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Learn how impact and sustainability investments can benefit SA

Critical Conversations, brought to you by Sanlam Investments, is a platform for innovative, courageous discussions that tackle the dynamics of sustainability and impact investing. It highlights the need for educated and authentic conversations that explore the right ideas, with the right people, to continue to move the best solutions forward.

The Critical Conversations platform aims to drive thinking and learning around sustainability and impact investing, bringing together new or unknown perspectives from various communities. Next in this virtual series is the Impact Edition, where Sanlam Investments’s leaders come together to share their collective journey towards creating a positive impact for people, communities, and our planet.

Despite the complexity of the world in which we live, as a business, Sanlam Investments remains committed towards making a long-term sustainable impact and supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in doing so.

The Critical Conversations event can be livestreamed on Moneyweb.co.za, the Moneyweb app, and the Moneyweb LinkedIn and Facebook pages on Monday, 7 November 2022 from 10:00-11:30.

More on the speakers:

Nersan Naidoo, CEO: Sanlam Investments


Naidoo is the CEO of Sanlam Investments. Before being appointed to his current role, he was founding member and CEO of the Sanlam Investments Multi-Manager business, from 2002. He was also head of the previous investment services sub-cluster, which included Sanlam Collective Investments, Blue Ink Investments, Sanlam Investments Multi-Manager, Graviton Financial Partners and Graviton Wealth Management.

Naidoo is a member of Sanlam Investments’s executive committee, where he has served since 2007. His 20-year track record includes extensive experience in investment management and business leadership, both locally and internationally. Naidoo is a chartered financial analyst (CFA) and holds a BSc in electrical engineering as well as a postgraduate diploma in organisational leadership from Oxford University.

Mervyn Shanmugam, CEO: Alternatives, Sanlam Investments


Shanmugam has been the CEO for Alternatives at Sanlam Investments since 2018. Prior to this he was executive head for the Empowerment Finance division within Sanlam Capital Markets, a role he held from June 2016. The focus of this division was providing financing solutions for empowerment companies in both listed and unlisted capital markets. Prior to that, he held the role of head of Equity Structuring from November 2004 to May 2016.

Shanmugam has nearly two decades of experience in financial market structuring and financing transactions across industries, utilising loans, bonds, shares, preference shares, derivatives and foreign exchange. He holds an MBA from Buckingham Chilterns University and a BSc (Honours) in mathematical statistics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Marthinus van der Nest, head: Amplify


Van der Nest is the founder and head of Amplify. His vision, determination, ability to build and maintain relationships, and decades of experience equip him with a unique combination of skills and expertise to lead Amplify from strength to strength. As someone with a deep affinity for South Africa, Van der Nest is committed to doing everything possible to help make this country a self-sustaining success. This passion for sustainability spills over to Amplify, with its goal of positive impact for investors, communities, and the environment.

Andrew Johnstone, CEO: Climate Fund Managers


Johnstone is the CEO of Climate Fund Managers and an infrastructure investment specialist, with over 30 years of experience in the delivery of infrastructure assets in emerging markets. His experience spans origination, due diligence, capital structuring and execution of 32 acquisitions, eight disposals and four asset refinancings, across a variety of infrastructure sectors in Africa.

Johnstone was the CEO of the African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM) for 13 years. Before that, he was the project director of an operations company in Bangladesh and led the operational start-up of a toll road company in Brazil. Johnstone established Phoenix InfraWorks in 2014. He led the joint venture Phoenix has with FMO, the Dutch development bank, which led to the successful first close of Climate Investor One, an emerging markets renewable energy fund based on blended capital, on 23 June 2017, at $412 million.

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