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Board Members

Dr. Vuyokazi Mahlati

Chairperson

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Dr. Vuyokazi Mahlati

Chairperson

Dr. Vuyokazi (Vuyo) Mahlati is the Principal Consultant and Co-owner of African Financial Group (AFG) responsible for Pan African and Emerging Markets Innovative Financial Solutions. Her portfolio includes stimulating industrialization in new industries. Dr. Vuyo was appointed in September 2015 by the South African President to serve her second term as the National Planning Commissioner for five years (till 2020). This follows her appointment in May 2010 – June 2015 as one of the inaugural members of the National Planning Commission that released South Africa’s National Development Plan 2030. Dr. Vuyo has been appointed as a global director (2015-2017) to the International Women’s Forum (IWF) Board (HQ in Washington DC). Dr Vuyo is the Chairperson of the National Council on Tourism BEE Charter.

On 28 October 2014, Dr. Vuyo Mahlati received the Mail and Guardian, Southern Africa Trust Individual Award for Drivers of Change. The Judges of this award commented that: “President of the International Women's Forum of South Africa and entrepreneur - typifies the idea of an African Renaissance woman. While working both practically and intellectually in the urban development, poverty reduction, gender equality and policy implementation spheres - she is still committed to the ethos of Ubuntu and care. "Her humility and keen grasp of economic and development issues at the micro and macro levels make her one of Africa's most persuasive young leaders".

Vuyo has facilitated value-chain based transactions in financial services, energy, agribusiness, forestry, and media. She recently led the acquisition of a pay TV license in South Africa (Siyaya TV of which she is a shareholder and Chair of the Board). The group secured South African national team soccer rights (television, internet, radio). She also founded a wool processing plant in partnership with Eastern Cape communal farmers.

Vuyo holds a PhD from the University of Stellenbosch. Her thesis focused on the role of value chains in mainstreaming rural entrepreneurs into global markets, and was the only one selected by the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences to be presented at the University’s inaugural New Voices in Science Colloquium. She obtained her M Sc from the UK London School of Economics. Her directorships include being the non-executive director of Lion of Africa Insurance Company, a subsidiary of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange Listed Brimstone Investment Company. She has served two terms as the Chairperson of the South African Post Office Board of Directors, which includes the Post Bank. She previously served for two terms as member of the Financial Markets Advisory Board as well as member of the Financial Services Board Licensing Committee.

Vuyo is the independent member of the Industrial Development Cooperation (IDC) Agro-processing Competitive Fund. She serves as member of the Global Advisory Council of Corporate Women Directors International based in Washington DC, USA and is also on the Global Advisory Council of the Global Entrepreneurial Hub Network in Vienna.

She is the recipient of the 2008 Black Management Forum Presidential Award for Transformational Leadership, as well as the Black Business Executive/ABSA Kaelo (Guidance and wisdom) Award. In 2012 she was the finalist for the 11th Van Ryn’s BBQ Public Visionary Award.

Mark Sonik

Director

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Mark Sonik

Director

Mark is the founder of Consilium. He is an authorised member of the Institute of Stockbrokers and has B Com in Economics from Witwatersrand University.

Mark is also a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa and holds the position of director for various companies, including Bakwena Vanadium (Pty) Ltd and Savyon Nurseries Limited (Israel), as well as other entities within the Consilium Group. Futhermore, he successfully manages a Global Macro Hedge Fund out of London.

Xolani Matthew Nhlapo

Director

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Xolani Matthew Nhlapo

Director

Xolani Nhlapo has vast experience that spans over 17 years in research, investments, trading and trade settlements. He started his career at Duff & Phelps performing credit ratings on banks, selected sovereigns, municipal authorities and insurance companies. He then joined HSBC Investment Bank in corporate finance and later moved to the derivatives desk. After a successful stint, he joined the Cadiz Group initially in asset management and later moved on to stock broking as a sales trader. In 2011 Nhlapo was promoted to Managing Director. Since January 2014 Nhlapo was the founding shareholders of BPC Capital, a company that focuses on investing in agro-infrastructure and soft commodities trading.

He is currently a director and board member at Consilium.

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Asset Management

Mark Sonic

Chief Investment Officer

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Mark Sonik

Chief Investment Officer

Mark is the founder of Consilium. He is an authorised member of the Institute of Stockbrokers and has B Com in Economics from Witwatersrand University.

Mark is also a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa and holds the position of director for various companies, including Bakwena Vanadium (Pty) Ltd and Savyon Nurseries Limited (Israel), as well as other entities within the Consilium Group. Futhermore, he successfully manages a Global Macro Hedge Fund out of London.

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Stock Broking

Jonathan Blumberg

Head of Securities

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Jonathan Blumberg

Head of Securities

Jonathan is a market veteran with close to two decades experience and a series of market related qualifications. He has serviced both high net worth individuals and institutions, primarily trading equity and derivative products. Jonathan has also been active in the fixed income market. His strong interpersonal skills, powerful network and extensive knowledge forms the backbone of his market offering.

Jonathan was appointed as the Head of Securities in 2016.

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Finance

Kavinash Rampersadh

Financial Manager

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Kavinash Rampersadh

Financial Manager

Kavinash studied B.Acc and B.Acc (Hons) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg.

He spent 3 years at Nampak, initially on the graduate program. Thereafter 3 years at Mazars. His financial services experience began in 2007 when he joined UBS for over 6 years and then helped set up a new stockbroking member of the JSE

Kavinash has many years of experience working in audit, finance and general operations.

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Corporate & Employee Share Scheme Manager

Chad Germanus

Corporate & Employee Share Scheme

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Chad Germanus

Corporate & Employee Share Scheme

Chad started work as an apprentice on the market floor in 1994 and moved across to Consilium upon the establishment in 1996, where he has worked as a trader, equity and equity derivatives compliance officer, and financial manager.

Chad is currently part of the Corporate and Employee Share Scheme Manager Company

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Compliance

Ashkari Compliance Services

Ashkari Compliance Services

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Ashkari Compliance Services

Ashkari Compliance Services

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