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The Investment Research Team is made up of a group of talented individuals. These individuals include Rob Spanjaard, our CIO.

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Rob Spanjaard

Rob Spanjaard

B.Com, CTA 20 Chief Investment Officer 31 As a student at UCT, Rob won the national Financial Mail reader stock picking competition. He graduated with a B.Com and CTA before passing the Chartered Accountants Board Exam. Rob then worked as a portfolio manager for Momentum Life under Peter du Toit. In his last year the unit trust he managed was rated number one in its sector. Rob left to co-lead a private equity deal that involved purchasing the assets of a bankrupt company. In 2005, after growing the turnover and profits by 25% per annum for 15 years and the listing of the company as Sovereign Foods, Rob decided to sell his share of the business to institutional investors. At that stage Sovereign Foods was the most profitable company in its industry. Rob joined Wally at Rezco with the objective of establishing a consistently high performing unit trust company. The first unit trust was registered in 2004

Simon Sylvester

Simon Sylvester

B.Bus Science (Hons), CFA, CIPM 4 Head of Research & Co-Portfolio Manager 7 Simon joined Rezco in 2015, with previous experience at Deutsche Bank in London, Cogito Capital and Discovery Invest. He graduated from UKZN. He has been working in the financial markets for 7 years, and has a keen interest in stock picking, especially focusing on business strategy and how industries evolve through changing environments

Jann Krynauw

Jann Krynauw

B.SC (Hons) Actuarial Science 7 Analyst 13 Former senior investment consultant at Old Mutual Actuaries and Consultants and a qualified Actuary with 13 years industry experience. Jann has an B.Sc Honours in Actuarial Science degree and has also completed Computer Science studies at the University of Stellenbosch. In his spare time he runs an instrumental music duo Tonik and enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons.

Franscois Mulock-Houwer

Franscois Mulock-Houwer

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc Eng 3 Analyst 3 Franscois studied at the University of Pretoria, earning a Bachelors, Honours and Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his postgraduate studies, Franscois specialised in Energy Generation and Heat Transfer. Franscois’ experimental research in the field of Heat Transfer was published in multiple conference papers. Before starting at Rezco, Franscois worked as a design engineer at a consulting firm. Franscois enjoys mountain biking, running and spending time outdoors.

Takura Chinodya

Takura Chinodya

B.Com (Hons), CFA 1 Analyst 6 Takura joined Rezco in 2019. Prior to this, he worked at Goldman Sachs in their M&A team. He completed his BCom Honours: Financial Analysis & Portfolio Management at UCT.

Muofhe Kwinda

Muofhe Kwinda

B.Com (Hons) 1 Analyst 1 Muofhe joined Rezco in 2018 with 1 year’s industry experience. He studied a BCom (Honours) Finance at the University of Stellenbosch and completed his Graduate Internship program at Fairtree Capital. Muofhe has passed his CFA Level 1 exam.

Chris Luyckx

Chris Luyckx

B.Com (Hons) 1 Analyst 1 Chris joined Rezco in 2018 and has 1 year’s industry experience. He completed his BCom (Honours) Finance at the University of Stellenbosch. Chris has passed his CFA Level 1 and 2 exams.

Diana Mwandidya

Diana Mwandidya

Passed Level 3 of the CFA Program 1 Analyst 1 Diana joined Rezco in 2019. She has 1 year’s industry experience. She passed Level 3 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program and may be awarded the CFA Charter upon completion of the required work experience. Diana studied management accounting at The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and may be awarded the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation upon completion of the required work experience.

Richardt Benade

Richardt Benade

B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc Eng 3 Quantitative Analyst 3 As a qualified mechanical engineer, Richardt worked in the field of heavy vehicle dynamic modelling before joining Rezco in 2016. He is a certified Performance-Based Standards assessor, a certification held by only four engineers in SA. In parallel with assessing, monitoring and improving truck safety, Richardt obtained his Master’s degree having developed a data-driven approach to predict the safety performance of car-carriers. This work has been presented and published at several local and international road safety conferences. Richardt serves as quantitative investment analyst at Rezco and enjoys cycling, running and playing guitar in his free time.

Johann Lourens

Johann Lourens

B.Sc 4 Dealing & Models 4 Johann joined Rezco in 2015. He serves as the Head of Dealing responsible for all trade related compliance, execution as well as management of our research provider relationships.

James Spanjaard

James Spanjaard

AEM (Cornell University) 1 Autonomous Learning & Advanced Quant Tools 1 James studied at Cornell University and received the Chancellor’s award for being one of the top 2 students. He helped develop Boston Consulting’s Worldwide AI strategy at their elite Munich research facility. James is busy completing his MBA at Harvard (May 2019), and is currently developing ALIS AI with Jann Krynauw.

Zander Lee

Zander Lee

B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc Theoretical Physics 1 Data Engineer 1 Zander joined Rezco is 2018. He holds a MSc Theoretical Physics (cum laude).