Institutional Investor - Team
 

We're focused on investment excellence.

Our staff of over 150 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 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. They are dedicated to achieving steady outperformance over time, and are backed by sophisticated analytical systems, data and the global expertise of our Prudential plc affiliates.

With over 400 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.

Margaret Ammon

Non-Executive Director

Masters Applied Finance (Macquarie University, Aus); Post Graduate Diploma Applied Finance (Securities Institute of Australia); B.A Accounting (University of Canberra)

Margaret was appointed Chief Risk Officer of M&G Investments in December 2017. She has over 20 years’ experience in senior risk roles within institutions including Schroders and Old Mutual Asset Managers, and has worked in the UK, Asia and Australia.  Margaret holds a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Canberra.

Margaret is a member of the Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd. Board and an attendee of the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Meagen Burnett

Chief Operating Officer

Executive Director

B.Bus.Sc (Hons) Finance (University of Cape Town), Chartered Accountant (SA); Certified Information Systems Auditor

Meagen joined Prudential in 2011 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer. She is primarily responsible for overseeing the strategy, efficiency, and effectiveness of various areas of the business, including: Operations, Data and Performance Analytics, Technology as well as Projects. She is also an Executive Director on the Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd Board and a Non- Executive Director on the Prudential Global Funds (Pty) (Dublin) Board.

Prior to joining Prudential, Meagen was based in London where she held various audit, operations management and consulting positions in the Investment Banking business of JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs. She started her career as an Auditor and Information Risk Management Specialist at KPMG.

Meagen is passionate about driving business innovation through technology and influencing the associated changes in human behaviour and skills to ensure sustainability. When she’s not busy at work, she spends her time with her young family and socialising with friends. Meagen enjoys trail running, pilates and travel.

Bernard Fick

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director

B.Com Maths and Actuarial Science (Majors) (University of Stellenbosch); Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries; Fellow of the Actuarial Society of SA

Bernard joined Prudential in 2008 as Head of Institutional Business and was appointed as CEO in 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of Prudential’s Southern African operations, including Namibia.

Bernard is a member of the Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd Board, Prudential Investment Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd Board, Prudential Portfolio Managers Life (SA) Ltd Board and Prudential Portfolio Managers Unit Trust Ltd Board. He is also a permanent attendee of the Board Audit Risk & Compliance Subcommittee and a member of the Social Ethics and Transformation Subcommittee and Remuneration Subcommittee.

Prior to joining Prudential, Bernard spent a number of years working in the asset consulting and pension fund industry. He started his career with Alexander Forbes in 1993 and moved to Namibia in 1996 where he was responsible for managing Alexander Forbes’ Namibian operations. In 2003 he was appointed as the Head of Alexander Forbes’ Asset Consulting Division.

When he’s not busy looking after the business, Bernard enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is also a keen golfer, mountain-biker and enjoys travelling.

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’ 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 Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd. Board, the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and the Prudential Portfolio Managers Life (SA) Ltd. Board.

David Knee

Chief Investment Officer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

B.Sc Economics (London School of Economics, UK); M.Sc Economics (Birkbeck College, UK); Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals

David joined Prudential in South Africa as Head of Fixed Income in December 2008, and became Chief Investment Officer in July 2016.

Alongside his CIO role, he is joint Portfolio Manager of several Prudential funds, including the Balanced Fund, Enhanced Income Fund and Global High Yield Bond Fund of Funds, the latter of which has won several Raging Bull and Morningstar Awards for performance.

He is also a member of Prudential’s Asset Allocation Committee, responsible for actively determining asset weightings across our multi-asset funds.

David joined the Prudential Group in London as part of the Fixed Income Team in 1997, and transferred to the South African office at the end of 2008. Prior to working at Prudential, he managed fixed income portfolios for another London-based asset manager, and in the early 1990s he was employed as a Fixed Income Economist for an investment bank.

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 Prudential South Africa since January 2010, after having been CEO since its establishment in 1994. He has 25 years’ experience in asset management. Prior to founding Prudential South 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 is currently Head of the Retail Investment Team for M&G Investments in London.

Graham chairs the Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd. Board and is an attendee of the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

Sello Moloko

Non-Executive Director

B.Sc Honours in Mathematics (University of Leicester); Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Leicester); Advanced Management Programme (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania)

Sello is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Thesele Group, Prudential’s black empowerment partner. Having worked in the financial services industry for over 25 years, he has a wealth of experience, particularly in the investment management and employee benefits sectors. Sello’s previous positions include CEO of Old Mutual Asset Managers, deputy CEO of Capital Alliance Asset Managers and National President of the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals. He joined the Prudential Board of Directors as a non-executive director in March 2018.

Sello is a member of the Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd. Board, the Remuneration Committee and an attendee of the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Dr Sibs Moodley-Moore

Independent Non-Executive Director

B.A Honours (Simon Fraser University, Canada); M.A (Carleton University, Canada); PhD (University of Washington, USA); 1st year MBA (University of Connecticut, USA).

Subithra, or Sibs as she is affectionately known, joined the Prudential Board as a Non-executive Director in October 2013. She is Chair of the Social, Ethics and Transformation Committee, and a member of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee. She is currently a lecturer on South African politics and the on-site Director and Associate Professor of Global Studies for Trinity College, Hartford, USA, for their study abroad programme, at the University of Cape Town.

Prior to this, Sibs was an Executive Director at an asset management company in Cape Town for seven years, where she was responsible for recruitment, black empowerment and transformation, corporate social investment and mentorship programmes. She was also a lecturer in Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch from 1993-1999, and a Review Editor of Politikon, the South African Journal of Politics, from 1994-1997.

Sibusiso Mthembu

Non-Executive Director

BSoc.Sc (University of Natal); Post Graduate Business Admin (Wits University); Accounting Masters; MBA (Bond University, Australia).

Sibusiso’s career began in 1995 as a trainee analyst at Capital Alliance Asset Managers. In 1999, he went to Australia to complete his post graduate studies. He then joined the corporate finance team at Real Africa Durolink Investment Bank, and later moved to HSBC Investment Bank, where he was responsible for implementing project and corporate finance transactions for local and international clients.

In 2004, he joined Andisa Capital as an Associate Director on the corporate finance team. Following the closure of Andisa in 2005, Sibusiso co-founded Sansara Financial Services, a boutique corporate advisory, where he held the position of Executive Director focusing on originating mining-related transactions.

In 2007, Sansara was acquired by Macquarie First South and Sibusiso joined their global mining and resources team as an Associate Director. He left Macquarie in March 2009 to join the Thesele Group.

Sibusiso is a member of the Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd. Board.

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 Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd. Board and chairs the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.

Meagen Burnett

Chief Operating Officer

Executive Director

B.Bus.Sc (Hons) Finance (University of Cape Town), Chartered Accountant (SA); Certified Information Systems Auditor

Meagen joined Prudential in 2011 and is currently the Chief Operating Officer. She is primarily responsible for overseeing the strategy, efficiency, and effectiveness of various areas of the business, including: Operations, Data and Performance Analytics, Technology as well as Projects. She is also an Executive Director on the Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd Board and a Non- Executive Director on the Prudential Global Funds (Pty) (Dublin) Board.

Prior to joining Prudential, Meagen was based in London where she held various audit, operations management and consulting positions in the Investment Banking business of JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs. She started her career as an Auditor and Information Risk Management Specialist at KPMG.

Meagen is passionate about driving business innovation through technology and influencing the associated changes in human behaviour and skills to ensure sustainability. When she’s not busy at work, she spends her time with her young family and socialising with friends. Meagen enjoys trail running, pilates and travel.

Sumayya Davenhill

Head of Marketing and Retail Client Services

Post Graduate Marketing and Advertising (Red & Yellow School)

Sumayya joined Prudential in 2012 and is currently the Head of Marketing and Retail Client Services. She is responsible for the brand, overseeing all of Prudential’s marketing and advertising activities as well as the retail client experience enabled by the retail Client Services Team. Sumayya also looks after the direct retail client’s distribution strategy.

Prior to joining Prudential, 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.

Heidi Dreyer

Head of Corporate Sales

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 Prudential in August 2007 as Head of Corporate Sales and is responsible for the business development of the Corporate Retail market. 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. Heidi is a member of the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM), holds the SAIFM RPE Equities and has a Diploma in Marketing Management from UCT.

Bernard Fick

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Director

B.Com Maths and Actuarial Science (Majors) (University of Stellenbosch); Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries; Fellow of the Actuarial Society of SA

Bernard joined Prudential in 2008 as Head of Institutional Business and was appointed as CEO in 2010. He is responsible for all aspects of Prudential’s Southern African operations, including Namibia.

Bernard is a member of the Prudential Portfolio Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd Board, Prudential Investment Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd Board, Prudential Portfolio Managers Life (SA) Ltd Board and Prudential Portfolio Managers Unit Trust Ltd Board. He is also a permanent attendee of the Board Audit Risk & Compliance Subcommittee and a member of the Social Ethics and Transformation Subcommittee and Remuneration Subcommittee.

Prior to joining Prudential, Bernard spent a number of years working in the asset consulting and pension fund industry. He started his career with Alexander Forbes in 1993 and moved to Namibia in 1996 where he was responsible for managing Alexander Forbes’ Namibian operations. In 2003 he was appointed as the Head of Alexander Forbes’ Asset Consulting Division.

When he’s not busy looking after the business, Bernard enjoys spending time with family and friends. He is also a keen golfer, mountain-biker and enjoys travelling.

Christo Geyer

Head of Business Development

B.Sc (Hons) Actuarial Science; Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries; Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute); Financial Risk Manager: Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Christo joined Prudential in 2013 as Head of Business Development and is currently responsible for expanding Prudential’s presence in the retirement fund, multi-manager, corporate and non-traditional markets. He is also actively involved in institutional client service duties and is the CEO of Prudential Life.

Christo is also a member of the Prudential Portfolio Managers Life (SA) Ltd Board and a permanent attendee of the Prudential Portfolio Managers Unit Trust Ltd Board.

Prior to joining Prudential, Christo worked at Investec Asset Management as a Client Director, where he oversaw a number of relationships with investment consultants and institutional clients, as well as being responsible for business development initiatives.

In his spare time, Christo enjoys playing golf, being in nature and loves outdoor exercise. He’s also an avid cyclist and runner.

Kerry Horsley

Head of Risk and Compliance

B.A LLB (University of KwaZulu-Natal); Certificate in Compliance Management LLM (University Cape Town)

Kerry joined Prudential in 2010 and is currently the Head of Risk and Compliance. She is responsible for governance, which includes: regulatory compliance; operational risk management; the legal function; control insurance and responsible investment.

Kerry is a member of the Prudential Executive Committee and the Investment Risk Management Committee. She is also a permanent attendee at all of the Prudential (SA) Group’s Board meetings and Board Subcommittee meetings.

Prior to joining Prudential, Kerry worked for various financial services providers in a range of compliance and risk management roles. She has extensive industry experience having been involved in the financial services industry since 1996.

Pieter Hugo

Managing Director of Prudential Unit Trusts

B.Com Mathematics (University of Stellenbosch); Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (UK) ; Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa; General Management Program (Harvard Business School, USA).

Pieter joined Prudential as Managing Director of Prudential Unit Trusts and Head of Retail Business in May 2015.

Prior to Prudential, Pieter has been employed at Old Mutual since 1998 in a variety of roles spanning actuarial work, employee benefits, product development, and more recently senior management. In 2008 he became Managing Director of Old Mutual Unit Trusts, and was the Deputy CEO of Old Mutual Wealth from 2011.

Johny Lambridis

Head of Equity

BEconSc (University of Witwatersrand); Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries, FFA (UK)

Johny joined Prudential in November 2013 and was appointed as Head of Equity in May 2018. He is a member of Prudential’s Equity Voting Committee and Asset Allocation Committee, as well as the joint Portfolio Manager of the Prudential Equity, Balanced and Inflation Plus Funds.

Prior to joining Prudential, Johny worked for Citigroup as Head of Research before joining another asset manager as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager. His previous responsibilities included, among others, the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues into the research process.

When he’s not busy picking stocks, Johny enjoys cycling, boxing and running.

David Knee

Chief Investment Officer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

B.Sc Economics (London School of Economics, UK); M.Sc Economics (Birkbeck College, UK); Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals

David joined Prudential in South Africa as Head of Fixed Income in December 2008, and became Chief Investment Officer in July 2016.

Alongside his CIO role, he is joint Portfolio Manager of several Prudential funds, including the Balanced Fund, Enhanced Income Fund and Global High Yield Bond Fund of Funds, the latter of which has won several Raging Bull and Morningstar Awards for performance.

He is also a member of Prudential’s Asset Allocation Committee, responsible for actively determining asset weightings across our multi-asset funds.

David joined the Prudential Group in London as part of the Fixed Income Team in 1997, and transferred to the South African office at the end of 2008. Prior to working at Prudential, he managed fixed income portfolios for another London-based asset manager, and in the early 1990s he was employed as a Fixed Income Economist for an investment bank.

Michael Moyle

Head of Multi-Asset

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

Michael joined Prudential in 2007 and is currently the Head of Multi-Asset and a senior fund manager. He is primarily responsible for determining the asset allocation in our multi-asset mandates.

Prior to joining Prudential, Michael started his career as part of a team of engineers tasked with helping NASA redesign the infamous O-ring. After returning to South Africa, he worked at one of the country’s leading investment managers where he focused on portfolio risk and construction.

When he’s not busy overseeing our multi-asset mandates, Michael enjoys cycling, going to the gym and is also an avid reader.

Israel Mqingwana

Head of Human Capital

B.A. (Hons) Industrial Psychology and Industrial Sociology (Rhodes University)

Israel joined Prudential in 2018 as Head of Human Capital. He is responsible for attracting new talent, managing the growth and development of Prudential’s staff and fostering a professional, vibrant and supportive corporate culture. He is also a permanent attendee of the Social Ethics and Transformation subcommittee.

Prior to joining Prudential, Israel worked in a variety of human resources and organisational development roles for some of the country’s leading multinationals, such as Unilever and SAB Miller. He also held executive roles at RCL Foods, SC Johnson and more recently Sodia Consulting.

In his spare time Israel enjoys playing golf, strumming his guitar and is an aspiring fine-art connoisseur.

Chris Sickle

Chief Financial Officer

Chartered Accountant (SA)

Chris joined Prudential in 2019 as the Chief Financial Officer. He is primarily responsible for overseeing the company's financial planning, risk management and reporting.

Prior to joining Prudential, Chris worked for Ernst & Young (EY) as the Regional Managing Partner in the Western Cape and was a member of the EY Africa Executive Board. Chris has over 20 years’ asset management experience, having worked closely with a number of the country’s leading asset managers in an audit and advisory capacity.   

In his spare time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf and practicing woodwork.

Valdon Theron

Head of Institutional Business

MBA (University of Stellenbosch); B.Sc (University of Stellenbosch) ; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute)

Valdon joined Prudential in 2009 and was appointed as Head of Institutional Business later in the same year. He is responsible for managing relationships with all of Prudential’s institutional clients and is also a member of the Prudential Investment Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd Board.

Prior to joining Prudential, Valdon held a similar role at Investec Asset Management. He has a wealth of experience, having started his career in the insurance industry in 1996 where he worked in various areas, including: actuarial valuations, product management, marketing and strategy.

In his spare time, Valdon enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working on his golf swing and playing fives football.

Hamilton van Breda

Head of Retail Sales and Distribution

B.Soc.Sc; LLB; Post Graduate Diploma in Tax; Certified Financial Planner

Hamilton is responsible for managing relationships with Independent Financial Advisers (IFAs), as well as retail client service and expanding Prudential’s presence in the retail market.

Hamilton joined Prudential in 2001 and has 24 years’ experience in the financial services industry. He has worked at various LISPs and asset managers in legal, advisory and sales positions, having started his career in 1993.  

Gareth Bern

Head of 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 Prudential in 2004 as a Credit Analyst and was appointed as Head of Fixed Income in 2018. He is also the joint Portfolio Manager of the Prudential High Yield Bond Fund as well as being responsible for overseeing Prudential’s fixed-income institutional mandates.

Prior to joining Prudential, 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 Prudential.

When he’s not busy looking after Prudential’s fixed-income mandates, Gareth enjoys reading a good book and is passionate about cross fit.

Rehana Khan

Head of Equity Research

B.Com Accounting (University of Cape Town); Post Graduate Diploma Accounting (University of Cape Town); Chartered Accountant (SA) (SAICA)

Rehana joined Prudential in 2008 as an Industrial and Resources Sector Analyst and was appointed as Head of Equity Research in 2018. She is the joint Portfolio Manager of the Prudential Dividend Maximiser Fund and is responsible for equity research on retail, mining and certain financial shares. Rehana is also a member of the Prudential Investment Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd. Board. 

Prior to joining Prudential, Rehana worked at Deloitte as a manager in the Special Services Group where her responsibilities included financial management, feasibility studies and due diligence audits.

When she’s not busy overseeing Prudential’s equity research, Rehana enjoys reading a good book, running and spending time with her family.

David Knee

Chief Investment Officer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

B.Sc Economics (London School of Economics, UK); M.Sc Economics (Birkbeck College, UK); Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals

David joined Prudential in South Africa as Head of Fixed Income in December 2008, and became Chief Investment Officer in July 2016.

Alongside his CIO role, he is joint Portfolio Manager of several Prudential funds, including the Balanced Fund, Enhanced Income Fund and Global High Yield Bond Fund of Funds, the latter of which has won several Raging Bull and Morningstar Awards for performance.

He is also a member of Prudential’s Asset Allocation Committee, responsible for actively determining asset weightings across our multi-asset funds.

David joined the Prudential Group in London as part of the Fixed Income Team in 1997, and transferred to the South African office at the end of 2008. Prior to working at Prudential, he managed fixed income portfolios for another London-based asset manager, and in the early 1990s he was employed as a Fixed Income Economist for an investment bank.

Johny Lambridis

Head of Equity

BEconSc (University of Witwatersrand); Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries, FFA (UK)

Johny joined Prudential in November 2013 and was appointed as Head of Equity in May 2018. He is a member of Prudential’s Equity Voting Committee and Asset Allocation Committee, as well as the joint Portfolio Manager of the Prudential Equity, Balanced and Inflation Plus Funds.

Prior to joining Prudential, Johny worked for Citigroup as Head of Research before joining another asset manager as an Analyst and Portfolio Manager. His previous responsibilities included, among others, the integration of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues into the research process.

When he’s not busy picking stocks, Johny enjoys cycling, boxing and running.

Michael Moyle

Head of Multi-Asset

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

Michael joined Prudential in 2007 and is currently the Head of Multi-Asset and a senior fund manager. He is primarily responsible for determining the asset allocation in Prudential’s multi-asset mandates.

Prior to joining Prudential, Michael started his career as part of a team of engineers tasked with helping NASA redesign the infamous O-ring. After returning to South Africa, he worked at one of the country’s leading investment managers where he focused on portfolio risk and construction.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading, going to the gym and is also an avid cyclist.

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Heidi Dreyer

Head of Corporate Sales

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 Prudential in August 2007 as Head of Corporate Sales and is responsible for the business development of the Corporate Retail market. 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.

Heidi is a member of the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM), holds the SAIFM RPE Equities and has a Diploma in Marketing Management from UCT.

Rushil Jaga

Investment Specialist

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

Rushil joined Prudential in 2017 as an Investment Specialist within the Corporate Sales Team. He is primarily responsible for looking after the discretionary fund management (DFM) and multi-manager market segments.

Rushil has 13 years’ experience in the asset management industry having previously worked as a Senior Investment Analyst within the multi-management space.

In his spare time Rushil enjoys keeping fit by boxing and playing football. He also has a keen interest in travel and experiencing other cultures.

Zyron Melton

Client Relationship Manager: Institutional Corporate Market

B.Comm (University of Stellenbosch)

Zyron joined Prudential in 2015 as an Institutional Business Development Analyst and moved to the Corporate Sales Team as a Client Relationship Manager in 2017. His primary role involves servicing Prudential’s institutional corporate clients.

Prior to joining Prudential, 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.

In his spare time Zyron enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, travelling and playing fives football.

Ryan Adams

Institutional Client Manager

B.Sci (Hons) in Mathematics and Finance (City, University of London)

Ryan joined Prudential in 2017 as an Institutional Client Manager. He is currently responsible for managing client relationships, which include pension funds, medical schemes and multi-managers.

Prior to joining Prudential, Ryan worked in a range of roles at some of South Africa’s leading investment managers.

When he’s not busy looking after his clients, Ryan enjoys reading, spending time with his family and is an avid runner. 

Christo Geyer

Head of Business Development

B.Sc (Hons) Actuarial Science; Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries; Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute); Financial Risk Manager: Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Christo joined Prudential in 2013 as Head of Business Development and is currently responsible for expanding Prudential’s presence in the retirement fund, multi-manager, corporate and non-traditional markets. He is also actively involved in institutional client service duties and is the CEO of Prudential Life.

Christo is also a member of the Prudential Portfolio Managers Life (SA) Ltd Board and a permanent attendee of the Prudential Portfolio Managers Unit Trust Ltd Board.

Prior to joining Prudential, Christo worked at Investec Asset Management as a Client Director, where he oversaw a number of relationships with investment consultants and institutional clients, as well as being responsible for business development initiatives.

In his spare time, Christo enjoys playing golf, being in nature and loves outdoor exercise. He’s also an avid cyclist and runner.

Clinton Pillay

Institutional Client Manager

B.Sc Statistics and Economics (University of Cape Town) ; B.Com (Hons) Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management (University of Cape Town); M.Com (Currently studying) (University of Cape Town).

Clinton joined Prudential in 2012 as an Institutional Client Manager. He is currently responsible for looking after a dedicated panel of institutional clients and investment consultants, with a special focus on multi-managers, new business and presenting to existing and potential institutional clients.

Prior to joining Prudential, Clinton worked in a range of roles within the industry where he was responsible for consulting and looking after some of South Africa’s largest retirement funds and institutional investors.

When he’s not busy looking after Prudential’s clients, he enjoys golf, boogie-boarding and track days at Kyalami’s race track.

Mzukisi Ralawe

Institutional Client Manager

National Diploma Retail Business Management (Cape Peninsula University of Technology); RPE Equities (South African Institute of Financial Markets); Certificate for Leaders in Development (John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University)

Mzukisi joined Prudential in 2018 as a Senior Institutional Client Manager. He is responsible for managing client relationships and growing Prudential’s exposure in the institutional market.

Prior to joining Prudential, Mzukisi worked in a range of roles at one of South Africa’s leading investment managers.

When he’s not busy looking after his clients, Mzukisi enjoys reading about history, staying abreast of geopolitical events and spending time with his family.

Karen Shewan

Institutional Client Manager

B.Acc (University of Stellenbosch); B.Com (Hons) Cost and Management Accounting (University of Stellenbosch).

Karen joined Prudential in 2007 as a Manager in the Institutional Business Team. She is currently responsible for looking after a broad range of institutional clients, with a special focus on multi-managers and governmental investment managers.

Prior to joining Prudential, Karen worked in a range of different roles at one of South Africa’s leading asset managers.

When she’s not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, enjoys all outdoor activities (from hiking to sailing) and getting involved in community projects.

Valdon Theron

Head of Institutional Business

MBA (University of Stellenbosch); B.Sc (University of Stellenbosch) ; Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Institute).

Valdon joined Prudential in 2009 and was appointed as Head of Institutional Business later in the same year. He is responsible for managing relationships with all of Prudential’s institutional clients and is also a member of the Prudential Investment Managers (SA) (Pty) Ltd Board.

Prior to joining Prudential, Valdon held a similar role at Investec Asset Management. He has a wealth of experience, having started his career in the insurance industry in 1996 where he worked in various areas, including: actuarial valuations, product management, marketing and strategy.

In his spare time, Valdon enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working on his golf swing and playing fives football.