The 5th Annual Africa Pension Funds & Retirement Summit

In today’s fast-paced world, the pensions and retirement funds industry faces a critical challenge – ensuring a secure and sustainable retirement for all its members. Recent research shows that returns are falling short of expectations, leaving many individuals in uncertainty. To keep pension funds thriving and provide a brighter future, we must embrace innovation and redefine our investment strategies.

Join us as we embark on a transformative journey, arming you with the tools and insights to streamline your investment strategies. It’s about reducing time-to-market for innovative investments, embracing technological advancements for a competitive edge, and bolstering your data management capabilities for smarter decision-making. We’re here to boost operational efficiency and elevate performance to new heights.

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Our Conference destination:

Zanzibar is a Tanzanian archipelago off the coast of East Africa. On its main island, Unguja, familiarly called Zanzibar, is Stone Town, a historic trade center with Swahili and Islamic influences. Its winding lanes present minarets, carved doorways and 19th-century landmarks such as the House of Wonders, a former sultan’s palace. The northern villages Nungwi and Kendwa have wide beaches lined with hotels.

Hotel Verde Zanzibar - Azam Luxury Resort & Spa

Around 50km off the coast of mainland Tanzania, the cluster of islands that make up the Zanzibar archipelago are best known for spices, coral reefs and their fringes of dreamlike beaches steeped with culture and activities in historic Stone Town.

As the island’s greenest hotel, it is one of a kind. Set just outside historic Stone Town and only a mere 15 minute drive from the airport, it is the ideal location for all travel purposes; family holidays, special events, adventure or business travel. Each room offers luxury accommodation with a private balcony and ocean-facing views of the coast or the mangrove forest.

Our Speaker Line-Up

Oguche Agudah
Pension Funds Operators Association of Nigeria (PENOP)

Oguche is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Pension Fund Operators Association of Nigeria (PenOp). possessing a degree in Banking and finance from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He leads the efforts of the pension industry in Nigeria in engaging the regulators, the media, the financial markets and other stakeholders in order to ensure that the interests of the pension industry and pension operators are protected and promoted and also in ensuring that the pension industry has a positive effect on National Development

Jerry Moriarty is CEO of the IAPF which represents pension savers in Ireland. Its members are responsible for some €128bn in retirement savings and aims to ensure people in Ireland can have pensions that are secure, fair and simple. Jerry is currently Chairman on the board of PensionsEurope and chairs its Future of Pensions Working Group. Since 2018 he has been a member of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group.

Jerry Moriarty

Salum Awadh
SSC Capital

Salum Awadh is a corporate advisor, Investment banker, Public speaker, Author, VC Enthusiast, and Entrepreneur. He holds an MBA in Finance, Chartered Global Investmemt Analyst (CGIA), USA, and certification in Islamic finance and banking with Charted Institute of Management of Accountant -UK, CIMA (Islamic Capital Markets), Professional Certificate In Capital Investment Techniques with Metropolitan School of Business and Management UK, Securing investment returns in the long run by University of Geneva, and Innovation Finance from University of Cape Town. He was recently appointed by the President of United Republic of Tanzania as the Chairman of Cereals and Other Produce Board in Tanzania and is the CEO of SSC Capital, a corporate advisory, investment banking and financial services firm.

Kim Robinson, Consultant, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, assists pension funds and asset managers to recover when there is loss due to alleged fraud.  She is a Harvard educated attorney, Fulbright Scholar, commercial mediator accredited in South Africa and the United Kingdom, and a Certified Ethics Officer with the Ethics Institute of South Africa.  She is also CEO of Renaissance Strategic Solutions, a Johannesburg based consulting firm.

While an Associate at Morgan Lewis (then McCutchen Doyle), she second chaired and successfully represented the plaintiff in The Utility Consumers’ Action Network v. Pacific Bell where the court awarded $24 million in damages.

Ms. Robinson’s experience in South Africa dates from 1991 when she was a Human Rights Intern at the law firm of Smith, Tabata, Inc. 

Kim Robinson
Renaissance Strategic Solutions

Richard Firth
MIP Holdings

A stalwart of the South African technology industry, Firth’s successful software engineering career has spanned many roles. He has held numerous board positions, chaired the Board of Governors at a private local school for girls, he provides mentorship for technology start-ups and acted as an advisor to a NASDAQ-listed multinational software and database company.   

Firth is the Chairman and CEO of MIP Holdings, a South African Fintech that supplies administration systems to the financial services industry, with customers like Sanlam, Hollard, Investec, Capitec, Standard Bank, PPS and Legalwise.  MIP’s systems cover the lives of some 24 million beneficiaries in South Africa with a staff compliment of more than 600 people.

Richard is an advisor to a South African start-up called Matric Live which is a multifunctional education app that is reinventing the way pupils learn by making learning contextual, visual and not just theoretical. Matric Live currently have more than 400,000 South African learners using the platform.

Finally, in 2023, Richard was nominated by the Gauteng Government as one of their 365 Men of the year Awards for being a positive role model and asset to the country.

Tim is a passionate believer that Africa has the capacity to solve her own challenges through technology-driven solutions. It’s upon this premise that he developed FundMaster from scratch, an innovative world-class ERP for the African Pensions Industry. For over 24 years, Tim has been at the forefront of driving innovation and providing tailored solutions for the African pensions market, by combining local insights with world-class technology. His extensive experience, underscores his proficiency in navigating the complexities of the pension sector and collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders, including governments, social security organizations, central banks, insurance companies and diversified financial institutions, and other key players.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Financial Management (FAAFM), a Chartered Pensions Analyst Manager (CPAM), Certified Business Analyst, Certified Project Manager (PRINCE2 Practitioner), Certified Database Administrator and a seasoned Enterprise Software Developer.

Tim is the Co-founder and Chief Commercial Officer of Systech Limited (, a Pan-African enterprise software development house that specializes in Retirement Benefits technology solutions. Tim and his team at Systech Limited are making significant strides in revolutionizing retirement benefits technology across the continent.

Timothy Mukoba
Systech Limited

Dr. Marcel Jeucken
SustFin B.V.

Aakash Misra
Insurance & Pensions – Authorisation & Supervision

Adv. Thuleleni Mbhansa
Momentum Corporate (Legal Services)

Tiaan Bazuin
Namibian Stock Exchange

Sundeep Raichura
Zamara Group

Amanda Khoza
Institute of Retirement Funds Africa

Geraldine Fowler
Institute of Retirement Funds Africa

Wayne Hiller Van Rensburg
Pension Matters

Prof. Dana Muir
University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Issaka Ibrahim
Metropolitan Pension Trust Ghana

Tunji Andrews

Tunji is a highly skilled economist, entrepreneur, and committed financial inclusion advocate on a mission to create dedicated financial offerings for Africa’s underserved informal sector.  As an economist, he has over 15 years of experience in public and private sector roles across West Africa to include being senior special assistant to the statistician general of Nigeria and Consultant to the European Union under the EU SUFEGOR Project. He is currently CEO of AWABAH, a digital Pension Platform for Africa’s workforce

Nancy is the Head of Legal for DSY EB & Invest. She is responsible for the legal & compliance and tax have extremely good work relationship with SARS, FSCA&NT and she is actively involved with the regulators when it comes to aligning the law and pension and tax practices. She was twice the past President of the Pension Lawyers Association of South Africa. She a member of the IRFA Legal and Tax Committee and the Chairperson of the Tax committee. She served as a trustee and the PO on a number of boards with her past employees.

Nancy Andrews
Discovery Invest & Discovery Employee Benefits

Semoli Mokhanoi
Mergence Investment Managers

Semoli started his career with Momentum Actuaries and Consultants in 2001 as a fund accountant, later promoted to investment consultant. In 2006 he joined Metropolitan Asset Management as a business development manager. In 2008 he joined SYm|mETRY Multi Managers (now Old Mutual Multi Managers) as a business development executive. His successes include setting up Old Mutual Life Assurance company of South Africa (OMLACSA) in Lesotho, introducing a partnership between Old Mutual Kenya and the government of Uganda and designing an administration strategy for the Government of Malawi through Old Mutual Malawi. Semoli serves on several boards as a non-executive director and continues to apply his entrepreneurial skills to penetrate the African market as Regional Investments Strategist for Mergence.

Anthea Gardner is a rare breed of fund manager who has worked across both equity and fixed income asset classes, delta one and optionality product, locally and abroad. She returned to South Africa from the UK and Tunisia in 2013 and started Cartesian Capital in January 2014, where she is the Fixed Income and Hedge Fund manager, while overseeing the Balanced Funds and Corporate Cash Management Solution. She is the author of bestselling finance book, “Make your Money Work for You”, which was recently converted into an audiobook. She is a shareholder and director of Inyosi Empowerment Group and member of the renewables energy investment committee for Revego Fund. Anthea holds a first class pass for her master’s research thesis on Derivative Option Pricing. She is a keen sportsperson having completed a number of long-distance triathlons including an Ironman. Anthea is an avid reader of biographies and history, and has a penchant for philosophy. There can be no doubt why she called her business Cartesian Capital; named after the French philosopher and mathematician, René Descartes, who famously said: “I think, therefore I am”; and whose mathematical legacy includes the Cartesian Plane and superscripts (xy).

Anthea Gardner
Cartesian Capital

Kenichiro Ono
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management

Mr. Ono has over 30 years of experience in the asset management business industry. He is responsible for mainly developing in-house sustainable investment policy and promoting sustainable investment and addressing regulations of ESG. He has abundant experience of chief PM of equity passive strategy for 20 years over as well as equity analyst. He has been using his knowledge and skill to develop sustainable investments area and utilises his broad experience as a PM to engage in discussion with asset owners on the upscaling of sustainable investment. In addition, he engages with stock exchanges and index providers. For example, He is a member of the Japan Stock Exchange Index Advisory Panel and discusses about Japan Stock Exchange indexes like TOPIX and ESG indexes with them. He is also a Chartered Member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan(CMA), a Certified International Investment Analyst (CIIA).

Samiha is a Financial, Tax and Management Consultant with over 8 years of multi-industry experience in providing top level financial and sustainable management consulting to corporate and ‘not for profit’ firms, nationally and internationally.

She has served clients from a variety of sectors; Hospitality, Tourism, Technology, Media, Telecommunications, Energy (renewables, oil & gas), Consumer Business, Transport and Manufacturing.  She leads corporate engagements ranging from national audits to large finance transformation and organizational improvement projects, often coordinating cross-cultural teams.

Being resident and professional in Zanzibar, she is ideally placed to bridge the logistic gap between foreign investors and investment opportunities available. In 2022 she has assisted strategic investors place over $100m on the island.

Samiha specializes in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Investigation, conducting Forensic Audits for large organizations globally, in public and private sectors.

She is a board member of the Zanzibar National Chamber of Commerce and works with other associations to promote women, youth and sustainability in business in the private sector in Zanzibar

Samiha Ali
Sazali Consultancy