Cape Town


Cape Town, South Africa


Cape Town, South Africa


Research Director

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"Having spent my entire career on the public side, I'm thrilled to be immersed in private markets, and particularly in the disruptive industries on which we focus. By drawing on my previous experiences, I want to provide a top-town perspective to Activant, which will complement and enhance our existing, rigorous investment process."


Cape Town


Cape Town,

South Africa


Cape Town,

South Africa

Robert has 30+ years of experience in public investment markets, on both the buy and sell-side. This work provided exposure to almost every industry found on public exchanges, and has brought him across the world to work in New York, London, Toronto, Johannesburg, and Cape Town while building relationships with regulators, corporations, and investors globally.

Robert leads Activant's research efforts and the Cape Town office, where he strives to build a team to complement Activant's investment process and build the foundation for the next generation of Activant torchbearers.



University of Cape Town

B. Commerce, cum laude

University of South Africa


Relevant Experiences

  • Renaissance Capital, South Africa

    CEO & Managing Director

    6 Years

    Through his CEO and other leadership roles, Robert focussed on aggressively growing the firm's active client base, resulting in improved market share and profitability.


    Leadership roles on the SA Board, EXCO, Head of South African and African Sales desks. Key relationship manager for CIO’s, Portfolio Managers and select corporate executives.

    About Renaissance Capital, South Africa

    Renaissance Capital South Africa was the local operation of Renaissance Capital. Rencap is a leading emerging and frontier markets investment bank providing access to over 50 markets across the globe with offices in Moscow, London, New York, Lagos, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Cairo and Nicosia.

  • Bank of America, Merrill Lynch

    Managing Director

    14 Years

    By leading teams across geographies and markets, Robert gained valuable experience in managing and developing diverse talent. Covering global corporates and clients also provided lessons in identifying investment opportunities beyond the obvious.


    Robert also spent 2 years as a Portfolio Manager at Merrill Lynch, managing an absolute return emerging market fund. His most senior role was head of EEMEA Equity sales globally, running 6 regional desks. He also ran New York & South African sales desks.

    About Bank of America, Merrill Lynch

    Bank of America acquired Merrill Lynch in January 2009. BofA Securities is a multinational investment bank organized into four geographic divisions: Asia Pacific; Europe, Middle East & Africa; Latin America; and U.S. & Canada

  • Deutsche Bank, ING Barings and Fleming Martin


    5 Years

    As a South African markets specialist at 3 companies with different strategies, cultures and processes, Robert gained exposure to a wide range of clients, markets and areas of expertise, which deepened his industry knowledge and investment networks.


    Robert’s primary responsibilities were similar at these three different organizations, serving U.S. institutional investors on South African listed equity and debt markets. Taking these roles entailed relocating to the U.S. and transitioning to the sell-side from the buy-side. The different strategies, cultures and processes at these firms provided exposure to a wide range of clients, markets and areas of expertise, which deepened Robert’s knowledge and insights, ultimately leading to strong investment networks.

    About Deutsche Bank, ING Barings and Fleming Martin

    Fleming Martin (acquired by JP Morgan), ING Barings & Deutsche Bank ran SA-focused markets desks as part of their emerging market offerings. All these desks were subsequently incorporated into larger emerging or international desks.

  • National Trust, Commercial Union, UAL Merchant Bank & Old Mutual

    Portfolio Manager

    5 Year

    Robert’s spent several years as a portfolio manager and analyst within investment organizations. He covered several markets and asset groups, gaining foundational experience and knowledge in different investment styles, strategies and markets.


    Most senior role was portfolio manager at Commercial Union. This entailed the entire investment management process from strategy formulation, asset allocation overlay and securities selection.

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