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Silica Idea-Ology is Silica’s annual event which brings together creative and passionate people, looking at ideas to drive our industry and ourselves forward.

In the modern world of technology, things are advancing at a rapid rate. How can technology be used to build scale in the Investment industry, without losing the human touch?

Join our esteemed host Bruce Whitfield and your industry peers in identifying opportunities in the world of Wealth and Investment Management.

Keep the date open, and help shape the conversation.


Bruce Whitfield

Radio Personality / MC

Bruce Whitfield is best-known as the presenter of the multi award-winning Money Show on 702 and Cape Talk.

He is a keen observer of the political economy and uses his more than two decades of experience in financial journalism to distil complex issues and to help audiences better understand the world in which they live.

Bruce is an inventive and engaging presenter who thrives on audience interaction.

In addition to his sought-after keynotes on the economy and business, Bruce is a master-facilitator and MC and will comfortably chair complex public debates to ensure that audiences are able to extract real value from the discussions.

Bruce thinks on his feet, uses humour and a deep knowledge of history and current affairs to ensure all discussions are on point, informative and leave his audience better informed and empowered to make better decisions.

In addition to his daily radio duties, Bruce has presented a range of high-level business TV programs over the past two decades and writes regularly for the globally renowned Business Insider franchise. He has been published in the Financial Times, Business Times and numerous other financial publications.

Rob Macdonald

Head of Strategic Advisory Services

Rob is Head of Strategic Advisory Services at Fundhouse. In this role he offers consulting and coaching services and facilitates various programmes primarily for independent financial advisers. He is currently the Lead Facilitator of the Allan Gray Behavioural Coaching Programme and the ASISA IFA Practice Management Programme.

Previously Rob has held several senior executive positions in the investment industry and has also worked as an independent coach and consultant. Before joining the industry, Rob was Director of the MBA Programme at the UCT Graduate School of Business where he taught Leadership and related courses. At the time he co-authored a book entitled Rethinking Leadership, which for sometime was a prescribed text on the MBA Programme.

Rob has a Masters degree in Management Studies from Oxford University. He is a Certified Financial Planner® Professional and is a trained counsellor and coach, having completed training as a coach at the UCT Centre for Coaching. Rob has consulted, written and spoken widely on a range of topics including leadership, management, investor behaviour, financial planning, life planning and coaching. He is passionate about working with and supporting individuals and
organisations to achieve their full potential.

Warren Ingram

Warren Ingram is the author of two best-selling personal finance books, How To Make Your First Million and Become Your Own Financial Advisor. He is also a regular guest on 702 Radio/CapeTalk with Bruce Whitfield and writes regular columns for Business Day, Moneyweb and Fin24.

He has been a financial planner since November 1996 and a CFP® professional since 2005. He was the Financial Planning Institute’s Financial Planner of the Year in 2011 and their Media Award winner in 2013.

Warren co-founded Galileo Capital Group with Theo Vorster in 2005 and the Group now employs more than 100 people with 6 offices in South Africa.

Tim Slatter

Public Relations Management

Tim Slatter brings a wealth of knowledge to financial advisers in a way that helps them understand the importance of their online brand in context of their client relationships, business model and value proposition. With a degree in Public Relations Management, a keen eye for design and a gift for writing and public speaking – he is able to put powerful words, emotive imagery and savvy tech to work to help financial planners communicate online.

Javier Rodriguez-Alarcon

Investment Management

Javier is head of EMEA Client Portfolio Management in the Quantitative Investment Strategies (QIS) group within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM). He focuses on product development, communications and strategy for the QIS platform in the institutional, private wealth and third party channels. Javier joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 and was named managing director in 2013.

Prior to joining the firm, Javier was a senior strategist and head of UK and Europe Strategic Accounts and Client Solutions at Barclays Global Investors (BGI). While at BGI, he had a lead role in the strategic design, marketing and development of the multi-strategy hedge funds and global multi-asset products in Europe, Latin America and Asia Ex-Japan. Javier earned a BA in Financial Management and Accounting from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and an MSc in International Securities, Investments and Banking from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

Ashley Anthony

CEO & Co-founder of Isazi Consulting

Ashley Anthony is a Geophysicist and entrepreneur. As a co-founder of Isazi Consulting, a
Johannesburg-based start-up, he helps clients to define business challenges mathematically and apply data-driven solutions.

Isazi applies cutting edge machine-learning. Isazi’s most recent product, Sophia TM transforms handwriting and unstructured data into structured data – within minutes. The software applies deep learning as well as automated human intervention to improve accuracy and speed up transaction times. As a first adopter, Silica tweeted: “We have embraced the 4 th industrial revolution with the implementation of Sophia, processing 97% of manual transactions in 8 minutes. The power of AI and Machine Learning.” While creating cost-efficiencies Isazi works with organisations that support the unemployed youth in South Africa to train its data models.

The word Isazi means ‘bearer of knowledge’ or ‘scientist’ in isiZulu. The company’s
mission is to solve some of Africa’s toughest problems by revolutionising businesses.
The company has worked across multiple industries and is platform agnostic.

Within its consulting arm, Isazi writes data strategies for large organisations and
helps them prioritise amongst many AI opportunities. Ashley believes in the power of combined human and artificial intelligence to drive high impact growth in business. He is an AI Faculty Member of Singularity University South Africa, a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build an abundant future for all.

Mic Mann

Director Mann Made

Mic believes that the future will be abundant as the power and potential of exponential technologies increase and their price gradually drop to zero, ultimately democratising numerous industries and improving the lives of all.

As co-founder of Mann Made – an award-winning experiential brand agency that has worked with top global and local Fortune 500 companies – Mic Mann has 19 years of experience in the media, marketing and eventing industry. Mic is a prolific speaker and strategist on exponential technologies, the future of work and the changing role of professionals.

After completing the Singularity University Executive Programme in 2015, he realised that in order to #futureproofAfrica we need to embrace exponential technologies. He subsequently brought the SingularityU South Africa Summit – the first of its kind on the continent – to South Africa. Mic’s passions are entrepreneurship and break-through technologies. He is also involved in the local start-up and maker community.

Adam Pantan


Adam Pantanowitz is an obsessed technologist, who was inspired by growing up in the age of the world wide web. Since studying biomedical and electrical engineering, he has worked in the field of biotech and software. Adam is a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and is chartered internationally as an engineer. He is part of the first group of faculty for Singularity University South Africa, with a focus on biotechnology.

Adam has lectured Engineering and Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand since 2009. In academia, Adam’s innovations have resulted in a number of patents, academic papers and the creation of the media interest piece “Brainternet”, with its world-first, portable brain-internet livestream. Some of his other projects, on which he has worked alongside colleagues, include an eye-controlled wheelchair, a non-cognitive brain transmission channel that uses light and a thought-controlled robotic arm with a light-to-brain on/off switch. Their other innovations include a hands-free controlled surgery interaction system, a CPR monitoring system, a computer-based sign language interpreter and an innovative eye-controlled cursor.

He enjoys solving seemingly unsolvable problems and co-founded businesses AURA, Tariffic, Lawbuntu, among others. He also acted as CTO of VATIT, the world’s largest VAT reclaim business, from 2015 until 2017. Adam speaks around the world on the future of technology with a focus on tech-human convergence and also does motivational speaking.

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We are very excited about the program for this summer in Cape Town.

12 Sep 2019
Ballroom with Terrace, The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands, Cape Town


Welcome address

Rebels, renegades and problem solvers

Insights and future thoughts


Adapt or Die – the future role of the financial adviser

The Essentials of online communication for financial professionals


The Science of Data and the Art of Judgement

Artificial Intelligence in Financial Services

Catalysing the future of professionals


Hacking humans

Wrap up and thank you

Cocktail Party


Cocktail after party

It’s our birthday! Silica is celebrating 20 years of partnerships and innovations in making investments accessible.

It has been a whirlwind since those early days when we were a software provider and data was manual and delivered in realms of paper. A far cry from the digital world that we live in today.

We would love for you to join us for birthday cake, balloons and a couple of cocktails in celebrating the last 20 years of creativity, evolution and making a difference!

The party kicks off at 17h00 at Summer House (located just off the main foyer).

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