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Clifford Warren - Chairman & Founder

Cliff Warren initially trained as an auditor and accountant with Ernst & Young in Johannesburg, South Africa, and then became a partner in a tax consulting practice.  He has been consultant and partner to a number of institutions.

Cliff (a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Skybound Group), was both Founder and Managing Director of Blue Ink Investments (Pty) Ltd. He also acted as a Director and member of the Investment Committee of Legae Capital.

After the sale of Blue Ink Investments and Grenfell,  Cliff Warren established the Skybound Group. He served as an executive member of the Financial Services Board’s Legal & Regulatory Affairs Committee for seven years and has been a member of the International Tax Planning Association for many years.

Besides performing an active role on the Investment Management team, Cliff is involved in the development of Skybound’s global business initiatives. Given that over the last 25 years he has developed a far-reaching network and knowledge infrastructure, Cliff intends to leverage off his experience and hopes to concentrate on developing a successful international presence.

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Dr Gao Jian

Dr Gao Jian draws on his experience as a Senior Economist to advise clients on China’s financial sector and economic development. From 2003 to 2012, Dr Gao served as the Executive Vice Governor of the China Development Bank (CDB).

Dr Gao previously held a number of important positions in China’s Ministry of Finance, including Director General of the Department of Laws and Regulations, before moving to the CDB in 1998.

Dr Gao is regarded as the founder of China’s securities market and a major innovator of China’s debt capital market. In recognition of his leading role in developing China’s financial sector, China’s State Council awarded Dr Gao the honour of “Special Contributor” in 1999.

In addition to his government career, Dr Gao has been a Guest Professor at a number of Chinese and American universities, and he is the author of eleven books on Chinese economic and financial issues.

Dr Gao graduated from the Graduate School of Political Science and Law and earned a Doctorate in Finance from the Institute of Financial Sciences of China’s Ministry of Finance. He completed post-doctoral studies in the Department of Economics at Harvard University.

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Conrad Amm - Director: Fund Management

Conrad has a B.Bus.Sc Finance honours degree, majoring in Economics and Finance, from the University of Cape Town. He has over 19 years of relevant investment and business experience in South Africa and abroad. Prior to joining Skybound Capital in March 2010, Conrad was a Director of Blue Ink Investments and was a member of their Investment Committee for more than 10 years. He is currently a Director of Skybound Capital, a member of their Investment Committee and is actively involved in business development.

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Theodore Qi Shou - Group Chief Investment Officer

Theodore joined Skybound in 2011 and acts as International Chief Investment Officer. With a background in academia in China. Theodore started his finance career at HSBC, where he was mostly involved in manager selection and portfolio construction. He also had experience and success in managing multi-asset portfolios for individual clients and family offices. He worked in London, New York, Geneva and Hong Kong. Theodore holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics. He is a CFA Charterholder and a CAIA Charterholder.
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Lee Dalley - Director: Business Development

Lee Dalley has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and over 15 years of relevant experience. Prior to joining Skybound Capital, Lee was a Director of Blue Ink Investments and headed up the South African asset management division.  He has had extensive experience in dealing with some of South Africa’s largest pension funds, managing their assets. He is a member of the Investment Committee and is actively involved in business development.

 

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Bridgitt Brink - Head of Corporate Affairs

Bridgitt holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She has gained international experience within both the financial services and management consulting sectors. Initially, working at PwC and then with KPMG, in London.  Bridgitt joined Blue Ink Investments (Pty) Ltd in 2000 working directly with the Managing Director of the company. She currently deals with the legal, regulatory and compliance affairs of Skybound, as well as corporate structuring and various estate planning structures.

 

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Dave Rundle - Director: Business Development

Cape Town born Dave Rundle was educated at St Stithians, where he excelled at cricket, squash, rugby, tennis and athletics leading to his selection for Transvaal and SA Schools cricket and squash. His cricket career continued with representation at Western Province (1984-1997) and for the Springbok, (now the Protea) side. In addition to attaining a
B. Economics from Stellenbosch University in 1988, Dave obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of Free State in 2008 and is currently working on his Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. In June 1995, along with his late father, Ron Rundle and Rob Baillie, he formed Rundle Management Services. In a recent merger with Skybound, Dave is driven to enhance the private client’s experience with Skybound.

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Rob Baillie - Director: Business Development

Rob was educated at St Georges Prep in Port Elizabeth and Bishops, from where he matriculated. His working experience has seen him involved with Barclays Bank, Santam Corporate and International Division, leaving when he was appointed Treasury Manager at Fidelity Bank. He has served at BOE, Capital & Asset Management Company, Accuma and a Cape of Good Hope Bank, until 1995 when he joined Rundle Management Services. A recent merger with Skybound has seen Rob involved in the business development side of the business and client relationships.
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Tawanda Makurumidze - Group Financial Controller

Tawanda is a Bachelor of Commerce graduate majoring in Accounting. He joined Skybound in 2014 after several years post completion of his Articles of Clerkship in the Auditing, Assurance and Taxation industry, where he gained invaluable experience. Tawanda has a keen interest in Commerce with a specific focus in Finance.

 

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Matthew Pearce - Marketing, Communication & Business Development

Matt graduated from the University of Cape Town with a degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology and a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing. A freelance sports journalist while studying, his career took an unexpected turn when he was appointed the first editor of Golf Digest magazine and went on to take over the editorship of SA Sports Illustrated, before taking up marketing and senior management positions at Dimension Data, Ramsay Media and the Pam Golding Property Group. His passion for sport and media has resulted in being contracted by SuperSport as a leading commentator and presenter on rugby and golf, while his passion for business and networking has found a suitable home at Skybound Capital.
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Nico Breed - Director: Chief Financial Officer

Nico completed his B Compt degree in 1995, majoring in Accounting Science and a B Com Honours degree majoring in Applied Accounting and Taxation. Nico is an Associate of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has a keen interest in the Financial Markets and is an admitted member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Over the past 17 years, he has held various financial positions and served as a Director on several boards. He joined Skybound as the Group’s Financial Director in 2008.
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Devon Olander - Head of Operations & Lead Prism Manager

Devon Olander completed a B. Com in Financial Planning from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. He joined Skybound in 2010 and has performed various roles such as fund administration, fund accounting, research analytics while incorporating various hedging strategies within the Skybound funds. Devon has been appointed as the lead manager on the Prism Fund and currently works in close collaboration with the structuring and ongoing management of the strategy. Devon fulfils the roles of Fund Manager for Skybound Capital Limited and a Director of Skybound Capital (Bermuda) Ltd.
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Ji Zhenyong

JI, Zhenyong received his Master’s Degree in Law (Civil Law & Commercial Law) in 2008. From 2008 to 2015, he worked his way up from Project Manager to Managing Director of China Investment Securities Corp. Ltd, which is a subsidiary of Central Huijin Investment Ltd, China’s state-owned investment company. With a wonderfully integrated competence in both law and finance, JI provided excellent services to his clients and was intimately involved with many very successful deals related to M&A, IPO, and PE across China.
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Jeremy Thorpe - Director: Australia

Having graduated from the University of Natal, Jeremy acts as a Lawyer and Director for various companies specialising in corporate finance, private equity and consumer credit. Based in Brisbane, he consults to Jewell Moore Chartered Accountants and is on the Board of the National Credit Providers Association Limited; where he also heads up the Skybound office in Australia.