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Nicola Comninos, CFA

Group Chief Risk Officer


Nicola Comninos, Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) is currently the Group Chief Risk Officer of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). She is chairman of the JSE Pension Fund Board and JSE Group Model Committee. She participates in various industry committees, including WFE (World Federation of Exchanges) Enterprise Risk Working Group, South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Financial Sector Contingency Forum (FSCF), chairs the CFA South Africa Society Risk & Governance Committee and is a member of IRMSA’s (Institute of Risk Management of South Africa) Risk Intelligence Committee.

With 15 years’ experience in financial markets, her previous roles include Managing Director of Nautilus Group, a Hedge Fund Platform, a wholly owned subsidiary of JSE Group; and heading various functions including Group Strategy, Sustainability, Key Account Management, Equities and Equity Derivatives and Business Intelligence. Previous roles outside the JSE include Investment Consulting and Life Investment Product Development.

Her qualifications include B.Com Honours and B.Com Investment Management degrees (both Cum Laude). She was awarded IRMSA 2020 Risk Manager of the year, she is the co-head of Women in ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) South Africa (WE SA) chapter; and is a member of various industry bodies, including IRMSA, CFA Institute, the CFA South Africa Society, and the Institute of Directors of SA (IoDSA). She is a mentor for GirlIgnite Africa Acadamy as well as the WE SA and EMPOWR mentorship programmes. She has two sons.