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Directors

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Melvyn Lubega (34)

Non-executive Director (Independent) Chairman

Audit and Risk Committee Member
Social and Ethics Committee Member
Investment Committee Member
Remuneration and Nomination Committee Chairman

Melvyn is an experienced entrepreneur and investor having successfully built and exited businesses that serve customers around the world. He has been in senior investment roles for over a decade. Melvyn is a board member of both investment companies and operating companies, including as an Investment Committee and Audit and Risk Committee member of Adcorp Holdings Limited (JSE:ADR).

He is a referenced thought leader and invited speaker both abroad and locally on investing and digital transformation amongst others. He has been listed by Forbes for his achievements in business.

Melvyn is an actuary by training, holding an undergraduate degree from the University of Cape Town where he was an Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Fellow. He has postgraduate degrees from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Geoffrey Edgar Bolton Hacking (65)

Non-executive Director (Lead Independent Director)

Investment Committee Chairman
Remuneration and Nomination Committee Member

Geoffrey is a medical specialist and a former director of Morton & Partners Radiologists, one of the largest radiology practices in South Africa. He retired from practice in September 2022. Geoff is an experienced value investor, with more than 45 years of investment experience and holds a M.B.,Ch.B. (UCT), F.F.Rad (D) (SA), and F.R.C.R.(London).

Christian Richard Solberg (38)

Non-executive Director (Independent)

Audit and Risk Committee Chairman
Investment Committee Member

Christian is the co-founder and Managing Member of Sun Mountain Partners LLC ("Sun Mountain"), a private investment company based in Boston, USA, focused on investing in public equity securities. Christian has over 15 years of investment and capital allocation experience. Prior to Sun Mountain, Christian worked with global consulting firm BTS Group AB in their New York Office, for eight years. In his capacity as director, he trained thousands of executives of global Fortune 500 companies in capital allocation, competitive advantage, strategy, and building a culture of innovation. Christian holds a BA magna cum laude from Middlebury College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Peter Goeffrey Todd (54)

Non-executive Director (Non-independent) & CEO of Constantia Risk and Insurance Holdings

Audit and Risk Committee Member
Investment Committee Member

Peter Todd has extensive industry experience and boasts over 20 years of financial services industry experience, both in South Africa and abroad. He has a number of business interests in the claims management space having co-founded Repair Solutions in 2014 and subsequently having expanded into other areas of the insurance value chain.

Prior to setting up his own business interests, Peter held a number of senior positions in the industry including Chief Executive of Mutual & Federal; Managing Executive for Distribution at Absa Financial Services as well as Chairperson of Credit Guarantee Insurance Company. Peter also spent six years in Singapore as the Regional Managing Director of Alexander Forbes Asia Pacific.

Peter has served as a Director on a number of insurance industry Boards, including the South African Insurance Association and is a Past President of the Insurance Institute of South Africa. Peter has a B.Com LLB degree from the University of Cape Town and was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in 1996, having served his articles at Jan S de Villiers & Son.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS

Leo Chih Hao Chou (43)

Chief Executive Officer

Social and Ethics Committee Member
Investment Committee Member
Remuneration and Nomination Committee Member

Leo is the Executive Chairman of Sygma Investment & Consulting Proprietary Limited, a private investment company based in Cape Town with holdings in international brand distribution, retail, niche logistics and investments in marketable securities and treasury management. Leo has over 15 years of investment and capital allocation experience.

Leo previously served as Chairman and CEO of Snowball Wealth, a privately held investment company, which was sold to Conduit Capital Limited.

Leo obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa. He currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of Taste Holdings Limited.

Lourens Louw (53)

Financial Director

Lourens studied at the University of Stellenbosch, after which he moved to Johannesburg and qualified as a member of the SA Institute of Stockbrokers. In 1996 Lourens was appointed Financial Director and Compliance Officer of stock broking firm Irish & Menell Rosenberg (Pty) Ltd and its successors in the Appleton Group. He remained with Appleton until June 2003 when he joined Conduit Capital. Lourens became the Financial Director of Conduit Capital in October 2004. Lourens became the CFO of the Constantia Insurance Group in February 2021 and was reappointed the Financial Director of Conduit Capital in January 2023.