Morningstar® Investment Conference

15 October, 2019 | Cape Town International Convention Centre

Morningstar presents the latest developments on financial advice from the industry’s top minds. Discover new perspectives on the market and ideas to put into practice.

2018 Speakers

The conference brings together some of the financial industry's top minds. 2019 speakers will be announced soon.

Nic Andrew

Nedgroup Investments

Nic completed his articles at Deloitte and Touche. In 1999, he joined Nedcor Investment Bank and later became Head of Investments. Following the merger between BoE and Nedcor, Nic was appointed Head of Nedgroup Investments.

Hortense Bioy


Director of Passive Strategies and Sustainability Research. Hortense leads a team that provides independent research on ETFs and index funds domiciled in Europe. Since 2017, her responsibilities have expanded to include Sustainable Fund Research.

Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser

Alexander Forbes Group

Anne spent 32 yrs managing pension fund assets in North America, Japan and EMEA. In 1992, she pioneered the development of the multi-manager management approach of pension fund management that has become the hallmark of theindustry today.


Alida De Swardt

RMI Investment Managers

Alida assumed the role of CEO in March 2018. She started her career at RMB in 1999 as part of the derivative structuring business where she was responsible for establishing the institutional structuring business and financial markets research team.

Stephen Grootes

SAfm Sunrise

Has been reporting on analysing South African politics since the mid-2000s. He currently presents SAfm Sunrise and is also a political writer at The Daily Maverick website, which broke the Gupta Emails story last year.

Dan Kemp

Investment Management group, Morningstar

CIO for Morningstar Investment Management, EMEA. Dan has 19 years’ experience in research, investment management and investment consulting and has managed a wide variety of portfolios, specialising in multi-asset risk graded products. 


Tamryn Lamb

Allan Gray

Tamryn relocated to Cape Town in 2012, joining institutional client services. After a few years of jointly heading that team and the Orbis client servicing effort, she assumed the responsibility for retail distribution in early 2018.

Guy Monson

Sarasin & Partners

He has pioneered the use of thematic investment in the management of global equity portfolios and today manages the Sarasin Global Opportunities fund as well as leading the firm’s investment strategy.

Tal Nieburg

Morningstar South Africa

Tal is Managing Director for Morningstar in South Africa. Responsible for strategy, operations and delivery for all of Morningstar’s business lines in the South African market.


Victoria Reuvers

Investment Management group, Morningstar

As Senior Portfolio Manager, Victoria is responsible for leveraging Morningstar’s global investment capabilities to provide best practice investment consulting and portfolio construction services for clients.


Sangeeth Sewnath

Investec Asset Management

Sangeeth is the deputy managing director of the Africa Client Group and has been with Investec Asset Management since 2000. He is responsible for the strategic direction of the business and several of our key client relationships.


Willem van der Post


CEO and founder of xTech.Capital, Willem illuminates the age of technology and capital megatrends that are reshaping the business landscape, and uncovers disruption opportunities in partnership with global corporate clients. 

Eugene Visagie

Investment Management group, Morningstar

Currently a portfolio specialist at Morningstar. Eugene has extensive experience in manager research and financial markets. He is a qualified Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM).


2019 Agenda Coming Soon






FinTech Innovation and MiFID II: Value Generation for Investors

Paolo Sironi, IBM Industry Academy, and Author, IBM Watson Financial Services

FinTech innovation is the opportunity to master a global shift in financial services, as business models are due to transform from transactional revenues to the offering of added-value propositions under MiFID II. The capability to create client-centric digital platforms will divide winners from laggards in the digital era, all based on artificial intelligence to augment the added-value role of intermediaries and clients’ capability to make financial decisions. This shift is not easy and success requires to look beyond disruptive innovation toward sustaining innovation, centred on the the digitisation of knowledge, while digital payments are the new entrants’ gateway to the banking relationships centred on personal journeys and experiences. We will provide constructive criticism to the fintech ecosystem and learn which products or solutions will ultimately justify the fees.


Investing With Style

Andreas Zoellinger, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, Blackrock / Fiona Frick, Chief Executive, Unigestion / Francisco García-Paramé, Founder, Cobas AM / Muna Abu-Habsa, Director, Ratings, Manager Research EMEA & Asia, Morningstar

In the last years selecting the right investment style (growth or value; large or small) has been critical to the returns delivered. Three outstanding stock investors with different strategies and different styles come together to discuss their views on style investing and explain their underlying strategy. They will talk about where they see value in today’s market and how they are positioning their portfolios accordingly.


Coffee Break


Introducing Morningstar MQR and Efficacy

Timothy Strauts, Director of Quantitative Research, Morningstar


Best Investment Ideas in Equities

Edwin Walczak, Portfolio Manager/Senior Research Analyst and Managing Director, Vontobel Asset Management / Isabel Levy, Co-Founder, METROPOLE / Gestion Fernando Bernad, Partner and Portfolio Manager, azValor Asset Management / Fernando Luque, Senior Financial Editor, Morningstar

Renowned fund managers will share their views on where they see opportunities in Europe. They will discuss their strategies on how to select the best companies and what are the most attractive sectors. The panelists will also discuss why European markets have underperformed other markets in the recent past and if this may change in the near future.


Cocktail Lunch


ESG and Carbon: Delivering Better Investor Outcomes

Steven Smit, Head of Sustainability, Morningstar

With the tremendous growth of global sustainable assets and increased importance to incorporate ESG into the investment process, managing a portfolio’s ESG characteristics is becoming more important. Likewise, climate change presents one of the biggest economic and political challenges of the 21st century, according to the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.


Navigating the Fixed Income Space

Suzanne Hutchins, Portfolio Manager and Team Leader, Newton Investment / Paul Read, Fixed Interest Team Co-leader, Invesco / Rob Drijkoningen, Managing Director, Neuberger Berman / Ashis Dash, Associate Director, Fixed Income Strategies, Morningstar

Bond fund managers grapple with a challenging future given an uncertain central banks’ policy going forward. How to invest in today’s fixed income markets where rates have a high possibility to go up? Three fund managers will share their views on how to manage this investment risk and where they find value in the bond markets.


Making Sense of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Lawrence Johnson, SVP & Head of Fintech Engagement, Morningstar

Cape Town

Welcome to Cape Town

Filled with natural wonders, art and a variety of cultures, Cape Town really is a unique city. Explore beyond the Table Mountain National Park and experience landscapes you’ve never seen before.

Where You’ll Stay

Based at the Century City Conference Centre, you’ll be located close to the Century City Square, which hosts a variety of restaurants for you to enjoy.

Cape Town International Convention Centre
Convention Square
1 Lower Long Street
Cape Town 8001

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Be a visible part of the MIC experience by becoming a sponsor. It’s about more than attendees seeing your company’s logo—it’s an effective way to reach decision makers. 

Exhibit Hall: Hall D

Network with people from more than 15 asset management firms. Morningstar experts will be on hand, too—ready to answer questions.

  • KEELEY Funds
  • Legg Mason Global Asset Management
  • Leuthold Funds
  • Litman Gregory
  • Longleaf Partners
  • Loomis, Sayles & Company, L.P.
  • Mainstay Investments
  • Mairs & Power
  • Matthews Asia
  • MFS Investment Management
  • Miller / Howard Investments
  • Modestspark
  • Moerus Capital Management, LLC
  • Morgan Stanley Investment Management
  • Neuberger Berman
  • NextShares Solutions, LLC
  • Nuveen

See you at the conference