Our People


Brad Koen

Brad Koen has over 25 years experience in emerging markets, in particular Africa. Brad spent the majority of his career as Global Head of Global Markets covering Fixed Income, Currencies, Commodities and Equities, for Africa’s largest bank, Standard Bank, initially in Johannesburg followed by a 10 year stint in London. In this role, Brad was responsible for building Standard Bank’s global businesses in Sales and Trading, Debt Capital Markets and Securitization, across a footprint of 30 countries including 17 in Africa. Brad then went on to build the Bank’s sector coverage teams in Mining & Metals, Power & Infrastructure, Telecoms and Media and Financial Institutions as part of a strategic initiative to move Standard Bank from a product centric to a client centric model before leaving in late 2011 to co-found African Alpha Investment Partners.


Rupert Boyd

Rupert Boyd has worked in the financial services sector for 30 years. For 25 of those he worked for Citigroup, Morgan Stanley and Standard Bank group with responsibilities in Fixed Income, Foreign Exchange, Equity and Derivatives before moving to Investment Banking and Advisory. In addition to building Fixed Income, Equity Derivative and Foreign Exchange operations across Africa, Rupert has spent much of the last decade advising governments, corporations and financial institutions on doing business across the continent. In 2012 he co founded African Alpha Investment Partners and sits on the boards of a number of African focused companies. In particular, Rupert has extensive contacts across the global investment community.


John Austen

john austenJohn has served as a divisional director of a listed insurance brokerage and services company. He founded and headed up their Financial Markets division and moved on to spear-head their Integrated Risk Solutions company as COO. He was then appointed as Managing Director for several divisions within the company which were then the broker to the likes of the JSE, SAFEX, Bond Exchange, STRATE and others.

Lars Forssman

Lars-ForssmanLars recently left a Public Insurance Company as an Executive Board Member. He served as an executive in a listed brokerage where amongst his various responsibilities as business development, management of binders and niche businesses. He also served as the president of the Insurance Institute of Gauteng in 2007 and thereby displayed a strong commitment to the insurance industry.


Jame Skuse

Jame worked in London for two years as a Fund Accountant at a Japanese and an American Investment Bank. He then trained Financial Advisors on Investments before starting at Southern Cross where he is currently the Head of Liabilities and Investments. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst.