Director & Chief Investment Officer
Michael completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Natal, following which he undertook a post-graduate degree at the London School of Economics, obtaining a Masters degree in Accounting & Finance. He started his career with Fleming Martin Stockbrokers in the United Kingdom as an assistant to the sales trading desk, before being transferred to their Johannesburg office to undertake economic research on the local economy.
In 1997 he joined Swiss Re (South Africa), later renamed Swiss Re Asset Management, as part of their global equity research team, to assume responsibility for the management of their equity portfolios in Southern Africa (totaling, at its peak, in excess of R3 billion.) Cross-skilling also ensured that he gained valuable experience in the fixed income and money markets. He moved to the Harvard House Group in 2004 after an organizational restructuring resulted in the local operations of Swiss Re Asset Management being moved to Switzerland. He has extensive experience in the asset management industry.