The Nitrogen Fund is managed by Rowan Williams and Cobus Potgieter, who have worked together for the last six years on the Fund, assisted by Wilhelm Landman, an analyst. Rowan Williams has overall responsibility for the fund and is responsible for the long term book and the short term trading book. Cobus Potgieter is responsible for trade analysis and execution as well as administration within the fund. In January 2015 Wilhelm Landman joined the team as a Junior Analyst responsible for fundamental research and administration
Rowan Williams BSc (Hons) MPhil (Cantab) CFA - Fund Manager
Rowan has over 17 years investing experience in the South African market including involvement in listed equities, private equity, derivatives, portfolio management and IPO’s. He currently manages the Nitrogen Fund on behalf of Nitrogen Fund Managers. Prior to this he managed the i capital Growth Fund I, a Sixty Million Rand third party closed end private equity fund, on behalf of Nitrogen Fund Managers. He has an in-depth knowledge of the financial markets having completed the CFA designation in 2000. He has specific industry knowledge in the areas of financial services and information technology having been a director and worked with a number of companies in these industries. Prior to his co-founding i capital in 1998, Rowan was a Senior Consultant within the strategy discipline in the South African office of Gemini Consulting, a leading international management consultancy. Rowan has a master of Philosophy (Land Economy) degree from Cambridge University, where he studied as a Cambridge Livingstone Trust Scholar, and a BSc Honours (with distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is also a past member of the South African Venture Capital Association (SAVCA) executive committee and is the past chairman of the Technical Subcommittee. He also appears regularly on CNBC Africa where he comments on the JSE and various companies listed on JSE.
Cobus Potgieter BComm (Hons) CFA CAIA - Senior Analyst
Cobus is a senior analyst within the investment team responsible for fundamental analysis, trade execution and administrative support for the Nitrogen Fund. He has been a member of the investment team for 6 years. Cobus has completed his B Comm Honours degree in Investment Management at the University of Pretoria, finishing at the top of his class. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. He also holds a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Skills from North-West University.
Wilhelm Landman BComm (Hons) - Junior Analyst
Wilhelm is a junior analyst within the investment team responsible for fundamental analysis and administrative support for the Nitrogen Fund. He joined the team in January 2015. He has completed his B Comm Honours degree in Investment Management at the University of Stellenbosch. He has completed Level 1 and Level 2 of the CFA designation.
Michael Franzidis BBusSci - Part-time developer
Michael is a systems analyst working on a consulting basis providing development and maintenance for the Nitrogen trading system.