Join our network

2015 Symposium

The sixth annual HedgeNews Africa Symposium was held on February 19, 2015, in Cape Town. For full coverage of the day's events, look out for our April print edition.

The next Symposium is provisionally scheduled for February 2016.

Bradley George of Investec Asset Management in London delivered a keynote address at this year's Symposium held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town.

George has headed commodities and resources at IAM since 2006. He and his team manage commodities and resources assets of US$3.7 billion, including US$360 million in a global commodities and resources long/short hedge fund.

George has 18 years’ of industry experience, joining Investec eight years ago after spending seven years at Goldman Sachs where he worked as an executive director in the commodity division. Prior to this, he worked in the Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division on natural resources M&A transactions in both London and South Africa.

Bradley George and Bruce Harington
Bradley George and Bruce Harington

With George’s extensive experience as a fund manager, and the critical role that commodities and resources play in both the South African and the broader global economies, his views and opinions added a great deal of value to the day's discussions.

The Symposium has reputation for delivering high-quality content thanks to the top-level speakers it attracts each year.

Also participating at this year’s event was Bruce Harington, who is a senior analyst at Stenham Asset Management, the US$2 billion fund of hedge fund headquartered in London. Harington’s key focus is equity long/short strategies across the company’s range of funds, and he joined other leading global investors to bring key insights into global hedge fund markets, from both investment and operational perspectives.

The Symposium is an important gathering place for South African managers, providing valuable time for the industry to discuss the transition to a new regulatory environment.

As always it attracted leading managers and investors focused on the broader African markets, with the agenda including a range of topical panel discussions.

Symposium topics included:

South Africa’s move to a new regulatory environment
Hedge fund investors: how the model is evolving
Opportunities across the African landscape
Starting a hedge fund: the risks and rewards
Global manager views on challenges in the markets

Booking rates for 2015 - 2016 rates to be updated soon

Register by December 12 to receive our 10% early-bird discount.
Standard booking rate $1,000 / R8,000
15% discount for hedge fund managers / investors: $850 / R6,800
25% discount for named HedgeNews Africa subscriber: $750 / R6,000
*only one discount applies *ZAR rates are exclusive of VAT

If you are a not-for-profit hedge fund investor or pension fund trustee, you may be eligible for a free pass. Please contact Aiden Davis on

To download the Symposium booking form, please click here.

The HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2015 programme has been approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa. Members who attend will receive 6 CPD (continuous professional development) points, which are required to develop and maintain their capabilities to perform competently within their professional environments.

2015 Sponsors




Merchant Bank


Deutsche Bank






Albourne Village

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, Blue Diamond Fund

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