Khaya Gobodo, MD of Old Mutual Investments, was my special guest on the Investment Community podcast. You can listen to the conversation with Khaya here.

In this episode Khaya tells:

  • How it feels to get a call at 11pm from a government minister when your organisation pulls a credit line to a state-owned enterprise.
  • How easily conflicts of interest are resolved if you always act in the best interests of your clients.
  • How he sees his role at Old Mutual as the curator of an investment ecosystem that comprises five independent units, each with its own unique culture.

We also discussed:

  • The challenges of addressing, in an equitable way, the ever-pressing problems of racism, sexism and ageism.
  • The problems that arise when skilled investment professionals are promoted into leadership positions without having developed the necessary soft skills.
  • The probability that more than half of SA’s investment firms will not survive.

The recording-quality of the more important end of the conversation is unfortunately quite poor. I hope you’ll find that the exceptional quality of Khaya’s engagement more than compensates for my technical deficiencies.