John Oliphant

Executive Director

John Oliphant

John Oliphant is the Chairman of Third Way Investment Group, executive director and founding partner of Third Way Investment Partners, which has a debt fund that has total commitments of R2,5bn. He is also the chairman of All Weather Capital – a boutique hedge fund manager with assets under management of R10bn. John is the former Principal Executive Officer (PEO) of the GEPF, the largest Pension Fund in Africa with assets in excess of R1.6 trillion. He was the key driver behind GEPF’s leading investment policies and strategy. Working closely with the board, the assets of the GEPF doubled in less than 5 years during his tenure and in one of the toughest economic environment in recent history. John was instrumental in the establishment of RH Bophelo (RHB), which is aimed at transforming South Africa’s healthcare landscape by making quality healthcare affordable to the majority of South Africans who cannot access private healthcare because of the current exorbitant rates. John currently serves as the non-executive Chairman of RHB, which listed on the JSE in 2017. 

John co-founded Boxwood Property Fund, an emerging high-impact property investment company that focuses primarily on redevelopments in Cape Town’s inner city. He also serves as the chair of the investment committee of South Point, which provides quality, affordable accommodation for students in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.  

John also serves on a number of key strategic industry initiatives including being the committee chairman of the Code for Responsible Investing in South Africa (CRISA), as well serving as a member of the PRI Advisory council. He was key to the establishment of CRISA, which is hailed as one of the best in the world. 

He was recognised by Batseta Council of Retirement Funds (previously known as POA) as Industry Person of the year in financial services in 2012. In the same year, he was recognised by Mail and Guardian as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans for his contribution to the world of Pensions. In 2013, he was named Africa’s Top Emerging leader by Africa Investor.

John holds a BSc (Actuarial Science & Mathematical Statistics), BSc(Hons) Advanced Mathematics of Finance, and MSc Finance (Economic Policy).

Highlights

  • Head of Stanlib Alternative Investments Franchise 2006-2008
  • Named as the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professional’s top emerging talent in 2007
  • Member of the PAIDF Investment Committee, 2008-2013
  • Member of the JSE SRI Advisory Committee, 2009-2012
  • Top 200 Young South Africans, EY, 2011
  • Industry Person of the year, Batseta (previously known as POA), 2012
  • Africa’s Top Emerging Leader – Africa Investor, 2013
  • Member of the Board – UN-Supported Principles for Responsible Investing, 2011-2014