“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together” – African Proverb
Many industry awards only celebrate the leaders at the top of organsations – at Thomson Reuters, we know that your organisation is world-class because of the work you and other talented professionals across the industry do, and we invite you to help us find and celebrate the individuals driving this excellence in your organisation!
You may nominate an individual, at any level of your organisation, as long as they are a current user of a Thomson Reuters solutions; and can demonstrate that they have made a relevant contribution in the award category you are nominating them for.
Nominations close at midnight SAST on Friday, 21 September 2018.
The judging panel comprises of Thomson Reuters and industry leaders, who will conduct interviews of all shortlisted nominees by the first week of October 2018.
The top 3 nominees in each category will be notified by 9 October 2018.
All winners will be announced at the event followed by various PR opportunities.
Grant Locke - OUTvest
Awarded to a professional that embraces disruption and proactively drives new ideas or methods in any part of the business. Grant, at OUTvest, introduced new processes and products that enable consumers to invest with no prior investment knowledge.
Best Partner Award
Neil Pryce - ABSA
Awarded to a commercial or non-commercial partner that demonstrates our work together is empowering Africa’s success. Neil, at ABSA, has been instrumental in broadening our strategic partnership which provides an integrated solutions to create efficiencies across the group.
Longest Service Customer Award
Straffen Graham - RMB
Awarded to any professional that can demonstrate that they have been one of our most loyal and long-serving users (at current organisation or previous organisation(s), across countries or regions). Straffen has been a loyal Thomson Reuters user for 35 Years.
Embracing Technology Award
Grant Locke - OUTvest
Awarded to a person who actively embraces technology and industry thought leadership, Grant Locke and his team at OUTvest introduced the market to revolutionary new digital investment and advisory products. OUTvest has simplified investing by enabling anybody to have personal investment plans in a few easy steps, online and without having to know about investing.
Most Impactful Business Award
Paul Wilson - ICAP
Awarded to an organisation that is committed to doing good and doing well within their organisation and community through their initiatives. ICAP, on an annual basis, donates trading revenues and commissions to various communities. Last year, the organisation donated £4.7 million, which raised the total amount donated over 25 years to nearly £140 million.
People's Choice Award
Steve Arnold - Investec
Awarded to a person, in any organisation, that is respected and recognised by their peers across the industry for their achievements and contribution to the profession. This year, you voted for Steve Arnold from Investec.
CEO of Business Engage
Colleen Larsen, Chief Executive of Business Engage, has a career spanning 28 years within the financial services market. She is best known, however, for her work in gender mainstreaming, having won recognition as one of the leading voices for the sustainable advancement of women in the corporate and entrepreneurial space in South Africa today.
She founded Business Engage (www.businessengage.co.za) in 2005, an exciting and inventive organisation at the forefront of strategic thinking on gender mainstreaming in the private sector.
In 2013, she started the Gender Mainstreaming Awards (www.genderawards.co.za), currently in its sixth year, to encourage the private sector to buy-in to achieving more meaningful representation of women in the mainstream of business.
Colleen drives the vision of the 30% Club Southern Africa, a global organisation of chairpersons and other senior business leaders publicly committed to achieving 30% women on boards, together with the associated pipeline within a default period of five years. The 30% club includes high profile companies like Anglo American, Old Mutual, Absa, T-Systems, PwC and Investec to name but a few.
Colleen is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors, a winner of the Director’s Award in the Woman of Stature Awards 2018 and above all she is a prolific networker, organiser and visionary in the world of business.
Nerina Visser is an ETF Strategist and Advisor with a specialist focus on exchange traded products and benchmark indices. She serves as President on the board of the CFA Society South Africa and as chairperson of the ASISA ETF Standing Committee.
She is a member of the JSE Issuer Regulation Advisory Committee and the Nigerian Stock Exchange ETF Product Advisory Committee.
Nerina is also a regular market commentator in the media, co-host of the TV program “The ETF Investor”, and a seasoned speaker at conferences, seminars and workshops, in South Africa, throughout Africa and on the global stage.
CEO of Equinox
Colin Iles has 20 years of experience working for some of the top global consultancies and financial institutions in London, Frankfurt, Singapore and most recently South Africa.
Throughout his career Colin has focused on designing and implementing solutions that bring positive benefits to the communities and stakeholders the organisations serve.
His specific focus in his own words…
“Most organisations develop and execute strategies that are no longer appropriate to deal with the existential threats that disruptive technologies bring. It’s incredibly satisfying working with today’s leaders to design models that allow them to adapt and win in this exponentially changing world.”
Whether presenting, facilitating or consulting, Colin mixes his professional experiences with humour, deep research and razor sharp intellect to ensure his audiences stretch their thinking as to where the real threats lie, and whether their organisation, their division or their teams are equipped to deal with these threats.
Outside of running his own consultancy, Colin is a Managing Director at Absa Group Limited, the CEO of The Equinox Innovation and Leadership Centre, is deputy chair of the African Institute of Financial Markets Risk Management and is a member of Abundance 360.
CEO of ICAPTS
A former bond, equity and currency trader, who over the past 20 years has given lectures and seminars to over 60 000 people globally including the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Bank of New Zealand, Barclays Bank Africa, UBA Nigeria, Standard Bank, Deutsche Bank, and many more.
In 2000 Yonatan developed the first online, interactive technical analysis course in Africa, where the delegate, in the comfort of their office or home can work through this comprehensive course at a time and pace that suits them. Yonatan also authored a book called The Winning Edge – A basic guide to technical analysis, trading and implementation of trading systems.
During 2002 – 2009 Yonatan was instrumental in the growth of Standard Bank Online Share Trading by providing educational courses to their clients in the basics of investing and a practical full day class on technical analysis.
Yonatan was a regular guest on Classic FM Radio as well CNBC Africa
In 2013, Yonatan together with ICAP South Africa formed ICAP Training Solutions, which provides financial market training to market participants within corporates and banks. “Our goal is to provide a holistic one-stop-shop training solution for all our clients by providing them with a combination of face-to-face as well online, interactive learning.
In 2017 ICAP Training Solutions in association with Thomson Reuters launched the “Battle of the Banks” competition, an action-based learning tool in the form of a Bank Risk Management Simulation Contest and based on real life conditions. Thomson Reuters Eikon Messenger is made available to all participants throughout the competition and is used as the primary communication tool, including broadcast communications to teams such as the Central Bank reports or course related information.