About this event
The South African (SA) legal regime aimed at protecting whistleblowers is strong on paper but fails to provide whistleblowers with the real protection they need. Over the past few years there have been a number of high-profile cases, which highlight the vital need to empower whistleblowers, contrasted with how vulnerable they are, and how dangerous it is to speak up about private or public-sector wrongdoing in SA.
Futuregrowth Asset Management and Old Mutual Investment Group invite you to the virtual launch of an independent research report prepared by Just Share NPC: Whistleblower protection in South Africa: where to from here?
The discussion panel will unpack the findings of the report, with a focus on the current challenges within the whistleblower protection regime in SA, but importantly, what practical steps can be taken to improve the current reality and what role the private sector can play in addressing some of these shortcomings.
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Tracey Davies is executive director of Just Share. Tracey holds a BA LLB from UCT and an LLM from New York University. She is admitted as an attorney in South Africa and as a solicitor in England & Wales. In 2013, after returning to South Africa, Tracey joined the Centre for Environmental Rights, an NGO engaged in strategic public interest advocacy, research and litigation to advance environmental justice, where she headed the Corporate Accountability and Transparency Programme. Tracey was part of the team that conceived of and set up Just Share, and has been its executive director since May 2018. She was a member of the PRI Awards judging panel in 2020 and 2021, and was part of the Global Reporting Initiative’s Human Rights Technical Committee. She writes a monthly column for the Financial Mail, and is a recognised expert on corporate governance, responsible investment and shareholder activism.
Andrew provides a strategic perspective to the business and oversees the investment processes. Andrew came to South Africa in 1990 from the U.S.A. During his career in South Africa, he assisted in co-founding RMB Asset Management before joining Futuregrowth in 1998. He was a fixed interest dealer, portfolio manager, head of fixed interest, and later CIO. Andrew has been part of the team that made Futuregrowth a leading Fixed Interest Manager, Responsible investor and Developmental investor (with a range of developmental portfolios) in South Africa. In addition, Andrew has sought to play a role in development of South Africa’s financial industry, capital market and national infrastructure.
Robert is Head of Responsible Investment at Old Mutual Investment Group, responsible for overseeing the responsible investment strategy across the business. He joined the Responsible Investment team in October 2014 and currently represents Old Mutual Investment Group on various industry bodies, with his legal and corporate governance background enabling him to bring his knowledge of law and negotiation skills to the fore in promoting clients’ interests. Prior to joining the Responsible Investment team, he was a legal advisor at Old Mutual Investment Group for seven years. He has 14 years of work experience in the legal profession and asset management industry.
Ben Theron is a Certified Fraud Examiner and a seasoned Operations Executive with 30 years’ experience. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pretoria and has extensive experience in telecommunications, electronic tolling and forensic investigations. A few highlights in his career include: the design and building of the Gauteng Freeway Tolling system, refocussing the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) into a powerful anti-corruption fighting and lobby group, and re-engineering and repositioning the Eskom Forensic Investigations Unit to conclude sensitive and critical investigations. This allowed law enforcement agencies to fast track civil and criminal cases and bring these to fruition.
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