Independent Alternatives was founded by experienced and award-winning investment professionals on the belief that they could do more for their clients.

Grant Hogan, BCom (Hons) (Economics and Finance) | CEO, Executive Director, Portfolio Manager

Grant is the Co-founder and CEO of Independent Alternatives. Grant is responsible for the management of the business, as well as managing portfolios and developing investment research systems.

Grant has more than 11 years of investment management experience and has a strong background in the management of hedge funds and long-only strategies. He occupied senior positions as a portfolio manager and investment committee member at a leading investment management firm, where he co-managed more than R4.5 billion in hedge fund strategies. He has a strong quantitative background and gained valuable experience operating in sophisticated investment environments. This experience and data science knowledge enable him to develop and implement innovative investment strategies across long-only and hedge fund portfolios.

Grant is an award-winning investment manager, having been recognised for delivering outstanding investment performance on several occasions. He brings over a decade of financial market experience with him, with the last 7 years focused on fixed income and hedge fund strategies – strategies that deliver robust investment performance through various market cycles. He also brings valuable programming skills to the team and experience in quantitative risk management, derivative pricing, and portfolio optimisation. Grant is a FAIS-approved key individual and representative for discretionary investment portfolios, including hedge funds.

Tatenda Chapinduka, BBusSci (Actuarial Science), CAIA | CIO, Executive Director, Portfolio Manager

Tatenda is the Co-founder and CIO of Independent Alternatives. Tatenda is jointly responsible for the management of the business the management of portfolios, as well as developing investment research systems and the management of clients.

Tatenda’s experience, gained from his current and past roles, encompasses most asset classes. He has traded in spot equities, equity and index derivatives, fixed income products, commodity derivatives and foreign currency product markets. He is skilled in statistical macro-thematic and asset-class modelling, including machine learning and data science methods to model financial markets. He was a senior portfolio manager and analyst at a leading investment management firm from March 2010 to December 2015.

Tatenda is experienced in managing alternative investments, having previously co-managed R4.5 billion across equity, agricultural commodities, fixed income and multi-strategy hedge fund products. He has sat on numerous hedge fund industry panels and has been featured on CNBC Africa. Tatenda is currently a member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA)’s Alternative Investments Committee, where he heads up the hedge fund stream. Tatenda is a FAIS-approved key individual and representative for discretionary investment portfolios, including hedge funds.

Desiree Mpeta, RPE, JSE Traders Exam, Head of Operations, Executive Director

Desiree is a seasoned professional with over 26 years of experience in the financial markets. Her expertise lies in operations, with a strong background in prime broking, corporate actions, and trading.

As Head of Operations, Desiree focuses on the critical aspects of fund and business operations, including trade processes, NAV reconciliations, compliance, risk management, and performance reporting. Known for her unwavering attention to detail and dedication to operational excellence, Desiree is a results-oriented professional who consistently delivers outstanding performance. Her extensive experience and expertise make her an asset to the company.