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Management Team

Melville Douglas is led by a strong management team. The team has extensive and diverse experience in the asset management industry and consists of seasoned portfolio managers as well as investment administration professionals

Michael Laws

Managing Director

Michael began his investment career at Melville Douglas in 1998. Michael is a portfolio manager and the co-Fund Manager of the Melville Douglas High Alpha Fund, our flagship local equity fund. He holds a B.Com degree, is a CFA® Charterholder, and is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional.

Bernard Drotschie

Chief Investment Officer

Bernard joined Melville Douglas in 2002 as a portfolio manager and analyst prior to which he worked for ABSA Asset ManagerHe is also the lead manager on the Melville Douglas Global Growth Fund (USD) and co-manages the Melville Douglas Balanced Fund (USD) and the Melville Douglas SA Bond Fund. He holds a B.Com (Hons) degree in Econometrics, is a CFA Charterholder®, and is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional.

Thandi Ngwane

Head: South Africa

Thandi joined Melville Douglas in 2019. Prior to this, Thandi spent 11 years in the asset management industry where she was Head of Private Clients and Head of Strategic Markets at Allan Gray, with the latter seeing her take on the responsibility for developing distribution strategies and investor education for Allan Gray’s Strategic Markets. Thandi  holds a BSocSci LLB LLM, Post Graduate Diploma and Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning. She is a Certified Financial Planner® professional and an admitted attorney.

 

Nigel McKenzie

Chief Operating Officer

Nigel joined Melville Douglas in 2013 as Business Manager. Prior to this he was Head of Research and a portfolio manager at STANLIB before joining the stock broking industry. Nigel has over 20 years’ experience in the investments, stock broking, insurance and banking and he is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Melville Douglas. He holds a B. Com (Hon) cum laude and M. Com in Economics.

Oliver Sonnbichler

Head of Funds

Oliver is the Head of the Fund Management Group, which offers Melville Douglas investment solutions to a broad range of distribution channels though our domestic and international fund ranges and institutional mandates. Oliver joined Melville Douglas in 2011 as the Managing Director of Melville Douglas International. He has a B Com (GDA) from the University of Cape Town and an H.Dip. Tax from the University of Witwatersrand.

Mervin Naidoo

Head: Advisory

Mervin joined Melville Douglas in 2013. He is a portfolio manager and assumes overall responsibility for Melville Douglas’s equity research process, as well as being an analyst for global financial services companies. Prior to joining Melville Douglas, he held senior equity research roles at Credit Suisse, J.P. Morgan, and Andisa Securities. Mervin is a qualified CA (SA) and holds a B.Com (Hons) degree.

Susan Gawith

Portfolio Manager

Before joining Melville Douglas in 2006, Susan was a rated sell-side analyst covering consumer stocks, and is Melville Douglas’s lead analyst on the retail, hotel and leisure sectors. Susan is also the co-manager of our key long-term capital growth fund – the Melville Douglas Balanced Fund (ZAR). Susan holds a B.Sc degree and an MBA.

Paolo Senatore

Head: SA Equity & Institutional

Paolo joined Melville Douglas in 2018 as Global Strategist. Prior to this he was with Firstrand Group since 1995 gaining over 20 years financial market experience. During 2000, he became Chief Investment Officer of RMB Private Bank Portfolio Management. He was Chief Investment Officer for Ashburton Investments, FirstRand’s asset management initiative, since its inception and was instrumental in consolidating the groups various asset management businesses and investment processes. He holds a MSc (Mech Eng).

Simon Bothner

Head: Portfolio Management Western Cape

Simon joined Melville Douglas in 2002 as a dealer and research analyst. After a five-year stint, he left to join Deutsche Bank, and thereafter worked for Coronation Fund Managers. In 2013, he re-joined Melville Douglas as a Portfolio Manager for the Western Cape region. Simon has a BBusSci (Hons) degree and is a CFA® Charterholder.

Trevor Lukhele

Head: Portfolio Management Gauteng

Trevor joined Melville Douglas in 2014 as a Portfolio Manager and analyst. Prior to this, Trevor was a portfolio manager at Ashburton Investments, and a Client Fund Manager at STANLIB Asset Management. Trevor has over 10 years experience in investment management. He has a B.Com degree in Economics and Finance, and an MBA. 

Natalie van Rooyen

Head: Diversified

Natalie has over 10 years of investment experience. Natalie previously worked as a Multi-Asset Fund Manager at F&C Asset Management in the UK and joined Melville Douglas in May 2015. She holds a BSc (Hons) Economics and Finance degree from the University of Bristol and is a CFA® Charterholder

You have reviewed the latest product information on our website (fact sheet) and know the risk and fees associated with your investment choice. You have read and understood the terms and conditions available on our website or upon request.

To invest directly, investors need to download the application form, complete and submit this form and all the associated documents to STANLIB:

E-mail: [email protected]

Facsimile: 0867 277 501 or 011 448 6666

STANLIB Collective Investments Limited administer these funds.

You have reviewed the latest product information on our website (fact sheet) and know the risk and fees associated with your investment choice. You have read and understood the terms and conditions available on our website or upon request.

To invest directly, investors need to download the application form, complete and submit this form and all the associated documents to STANLIB:

E-mail: [email protected]

Facsimile: 0867 277 501 or 011 448 6651

STANLIB Collective Investments Limited administer these funds.

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