Lesiba Mothata, executive chief economist at Alexander Forbes Investments, is the first mainstream economist to win the prestigious Up and Coming Risk Manager of the Year award from the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA).

“Being named Up and Coming Risk Manager of the Year is a recognition that our Living*Investing risk-led approach is working towards securing the financial well-being of South Africans,” Mothata said.

Alexander Forbes Investments has evolved from a traditional multi-manager into a fully-fledged investment management house. The firm has adopted a Living*Investing philosophy, which is premised on a risk-based forward-thinking investment approach that evolves to achieve a specific client outcome with greater certainty.

The IRMSA Award programme aims to acknowledge, encourage and celebrate excellence within the risk management industry. The awards are presented annually to recognise and reward South Africa’s top risk management professionals who have made a significant contribution, as well as the best risk management initiatives within different industries.

As a member of Alexander Forbes Investments’ executive committee, Mothata’s role is to craft a framework of identifying macro-economic risks and opportunities, both local and global, which will impact the business, client and investment channels.

Mothata joined Alexander Forbes Investments (then called Investment Solutions) in 2013 after two years at the South African Reserve Bank as a risk specialist. He has also worked at Investec Bank as a global macro-economist, and Nedbank Treasury as an economist. Mothata has a BCom (Economics and Finance), BCom Hons (Economics) and MCom (Financial Economics).

The IRMSA awards ceremony took place at a gala dinner on 3 November 2017 at Gallagher Conference Centre. The non-profit risk management institute is dedicated to the advancement of the risk management profession and accreditation, through research, promotion, education, upliftment, training, guidance and strong relationships with other institutes and associations.



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