About us



Ronald Stuart Napier (82)

Chairman of the Board of Directors (Independent Non-Executive)

Group Audit and Risk Committee Member
Group Nominations Committee Chairman
Group Remuneration Committee Member

Ronnie is a former senior partner of law firm Webber Wentzel, having spent over 50 years practising law. He presently is an executive consultant to the firm having retired as a partner in 2001. Ronnie was the general representative for Lloyd's of London in South Africa for a period of 21 years and also served on the Board of the South African Insurance Association for 20 years having held the position of Chairman for 12 of those years. He is the current Chairman of the Insurance Crime Bureau, Chairman of the Fire Protection Association of South Africa, Chairman of Sunderland Marine Insurance Company and a Board member of Business Against Crime. Ronnie holds a MA (Oxon) degree.

William N Thorndike Jr. (54)

Non-Executive Director (Independent Non-Executive)

Group Lead Independent Director
Group Investment Committee Member
Group Nominations Committee Member

Mr Thorndike founded Housatonic Partners in Boston in 1994, a leading middle market private equity firm with offices in Boston and San Francisco and has been Managing Director since that time.

Mr Thorndike is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a Director of Carillon Assisted Living, LLC; Conduit Capital; CONSOL Energy, Inc. (Chair) (NYSE: CNX); Lincoln Peak Holdings, LLC; OASIS Group Limited.; QMC International, LLC; ZircoDATA; a Trustee of WGBH; College of the Atlantic; and a founding partner at FARM, a social impact investing collaborative. He is the author of The Outsiders.

Ntambose Rosetta Xaba (54)

Non-Executive Director (Independent Non-Executive)

Group Social and Ethics Committee Chairperson
Group Audit and Risk Committee Member
Group Remunertaion Committee Member

Rosetta Xaba is a chartered accountant, having obtained her BCompt with UNISA and the postgraduate diploma in Accounting from the University of Natal. She trained at KPMG and thereafter worked as a manager in the external and internal audit divisions. Rosetta then spent four years at Deloitte Consulting, working in the public sector division. In 2007, Rosetta started her own accounting, auditing and consulting company, which she currently runs. Her clients span across public sector, private companies and NGOs.

Rosetta is currently the Non-Executive Director at Finbond Group Limited; Conduit Capital; Constantia Insurance Company; South African Association of Local Governments ("SALGA"); Little Eden Society for the Care of Persons with Mental Handicap and Tharisa Minerals Trust. She has previously served on the boards and/or audit and finance committees of International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa ("ITAC"); Human Sciences Research Council ("HSRC"); South African Nursing Council; South African Pharmacy Council; Eskom Development Foundation; Technology Innovation Agency ("TIA") and Insurance SETA.

Prior to her career in auditing and accounting, Rosetta studied a BSc (Life Sciences) at the University of Witwatersrand ("WITS") and postgraduate diploma in Education (University of Swaziland). She then worked as a mathematics and biology teacher at Bhunya High School (Swaziland) and St Mathews High School (Soweto) for four years.

Zukiso (Zukie) Siyotula (35)

Non-Executive Director (Independent Non-Executive)

Group Audit and Risk Committee Chairperson

Zukie is the former Chief Executive Officer of Thebe Investment Corporation and holds a CA(SA), ACMA, MBA and completed executive programmes from Harvard, Insead and Oxford. She has been recognized as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a Tutu Fellow. She currently serves on the board of Bidvest Group Limited, Wescoal Holdings Limited and Taste Holdings Limited, amongst others. Zukie will be appointed as a member of the Risk and Audit board sub-committees.

Adrian John Maizey (45)

Non-Executive Director

Group Investment Committee Chairman

Adrian is a partner at Protea Asset Management LLC (“Protea”). He has extensive experience in managing investment firms focused on controlling ownership stakes in both private and public companies. Before joining Protea, Adrian was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of Leonard Green & Partners, LP, a Los Angeles based private equity firm. Prior to that, Adrian was a partner at Redbird Capital Partners LLC, a New York City based private equity firm. Adrian also formerly held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer of ESL Investments, Inc, a well-known value investment fund. Adrian was the CEO and founder of Rand Group, LLC which provided advisory services to investment firms and high-net worth family offices. Adrian was Chief Financial Officer of Motherrock LP, an energy derivatives hedge fund. Adrian spent a decade with Deloitte & Touche LLP (“Deloitte”) serving primarily the investment management and energy derivatives industries as a management consultant. Adrian holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (2003) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with distinction in Accounting from the University of Nebraska (1996). He is a certified public accountant and a Non-Executive Director of Conduit and Taste Holdings.

Leo Chih Hao Chou (39)

Non-Executive Director

Group Investment 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.


Sean Michael Riskowitz (34)

Chief Executive Officer

Group Investment Committee Member

Sean is a founder of Midbrook Lane Proprietary Limited, a private investment company. He is the founder and managing member of Riskowitz Capital Management LLC (the General Partner of the Riskowitz Value Fund LP) and the Managing Member of Protea Asset Management LLC, and investment management business, both of which entities are incorporated in the United States of America. Sean has over a decade of formal investment industry experience. Sean holds a BCom (Finance) degree WITS. Sean became the Chief Executive Officer of Conduit Capital in July 2015.

Lourens Erasmus Louw (49)

Chief Financial Officer

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 Proprietary Limited and its successors in the Appleton Group. He remained with Appleton until June 2003 when he joined Conduit Capital. Lourens became the Chief Financial Officer of Conduit Capital in October 2004.