Our Team

THE PEOPLE BEHIND OUR PASSION

Shamil Ismail

Shamil Ismail

CA(SA), CFA

Before founding Primaresearch, Shamil was the Head of Research at BNP Paribas Securities South Africa. He is a highly rated research analyst, and was rated first in Innovative Research in the 2017 Financial Mail Analyst of the Year rankings. He was also awarded the Absip Research Analyst of the Year in 2014. Shamil is a Chartered Accountant (SA) and a CFA charter holder. He has more than 25 years of work experience, of which the earlier part of his career was spent working at retailers including Woolworths and Clicks.
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Craig Whittle

CA(SA)

Craig is responsible for business development and special projects. His experience spans asset management, where he was an analyst and portfolio manager, investor relations and industry, where he was the CFO of a JSE-listed small-cap company and the CFO of an unlisted pan-African consumer finance business with operations in Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. Craig is an experienced chartered accountant, having worked for PwC in London and Deloitte in South Africa.

Luke Bredeveldt

Luke Bredeveldt

BBusSc (Finance with Accounting)

Luke joined Primaresearch in 2021 as an Equity Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Finance with Accounting (undergraduate honours).

Carlos De Jesus

Carlos De Jesus

CA(SA)

Carlos joined Primaresearch in 2023 as a Consulting Equity Analyst and is a UCT senior lecturer in the College of Accounting. He has a MCOM in Finance and is currently completing a PhD in REIT capital structure.

Zayd Aploon

Zayd Aploon

BBusSc (Economics)

Zayd joined Primaresearch in 2022 as an Equity Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Management Studies Specialising in Economics from UCT.

Yeroosen Naidoo

Yeroosen Naidoo

BCom (Investment Management)

Yeroosen joined Primaresearch in 2022 as an Equity Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Investment Management from the University of Pretoria.

Kieron Pillay

Kieron Pillay

BSc (Geomatics)

Kieron joined Primaresearch in 2023 as a Data Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geomatics specialising in surveying obtained at the University of Cape Town.

 

Sashin Moodley

BBusSc (Finance)

Sashin joined Primaresearch in 2024 as an Intern Investment Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree in Finance (undergraduate honours) from UCT.  

 

Keegan Ferreira

BCom Investment Man. (cum laude) Certified Stockbroker (SA) - Affiliate

Keegan joined Primaresearch in 2024 as an Intern Investment Analyst. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree specialising in Investment Management from the University of Stellenbosch, where he graduated cum laude. He similarly completed the necessary board exams to obtain the Certified Stockbroker (SA) designation, while also completing the mandatory JSE Registered Securities Trader Examination by SAIFM to execute equities trades on the JSE. 

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Hershal Rooplall

BCom Hons in Statistics (2021)

Hershal joined Primaresearch in 2024 as an Intern Research Analyst. He holds a BCom Hons in Statistics (2021) from UCT. 





Ridwaan Ismail

Ridwaan Ismail

Office Manager

Alumni

Primaresearch has a strong record of developing analysts who subsequently further their careers in the Investment industry. Some of our alumni include:

  • Jasmine Lin BCom Hons (Actuarial Science). Jasmine progressed to Sanlam Investment Management as a buy-side analyst in 2021.
  • Ian Brink BSc Eng (cum laude), MBA, CFA. Ian progressed to Argon Asset Management as a Senior Analyst in 2021.
  • Thambo Mthwalo BCom Hons (Economics). Thambo progressed to Citadel Wealth Management in 2021.
  • Tumi Makoah MSc Med, PDM. Tumi progressed to an equity sales role at the global bank HSBC in 2019.
  • Viwe Kupiso BCom (Finance and Economics). Viwe progressed to Prescient Securities as an analyst in 2021.

  • Ryan Mupfudze BSc (Mathematical Statistics). Ryan progressed as an equity and currency trading analyst at Kaon Capital in 2018.

  • Malose Mamashela MSc Eng., BSc Eng., BCom Hons (FAPM). Malose progressed as an investment analyst at Mergence Investment Managers in 2022.
  • Clemence Mungwariri MSc Physics, BSc (Hons) Astrophysics and Space Science, BSc Physics. Clemence progressed as a Data Analyst at Namene Solar in 2023.
  • Steyn Jacobs BAcc (Financial Accounting). Steyn progressed as an analyst at Arete Research in 2023.
  • Zach Boonzaaier BCom Hons. Zach progressed as an analyst at Dow Jones Research in 2024.