2018 Symposium

Christina McGuire of London-based Elephant Asset Management will be speaking at the HedgeNews Africa Symposium on February 22 at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, which promises a refreshing line-up covering pertinent topics in the global industry.

Christina McGuire
Christina McGuire

McGuire is the founder and portfolio manager of Elephant Asset Management, an investment firm that focuses on publicly listed small-/mid-cap companies in emerging Asia and Africa. She previously co-founded Aperios Partners in 2011, where she was the CIO, deploying a similar investment strategy and substantially outperforming the emerging markets index.

Prior to founding Aperios, McGuire was a portfolio manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management specialising in international small-/mid-cap companies and China A-shares, living in Shanghai from 2004 to 2008.

In 2008 she took over GSAM’s international small-/mid-cap funds as a co-portfolio manager. She began her financial career in 2001, joining GSAM as a research analyst. A CFA charterholder, she has an MBA from Harvard Business School. She started her career in the medical profession, receiving her Doctor of Medicine from the Technical University in Munich in 1997 and practising in various emerging countries across Asia and Africa. She also obtained a Doctorate in Psychiatry from the Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich.

Sikonathi Mantshantsha, deputy editor of the Financial Mail, will also be delivering a cutting-edge update on the outlook for corporate South Africa amid ongoing political shifts within the country.

Other early confirmations for the 2018 line-up are Marcus Storr of Feri Trust, Heather James of Federal Street Partners and independent industry professional Rahul Moodgal, who bring important global investor perspectives on the forces that are shaping the alternative investment industry today.

Besides keynote speakers, the Symposium will include a line-up of leading South African hedge fund managers and investors, making it the must-attend event in the annual calendar for those investing or allocating in this exciting space.

Booking Rates

Register by December 8 to receive a 10% early-bird discount.

• Standard booking rate: $640/R8,000
• 15% discount for hedge fund managers and investors: $545/R6,800
• 25% discount for HedgeNews Africa subscribers: $480/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 email for info.

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 2018 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.



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

08h00-08h15 Welcome and introduction

08h15-09h00 PANEL SESSION Macro outlook: setting the scene for 2018.

09h00-09h30 Alpha ideas in the emerging world
Featured speaker: Christina McGuire, Elephant Asset Management

09h30 -10h15 PANEL SESSION GOING GLOBAL: South African fund managers are looking beyond the country’s borders as more JSE-listed firms expand globally, while other offshore opportunities appear attractive due to a weak domestic economy. Do managers have what it takes to succeed in a competitive global market?


09h30-10h15 STREAM SESSION New world order: South African funds have moved to a regulated environment in difficult market conditions. Panellists give a progress report on the new operating environment for hedge funds.

10h15-10h45 tea, coffee, refreshments

10h45-11h15 VIEWPOINT: South African today
Featured speaker: Sikonathi Mantshantsha, deputy editor, Financial Mail

11h15-12h00 PANEL SESSION What forces are shaping the global hedge fund industry today, and where do allocators see opportunity?

12h00-12h30 tbc


13h45-14h30 PANEL SESSION Working smart: How technology is driving change in the hedge fund industry.

14h30-15h15 PANEL SESSION Activist investing: The private sector is under pressure to take a stand and make a difference in complicated times. Meet the managers at the forefront of driving change from within.


14h30-15h15 STREAM SESSION: Exploring offshore opportunities: Having the right infrastructure in place is key to building a successful global business. Experts discuss the shifting global landscape and point to key risks and opportunities.

15h15-15h30 Tea, coffee, refreshments

15h30-16h15 PANEL SESSION Alternative assets are designed to offer something different. Is the industry doing enough in creating new products that offer a range of innovative solutions beyond mainstream fare?


15h30-16h15 STREAM SESSION The Pan Africa perspective: African markets moved higher in 2017 after a multi-year retraction. What is the state of play for key African markets in 2018?

16h15-16h55 CLOSING SESSION Making the grade: Corporate governance is a hot-button issue in emerging markets, and for good reason. Is the industry doing enough to help investors sleep at night?

16h55 Closing remarks

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


Confirmed speakers so far:

Craig Bandason, Imara
Ruard Buys, Marble Rock Asset Management
Claire Farley, aosphere
Patrick Ghali, Sussex Partners
Grant Hogan, Independent Alternatives
Heather James, Federal Street Partners
Ken Kinsey-Quick, Diamond Capital Management
Rudigor Kleyn, Ashburton Investments
Jonathan Kruger, Africa Merchant Capital
Sikonathi Mantshantsha, Financial Mail
Christina McGuire,  Elephant Asset Management
Rahul Moodgal, independent
Carmen Nel, Matrix Fund Managers
Gideon Niewoudt, Southern Right Capital
Niki Natarajan, In.INK
Nandi Rodolo, Idwala Capital
Chris Roelofse, STANLIB Multi-Manager
Justin Sage, Ducat
Richard Simpson, Obsidian Capital
Sam Sithole, Value Capital Partners
Marcus Storr, Feri Trust
Steven van Jaarsveld, Methodical Investment Management
Heiko van Wygaarden, Optis Capital
Shane Watkins, All Weather Capital
Paul Wilkes, Collas Crill
Neil Wilson, Wilson Willis
Jarred Winer, Westbrooke Alternative Asset Management

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
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, 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