Ben joined Sanlam investments as CEO Alternatives in June 2016 with the responsibility of managing the Alternative Businesses which comprise Single Manager Hedge Funds, Direct Property, Private Equity and Africa Investments (Listed Equity, Credit and Real Estate).
Ben joined Sanlam from STANLIB where he was Managing Director of Africa and responsible for leading and directing STANLIB’s asset management expansion into the continent. STANLIB has direct presence in Namibia, Swaziland, Lesotho, Botswana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan and Ghana. He fulfilled this role after managing the Asset Management businesses which comprised of all the investment franchises as well as Institutional Distribution.
Ben also spent a decade as a senior executive with Old Mutual primarily as Managing Director of their Property business and led the company through its most significant growth phase from 2004 to 2012. He also worked as General Manager in their Employee Benefits Investment services as well as Head of Strategy, Distribution and Marketing for the Old Mutual Investment Group.
Prior to Old Mutual Ben was actively involved in the Investment management industry as Chief Investment Officer of the African Harvest Fund Managers Growth team, having previously been a founder member and Head of Investments at Prodigy Asset Management. Ben started his career at Liberty Asset Management and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.
Ben is a Director of Sphere Holdings, a past Chairman of Wesgro and SA Corporate Real Estate Fund and past President of the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA).