Jersey Finance is delighted to invite you to its South Africa Funds Masterclass: Trends in Fund Domiciliation and Capital Raising. 

In 2020, and in partnership with African Business magazine, we launched a new report entitled ‘South African Fund Managers: Trends in Fund Domiciliation and Capital Raising’. Surveying more than 60 LPs and GPs operating in jurisdictions worldwide, and with a connection to South African managers, this independently commissioned research explored the emerging trends for fund domiciliation and capital raising, particularly as a route for private equity impact investing into the wider African continent.

Following on from launch of the report, this webinar will look back at some of the key findings from the research and explore the potential impacts and considerations for funds managers and investors in 2021 and beyond.

As well as hearing updates from Tanya Van Lill, CEO at Southern African Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SAVCA), and Dr Desné Masie, Chief Strategist at IC Intelligence (and author of the research), the audience will hear the views and insightful analysis from a panel of leading industry experts.

For more information, please contact a member of our Events Team below.


Allan Wood › Global Head of Business Development
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Born in Liverpool, Allan has more than 25 years’ financial service experience in Jersey and the UK.

As Global Head of Business Development, Allan is responsible for overseeing the promotion of Jersey as a leading international finance centre across key strategic overseas markets including Africa, the Gulf region, Asia, the US and the UK.

Allan joined Jersey Finance in 2015 as Business Development Director, before being promoted to Regional Head – West, where he was responsible for overseeing the Africa, US and UK markets.

Prior to Jersey Finance, Allan spent five years with Barclays in Jersey, where he was Vice President and leader of the Jersey International business within Barclays Wealth & Investment Management division. Before this, he spent 20 years with Royal Bank of Scotland.

A keen runner in his spare time, Allan successfully completed the London Marathon in 2014 and 2016, while he is also Chairman of The Grace Crocker Family Support Foundation, a Director of Jersey 2 Africa 4 Football Foundation, and an advisor to the Cherie Blair Foundation’s 100,000 Women Campaign Board.

Elliot re-joined Jersey Finance in November 2018 from Crestbridge where he managed their Management Company Services Group.

Elliot is focussed on defining strategy and execution of marketing Jersey as both a domicile and destination for Hedge and Private Equity Management Companies and Funds.

Elliot moved to Jersey in 2006 to establish a Macro strategy Hedge Fund under the Ermitage umbrella for whom he also seeded other Macro / CTA strategy Hedge Funds.

Elliot founded the Jersey Hedge Fund Managers Group aimed at linking the growing community of local Managers and is a committee member of the Jersey Funds Association and the BVCA Channel Islands working group.

Dr Desné Masie

Dr Desné Masie Chief Strategist, IC Intelligence

Dr Desné Masie is an economist and thought leader in international financial markets, specialising in investment funds, technology, regulation and policy. She has held senior roles in academia, media and finance in the UK and South Africa. She is the chief strategist and founding partner at strategic advisory firm, IC Intelligence. Dr Masie is also the editorial director of the African Business magazine and podcast, and a columnist for Business Day. In London, she has been a senior associate in financial services at Global Counsel; the director of the Investec Investment Institute; and the corporate relations manager of the Royal African Society. In Johannesburg, she was a senior editor of the Financial Mail and a consultant at Alexander Forbes Group, South Africa's largest investment multi-manager. Dr Masie holds a PhD in Accounting & Finance from The University of Edinburgh Business School and an MSc in Finance & Financial Law from The University of London, SOAS.

Rob Hersov

Rob Hersov Chairman, Invest Africa

Robert Hersov, 60, is a South African/UK entrepreneur, senior executive and private investor currently based in Cape Town (after 30+ years in the US, Europe and mainly the UK). He currently serves as chairman (and founder) of Invest Africa, chairman (and founder) of African Capital Investments, chairman of Alternative Capital (and founder), chairman/CEO of the S-Group (100% owner and founder), and deputy chairman of the VistaJet advisory board. Hersov’s grandfather, Bob Hersov, founded AngloVaal, one of Southern Africa’s largest mining and industrial companies, which his father, Basil Hersov, ran from 1973 to 2001. Rob has been a member of many public and private boards and founded and owns companies in the aviation, resource, media/marketing, member network and finance sectors. He has been focused in the last decade on investing in Africa, a continent close to his heart given his upbringing and family ties.

Tanya van Lill

Tanya van Lill Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SAVCA)

Tanya joined SAVCA in March 2017, after a rewarding 10-year career at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) with her last role being Director of Academic Programmes where she also served on the board of the Executive MBA Council (EMBAC), an international academic association that represents the Executive MBA industry. Tanya is passionate about human and organisational development. During her time as a learning and development specialist focusing on management and leadership development, Tanya gained valuable experience working with various companies across a wide range of sectors. She holds an MBA and Post-Graduate Diploma from GIBS where her MBA research focused on methods to develop a global mindset. Tanya also holds a BCom Informatics and Honours in Business Management from UNISA. Tanya is also passionate about developing the private equity and venture capital sector in Southern Africa.

Graeme Rate

Graeme Rate Country Head, South Africa and Malta, Sanne

Graeme joined Sanne in 2016. As Country Head for South Africa and Malta, Graeme’s role is to oversee Sanne's strategic direction, management and activity, in both jurisdictions. This includes responsibility for all business activity including business development and service delivery to clients. Graeme has over 20 years’ experience in the Alternative Asset industry in a number of varied roles. Prior to Sanne, he was Deputy CEO of IDS Fund Services, the legacy business acquired by Sanne, with responsibility for Private Funds, Regulated funds and Middle Office services. For 6 years prior to joining IDS, he was CEO of a Stockbroking and Alternative Administration business. Earlier in his career, Graeme held a number of different roles from Financial Manager to COO of a Fund Management business.



8.00 am

Welcome and Introduction:

  • Allan Wood, Global Head of Business Development, Jersey Finance


  • Tanya Van Lill, Chief Executive Officer, Southern African Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SAVCA)
8.05 am
8.20 am

Report Overview:

  • Desné Masie, Chief Strategist, IC Intelligence (and author of the report, South African Fund Managers: Trends in Fund Domiciliation and Capital Raising)

Panel Discussion:

  • Moderator: Rob Hersov, Chairman, Invest Africa
  • Graeme Rate, Country Head – South Africa and Malta, Sanne Group
  • Jan Bosch, Managing Partner, Salt Capital
  • Natalie Kolbe, Partner, Actis
  • Elliot Refson, Head of Funds, Jersey Finance
8.35 am
9.15 am



Events Ends

9.30 am
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