Political analyst and author Ralph Mathekga is part of the line-up at the upcoming HedgeNews Africa ‘Finding Alpha’ Symposium, scheduled for February 21 at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town.

Mathekga is the author of two recent books, When Zuma Goes and Ramaphosa’s Turn, and is a regular commentator on South Africa’s political and economic affairs. He holds a Masters in Political Science from Wits University and heads research and consulting company Clear Content.

Ralph Mathekga and Adam Chamberlain
Ralph Mathekga and Adam Chamberlain

During his career, Mathekga has worked as a political researcher with the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), lectured at University of Western Cape, and has also worked at National Treasury (Ministry of Finance) in the Budget Office. He will bring topical and timely insights on South Africa’s evolving political landscape, and the economic implications thereof, sharing important intelligence for investment managers and allocators of capital.

Adam Chamberlain of London-based independent asset management firm CDAM is another featured speaker at Symposium 2019. Chamberlain started CDAM, which has AUM of more than US$900 million, in 2006 with former JPMorgan colleague Scott Davies. They launched their “hedged equity” global opportunities investment strategy in April that year, investing in a concentrated portfolio of developed-world securities.

Among other top talent confirmed for the 2019 line-up is Akshay Krishnan, head of macro and trading strategies at Stenham Asset Management, and Michael Rhodes, senior portfolio manager with the quantitative investment strategies team at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM).

The Symposium 2019 agenda will focus on the ultimate quest of identifying and realising great investment ideas, so as to deliver important sources of return for investors in difficult times.

Symposium 2019 comes at a critical juncture for the South African industry amidst a period of growing pains, which has seen managers navigate tricky markets while simultaneously needing to demonstrate their value proposition in a regulated environment.

‘Finding Alpha’ 2019 topics include:

•    Creative thinking for a Darwinian industry
•    Adapting to change – now or never
•    African alternatives – ideas and opportunities
•    Understanding the nature of hedge fund returns
•    Strategy focus: what’s working in today’s markets
•    The macro outlook for investors
•    Frontier and emerging markets: where to from here?
•    Are investors on board with alternatives?
•    The way forward for multi-managers
•    Regulated vs private structures: pros and cons
•    Achieving hedge fund returns at lower fees

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.

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fpi-cpd-2-finalThe HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2018 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.



07h00-07h50 Registration: Tea, coffee and refreshments

08h00-08h15 Welcome and introduction: Gwyneth Roberts, HedgeNews Africa and Neil Wilson, WilsonWillis

08h15-09h00 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.

09h00-09h30 VIEWPOINT: South Africa today.
Featured speaker: Author Ralph Mathekga

09h30-10h15 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
Presented by: BlackRock
VENUE: Terrace Room

10h15-10h45 tea, coffee, refreshments

10h45-11h15 KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: The CEO session. Playing to your strengths as a boutique business. Featured speaker: CDAM’s Adam Chamberlain

11h15-12h00 Panel session: Active management in the South African equity market. How equity hedge funds are making their mark.


Stream session: How professional investors can gain the edge.
Featured speaker: Justin Newdigate, Newdigate
VENUE: Terrace Room

12h00-12h45 Panel session: How an unconstrained approach offers benefits for fixed income investors. 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.
VENUE: Terrace Room


14h00-14h30 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

14h30-15h10 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?

15h10-15h45 Panel session: Innovation in asset management: how technology is changing the world of investing.


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

15h45-16h00 Tea, coffee, refreshments

16h00-16h30 Panel session: Embracing change: Panellists brainstorm alpha ideas and opportunities for alternatives in a fast-changing world.

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


Bulent Badsha, Sanlam Investments
Sean Capstick, GPP
Adam Chamberlain, CDAM
Nicola Comninos, JSE
Emily Davy, Prescient Fund Services (Ireland)
Karlien de Bruin, Sanne Manco
Jacques du Plessis, AlphaWealth
David Fraser, Peregrine Capital
Jon Hugill, Maitland
Tom Kehoe, AIMA
Gyongyi King, Alexander Forbes Investments
Ken Kinsey-Quick, Kinsey-Quick Capital Management
Akshay Krishnan, Stenham Asset Management
Peter Leger, Coronation Fund Managers
Ralph Mathekga, Clear Content
Nomathibana Matshoba, Terebinth Capital
Kamini Naidoo, Momentum Alternative Investments
Niki Natarajan, In Ink
Justin Newdigate, Newdigate
Gideon Niewoudt, Southern Right Capital
Alexander Orr, BlackRock Alternatives Specialists
Philipp Pieper, Swarm Fund
Ian Prideaux, Grosvenor Estate
Hayden Reinders, Prescient Fund Services
Linda Smith, Trinomial Capital
Craig Stanley, Enko Capital
Michael Rhodes, GSAM
Rowan Williams, Nitrogen Fund Managers
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

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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