Date of appointment: 27 March 2017
Qualification: BSc (Actuarial Science & Mathematical Statistics), BSc(Hons) Advanced Mathematics of Finance (University of Witwatersrand), and MSc Finance (Economic Policy) (University of London, SOAS)
John Oliphant is currently the chief executive of Third Way Investment Group, a BEE financial advisory, and investment firm. John is the former principal executive officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), the largest pension fund in Africa, with assets of more than R1,2 trillion (US$120 billion). He was the key driver behind GEPF’s leading investment policies and strategy. Working closely with the board, he managed to double the assets of the GEPF in less than 5 years, during the toughest economic environment in recent history. John also served on a number of key strategic industry initiatives including being a member of the PRI Advisory Council and chairman of the Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa (CRISA) committee. John helped establish the CRISA which is hailed as one of the best in the world, this contributed to him winning an Industry Person of the Year award in financial services in 2012. He was also recognised by the Mail and Guardian as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012 for his contribution to the world of pensions. In 2013 he was named Africa’s Top Emerging Leader by Africa Investor.