Nitrogen - Specialised Fund Managers

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the team


The Nitrogen Fund is managed by Rowan Williams and Waldo du Plessis. Rowan, founder of Nitrogen, is the head fund manager and has overall responsibility for the fund, responsible for the long term book and the short term trading book. Waldo is responsible for equity research, trade analysis and execution. Rowan and Waldo are supported by Petri du Plessis who heads up operations and treasury for the Nitrogen Fund.


Rowan Williams BSc (Hons) MPhil (Cantab) CFA - Fund Manager

Rowan has over 19 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.


Waldo du Plessis BComm (Hons) CFA - Senior Analyst

Waldo joined the Nitrogen investment team in 2017 as a junior fund manager and senior analyst, responsible for fundamental equity analysis, investment implementation and trade execution. Waldo has 5 years' worth of experience as an investment professional in the hedge fund industry. Waldo completed his Bcomm Honours degree in Investment Management at the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is also a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.


Petri du Plessis BComm (Hons) CA(SA) - Operations Manager

Petri is the operations manager, responsible for operations, administrative support and treasury management for the Nitrogen Fund. Petri joined the team in July 2016.  He has completed his B Comm Honours degree in Accounting at the University of Pretoria and is a qualified CA(SA).  Prior to joining Nitrogen Petri completed his articles at EY and was seconded to the US afterwards. Petri is a CFA candidate and successfully completed the Level 1 exam in June 2017.

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