February 21 2019 - Hedge News Africa - Vineyard Hotel. Photo by David Harrison

Kevin Gundle, founding member of Aurum Fund Management, is confirmed as keynote speaker at the upcoming HedgeNews Africa Symposium, to be held on February 20, 2020 at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town.

Aurum, a specialist multi-management firm with a focus on hedge funds, has been investing clients’ capital alongside its own across multiple market cycles for 25 years, and has assets under management of over US$2.5 billion, focusing on low-beta hedge fund strategies.

Kevin Gundle
Kevin Gundle

Based in London, Gundle has been investing in the alternative investment industry for more than 25 years and oversees Aurum’s research, risk and investment processes, bringing a wealth of knowledge and perspective to the Symposium.

Gundle has also co-founded two international charities – Ark and the One to One Children’s Fund, both of which have made significant investments into South Africa’s health systems to address the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS.

Aurum’s flagship fund, the Aurum Isis Dollar Fund, which has a track record spanning over 20 years, has been approved by South Africa’s Financial Sector Conduct Authority as a collective investment scheme in hedge funds targeting qualified investors under Section 65 of the Collective Investment Scheme Control Act.

Now in its 11th year, the HedgeNews Africa Symposium offers an unmatched annual forum for attendees to gather cutting-edge industry intelligence, interact with investors, and network with peers and service providers via its high-quality agenda and exclusive closed-door approach.

Following on from the success of last year’s Symposium Master Class, BlackRock Investment Management, one of the world’s largest asset managers, will again be hosting this session, providing an invaluable educational opportunity for delegates.

The Symposium programme will again be approved by the Financial Planning Institute of South Africa to offer CPD (continuous professional development) points.

Symposium topics will include:

•    The macro outlook for investors – are we heading for a global recession?
•    How hedge funds can help in volatile times
•    Active versus passive – where are we now?
•    Value versus growth – has the cycle turned?
•    Regulatory and operational updates in a global and SA context
•    New alpha opportunities – where the smart money is seeing opportunity
•    Why alternatives are important in a low-growth environment
•    South Africa – how institutional allocators are wising up to hedge funds
•    Presenting uncorrelated opportunities to a retail audience

Booking Rates

• Standard booking rate: $790/R9,000*
• 10% early-bird discount** if you book by Friday, 6 December
• 15% discount for hedge fund managers and investors: $670/R7,650*
• 25% discount for HedgeNews Africa subscribers: $590/R6,750*

Only one discount applies
*ZAR rates are exclusive of VAT
**Applicable to standard booking rate only

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

Download the Symposium booking form here, or 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.


Programme details will be uploaded soon.


As at 6 December 2019:

Naeem Badat, Differential Capital
Claire Bourquin, Claire Bourquin Recruitment Consultants
Andrew Crawford, Senqu Capital
Alida de Swardt, RMI Investment Managers
Shaun Dippnall, EXPLORE Data Science Academy
Jacques du Plessis, Graphite Advisory
David Fraser, Peregrine Capital
Kevin Gundle, Aurum Fund Management
Sarah Hudson, BlackRock
Niki Natarajan, In Ink (London)
Craig Stanley, Enko Capital Management
Vivienne Taberer, Investec Asset 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