The 12th annual HedgeNews Africa Symposium is scheduled for March 11, 2021 in Cape Town. Further details to follow.

The 11th annual HedgeNews Africa Symposium was an important day of discussion and debate, offering a timely and pertinent agenda as fund managers and investors examine the world around them at the start of a new decade.

The full-day conference, held at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, included important discussions around investment opportunities, operational issues and investor concerns, with far-reaching insights from leading industry players, both local and international.

Kevin Gundle and Shaun Dippnall
Kevin Gundle and Shaun Dippnall

Kevin Gundle of Aurum Fund Management, the US$3 billion specialist multi-manager firm with a focus on hedge funds, delivered a keynote address, entitled: 25 years of hedge fund investing: lessons unlearned.

The second keynote was from Shaun Dippnall, founder CEO of EXPLORE – a portfolio of Digital Academies that delivers digital skills to young South Africans. Dippnall focused on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and how it is changing the world, with crucial implications for the economy and industry, notably the financial services arena.

David Fraser of Peregrine Capital, among the longest running hedge funds in South Africa with an exemplary track record, shared his views, showcasing the industry’s solid standing and the value it brings to a range of investors.

The world’s largest asset manager BlackRock Investment Management again brought its Master Class to the Symposium – an important educational session focused on different hedge fund strategies.

Besides presentations and keynotes, the day’s agenda also offered important panel discussions, on topics ranging from ESG in the hedge fund industry, team building and succession planning, as well as insights into various strategy areas from fund managers, and important investor views into how alternative assets can add value to portfolios over time.

The Symposium programme was accredited with 5.5 CPD points.

Click here for full coverage of the 2020 Symposium.

The next Symposium is provisionally scheduled for February 25, 2021.

Booking Rates

• Standard booking rate: $790/R9,000*
• 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.

The HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2020 programme has been approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa. Members who attend will receive 5.5 CPD Points (Knowledge), which are required to develop and maintain their capabilities to perform competently within their professional environments.


FINAL AGENDA  – 12/02/2020

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

08h00-08h30 Welcome and introduction

08h30-09h15 Panel session: Global state of play: Shifting market trends can have far-reaching consequences for investors. Panellists look at global market conditions, how they are changing the game and where opportunity lies.

09h15-10h00 25 years of hedge fund investing – lessons unlearned
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Kevin Gundle, Aurum Fund Management

10h00-10h30 Panel session: South Africa: best ideas – equity hedge funds

10h30-11h00 Panel session: South Africa: best ideas – fixed income and credit


10h00-10h45 Stream session: Operational update 2020: Industry players zoom in on recent operational and regulatory advances, and how South Africa’s hedge fund industry is responding to change.

10h45-11h15 Stream session: Outsourcing infrastructure, risks and rewards

11h00-11h30 tea, coffee, refreshments

11h30-12h15 MAIN SESSION: Pan-Africa Roundtable: Accessing Africa’s growth potential and achieving sustainable returns requires indepth knowledge and due diligence. Panellists discuss their varying approaches to the pan-African space.


Stream session: BlackRock Alternatives Master Class – a deep dive into global equity hedge fund strategies

12h15-13h00 The fourth industrial revolution: positioning for upheaval
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Shaun Dippnall, founding CEO, EXPLORE Data Science Academy


14h00-14h30 ON the COUCH with David Fraser, Peregrine Capital

14h30-15h10 PANEL SESSION: ESG and hedge funds: oxymoron or doing well from doing good?


14h30-15h10 STREAM SESSION Building a retail market for hedge funds. What do retail investors need from hedge funds, and are they finding it?

15h10-15h30 Tea break

15h30-16h10 PANEL SESSION Group effort: Attracting, retaining and developing talent is critical to longevity in a hedge fund business. Experts discuss HR trends in the financial services industry, hiring and firing, and the key ingredients that will help build an enduring boutique business.

16h10-16h50 PANEL SESSION The test of time: Family offices, pension funds and private banks discuss how alternatives can help to rethink and reshape portfolios.

16h50 Closing remarks

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



Naeem Badat, Differential Capital
Craig Bandason, Imara Asset Management
Cornelis Batten, RealFin CIS
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
Kobus Esterhuysen, Legae Peresec
Robert Foster, Star Investment Partners
Andrew Frankish, SANNE
David Fraser, Peregrine Capital
Patrick Ghali, Sussex Partners
Ben Goderski, SS&C Advent
Kevin Gundle, Aurum Fund Management
Bryn Hatty, Stonehage Fleming Investment Management
Sarah Hudson, BlackRock
Steven Hurwitz, 36ONE Asset Management
Ronelle Hutchison, Investec Wealth and Investment
Frederick Kairuz, RMB Prime Broking
Jamie Kent, Steyn Capital Management
Gyongyi King, Alexander Forbes Investments
Heinrich Loubser, Prescient Fund Services
Jan Louw, Rozendal Partners
Johan Marnewick, STANLIB
Phihlelo Matjekana, Visio Fund Management
Nomathibana Matshoba , Terebinth Capital
Tassin Meyer, Visio Fund Management
Ndabezinhle Mkhize, Eskom Pension and Provident Fund
Niki Natarajan, In Ink (London)
Carmen Nel, Matrix Fund Managers
Gideon Niewoudt, Southern Right Capital
Miles Osler, Maitland
Ian Prideaux, Grosvenor Estate
Erik Renander, Duet Group
Claire Rentzke, 27four Investment Managers
Will Ridge, Investec Securities
Herman Sandrock, Fairtree
Kim Silberman, Rand Merchant Bank
Craig Stanley, Enko Capital Management
Martine Steinegger Allocca, Banque Lombard Odier
Vivienne Taberer, Investec Asset Management
Rashaad Tayob, Abax Investments
George Tsinonis, RisCura
Marthinus van der Nest, Amplify
Elmien Wagenaar, THINK.CAPITAL
Paul Whitburn, Rozendal Partners
Neil Wilson, Wilson Willis
Murray Winckler, Laurium Capital
Peter Worthington, Absa

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

“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