The 14th annual HedgeNews Africa Symposium will be held on March 9, 2023 at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, showcasing some of the most innovative ideas in the global alternative asset industry today.

Known for delivering an original agenda, the Symposium will once again welcome some of the top minds in the industry, allowing attendees access to unique high-level content in a fast changing world.

Sonja Saunderson

Sonja Saunderson, new chief investment officer of the Eskom Pension and Provident Fund, will be delivering a keynote address. The EPPF is the second biggest pension fund in South Africa and the largest privately administered fund, with assets under management of around R180 billion.

After 22 years at the Momentum Group and almost 13 years as its CIO, Saunderson took on her new role at the end of October. She will offer unique insights into the aims and outcomes of one of the country’s biggest allocators.


Cato Brahde

Also part of the 2023 line-up is Cato Brahde, CIO of London-based Oceanic Investment Management, who co-founded the Oceanic Hedge Fund in 2002, an early entrant into the alternative energy sector.

Cato joined Tufton Oceanic in 1989 where he was responsible for the group’s shipping investment fund and individual investment accounts with a total of 50 ships. He co-founded Oceanic Hedge Fund in 2002 and currently serves as CIO.

The fund seeks to capture long/short opportunities arising from rapid decarbonisation in the cyclical shipping and energy transition sectors through proprietary industry and company valuation factors.

Oceanic Investment Management has a unique skillset – combining industry backgrounds from ship technology, trading and operations, shipping economics as well as pioneering oil service and renewable energy developments over several decades. Its team has developed several unique industry tools that give valuable insights into longer-term cycles as well as real-time data.

As always, the Symposium agenda will feature other topical keynote sessions and interactive panel discussions, working with top fund managers, investors and service providers to deliver a thought-provoking agenda.

As in previous years, the agenda will be accredited with CPD points for attendees.

Symposium topics will include:

  • Climate change – how investors are responding
  • Trends and potential outcomes amid a global energy crisis
  • New avenues of opportunity, from private debt to global macro
  • Market-neutral strategies – delivering come rain or shine
  • Transformation and diversity – ushering in a new era for asset management
  • Operational and business issues for a sophisticated industry
  • Inflation, recession and a world at war: What hedge funds offer investors
  • Women in the industry: breaking the barriers
  • Best ideas: South African equity and fixed income

Booking Rates

• Standard booking rate: $600/R8,800
• 15% discount for hedge fund managers and investors $510/R7,480
• 25% discount for HedgeNews Africa subscribers $450/R6,600

Only one discount applies
*ZAR rates are exclusive of VAT
**Applicable to standard booking rate only

Not-for-profit hedge fund investors, pension fund trustees and financial advisers are eligible for discounted rates. Please email for information.

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The HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2022 programme has been approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa. Members who attend will receive 6.5 CPD Hours, which are required to develop and maintain their capabilities to perform competently in their professional environments. The 2023 programme
will be accredited.


HedgeNews Africa Symposium 2023 agenda will be announced soon



2023 speakers will be announced soon.

Who Attends?

The Symposium attracts the top hedge fund managers, investors and service providers focusing on the African region.

Our programme is created by an editorial team who track the industry year round, giving us the edge in creating a topical and timely agenda that covers the real issues in the market.

We facilitate executive-level discussions with company decision-makers on our impressive speaker list, contributing via panel sessions and keynote speeches.

The one-day forum is held in a closed-door environment with no other media present, allowing participants the freedom to engage in in-depth discussions as well as interactive Q&A sessions.

Sponsors and Exhibits

The HedgeNews Africa Symposium offers an important opportunity for sponsors to showcase their products and services before a high-level audience.

We partner with top-tier industry players who are dedicated to building their brand at the highest levels while interacting with their target audience in a productive and informative environment.

The Symposium offers a premier sponsorship opportunity for:

• Prime brokers
• Investment banks
• Brokerage firms
• Accounting firms
• Lawyers
• Administrators
• Fund companies

If you are looking to enter the exciting African market or if your company offers access to untapped opportunities on the continent or the more developed South African space, you should consider partnering with us.

To discuss partnering with us further or if you would like to receive our marketing pack with more details, please contact Lindsay Mitchell.
T: +437481283

Contact Us

Tel: +27 (0) 43 748 1283



Q.  You have several discounts on offer. Can I have more than one discount applied to my booking?
Only one discount can be applied per booking.

Q.  Is the Symposium for one day only?
Yes it is.

Q.  Can I share my ticket with a colleague?
If you would like to share your ticket with a colleague you must apply in writing to us via email. A decision will be made at our discretion.

Q.  Do I have to fill in a booking form or can I register over the telephone or by email?
We must receive a completed booking form.

Q.  Does a ticket to the Symposium include a dinner seat at the HedgeNews Africa Awards Dinner?
No, a ticket to the Symposium does not include attendance at the HedgeNews Africa Awards. These tickets are sold separately.

Q.  Is the HedgeNews Africa Awards Dinner always on the same day of the Symposium?
Yes. It is hosted in the evening.

Q.  Can I pay for my booking by credit card?
Yes. You can pay by credit card. We will send you an email with the details of how to proceed.

Q.  Can I cancel my booking and get a refund?
Tickets are non-refundable and may be transferred only at the organiser’s discretion. Please note a ticket to the Symposium does not include attendance at the HedgeNews Africa Awards.

Q.  Can I have a delegate list?
It is our policy not to release delegate lists. However, you can request a list of companies that attended the Symposium last year.

Q.  Can I claim CPD credits for this event?
Yes, you can. The Symposium programme is approved by the Financial Planning Institute of Southern Africa (FPI).

Attendee Feedback

“We loved the event and the location.” – Simon Ruddick, Albourne Partners

“I enjoyed the cross section of speakers.” – Gary Linford, HighWater Limited

“They get better and better every year and we thoroughly enjoyed the content and networking from the day” – Hamish James, Investec Prime Services

“The annual HedgeNews Africa Symposium has established itself as a benchmark industry event over recent years. I have  found great value in the interactions and insights shared by peers and  investors. The event presents a high quality offering.” – Steve Liptz: Director & Co-founder of 36ONE Asset  Management