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    We're focused on investment excellence.

    Our staff of over 180 professionals are firmly aligned behind our focus on achieving consistent investment excellence. Many of our people have stayed with us for many years, testament to our strong culture of ownership and responsibility. We also benefit from a flat management structure and our team-based approach allows our investment professionals to focus on what they do best - managing clients' savings.

    A Team Approach

    Our team and decision-making process are structured so that all of our buy and sell decisions are taken collectively. We are dedicated to achieving steady outperformance over time, and are backed by sophisticated analytical systems, data and the global expertise of our M&G plc affiliates.

    With over 600 years' cumulative experience, the entire team, including analysts and fund managers, actively debates each idea to buy or sell assets before being put to a vote.

    This is a fundamental part of our risk management process.

    Graham Mason

    Chairman

    B.Bus.Sc (Hons) Actuarial Science (University of Cape Town); B.A (Hons) Economics (University of Cape Town).

    Graham has been the Non-Executive Chairman of M&G Investments Southern Africa since January 2010, after having been CEO since its establishment in 1994. He has 25 years of asset management experience. Prior to founding M&G Investments Southern Africa, Graham worked for Prudential Portfolio Managers in London on both the Japanese desk and in the Global Policy Unit. He also worked for Prudential Corporation Asia as the Head of Fund Management based in Hong Kong. 

    Graham chairs the MandG Investments Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. Board and is an attendee of the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

    Marius Botha

    Chief Executive Officer

    PhD Finance (University of the Free State)

    Marius joined M&G Group in November 2020 as Global Chief Risk Officer and is currently the interim Chief Executive Officer of M&G Investments Southern Africa.

    He has more than two decades of asset management expertise and experience having held senior roles as a Fund Manager as well as a Risk Manager. Prior to joining M&G, he was the Global Director of Investment and Credit Risk at Aviva Investors. Before Aviva Investors he worked as Global Head of Commodities Research and Trading at AHL Man Group, Head of Investment and Counterparty Risk Management as Gartmore Investment Management, Deputy Hedge Fund Manager at Threadneedle Investments and Head of Equity Risk Management also at Threadneedle. He started his career at Old Mutual Asset Management in South Africa.

    Bruce Grater

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    B.Bus.Sc (Hons) (University of Cape Town); Chartered Financial Analyst (SA and England) (CFA Institute); member of the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants and qualified for the Public Accountants and Auditors Board.

    Bruce has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry in South Africa and abroad. He is CEO and Portfolio Manager at Arkmore, a global investment advisory and asset managing consulting business he founded in 2003. Prior to this he worked for several years as a senior portfolio manager and investment analyst at Old Mutual Asset Managers, as well as an audit manager at Deloitte.  

    Bruce is a member of the MandG Investments Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. Board, the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the MandG Investments Life South Africa (RF) Ltd. Board.

    Dolores Mashishi

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Advanced Management Programme (INSEAD); General Management Programme (Harvard Business School); MSc Ed (University of Illinois (USA)); Strategic Human Resources (Wits Business School)

    Dolores joined the MandG Investments Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd Board as an Independent Non-executive Director in August 2023. She is Chair of the Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee, and a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

    Dolores has over 30 years of experience working in challenging markets, financial sectors and B2B markets within South Africa, Africa and the United Kingdom successfully leading people strategies. Dolores is a former Group HR executive of Altron, having previously held executive roles at Brait Group, Investec, ABSA, Standard Bank and the public sector at the DBSA.

    Fabiana Fedeli

    Non-Executive Director

    Graduate degree in Economics, Econometrics and Quantitative Economics (Bocconi University, Milan); Master of Economics, Finance and Econometrics (Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo); Certificate in Financial Asset Management and Engineering (University of Lausanne, Swiss Finance Institute, Lausanne)

    Fabiana joined M&G plc in July 2021 as Chief Investment Officer: Equities and Multi-Asset. She has over 20 years of experience in the investment management industry. Prior to joining M&G, Fabiana was the global head of fundamental equities at Robeco Asset Management, leading an international investment team managing a range of active equity strategies. She had direct portfolio management responsibility for three of those strategies and has extensive experience in integrating sustainability and impact into investment processes. Prior to Robeco, Fabiana held a number of roles both in portfolio management and equity analysis in London, New York and Tokyo. She began her career in the industry at ING Barings Tokyo as a research analyst of Japanese equities.

    Fabiana joined the MandG Investments Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. Board of Directors as a non-executive director in January 2022.

    Linda Yanta

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    B Accountancy (University of Natal); Chartered Accountant (SA); Management Development Programme (Graduate Utility Institute, Stanford University, USA); Certified Internal Auditor; Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    Linda is currently a Director in the Corporate Governance Services unit at SNG, and prior to joining in 2012 held management roles at Eskom: 10 years as General Manager - Assurance & Forensic, and six years as General Manager - Transmission Finance. He has also worked in financial management at Transnet and National Sorghum Brewery. 

    Linda is a member of the MandG Investments Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. Board and chairs the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

    Sandile Malinga

    CIO Multi-Asset

    BSc Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science (University of the Witwatersrand); Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries.

    Sandile joined M&G Investments in 2013 as a member of the fixed-income team and joined the multi-asset team in 2018, progressing to Co-Head of Multi-Asset in 2023 in a co-leadership role with Michael Moyle. In January 2024, he took on the role of Chief Investment Officer for Multi-Asset. In addition to being a member of the Executive Committee, Sandile is a member of the MandG Investments Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. Board and the MandG Staff Investment Company (RF) (Pty) Ltd.

    Sandile is also the joint-Portfolio Manager of M&G Balanced and Inflation Plus Funds, and he is involved in managing our range of global funds. His role also involves providing analytical and economic support to our multi-asset and fixed-interest investment process. He is a member of the M&G Investments Asset Allocation Committee.

    With 16 years’ industry experience, Sandile previously worked for Investec Asset Management as a fixed interest dealer and analyst. He also served as Portfolio Manager on large institutional fixed interest client mandates with liability immunization objectives.

    Sandile holds a BSc in Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries.

    Thabo Leeuw

    Non-Executive Director

    B.Com (Unizulu); BCompt (Hons) (Unisa); Management Advanced Programme (Wits Business School).

    Thabo is an independent non-executive director of RFG and is also independent chairman of the Boards of Hulamin Limited and ICAS (Pty) Limited. In addition to the above independent roles, Thabo serves as a non-executive director to Vexila (Pty) Ltd, a Thesele Group portfolio company. Prior to establishing Thesele Group, Thabo worked at Cazenove South Africa, initially as an investment analyst and later as a corporate finance director in the firm’s Mergers and Acquisitions division.  

    Thabo is a member of the MandG Investments Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. Board and the Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee.

    Marius Botha

    Chief Executive Officer

    PhD Finance (University of the Free State)

    Marius joined M&G Group in November 2020 as Global Chief Risk Officer and is currently the interim Chief Executive Officer of M&G Investments Southern Africa.

    He has more than two decades of asset management expertise and experience having held senior roles as a Fund Manager as well as a Risk Manager. Prior to joining M&G, he was the Global Director of Investment and Credit Risk at Aviva Investors. Before Aviva Investors he worked as Global Head of Commodities Research and Trading at AHL Man Group, Head of Investment and Counterparty Risk Management as Gartmore Investment Management, Deputy Hedge Fund Manager at Threadneedle Investments and Head of Equity Risk Management also at Threadneedle. He started his career at Old Mutual Asset Management in South Africa.

    Daryl van Zyl

    Chief Operating Officer

    Higher Diploma in Education: Financial Accounting (University of the Western Cape); B.Com (Hons): Business Administration (University of the Western Cape); Post Graduate Diploma: Management Practice (Graduate School of Business: University of Cape Town).

    Daryl joined M&G Investments in March 2011 and in February 2022 was appointed as Chief Operating Officer. He is primarily responsible for maintaining M&G’s operational environment. In addition to being a member of the M&G Executive Committee, Daryl is also a member of the MandG Investment Managers (Pty) Ltd. Board, as well as a member of the ASISA Technical & Operations Board sub-committee.

    With more than 20 years of industry experience, Daryl started his career at Old Mutual where he worked in various client servicing and operational roles, before moving to JP Morgan as Manager of Operations

    Gareth Bern

    CIO Fixed Income

    B.Bus.Sc Finance (University of Cape Town); B.Com (Hons): Accounting (University of Cape Town); CA (SA); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Gareth joined M&G Investments in 2004 as a Credit Analyst, then progressed to Head of Fixed Income in 2018, and in January 2024 took on the role of Chief Investment Officer for Fixed Income. He is also a member of the M&G Executive Committee.

    Additionally, Gareth is joint Portfolio Manager of the M&G Bond Fund, as well as being responsible for overseeing M&G Investments’ fixed income institutional mandates.

    Prior to joining M&G Investments, Gareth completed his articles at Ernst & Young and qualified as a CA (SA) in 2003. After spending part of 2004 working in the asset management division of Ernst & Young’s New York office, he returned to South Africa and joined M&G. He has 18 years’ industry experience.

    Gareth’s qualifications include Bachelor of Business Science (Finance) (University of Cape Town); Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting (University of Cape Town); Chartered Accountant (SA); and is a CFA charterholder.

    Heidi Dreyer

    Head of Distribution

    RPE Equities (South African Institute of Financial Markets); Diploma in Marketing Management (University of Cape Town); Member of the South African Institute of Financial Markets.

    Heidi joined M&G Investments in August 2007 as Head of Corporate Sales responsible for the business development of the corporate retail market. She progressed to Head of Distribution in April 2024, and is responsible for M&G's overall distribution and product endeavours in South Africa, spanning the retail, corporate/DFM, and institutional markets. She serves as an Executive Committee member and reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

    She has worked in the asset management industry since 1993 in a business development and consulting role, providing consulting services to the unit trust industry association and to retirement fund trustees.

    Her qualifications include: RPE Equities from the South African Institute of Financial Markets, and a Diploma in Marketing Management from the University of Cape Town. She is also a member of the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM).

    Nailah Limbada

    Head of Finance

    B.Bus.Sc Finance (University of Cape Town); M.Com Financial Management (University of Cape Town); Chartered Accountant (SA)

    Nailah joined M&G Investments in 2019 as a Financial Accountant and in 2021 was appointed as Head of Finance. She is currently responsible for overseeing the Group’s financial planning, reporting and risk management. In addition to being a member of the Executive Committee, Nailah is also a member of the MandG Investment Managers (Pty) Ltd Board, MandG Investments Life South Africa (RF) Limited Board and the MandG Investments Unit Trusts South Africa (RF) Limited Board. 


    Prior to joining M&G Investments, Nailah worked for EY as a Senior Manager in the Financial Services - Wealth and Asset Management division, where she serviced some of Africa’s largest asset managers. She currently has nine years of local and international industry experience, having also worked abroad in EY’s London and New York offices. 

    Nailah is dedicated to transformation in the industry, and serves as Chairperson of M&G Investments Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She also serves on the Steering Committee of 100 Women in Finance - South Africa – a global NPO aimed at gender equity and empowering women at all career stages.

    Naleni Govender

    Head of Institutional Business

    B.Com Economics and Finance (University of Natal); PGDip Financial Planning; (CFP)

    Naleni joined M&G Investments as the Head of Institutional Business during April 2023 and serves on the M&G Executive Committee. She is responsible for growing and maintaining our institutional client base. 

    With more than 18 years of experience in the investment industry, her tenure includes a variety of business development, investment consulting and analyst roles. Naleni previously worked at Ashburton Investments, where she held the role of Director and Head of Institutional Distribution.

    Naleni holds a BCom (Economics and Finance) degree from the University of Natal, and she completed the Post-Graduate Leadership Acceleration Program at the Gordon Institute of Business Science in 2018. She holds a PGDip in Financial Planning and is a qualified CFP® professional.

    Ross Biggs

    CIO Equities

    B.BusSc Finance (University of Cape Town); CA (SA); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Ross joined M&G Investments in 2001 as an Equity Analyst, progressing to Portfolio Manager and then Head of Equity in February 2020. He was appointed as Chief Investment Officer for Equity in January 2024 and is a member of the M&G Executive Committee.

    Ross is also the joint-Portfolio Manager of several M&G funds, including the M&G SA Equity and Dividend Maximiser Funds, with the latter having won several Raging Bull and Morningstar Awards for performance. He is responsible for overseeing the management of M&G Investments’ Houseview equity portfolios, as well as a portfolio of specialist Select Equity mandates for institutional clients. He is also the lead Portfolio Manager for our African Equity mandates.

    Prior to joining M&G, Ross completed his articles with Andersen in 2000, where he focused on external audit, due diligence and investigative work across a range of sectors, both in South Africa and the USA. He has 21 years of experience in investment management.

    Ross holds a Bachelor of Business Science (University of Cape Town) and is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder.

    Saleem Sonday

    Head of Retail & Managing Director (M&GUT)

    MBA (University of Cape Town)

    Saleem joined M&G Investments in May 2024 as the Head of Retail Distribution. He will oversee our Retail business, assume the role of Managing Director (pending regulatory approval) for the unit trust business and serve as an Executive Committee member. Saleem's knowledge of market dynamics, client behaviour, and strategic planning will play a key role in driving growth and innovation within our retail business.

    Prior to joining M&G, he spent 18 years at Allan Gray as the Head of various distribution teams, including Retail Distribution, Group Savings and Investments, Wholesale Distribution.

    He holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and has completed the Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.

    In his spare time, Saleem enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, reading and mountain biking on the splendid Cape Town trails.

    Sandile Malinga

    CIO Multi-Asset

    B.Sc Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science (University of the Witwatersrand); Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries.

    Sandile joined M&G Investments in 2013 as a member of the fixed-income team and joined the multi-asset team in 2018, progressing to Co-Head of Multi-Asset in 2023 in a co-leadership role with Michael Moyle. In January 2024, he took on the role of Chief Investment Officer for Multi-Asset. In addition to being a member of the Executive Committee, Sandile is a member of the MandG Investments Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. Board and the MandG Staff Investment Company (RF) (Pty) Ltd.

    Sandile is also the joint-Portfolio Manager of M&G Balanced and Inflation Plus Funds, and he is involved in managing our range of global funds. His role also involves providing analytical and economic support to our multi-asset and fixed-interest investment process. He is a member of the M&G Investments Asset Allocation Committee.

    With 16 years’ industry experience, Sandile previously worked for Investec Asset Management as a fixed interest dealer and analyst. He also served as Portfolio Manager on large institutional fixed interest client mandates with liability immunization objectives.

    Sandile holds a BSc in Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries.

    Shaheed Mohamed

    Head of Risk and Compliance

    B.Com Accounting and Information Systems (University of Cape Town); Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (University of Cape Town); Chartered Accountant (SA); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Shaheed joined M&G Investments in June 2023 as the Head of Risk and Compliance and serves on the M&G Executive Committee. He is responsible for overseeing the risk and compliance functions in the business.

    He brings a wealth of knowledge with more than 25 years of industry experience spanning various roles in risk, compliance, and audit. Prior to joining M&G, he was the Head of Compliance at Old Mutual Investments, having previously fulfilled governance related roles at Cadiz Financial Services, Sanlam and PSG Investment Bank in South Africa. He also spent two years abroad, working in London and New York at audit and insurance companies.

    In his spare time, Shaheed enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including running and cycling.

    Sumayya Davenhill

    Head of Marketing

    MBA (University of Cape Town); Post Graduate Marketing and Advertising (Red & Yellow School)

    Sumayya joined M&G Investments in 2012 and is currently the Head of Marketing. She is responsible for the brand, overseeing all of M&G Investments' marketing and advertising activities. Sumayya is a member of the Executive Committee.

    Prior to joining M&G Investments, Sumayya worked for Old Mutual Investment Group as the Head of Marketing where she was responsible for the full suite of investment companies within the Group. She has a wealth of advertising and marketing experience, having worked on brands such as Quaystone Asset Management and Nedbank earlier in her career.

    In her spare time, Sumayya enjoys cooking and baking, spending time with her family and is an avid interior designer.

    Yakupha Nkosinkulu

    Head of Human Capital

    B.Soc.Sci, Psychology and Sociology (University of Cape Town); Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies, Entrepreneurial Studies (University of Cape Town); B.Com (Hons): Industrial and Organisational Psychology (University of South Africa); Advanced Diploma in Digital Marketing (Red & Yellow Creative School of Business)

    Yakupha joined M&G Investments as Head of Human Capital in January 2023. She is responsible for managing the HC team, along with overseeing the end-to-end M&G employee experience, growing and nurturing talent, and driving the group’s diversity and inclusion agenda. Having started her career in 2013, she was most recently Group Head of People at SilverTree Brands (the parent company of online brands including UCOOK, Faithful to Nature and PetHeaven), and previously held various Human Resources roles in ecommerce and technology businesses.  

    Yakupha is a member of M&G’s Executive Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

    Gareth Bern

    CIO Fixed Income

    BBus Sc Finance (University of Cape Town); BComm (Hons) Accounting (University of Cape Town); CA (SA); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Gareth joined M&G Investments in 2004 as a Credit Analyst, then progressed to Head of Fixed Income in 2018, and in January 2024 took on the role of Chief Investment Officer for Fixed Income. He is also a member of the M&G Executive Committee.

    Additionally, Gareth is joint Portfolio Manager of the M&G Bond Fund, as well as being responsible for overseeing M&G Investments’ fixed income institutional mandates.

    Prior to joining M&G Investments, Gareth completed his articles at Ernst & Young and qualified as a CA (SA) in 2003. After spending part of 2004 working in the asset management division of Ernst & Young’s New York office, he returned to South Africa and joined M&G. He has 18 years’ industry experience.

    Gareth’s qualifications include Bachelor of Business Science (Finance) (University of Cape Town); Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) Accounting (University of Cape Town); Chartered Accountant (SA); and is a CFA charterholder.

    Ross Biggs

    CIO Equities

    BBusSc Finance (University of Cape Town); CA (SA); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Ross joined M&G Investments in 2001 as an Equity Analyst, progressing to Portfolio Manager and then Head of Equity in February 2020. He was appointed as Chief Investment Officer for Equity in January 2024 and is a member of the M&G Executive Committee.

    Ross is also the joint-Portfolio Manager of several M&G funds, including the M&G SA Equity and Dividend Maximiser Funds, with the latter having won several Raging Bull and Morningstar Awards for performance. He is responsible for overseeing the management of M&G Investments’ Houseview equity portfolios, as well as a portfolio of specialist Select Equity mandates for institutional clients. He is also the lead Portfolio Manager for our African Equity mandates.

    Prior to joining M&G, Ross completed his articles with Andersen in 2000, where he focused on external audit, due diligence and investigative work across a range of sectors, both in South Africa and the USA. He has 21 years of experience in investment management.

    Ross holds a Bachelor of Business Science (University of Cape Town) and is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder.

    Sandile Malinga

    CIO Multi-Asset

    BSc Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science (University of the Witwatersrand); Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries.

    Sandile joined M&G Investments in 2013 as a member of the fixed-income team and joined the multi-asset team in 2018, progressing to Co-Head of Multi-Asset in 2023 in a co-leadership role with Michael Moyle. In January 2024, he took on the role of Chief Investment Officer for Multi-Asset. In addition to being a member of the Executive Committee, Sandile is a member of the MandG Investments Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. Board and the MandG Staff Investment Company (RF) (Pty) Ltd.

    Sandile is also the joint-Portfolio Manager of M&G Balanced and Inflation Plus Funds, and he is involved in managing our range of global funds. His role also involves providing analytical and economic support to our multi-asset and fixed-interest investment process. He is a member of the M&G Investments Asset Allocation Committee.

    With 16 years’ industry experience, Sandile previously worked for Investec Asset Management as a fixed interest dealer and analyst. He also served as Portfolio Manager on large institutional fixed interest client mandates with liability immunization objectives.

    Sandile holds a BSc in Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries.

    Aeysha Samsodien

    Portfolio Manager

    B. Com Accounting (University of Cape Town); Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (University of Cape Town); CA (SA)

    Aeysha joined M&G Investment Managers in April 2013 as an Equity Analyst, where she was primarily responsible for conducting research on the Mining sector. In 2023 she became a Portfolio Manager of our Resources funds, including the top-performing Nedgroup Mining and Resources Fund, joining fellow Portfolio Managers Simon Kendall and Ross Biggs.

    Prior to joining M&G, Aeysha spent three years completing her articles at PwC, and currently has 11 years’ industry experience.

    Aeysha holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting, both from the University of Cape Town. She is also a Chartered Accountant.

    Aadil Omar

    Head of Equity Research

    B.Com (Hons) (Cum Laude) Investment Management and Finance (University of Pretoria); Masters in Finance (INSEAD). Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute).

    With 17 years of investment management experience, Aadil joined M&G Investments in July 2013 as an Equity Analyst, where he was responsible for equity research on the Telecommunications, Pharmaceutical, Hospitals and Media sectors.

    In August 2018, he relocated to London to join a global equity hedge fund, before returning to M&G in January 2020 as the Head of Equity Research and a member of our Equity Portfolio Management team. He now contributes to the management of M&G Investments’ Houseview equity portfolios and is also the joint Portfolio Manager of the M&G SA Equity Fund.

    Prior to joining M&G Investments, Aadil spent three years in Equity Research at Macquarie, where he covered the Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and Telecommunications sectors. He previously worked in Corporate Finance and Advisory at Nedbank Capital.

    Bulent Badsha

    Portfolio Manager

    B.Com Economics (University of Natal)

    Bulent joined M&G Investment Managers in June 2021 as a Fixed Income Analyst involved in portfolio construction, dealing and research. He was appointed as a Portfolio Manager for the M&G Enhanced Income Fund in February 2023 and the broader flexible income fund capability for institutional clients in March 2024 alongside Portfolio Manager Roshen Harry.

    With more than 22 years of industry experience, Bulent previously worked for Sanlam Investments as a Hedge Fund Manager where he was responsible for starting and managing a global macro hedge fund. Before this, his buy-side experience was as a Fixed Income Strategist at Momentum Asset Management.

    His sell side experience included roles as a Treasury Economist and Fixed Income Analyst at Rand Merchant Bank and as a Rates Strategist and Rates Trader at ABSA Capital. Bulent started his career as a Deputy Economist at the South African Reserve Bank in June 2001.

    He has won multiple awards for both research and trading in the annual Financial Mail Analyst of the year Awards and the JSE Spire Awards.

    Bulent’s qualifications include: BCom (Economics, Business Finance & Legal Studies), University of Natal.

    Chris Wood

    Portfolio Manager

    BSc Civil Engineering (University of Cape Town); MBA (University of Cape Town); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Chris joined M&G Investments in 2004 as an Industrial Analyst and was appointed as a Portfolio Manager in 2005. From 2013 to early 2018, he served as M&G Investments' Head of Equity where he was primarily responsible for overseeing all equity research. He is currently a Senior Portfolio Manager and jointly responsible for managing the M&G SA Equity and Equity Funds (of which the latter has won several Raging Bull and Morningstar Awards under his management), as well as a number of institutional mandates within M&G’s Core equity offering. Chris is also responsible for research on the Food, Beverages, Pharmaceutical, Media and Telecommunications sectors.

    Prior to asset management, Chris started his career as a Civil Engineer, working both locally and overseas, before completing his MBA in 1999, which prompted the move into financial services. He currently has 23 years’ industry experience.

    Kaitlin Byrne

    Portfolio Manager

    B.Acc (Stellenbosch); CA (SA); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Kaitlin joined M&G in early 2015 as an Equity Analyst, where she was responsible for covering stocks in the industrial and consumer discretionary sector as well as a portfolio of African stocks, primarily focused in the banking sector. In addition to being the joint-Portfolio Manager of our African Equity mandates and funds, she is the joint-Portfolio Manager on the M&G  Dividend Maximiser Fund, as well as a portfolio of specialist Select Equity mandates for institutional clients.

    Prior to joining M&G, Kaitlin completed her articles at Ernst & Young, where she was responsible for auditing companies in the Finance, Gaming and Leisure, Real Estate and Manufacturing sectors. Kaitlin’s qualifications include a BAcc degree from Stellenbosch University. She is a Chartered Accountant and a CFA charterholder.

    Leonard Krüger

    Portfolio Manager

    BSc (Hons) Actuarial Mathematics (University of Pretoria); Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

    Leonard joined M&G Investments in October 2020. He is currently the joint Portfolio Manager of the M&G Balanced, Inflation Plus, SA Equity and Target Income Funds, as well as the Namibian Balanced and Inflation Plus Funds.

    With 16 years of dedicated investment management experience, Leonard spent the first three years of his career as an actuarial analyst at Liberty Life, before joining Allan Gray as an equity analyst in 2007. During his investment career he has covered a wide variety of companies and sectors. In 2014, he started managing a portion of the Allan Gray Equity and Balanced Funds, and from 2015 a portion of the Allan Gray Stable Fund (across all asset classes) as well as all of Allan Gray’s legacy segregated private client equity portfolios.

    Michael Moyle

    Senior Portfolio Manager and Head: Portfolio Risk Oversight

    Masters Engineering Mechanics (University of Texas, USA); MBA (University of Cape Town); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Michael joined M&G Investments in May 2007. He is joint Portfolio Manager of several M&G multi-asset portfolios, including the flagship M&G Balanced and Inflation Plus Funds and institutional mandates. As a member of the Asset Allocation Committee, he has shared responsibility for the active asset allocation decisions in these funds. In January 2024 Michael assumed responsibility for the overall investment risk oversight of all M&G’s portfolios, as well as overseeing the specialist ESG function within the investment team

     
    Prior to joining M&G Investments, he worked for another investment manager for 10 years, where he was responsible for portfolio risk and construction. Currently, he has 26 years of industry experience.


    Michael’s qualifications include: a Masters in Engineering Mechanics (University of Texas); Master of Business Administration (MBA) (University of Cape Town); and CFA charterholder.

    Rahgib Davids

    Portfolio Manager

    B.Bus.Sc Finance (University of Cape Town); CA (SA); Chartered Accountant; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute).

    Rahgib Davids joined M&G Investment Managers as an Equity Analyst in July 2020, primarily focusing on the Listed Property sector. In 2023 he became a Portfolio Manager for the M&G Property and M&G SA Enhanced Property Tracker Funds, working together with fellow Portfolio Manager Yusuf Mowlana.

    Rahgib joined us from Kagiso Asset Managers, where he was an equity and property analyst for more than five years. Prior to Kagiso, Rahgib spent three years with PWC in audit related roles, where he completed his CA(SA).

    Rahgib holds an Honours Degree in Business Science and Accounting from UCT, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Accounting, and is a CFA charterholder.

    René Prinsloo

    Portfolio Manager

    B.Sc (Hons) Actuarial Science (Stellenbosch University); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute); Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries

    René joined M&G Investments in October 2019 as a Fixed Income Analyst and was promoted to Portfolio Manager in December 2021. He is the joint Portfolio Manager of the M&G Money Market, High Interest Fund and Income Funds. 

    With 18 years of industry experience, René previously worked for Avior Capital Markets as a Fixed Income Analyst and Dealer where he was responsible for Avior’s fixed income research product, as well as jointly responsible for the fixed income dealing activities within the business.

    Roshen Harry

    Portfolio Manager

    B.Com (Rhodes University); Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting (Rhodes University); CA (SA); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute).

    Roshen joined M&G Investments in May 2006 and is the joint Portfolio Manager of several M&G funds, including the Enhanced Income, High Interest, Income and Money Market Funds.

    With 22 years of investment experience, prior to joining M&G Investments Roshen completed his articles at Deloitte & Touche before joining Rand Merchant Bank in their Risk and Compliance division.

    Simon Kendall

    Portfolio Manager

    BSc. Engineering (University of Natal); B.Com Economics and Quantitative Management (University of South Africa); Masters in Business Leadership (University of South Africa); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Simon joined M&G Investments in 2012 as a Portfolio Manager and Analyst in the Resources sector. He is currently responsible for managing institutional mandates within the Resources sector, with the Mining and Resources Fund that he manages having won Raging Bull Awards in 2013 and 2014.

    With 25 years of experience, Simon has worked in a range of roles across the mining and asset management industries. Prior to joining M&G Investments, Simon served as a Mining Analyst for RMB Morgan Stanley where he specialised in precious metals.

    Unathi Loos

    Portfolio Manager

    Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree (University of Stellenbosch), Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration (University of Cape Town), MBA (University of Cape Town), CFA Charterholder

    Unathi Loos joined M&G Investments in July 2024 as a Portfolio Manager. She is responsible for the resource mandates alongside co-portfolio managers, Ross Biggs (CIO: Equities) and Aeysha Samsodien (Portfolio Manager). She also serves as a committee member of our Multi-Asset team.

    She has over 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, eight of these as a portfolio manager on resources, balanced and general equity strategies. Her experience as an analyst includes coverage of small cap industrial stocks, retail stocks and resources companies. She joins M&G from NinetyOne where she was the Deputy Head for 4Factor SA Equity and Multi-Asset.

     

    Yusuf Mowlana

    Portfolio Manager

    B.Bus.Sc Finance (University of Cape Town); CA (SA); Chartered Accountant; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute).

    Yusuf joined M&G Investments in October 2018. He is currently the joint Portfolio Manager of the M&G Equity Fund and the Portfolio Manager of the Property and Enhanced SA Property Tracker Funds. He is also responsible for the property allocations within M&G Investments' multi-asset funds as well as equities for Namibian clients.

    Yusuf joined M&G Investments from Allan Gray where he spent five years as an investment analyst, covering companies across various sectors, with a special focus on listed property. He currently has eight years’ industry experience. 

    Heidi Dreyer

    Head of Distribution

    RPE Equities (South African Institute of Financial Markets); Diploma in Marketing Management (University of Cape Town); Member of the South African Institute of Financial Markets.

    Heidi joined M&G Investments in August 2007 as Head of Corporate Sales responsible for the business development of the corporate retail market. She progressed to Head of Distribution in April 2024, and is responsible for M&G's overall distribution and product endeavours in South Africa, spanning the retail, corporate/DFM, and institutional markets. She serves as an Executive Committee member and reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

    She has worked in the asset management industry since 1993 in a business development and consulting role, providing consulting services to the unit trust industry association and to retirement fund trustees.

    Her qualifications include: RPE Equities from the South African Institute of Financial Markets, and a Diploma in Marketing Management from the University of Cape Town. She is also a member of the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM).

    Saleem Sonday

    Head of Retail & Managing Director (M&GUT)

    MBA (University of Cape Town)

    Saleem joined M&G Investments in May 2024 as the Head of Retail Distribution. He will oversee our Retail business, assume the role of Managing Director (pending regulatory approval) for the unit trust business and serve as an Executive Committee member. Saleem's knowledge of market dynamics, client behaviour, and strategic planning will play a key role in driving growth and innovation within our retail business.

    Prior to joining M&G, he spent 18 years at Allan Gray as the Head of various distribution teams, including Retail Distribution, Group Savings and Investments, Wholesale Distribution.

    He holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town and has completed the Breakthrough Program for Senior Executives at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland.

    In his spare time, Saleem enjoys spending time with his family, gardening, reading and mountain biking on the splendid Cape Town trails.

    Hamilton van Breda

    Head of Retail Sales and Distribution

    B.Soc.Sc; LLB (University of Cape Town); Post Graduate Diploma in Tax; Certified Financial Planner (CFP)

    Hamilton joined M&G Investments in 2001 as Head of Retail Sales and Distribution. He is currently responsible for managing relationships with Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs), as well as retail client service and expanding M&G Investments’ presence in the retail market.

    With more than two decades of experience in the financial services industry, Hamilton previously worked at various LISPs and asset managers in legal, advisory and sales positions. 

     

    Miranda van Rensburg

    National Sales Manager

    B.Sc Engineering (University of Pretoria); M.Sc Engineering (University of Witwatersrand); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

    Miranda joined M&G Investments in January 2016 as the Regional Sales Manager for the Gauteng region, and in July 2022 was appointed as National Sales Manager. She is currently responsible for the management of retail distribution across South Africa.

    Miranda has 16 years of experience in the investment management arena, including business development, manager research, portfolio management and asset consulting to large pension funds.

    In her spare time she enjoys a good meal, travelling with her family and is also an avid runner.

    Abby Petersen

    Business Development Manager

    RFP 1 and 2

    Abby joined M&G Investments in 2000 as a Business Development Manager. She is primarily responsible for servicing financial advisers within the Gauteng region.

    Prior to joining M&G Investments, Abby worked for another large asset manager and has over 30 years of industry experience.

    In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and making new experiences.

     

    Egbert Ras

    Business Development Manager

    B.Com Law, LLB; Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (CFP) (University of the Free State)

    Egbert joined M&G Investments in July 2023 as a Business Development Manager based in Bloemfontein and is responsible for servicing clients in the Northern Cape, Free State and North West.

    He brings eight years of industry experience and knowledge, having previously worked for Sanlam and Old Mutual in various investment specialist and business development roles. Prior to this, he completed his articles at law at Symington & De Kok Inc, after which he stayed on as a practicing attorney. 

    His qualifications include: BCom Law, LLB and a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (CFP) – all from the University of the Free State.

    Izelle Nel

    Business Development Manager

    B.Com (Hons): Statistics and Econometrics (University of Pretoria); Chartered Financial Planner (CFP)

    Izelle joined M&G Investments in 2022 as a Business Development Manager. She is primarily responsible for retail sales in the KwaZulu-Natal region. 

    Prior to joining M&G, Izelle worked at Allan Gray as an Investment SpecialistCoronation

    Izelle enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and kids doing various outdoor activities ranging from going to the beach to hiking to playing golf. On a quiet day, she enjoys reading a good book.

    Maryke Sage

    Business Development Manager

    Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning: Specialising in Estate Planning, Financial Markets, Risk Management and Portfolio Management

    Maryke joined M&G Investments in 1999 as a Business Development Manager. She is primarily responsible for servicing financial advisers within the Western Cape region.

    Prior to joining M&G Investments, Maryke worked for another large investment company and Independent Financial Advisory firm, and has over 20 years of industry experience.

    In her spare time, she enjoys reading, doing puzzles and spending time in the garden.

    Phillip Jacobs

    Business Development Manager

    National Certificate in Wealth Management, Level 5, Inseta.

    Phillip joined M&G Investments in 2008 as a Business Development Manager. He is primarily responsible for retail sales in the Eastern and Southern Cape and Border regions.

    Prior to joining M&G Investments, Phillip worked for various major finance businesses in South Africa in both managerial and sales capacities, and has over 25 years of industry experience.

    When he’s not busy looking after his panel of advisers, Phillip is a passionate supporter of Formula 1.

    Ronen Yudelowitz

    Business Development Manager

    Chartered Financial Planner (CFP); Advanced Chartered Financial Planner: Asset types, Investment planning and Principles of Portfolio Planning and Management (University of the Free State); B.Com Economics and Management (UNISA).

    Ronen joined M&G Investments in 2005 as a Business Development Manager. He is primarily responsible for servicing financial advisers within the Gauteng region.

    Prior to joining M&G Investments, Ronen worked as a Financial Adviser and Broker Consultant in the life industry and has 18 years of industry experience.

    In his spare time, Ronen enjoys playing a round of golf, running and cross fit.

    Kim Rassou

    Client Director

    B.Com (Hons): Finance (University of Western Cape); MBA (University of Stellenbosch)

    Kim joined M&G Investments in June 2024 as a Client Director. She will be responsible for servicing the discretionary fund management (DFM) and multi-manager market segments.

    With over 20 years of experience in financial services, Kim has a breadth of industry knowledge and a track record of delivering solutions for clients across the value chain, including portfolio management, product solutions, and distribution.

    Before joining M&G, Kim held strategic positions, including Senior Executive for Client Strategy at Boutique Collective Investments and 2IC to Robert Walton, the Head of Distribution at Apex Group. Her eight-year tenure at Old Mutual was marked by her instrumental role in starting and growing the DFM in Old Mutual Multi-Managers. She also served as a Portfolio Manager and Head of Retail Distribution at Old Mutual Customised Solutions, following her work as an Analyst at Satrix. Her career also includes stints at Fundhouse, Coronation, and Maitland Fund Services.

    She holds an MBA from Stellenbosch University, and a BCom with Honours in Finance and Investments from the University of the Western Cape.

    Zyron Melton

    Client Director

    B.Com (University of Stellenbosch); Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement™ (CFA Institute)

    Zyron joined M&G Investments in 2015 as an Institutional Business Development Analyst and moved to the Corporate Sales Team in 2017. He primarily looks after the discretionary fund management (DFM) and multi-manager market segments.

    Before joining M&G Investments, Zyron worked for a fund administrator as a Team Leader in the Hedge Fund Accounting Division, where he was responsible for servicing some of the country’s largest hedge fund houses.

    Zyron holds a BComm from Stellenbosch University and the CFA Institute’s Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement™ designation.

    Aaron Powell

    Deputy Portfolio Manager

    B.A Chinese and Economics (University of Leeds)

    Aaron is a deputy fund manager at M&G. Aaron joined M&G in 2013 as a graduate and is a member of the Multi Asset team, with over 10 years’ experience in the investment industry. In December 2018, he was appointed as a portfolio manager for the income and sustainable strategies and in 2022 was appointed portfolio manager for the Episode Macro strategies. In 2023, he was appointed deputy fund manager for the suite of M&G South Africa multi-asset funds.

    He graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Chinese and Economics.

    Alex Araujo

    Portfolio Manager

    MA Economics (University of Toronto); CFA Charterholder

    With more than 25 years’ experience in financial markets, Alex joined the M&G Investments Income team in July 2015. He has been the fund manager for the M&G (Lux) Global Listed Infrastructure Fund since its launch in October 2017. He is also fund manager for the M&G Global Themes Fund and the M&G (Lux) Global Themes Fund. 

    Previously, Alex worked at UBS and BMO Financial Group.

    Craig Simpson

    Portfolio Manager

    Land Economics Degree (University of Aberdeen).

    Craig joined M&G Investments (UK) as a Portfolio Manager in 2004, and in 2015 was appointed Head of Portfolio Management for the Multi Asset Team.

    With over 20 years of investment industry experience, Craig previously worked as a Trainee Fund Manager at Equitable Life Assurance and as an analyst at Pictet Asset Management.

    Eva Sun-Wai

    Portfolio Manager

    Eva joined M&G in 2018 on the Investment Graduate Scheme, rotating across several business areas including Emerging Market Debt, Corporate Credit Research, Real Estate and Long Term Investment Strategy. In January 2021 Eva was appointed lead fund manager of the M&G Global Government Bond strategy and the Deputy Portfolio Manager of the M&G Global Macro Bond strategy, having been a junior macro fund manager in the Wholesale Fixed Income team since September 2019. 

    She has a BSc Economics degree from the University of Birmingham. She has obtained the IMC and Financial Services Level 6 qualifications and is a CFA Charterholder. 

     

    Gautam Samarth

    Portfolio Manager

    BS Economics (Trinity College); Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute).

    Gautam joined M&G Investments UK in 2014 as a dedicated Analyst on the M&G Leaders team, and became Deputy Manager of the Global Leaders strategy on 1 April 2016. He started managing systematic equity strategies in August 2018 and is currently the co-Head of Systematic Investment Strategies.

    Prior to joining M&G Investments UK, Gautam worked for Credit Suisse in New York, where his last role was Vice President in the HOLT Investment Strategy Team.

    Jim Leaviss

    Chief Investment Officer of Public Fixed Income

    BA Economics (University of Manchester); GDip History of Art (Courtauld Institute); IIMR Holder (now CFA)

    Jim is responsible for managing and co-managing a range of fixed income funds, including the M&G Global Macro Bond Fund, and he heads the team responsible for investing across global investment-grade and high-yield credit, government debt and emerging markets debt. The team includes fixed income investment professionals based in London, Chicago, Singapore, Paris and Mumbai, and manages over £140bn of investments. Jim is a fixed income specialist with more than two decades of experience in government and corporate bond markets. Before joining M&G in 1997, he worked as an economist and trader for the Bank of England.

    His qualifications include a B.A. in Economics from the University of Manchester and completion of the Executive Programme at Singularity University, Silicon Valley (US). He is also an Associate of the CFA Society (UK).

    John Weavers

    Portfolio Manager

    Hons Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Oxford University); CFA Charterholder

    John has been the manager of the M&G North American Dividend Fund since April 2015. He was appointed deputy fund manager of the M&G Global Dividend Fund in January 2016. Prior to April 2015, John was deputy manager of the M&G Pan European Dividend Fund and the M&G Dividend Fund for two years. He joined M&G as a graduate in 2007 and worked as an analyst in the Equity Research team before joining the Income team in January 2012.

    John William Olsen

    Portfolio Manager

    BA Business Economics; MSc Finance and Accounting (Copenhagen Business School)

    John William Olsen joined M&G in April 2014, and was appointed fund manager of the Global Sustain Paris Aligned strategy (formerly the Global Select strategy) and the Pan European Sustain Paris Aligned strategy (formerly the Pan European Select strategy) in July 2014. He has also managed the Positive Impact strategy from its inception in November 2018.

    John William joined M&G from Danske Capital, where from 2002 he had managed non-domestic equity portfolios, including the Global Stock Picking and Global Select equity funds, and also the European Select strategy.

    John William gained a BA in business economics and then an MSc in finance and accounting from Copenhagen Business School.

    Michael Cook

    Deputy Portfolio Manager

    PhD in Astrophysics from SISSA (Italy); MSci in Physics with Astronomy (University of Nottingham).

    Having spent over fifteen years in investment teams spanning both systematic and fundamental investing, Mike has a wealth of experience in Quantitative Analysis, Data Science and Investment Operations.

    Before joining M&G investments, Michael worked as the Head of Data and Analytics at Kernow Asset Management, and prior to this, he worked within the Advantage team at Lazard Asset Management, focusing on equity research across all major global regions. Previously, he was a Quantitative Analyst at Man AHL, focusing principally on incorporating alternative data within systematic investment processes. Michael began his career in finance at Lloyds Banking Group, independently valuing exotic cross-asset derivatives.

    Robert Burrows

    Portfolio Manager

    B.Com (Hons) Finance and Economics (University of Pietermaritzburg); CFA Charterholder.

    Robert joined M&G Investments in 2007 and specialises in government bond and macro fixed income mandates. Prior to M&G, Robert worked in fund accounting for Cambridge Place Investment Management, a hedge fund boutique. Robert graduated from the University of Pietermaritzburg in South Africa with an honours degree in Finance and Economics. He is also a CFA charter holder.