Fellowship Year: 2024
Nationality: South Africa
Job Title: Head of Trading South Africa
Organisation: Ninety One


Job Title: Head of Trading South Africa

Organisation: Ninety One

Professional History: Yanela Songca is Head of Trading South Africa in Ninety One’s Trading team. He heads a team with a focus on trade execution, covering a wide range of listed instruments on the multi-asset trading desk. He has many years of broad trading experience covering listed Equities, Bonds, FX and Derivatives. He started of his trading career at Ninety One trading Sub-Saharan equities, before expanding his responsibilities by taking on the Middle East and North Africa. He then moved on to the South African bond trading desk, with primary focus on South African government bonds and local currency debt. Throughout his time in financial markets, he has actively traded derivative products like FX, stock & bond options and recently interest rate swaps.

Yanela initially joined the firm as a graduate on the Young Investment Professionals Programme before being appointed as a trader in the Trading team. Before joining the firm he was a fund accountant at Kleinwort Benson.

Yanela is a founding member of the ABSIP Young Professionals.

Academic and professional credentials:
Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Finance from the University of Cape Town
Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town



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