The IBF SA Team

Theo Vorster

B.Comm. Law (University of Pretoria)
Hons. Investment Management (University of Johannesburg)


Theo is the CEO of Galileo Capital and has been in the financial services industry for more than 16 years. Most recently Theo was the Managing Director of the largest private stock broking firm within South Africa. He is also a regular commentator on Moneywebs


Professor Zak Nel

M.A. Counselling Psychology (University of Stellenbosch)
D. Phil. (University of Orange Free State)
S.E.D. ( University of Stellenbosch)

Academic Head and Chairperson of Academic Board

Over the past 35 years Zak filled many senior positions which included Chairman of the Department of Counseling Psychology at UJ, Executive Dean of Damelin International College and Academic Head of the Damelin Education Group. Zak still plays an active role in promoting higher education in southern Africa and holds various positions on the boards of training institutions.

During his academic career he was involved in several research projects funded by international bodies, published several articles and supervised a number of doctoral, MA and MBA studies and research projects.

He has been recognized for his leadership roles in higher education through various awards.


Gerda van der Linde

B.A. Social Science (University of Pretoria)
Hons. Psychology (Unisa)
EDP (Manchester Business School)

Executive Director

Gerda has spend over 24 years in the in the insurance and investment industry within South Africa. During this period she held several management positions within Sanlam and Auto & General Insurance. Her psychology studies and work experience within the investment arena has led to her interest in behavioral finance and she is currently busy with research towards a masters degree in behavioral finance.

She presents training workshops and seminars and consults to institutions on the application of behavioral finance.

She also received an award from APPETD (Association of Private Providers of Education and Training) during 2007 for Outstanding Academic Leadership in the field of Behavioral Finance.


Academic Board

Advocate Wessel Oosthuizen

Director: Centre for Financial Planning
University of the Free State

Professor CH (Henco) van Schalkwyk, CFA

HEAD: Department of Financial Management
University of Pretoria