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Thobela Mfeti

South Africa & University of Cape Town, 2012

Thobela is a Manager Research Analyst at Professional Provident Society Investments (PPSI). She is responsible for qualitative and quantitative analysis of different investment strategies considered and monitored by the Research and Investments team. She is also responsible for and drives the team’s strategy on transformed asset managers. Among other things, she has been instrumental in developing and documenting the team’s due diligence processes and communicating the team’s objectives to different stakeholders.

Prior to PPS, she spent about a year at Matrix Fund Managers as a Business Development Analyst where she facilitated the implementation of business development and marketing strategies, including but not limited to redesigning company’s communication outputs (emails, factsheets), presenting to clients and preparing client packs. She started her investment career at Glacier by Sanlam as a Junior Investment Analyst and was promoted to an Analyst after 3 years. Over and above qualitative and quantitative analysis of different investment strategies across different ASISA categories, she developed and managed a couple investment publications. She also published several investment and financial literacy articles in publications such as the financial mail, CNBC Africa and Bloemfontein Courant. Thobela is passionate about personal finance, in her spare time, she runs a YouTube Channel called “Ezakwamkhozi” where she discusses day to day financial matters and make market information palatable for non-finance professionals.

As Mandela Rhodes Scholar, Thobela completed her BCom Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management in 2013. She is a TSiBA Education undergraduate with a Bachelor’s Business Administration degree. She was recognised as Mail & Guardian Top 200 young South African in the Civil Society category in 2012 for her work in “18Twenty8” (2010 -2012), a Women-led Non-Profit Organisation that empowers young women, from disadvantaged backgrounds.\

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