Due to the above-average long-term returns generated by the Partnership, sufficient wealth was created to seed the Protea range of hedge funds, which allowed members of the public to invest with us. The first Protea hedge fund available to the general public was launched in partnership with an established asset manager during 2016. The launch of two additional Protea hedge funds followed in 2017, and in 2019 we formally started operating as a stand-alone investment management business after the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) granted our Financial Service Provider (FSP) licence, number 49796.
Today, we continue to partner with our clients by investing alongside them in the funds under our management, thereby aligning our own interests with theirs.
Our name is a reference to our roots – the Protea is the national flower of South Africa.
Jean Pierre Verster - CA(SA), CFA, CAIA
Founder & CEO
Edrich Jansen - M.Com. (Financial Management Sciences), P.G.Dip. (Financial Planning)
Head: Business Development
Willem le Roux - B.Com. Honours (Financial Risk Management)
Shinhye Chang - Ph.D. (Economics), M.Com. (Econometrics), B.Com. (Statistics)
Senior Data Scientist
Richard Cheesman – B.Sc. (Actuarial), CFA
Cecile Hechter – B.Com. Honours (Investment Management)
Client Services & Marketing Liaison
Cecile excelled on the hockey field at school, attaining provincial colours. She takes pride in accomplishing the goals she sets for herself and completed a B.Com. Investment Management degree at the University of Pretoria in 2018, and a B.Com. Honours degree in the same field at the University of Johannesburg in 2019. Driven by a keen interest in business and client relations, she plans on furthering her education towards the CFA qualification in the next few years. Cecile joined Protea Capital Management in 2020.