Director & Portfolio Manager
Willie Pelser grew up in Frankfort in the Free State. After matriculating he obtained an M.Com Econometrics degree from the former Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg. Willie started his career in 1991 as an economist with the Transnet Group. He joined the Industrial Development Corporation in 1994 with responsibility for macro-economic planning and forecasting. After a short stint with BOE NatWest Securities, where he was responsible for Fixed Income research and strategy, Willie joined Swiss Re Asset Management in 1997. He formed part of the global fixed income team responsible for the management of the fixed income and money market portfolios (R2.5 billion) for the Southern Africa region and assisted in the equity process. Willie also managed portfolios for third party clients of Swiss Re. After the amalgamation of Swiss Re Asset Management’s fund management activities in Zurich and New York, Willie consulted to Harvard House Investment Management and other financial institutions. He joined Real Africa Asset Management in 2005, assisting in the management of fixed income and equity portfolios. In 2006, Willie joined Harvard House Investment Management. He has 20 years of experience in the asset management industry.