portfolio manager and analyst. He holds a BBusSci Quantitative Finance degree from the University of Cape Town and is a CFA charterholder.

Rose Mambo
Rose Mambo
CDSC
CEO
Rose Mambo is the Chief Executive at CDSC and is responsible for strategic leadership of the corporation and corporate governance. She has steered the company to achieve a number of key milestones including a T+3 settlement cycle, full dematerialization of the market, several large successful IPOs, and improved efficiency and risk management in the settlement function of the corporation with a Guarantee Fund value that has grown over five times since she joined CDSC in 2007. Under her stewardship, CDSC has grown to accommodate over 2 million CDS accounts, while the company’s financial performance has significantly improved with profit before tax growing fourteen times whilst net assets increased four times from their respective levels in 2007. With her leadership, CDSC has transitioned to a brand that is more customer centric in product and service offering, and is successfully managing the Register of the M- Akiba bond, a pioneer mobile bond in the world.

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