Our Directors

 

Board Members

Trevor Chandler

Chairperson
B-Compt Hons

Trevor is a leading expert on Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) with more than 20 years’ experience in assurance, finance, risk management and corporate governance related professions. Trevor currently represents the Association for Savings & Investment South Africa (ASISA) on the Financial Sector Charter Council Board, which is the body that oversees BEE in the financial sector. He is also an active member of the CRISA committee which drafted the CRISA code which defines responsible investment standards for application by pension funds, asset managers and other role players in the investment value chain.

Trevor also contributed to the development of the 2007 Generic Codes BEE ownership provisions through his leadership of a Life Offices Association (LOA) task group formed for this purpose. The contribution of this task group to the development of the DTI codes was formally recognized by the previous Minister of Trade and Industry.

Elias Masilela

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BA, MSc. Econ.

Elias Masilela is a Director of DNA Economics, until recently a Board Member of the UN Global Compact and Commissioner on the First National Planning Commission of South Africa. Elias is also a Director on the Multichoice Board South Africa as well as that of the South African Savings Institute; a founder member of the Financial Sector Charter Council; and a former member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria. Previously, Elias was the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Investment Commission (PIC) – the largest asset manager in Africa – and a Director of the South African Reserve Bank as well as the Government Employee Pension Fund (GEPF). He has also held senior positions with Sanlam, the Central Bank of Swaziland and was the Deputy Director General for Economic Policy at the South African National Treasury.

Elias holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences (Economics and Statistics) from the University of Swaziland and a Master of Sciences in Economic Policy and Analysis from the Addis Ababa University. He has lectured at a number of academic institutions and has written widely on the subject of economic policy. He is also the author of an award-winning book – “Number 43 Trelawney Park; kwaMagogo” – on the activities of the ANC in Swaziland.

Wanjiru Kirima

B.Econ

Wanjiru has over 20 year’s expertise in Pensions. She started her career in the UK at Mercer as an investment consultant and has significant global experience as an asset owner. She is a specialist on governance, private equity, strategy and investments. Wanjiru has worked for Global Shell as Global Trustee Support and FirstRand Bank as Group Principal Officer. Wanjiru is a passionate promoter of integration of Sustainable Investment with a particular focus on Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) issues in relation to Pension Funds. She is the Chairperson of the Southern Africa Committee “Sustainable Returns” an industry wide committee (representing 20 Southern African industry organisations) which has the objective to provide a practical tool-kit for Pension Funds to integrate sustainable investment principles.

 

  

Christiaan v/d Merwe

Managing Director
CA(SA), CFA

In addition to fulfilling the function of MD, Christiaan is a B-BBEE consultant specialising in aspects relating to the Ownership element of B-BBEE. Christiaan currently serves on the DTI joint technical committee, representing the NABC (National Association of BEE Consultants). He specialised in company valuations working in PwC’s valuation division as an assistant manager.

 

Rudolph Fourie

CA(SA), MDevF, BA Hons. (Psychology)

Rudolph heads the sustainability and responsible investment division. His post article experience, completed at KPMG, involved employment with Sasol where he worked on its global natural gas projects from 2003 to 2007. Rudolph was then appointed as lecturer and researcher at Stellenbosch University after which he joined the Alternative Prosperity team.

Dawie Malan

Financial Director
B.Comm (Hons), GCMA

Dawie heads the finance department and is a qualified GCMA (Global Chartered Management Accountant) and holds an Honours Degree in Management Accounting from the University of Stellenbosch. He previously acted as a management accountant for The Spier Group (2004-2007) and was director of MalanFourie Financial Services who specialised in accounting and taxation.