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Curriculum Vitae, Last Updated 31 August 2015.

I am a 33 year old male. Born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Married out of community of property. No dependents and no children. Valid South African Passport & Schengen Visa & drivers license. Languages: Bilingual Afrikaans / English; received a Grade 1 Certificate for the National Taalbond Examination in 1999 & 2000; ‘Highest Niveau’ Certificate for Dutch Reading in 2000.

South Africa | United Kingdom(Great Britain) | Netherlands


personality-test-INTJPersonality type

INTJ, based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. I am Strategic, Logical, Analytical, Intellectual, Independent, Self-assured, Decisive, Private, Focused & Curious. Read moremore.


Qualifications JSE-Logo-w SAIFM-logo FSB-logo EAAB-Logo

Registered Trader, Derivatives Compliance Officer (JSE)

Completed the following 10x RPE exams through the SAIFM: Introduction to Financial Markets (80%), Regulations (76%), Bonds (86%), Traders (71.6%), Derivatives (74%), Equities (84%), Forex (78%) & Money market (84%), all in Nov/Dec 2008; Agricultural derivatives (82%) in 2010, Derivatives Compliance (70%) in 2014.

Key Individual, Hedge Funds (FSB)

Completed the following 3x RE Exams for Financial Services Providers through the FPI: RE5 (Representative) & RE1 (Key Individual) in 2012 and RE3 (Hedge funds) in 2013.

Certified Estate Agent (CEA)

Passed the Estate Agent Affairs Board (EAAB) examination on 13 November 2003.


Education  PRG-150  University_of_Stellenbosch_crest-no_background  matiesstacked300  GK new logo

Paul Roos Gymnasium, Stellenbosch, 1996-2000

Matriculated in 2000 with the following 8 subjects (6 elective & 2 extra), all on higher grade: Afrikaans & English First Languages, Mathematics, Physical Science, Accounting, Economics, Computer Studies, Entrepreneurship (N3).

B.Comm (Marketing Management), University of Stellenbosch, 2001-2003

Major subjects: Statistics, Marketing, Business Management. Other subjects: Economics, Financial Accounting, Tax, Mathematics, Industrial Psychology. Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society for performance in Statistics. Academic Merit Sponsorship from Dr JP Barnard, Boston, MA, USA.


Interests & activities

I like doing ultra endurance events. Long distance cold water swims: 9.3km Freedom swim in 2011 and the 7.5km Robben island crossing in 2015. Over 150 cycling medals since 2008. Three consecutive SR awards for cycling a 200, 300, 400 & 600km within a year, 2013-2015. Did the 1230km PBP in 78hrs in 2015. Cycled 1800km from JHB to CPT over 9 days in 2009. Co-owner/organiser of the Tour de Boland stage race.

I also like traveling and have visited the following countries:

United Kingdom(Great Britain) | United States of America (USA) | CanadaNamibiaLesotho | SwazilandMozambiqueThailandMauritiusFrance


Employment history

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Head of Structured Products

Courtney Capital, Stellenbosch – 4 years (from Sept 2011 to date). When the local private client derivatives market moved away from SSF’s to CFD’s in 2010, I joined Courtneycap to help launch their private client business. We added service providers and expanded our product range & client book. I started in Sandton but have since opened a Stellenbosch office.

Derivatives Trader & Portfolio Manager

Afrifocus Securities, Sandton – 3¾ years (Jan 2009 to Sept 2011). We traded local equities and derivatives (futures & options), currencies and commodities. I also did regular presentations at the JSE, sent out trading calls, and helped to create & market new products. I like the freedom that trading provides, feeling more like a hobby than a job.

Co-Founder

Alternative Funding Solutions – start-up (Mar to Dec-2008). The company provides funding solutions to individuals, entrepreneurs & property owners. We created a network of professionals to deliver bankable solutions. I liked putting everything together (managing, negotiating, systems etc), but I disliked the amount of time spent on it, leading to an imbalanced personal life. I’m not involved anymore but the company is still running.

National Sales Manager

Asset Management Specialists – 3 years (Mar 2005 to Mar 2008). AMS was a special purpose bond originator. It catered for HNW individuals & distressed property owners. I started in IT and moved to marketing after 6 months. I relocated from CPT to PTA, joined the HO & grossed the most sales. I became responsible for KZN, FS & NC regions and was appointed National Sales Manager. Reason for leaving: company closed down.

Special Projects Department

Shoprite/Checkers Head Office – 1 year (Feb 2004 to Feb 2005). This was my first job after graduation, a newly created position as Stock Analyst for Africa’s largest retailer. I developed new business reports and worked with large volumes of data. After 6 months I was promoted to the Special Projects Team, where we implemented an automated branch order system. I gained invaluable skills at this corporate giant, but after a year I decided to move away from a salary to a position where I can determine my own income.


Courses & seminars

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  • 2013 – High Probability Trading by Garth Mckenzie.
  • 2011 – Bloomberg. News, Fixed income, Equities, Derivatives.
  • 2009 – Reuters 3000 Xtra. Data, Display, Analysis & Excel.
  • 2008 – All Sharedirect courses. Equities, Trading, Strategies, FX.
  • 2007 – Sales Excellence with Tony Robbins & Brian Tracey.
  • 2007 – VW High Performance Driving at Kayalami
  • 2006 – Advanced Property Tax, Transfer Duty & SARS, by BSP.
  • 2004 – Advanced Excel by CS Holdings. I’m great with Excel.
  • 2003 – Various property seminars. Treoc, P3, Hannes Dreyer.

Computer skills

Brilliant. I’m an early adopter & grew up with computers. I do network setup and admin, can toggle code, have a web design company, run the IT department, streamline processes, save time, do backups and move satellites.

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