My career has been spent in banking and financial markets, with an emphasis on emerging markets. The current role is varied and interesting; not only do I have exposure to financial markets and risk management, but it is within the broader context of the energy sector, which has a significant impact on the fortunes of the South African economy. This broader perspective is important in how we manage the portfolio within the Treasury as well as being able to clearly articulate the issues surrounding the energy sector to funders, counterparties, government and investors. A major portion of my time is spend engaging with the various stakeholders in this regard.
I am a self starter and am comfortable dealing with both technical people as well as engaging with stakeholders on a more strategic and macro level. I often present at conferences on technical topics, and in the past have frequently been interviewed in both print and on television.
I have experience in transforming a business and managing the change that goes with a change in strategy. I have also been involved in market development both domestically and abroad. This is included the development of debt capital markets in other countries, new product development and starting new markets. As part of this one needs to be technically proficient as well as being able to build consensus across diverse groups of stakeholder with differing objectives.