Leon started his career at Alexander Forbes when Alexander Forbes Asset Consultants was formed in 1995, later becoming head of this division. He joined Alexander Forbes Investments in 2000 as Executive Director for client-facing functions, both retail and institutional. He left in 2008 to join Sygnia Asset Management as Deputy Chief Executive Officer, before moving to the Momentum Group as Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Asset Managers. Advantage morphed into Momentum Outcome-based Solutions, which remains today as the core investment philosophy of Momentum. He was also CEO of Momentum Alternative Investments, Momentum Investment Consulting and their respective unit trust businesses, while serving on the board of MMI’s UK-based subsidiary Momentum Global Investment Management.
Before joining Alexander Forbes Investments, Lesiba was a risk specialist at the SA Reserve Bank, responsible for the strategic asset allocation of the foreign-exchange reserve portfolio, valued at approximately 50 billion dollars. He also served as a global macroeconomist at Investec Bank and worked at Nedbank Treasury as a currency trader and resident economist for the global spot-trading desk. As part of the exco at Alexander Forbes Investments Lesiba provides context on the market and economic conditions, especially relating to South Africa and emerging markets.
Gyongyi King first joined Alexander Forbes Investments (previously Investment Solutions) as deputy chief investment officer, leading the investment research team. She now steps in to the role as Chief Investment Officer.
Gyongyi was previously Chief Investment Officer of Caveo, one of the largest and most successful fund-of-hedge fund businesses in South Africa, largely due to the investment leadership provided by her. She has over 18 years’ investment experience, with a focus on multi-management in the alternative investment arena.
Gyongyi spent seven years at Henderson Global Investors, a UK asset manager, as a hedge fund manager research analyst. She then joined Switzerland-based EFG Private Bank, working for five years as a member of the investment team with responsibility for the alternative manager selection team and the alternative investment multi-manager portfolios. In 2009, she moved from the UK to South Africa and was appointed Chief Investment Officer of Caveo in April that year.
As Head of Strategy for Alexander Forbes Investments, Mark is responsible for leading a number of growth initiatives for the business. He first joined Alexander Forbes Investments in 2006 and held previous roles as Head of Platform Services and Chief Investment Officer. He led the investment team for two years before deciding to pursue his other interests in business. He has experience as an employee benefits consultant, and first entered the institutional investment industry in 1998, when he joined Alexander Forbes Asset Consultants.
Previous roles at Alexander Forbes Investments include South Africa chief investment officer and head of asset manager research.
Isaah joins Alexander Forbes Investments from Rand Merchant Bank where he served as an economist. At an executive level, Isaah will be responsible for crafting a framework of identifying macro-economic risks and opportunities which will benefit the business, its clients and investment processes.
Isaah previously worked in various senior roles as an economist at Absa Capital, National Treasury and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He has also lectured in both part and full-time capacities at the University of Johannesburg.
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