Principal Executive Officer, Government Employees Pension Fund
John Oliphant is currently Principal Executive Officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund - the largest Pension Fund in Africa where he is the main driver behind the investment strategies of the fund.
Currently the fund invest in different asset classes, from Conventional Bonds to sophisticated Private Equity investments, it is John's responsibility to ensure that the fund achieves maximum returns with minimum risk in each and every investment it makes.
has been the key driver behind GEPF's
responsible investment policies and the setting up of the UN PRI South African Network which he
He is also the chairman of CRISA (Code for Responsible Investing South Africa) a Committee administered by the Institute of Directors, that is set to establish a code on responsible investing for Institutional Investors in South Africa.
John is also member of the following committees and councils: Investment Committee of the Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund ("PAIDF"), Advisory Council of the Southern Africa Pension Fund Investment Forum ("SAPFIF"), Investment Committee member of the South African Bureau of Standards („SABS"), advisory council of Noah Chair in Responsible Investment at the University of South Africa and Johannesburg Stock Exchange SRI Index Advisory Committee.
John was previously the Head of Quant Investing at STANLIB, were he managed long only funds as well as hedge funds.
He holds a BSc (Actuarial Science) and a BSc (Hons) in Advance Mathematics of finance both from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. (updated Sept 2013)