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 & CEOJean Pierre commenced his career in 2005 as a financial manager in the insurance services environment and in 2006 he gained experience as an internal auditor in Standard Bank’s retail banking division. He joined Melville Douglas Investment Management in 2007 where he was employed as a portfolio manager, responsible for the discretionary management of individual equity portfolios. He went on to become part of the award-winning team at 36ONE Asset Management from 2010 to 2016 and partnered with Fairtree Asset Management thereafter to launch the Protea range of hedge funds. In 2019, he founded Protea Capital Management as a stand-alone investment management business. Since 2015, Jean Pierre also serves as an independent non-executive director at Capitec Bank, where he is chairman of the audit committee.
Edrich Jansen - M.Com. (Financial Management Sciences), P.G.Dip. (Financial Planning)
Head: Business DevelopmentBefore pursuing a career in the financial services industry, Edrich followed another passion of his – golf. After a successful amateur career, he played professionally from 2003 until 2010, both locally and internationally. In 2010 he made the decision to change careers and study towards a master’s degree in Financial Management Sciences. He was employed as a research assistant in 2015 by the University of Pretoria, conducting research in the field of behavioural finance and decision-making. He joined FIRSTGLOBAL Asset Management in 2016 as an investment fund analyst and was a member of the investment committee, which was responsible for fund manager selection and monitoring. Edrich joined Protea Capital Management in 2019.
Willem le Roux - B.Com. Honours (Financial Risk Management)
Head: OperationsAfter obtaining his B.Com. Honours degree in Financial Risk Management at the University of Stellenbosch, Willem started his financial services career as a Sales Support Analyst at MSCI in 2013. Willem moved to Contego Asset Management in 2014, where he was a Quantitative Investment Analyst and member of the investment committee. In 2016, he joined Sharenet, where he held various roles before being appointed Group COO in 2017. In 2019, Willem was involved in a system implementation project at Fairtree Asset Management, followed by a short hiatus in China. Willem joined Protea Capital Management in 2020.
Shinhye Chang - Ph.D. (Economics), M.Com. (Econometrics), B.Com. (Statistics)
Senior Data ScientistOriginally from South Korea, Shinhye made South Africa her home in 2010. Her interest in numbers led to degrees in Statistics and Econometrics. She won the prize for the best Econometrics student and was the recipient of the Dean’s List award during her master’s studies. In 2014, Shinhye was appointed as an assistant lecturer at the University of Pretoria. In 2016, she joined an intellectual property law firm while studying towards a doctorate, which she obtained in 2018. Her dissertation focused on the dynamic relationship between key macroeconomic variables and income inequality. She enjoys practising yoga to maintain a balanced lifestyle and is a certified yoga instructor. Shinhye joined Protea Capital Management in 2020.
Richard Cheesman – B.Sc. (Actuarial), CFA
Senior AnalystRichard represented South Africa overseas as a semi-professional card player during high school and university. He obtained a B.Sc. Financial and Actuarial Science degree from the University of Pretoria in 2006, before starting within the Standard Bank Group on a graduate program. Richard moved into the investment industry in 2008 and began managing discretionary equity portfolios. From 2011 to 2019 he worked at Investec as a senior investment analyst focusing on a wide variety of sectors and strategies. Richard joined Protea Capital Management in 2019.
Cecile Hechter – B.Com. Honours (Investment Management)
Client Services & Marketing LiaisonCecile 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.