The next HedgeNews Africa Symposium is scheduled for February 20, 2020 in Cape Town.

The 10th annual HedgeNews Africa Symposium convened a capacity crowd of fund managers, investors and service providers, both from the African continent and further afield, with a focus on the all-important question of finding alpha in a changing world.

Dr Mark Mobius
Dr Mark Mobius

Emerging-market heavyweight Dr Mark Mobius delivered a keynote address, looking at opportunities in the developing world, while CDAM’s Adam Chamberlain focused on his own experience of building a boutique business and author and analyst Ralph Mathekga gave his view of the South African political landscape.

Also up for debate were the important role that alternatives have to play in broader portfolios, and how passives are impacting the hedge fund world, in sessions led by global heavyweights BlackRock Alternative Investors and Goldman Sachs Asset Management.

In a range of panel sessions, active managers discussed where they believe they have an edge, and how best to communicate that to a cynical investor base in a time of declining assets. Global macro trends, domestic market opportunities and themes in both global, frontier and emerging markets all came under the spotlight, as investors looked for uncorrelated ideas to deliver positive returns in difficult markets.

Click here to find the full post-event write-ups.

Booking Rates

• Standard booking rate: $650/R9,000
• 15% discount for hedge fund managers and investors: $550/R7,650
• 25% discount for HedgeNews Africa subscribers: $500/R6,750

*only one discount applies *ZAR rates are exclusive of VAT

Not-for-profit hedge fund investors, pension fund trustees and financial advisers are eligible for discounted rates. Please email for information.

To download the Symposium booking form, please click here.

Alternatively, you can email your booking query to

For accommodation at the Vineyard Hotel or alternative options, please click here.

fpi-cpd-2-finalThe HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2019 programme has been approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa. Members who attend will receive 6 CPD Points (Knowledge), which are required to develop and maintain their capabilities to perform competently within their professional environments.


07h00-07h45 Registration: Tea, coffee and refreshments

07h45-08h00 Welcome and introduction

08h00-08h45 Panel session: Where in the world are we? Conventional wisdom is that we live in a world of unprecedented disorder, corralled by geopolitical tensions, trade wars and economic shifts. Panellists discuss the opportunities for investors and allocators in a disorderly world.

08h45-09h15 VIEWPOINT: Alternative beta, or hedge fund replication strategies, straddle active fund management and passive investing, offering the possibility of generating market-beating returns in a low-cost manner. What do such strategies have to offer? Should they replace an active allocation to hedge funds, or can they be effectively combined to complement hedge fund portfolios and add diversification?
Featured speaker: Michael Rhodes, Goldman Sachs Asset Management

09h15-10h00 Panel session: The frontier wars. Small, illiquid and risky, yet packed with alpha opportunity. Panellists discuss venturing in to markets where others fear to tread.


Stream session: Hedge Funds 101 Masterclass
Diversification Wanted – the case for alternatives in today’s world
Presented by: Alexander Orr, BlackRock
VENUE: Terrace Room

10h00-10h30 tea, coffee, refreshments

10h30-11h00 KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: The CEO session. Playing to your strengths as a boutique business. Featured speaker: CDAM’s Adam Chamberlain in conversation with Neil Wilson

11h00-11h30 VIEWPOINT: South Africa today.
Featured speaker: Author Ralph Mathekga

11h30-12h15 Panel session: The South African equity market has been under pressure, yet hedge funds have been getting a bad rap. What do equity-focused strategies offer investors, and where is the upside potential in difficult times?


Stream session: Gain the edge: How you can transform noise into opportunity. Featured speaker: Justin Newdigate
VENUE: Terrace Room

12h15-13h00 Panel session: How an unconstrained approach offers benefits for fixed income investors. Panellists discuss the opportunities through various market cycles. VENUE: Main room


Stream session: OPERATIONAL 360: Industry players discuss operational issues and efficiencies designed to help the industry widen its investor base, offer relevant products and deliver on its promise.
Moderated by Prescient Fund Services
VENUE: Terrace Room


14h00-14h30 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Dr Mark Mobius, Mobius Capital Partners

14h30-15h15 Panel session: Identity crisis: Where to from here for hedge funds? What can the industry do to foster growth while delivering on risk-reward expectations?

15h15-15h50 Panel session: Innovation in asset management: how technology is changing the world of investing.


15h15-15h50 Stream session: What an evolving global landscape means for managers looking to attract investors and expand offshore.
VENUE: Terrace Room

15h50-16h00 Tea, coffee, refreshments

16h00-16h30 Panel session: Private credit and other forms of debt financing offer investors access to alternative opportunities anchored to the real economy. How should investors approach such strategies, and what do they have to offer?

16h30-16h55 RESEARCH: Making it big. How hedge funds succeed.
Featured speakers: Sean Capstick, GPP, and Tom Kehoe, AIMA

* this agenda is provisional and subject to change at the organiser’s discretion


Kris Adams, Momentum Alternative Investments
Bulent Badsha, Sanlam Investments
Cornelis Batten, Realfin Collective Investments
Gregg Bayly, Southchester Investment Managers
Sean Capstick, GPP
Adam Chamberlain, CDAM
Tatenda Chapinduka, Indepedent Alternatives Investment Managers
Shaun Collyer, ASOCapital
Nicola Comninos, JSE
Emily Davy, Prescient Fund Services (Ireland)
Karlien de Bruin, Sanne Manco
Jacques du Plessis, AlphaWealth
Chris Edwards, Absa
Kobus Esterhuysen, Legae Peresec
Steve Everett, Strate
David Fraser, Peregrine Capital
Shawn Gates, Lintel Capital
Hein Gericke, Maitland Group
Bruce Harington, Stenham Asset Management
Jon Hugill, Maitland
Elena Ilkova, Rand Merchant Bank
Frederick Kairuz, RMB Prime Broking
Tom Kehoe, AIMA
Gyongyi King, Alexander Forbes Investments
Ken Kinsey-Quick, Kinsey-Quick Capital Management
Peter Leger, Coronation Fund Managers
Ralph Mathekga, Clear Content
Nomathibana Matshoba, Terebinth Capital
George Michelakis, Gladstone Capital Management
Dr Mark Mobius, Mobius Capital Partners
Kamini Naidoo, Momentum Alternative Investments
Niki Natarajan, In Ink
Justin Newdigate, Newdigate Consulting
Gideon Niewoudt, Southern Right Capital
Alexander Orr, BlackRock Alternatives Specialists
Mark Pienaar, Chrysalis Capital
Ian Prideaux, Grosvenor Estate
Hayden Reinders, Prescient Fund Services
Michael Rhodes, GSAM
Andrew Schultz, Investec Africa Securities
Linda Smith, Trinomial Capital
Craig Stanley, Enko Capital
Elmien Wagenaar, THINK.CAPITAL
Shane Watkins, All Weather Capital
Rowan Williams, Nitrogen Fund Managers
Maree Wilms, SA Alpha Capital Management
Neil Wilson, Wilson Willis

Who Attends?

The Symposium attracts the top hedge fund managers, investors and service providers focusing on the African region.

Our programme is created by an editorial team who track the industry year round, giving us the edge in creating a topical and timely agenda that covers the real issues in the market.

We facilitate executive-level discussions with company decision-makers on our impressive speaker list, contributing via panel sessions and keynote speeches.

The one-day forum is held in a closed-door environment with no other media present, allowing participants the freedom to engage in in-depth discussions as well as interactive Q&A sessions.

For a full list of companies that attended the 2017 HedgeNews Africa Symposium, please email

Sponsors and Exhibits

The HedgeNews Africa Symposium offers an important opportunity for sponsors to showcase their products and services before a high-level audience.

We partner with top-tier industry players who are dedicated to building their brand at the highest levels while interacting with their target audience in a productive and informative environment.

The Symposium offers a premier sponsorship opportunity for:

• Prime brokers
• Investment banks
• Brokerage firms
• Accounting firms
• Lawyers
• Administrators
• Fund companies

If you are looking to enter the exciting African market or if your company offers access to untapped opportunities on the continent or the more developed South African space, you should consider partnering with us.

To discuss partnering with us further or if you would like to receive our marketing pack with more details, please contact Lindsay Mitchell.
T: +27 21 8500585

Contact Us

Tel: +27 (0) 43 748 1283 / 6476
Fax: +27 (0) 86 549 6914

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Q.  You have several discounts on offer. Can I have more than one discount applied to my booking?
Only one discount can be applied per booking.

Q.  Is the Symposium for one day only?
Yes it is.

Q.  Can I share my ticket with a colleague?
If you would like to share your ticket with a colleague you must apply in writing to us via email. A decision will be made at our discretion.

Q.  Do I have to fill in a booking form or can I register over the telephone or by email?
We must receive a completed booking form.

Q.  Does a ticket to the Symposium include a dinner seat at the HedgeNews Africa Awards Dinner?
No, a ticket to the Symposium does not include attendance at the HedgeNews Africa Awards. These tickets are sold separately.

Q.  Is the HedgeNews Africa Awards Dinner always on the same day of the Symposium?
Yes. It is hosted in the evening.

Q.  Can I pay for my booking by credit card?
Yes. You can pay by credit card. We will send you an email with the details of how to proceed.

Q.  Can I cancel my booking and get a refund?
Tickets are non-refundable and may be transferred only at the organiser’s discretion. Please note a ticket to the Symposium does not include attendance at the HedgeNews Africa Awards.

Q.  Can I have a delegate list?
It is our policy not to release delegate lists. However, you can view a list of companies that attended the Symposium last year here.

Q.  Can I claim CPD credits for this event?
Yes, you can. The Symposium programme is approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI).

Attendee Feedback

“We loved the event and the location.” – Simon Ruddick, Albourne Partners

“I enjoyed the cross section of speakers.” – Gary Linford, HighWater Limited

“Great to see such a first-class function for the industry in South Africa.” – Ken Kinsey-Quick, Kinsey-Quick Capital Management

“They get better and better every year and we thoroughly enjoyed the content and networking from the day” – Hamish James, Investec Prime Services

“The annual HedgeNews Africa Symposium has established itself as a benchmark industry event over recent years. I have  found great value in the interactions and insights shared by peers and  investors. The event presents a high quality offering.” – Steve Liptz: Director & Co-founder of 36ONE Asset  Management