Our Lecturers

CFA Institute

Russell Jude


Russell Jude is the head of the program. Russell qualified as a CA(SA) in 1996 and obtained his CFA®charter in 1999. Russell lectures across all three levels of the program. He completed his accounting articles at Arthur Andersen in 1998, after which he spent almost 10 years in private equity with Kagiso Ventures, a leading empowerment private equity fund. Russell is part of the Edge lecture team and focuses on Investments and CFA classes.

Paul Birkett


Paul Birkett lectures corporate finance for Level I and II of the program as well as performance evaluation for Level III. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana, United States. Paul is qualified as a CPA (NY) and is a CFA®charterholder. He is currently studying towards a MFIN at INSEAD.

Prior to joining Africa Special Opportunities Capital (ASO), a distressed debt private equity fund focused on South Africa, he worked within corporate finance at Investec Bank Limited and PwC, in Johannesburg and New York City respectively.

Cobus Cilliers

CFA, CA(SA), CAIA, CIPM, Masters in Finance (London Business School)

Cobus Cilliers lectures equities and alternative investments for Level I and Level II. He completed his CA (SA) training program at Standard Bank, and started working in the investment management industry (as analyst and portfolio manager) after qualifying as a chartered cccountant at the beginning of 2012.

Cobus holds a Master in Finance qualification from London Business School, which he completed in 2016. He is also a CFA®charterholder, CAIA charterholder and a Certified Financial Planner.

Mohamed Ismail

Advanced Mathematics of Finance and Actuarial Science, CFA® charterholder, Certified FRM

Mohamed Ismail lectures fixed income across all the CFA levels. He is a fixed income portoflio manager for Momemtum Investments, and has over eight years of experience working in the interest rate market in both buy side and sell side roles. Prior to joining Momentum he was head of fixed income at Sanlam Capital Markets. He holds degrees in Advanced Mathematics of Finance and Actuarial Science, and is a CFA® charterholder and certified FRM. He is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Finance through INSEAD.

Milica Wojno


Milica Wojno lectures financial reporting and analysis (FRA) and derivatives for Level I. Milica Wojno is a passionate lecturer. She qualified as a CA (SA) in 2012 and is currently a Level III candidate in the CFA® Program. She has worked in big and small firms in the corporate world but has never felt happier and more rewarded than when she is teaching. She loves to help people and make a difference in people's lives.

Robert Starkey


Robert Starkey lectures economics for Level I and II. He began his career in 2009 in the field of financial planning and unit trust investment administration and has studied part-time while working. Currently, Robert works for an investment management company as an investment analyst heading up the portfolio research and is a member of the Financial Planning Institute’s Technical Investment committee.

Robert has read for Honours in Financial Planning and is currently reading for a Masters in Investment Management at UJ (he has 2 chapters left on his dissertation) and is also a Level II candidate in the CFA® Program. Robert is a CFP Professional and also holds the CIPM designation.

Robert believes in working hard, always learning, keeping your reputation clean, and helping others.

Leeanne Brandao

Leeanne Brandao assists with support and tutorials for the CFA students.

She is an energetic, ambitious and determined young individual who has established a mature and responsible attitude toward her tasks. She enjoys motivating and helping others to achieve their goals. She obtained a BCom Financial Management with distinction through Unisa and is a 2018 Level III candidate in the CFA® Program.

Natalie Videira

Natalie Videira assists students with support as well as creating content. Natalie is an articulate, energetic and dependable individual who is committed to supporting and helping students achieve their goals. Natalie is currently working towards her BCom Masters in Marketing at the University of Witwatersrand and is a candidate in the CFA Program.