Meet The Team

MEET THE TEAM

Dr Anushka Bogdanov – Managing Director

Dr Anushka Bogdanov has 26 years of international risk management experience,  she also has a PhD degree in International Financial Management from the London Business School and boasts an Honours and Masters Degrees in Business Administration from Buckinghamshire University in London.

Bogdanov has worked in various senior risk management positions in the banking sector, development financial institutions (DFIs) and rating agencies and has covered credit assessment of large corporates/ banks/ development financial institutions/ multinationals/ municipalities, setting credit strategy and risk appetite, rating banks and various financial instruments, building Basel compliance models.

In 2011 she was appointed as the Audit Committee Chairperson for three different departments in the Northern Cape of which she had transformed positively into clean audits at the time. She also served as an independent member of ALCO for National Housing Finance Corporation. She served as the Risk Committee Chairperson for Nautilus, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and also serves as a Board Member for Nautilus.

After many years of solid risk management experience in investment, corporate and retail banking, Dr. Anushka Bogdanov established  Risk Insights (Pty) Ltd to provide risk consulting to various institutions in Southern Africa and worldwide.

She currently serves as a non-executive director at EOH, one of Africa’s largest IT companies. She also serves on the Audit and Risk Committee for the department of small business development.

Mr Andrey Bogdanov – Principal

Mr Andrey Bogdanov has over 20 years of Treasury, Risk and Finance expertise internationally with particular emphasis on Africa and former Soviet Union. Mr Bogdanov is a graduate of the Economics and Law Faculty of the St Petersburg State University. He holds Masters Degree in Business Administration from TRIUM. He is currently a Principal at Risk Insights and responsible for Corporate Finance and Treasury Related Transactions.

Before joining Risk Insights Andrey was working in JT Group (Fortune 500 company) in various senior Treasury and Finance positions being responsible for MENEA, former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Americas regions, Global Supply Chain and Global Leaf word-wide.

Bogdanov has  ensured delivery of the ambitious company’s goals in the region, integration of the newly acquired businesses, providing strategic guidelines, hands on implementation of the strategies on the ground in various countries. In particular his responsibilities included evaluation of the business opportunities in the region and risk mitigation strategies, smooth integration of newly acquired entities in the region into JTI corporate environment, optimisation of entity / treasury / tax / capital structures in order to maximise long term shareholders value, representation of the entities towards financial institutions and various authorities, process re-engineering and restructuring of entity management, optimising of existing management / accounting systems and Implementation of ERP system, control system in all regional entities, mitigation of financial risks generated by business, succession planning and career management for the finance staff in the region, compliance to Japanese equivalent of the SOX.

 

Mr Reginald Mudunge – Head of Analytics and Data lab

Mr Reginald Mudunge has over 20 years in the banking industry. Mr Mudunge holds a B.Sc. Chemistry (Hons) degree from the University of Zimbabwe. He also graduated from the University of Natal with a M.Sc. Chemical Engineering degree. He is completing a Chartered Banker MBA from Bangor University in Wales.

Mudunge has worked as a project manager, risk consultant, internal auditor and senior quantitative analyst for various banks in the South African banking sector. He was the Head of Model risk and Capital Management in Internal Audit at Nedbank and was also the Head of Risk at Commercial Property Finance in Absa. He has been involved in the Basel projects since 2002 specialising in model design, development and validation at Nedbank and Land Bank.

Mudunge is currently involved in the use of data science to improve business intelligence and company performance. His experience spans Capital management, ALM, PD, LGD, EAD, IFRS 9, Pricing (loans and derivatives), Discounted cashflow (DCF) valuations DCF modelling, Psychological based assessment models, Customer lifetime value (CLV) in cashflow modelling, Market risk modelling, Econometric modelling for inclusion of macro variables in models, Real options and Operational risk modelling.

Dr Lynn Van Coller – Senior Risk & Strategy Specialist

Dr Lynn van Coller has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry. She has a PhD in Applied Mathematics which she obtained from the University of British Columbia in Canada.

Her undergraduate, Honours and Masters degrees were obtained from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg.

Lynn has worked in various senior risk management positions in the banking industry, as well as in the investment management industry. She pioneered the portfolio construction methodology at RMB Asset Management, tailoring an approach used offshore for the South African market. She went on to lead the multi-asset investment team at Momentum Asset Management before moving into consulting on investment portfolios and company strategy in the insurance and wealth industries.

               Mr Thusani Khwanda – Data Scientist

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Thusani has a BSc. Mathematical Science Degree majoring in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics from the University of Johannesburg (SA) and a Post Graduate NQF level 8 Certificate in Computational Intelligence for Industry (Data Science).
He was also part DSIDE Student Vacation (Data Science for Impact and Decision Enablement) 2018-2019 at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) where data science techniques are used to help improve Decision making in South Africa. Thusani is a  Data Scientist in the data lab at Risk Insights

                 Mr Delegate Hokonya – Data Scientist

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Mr Delegate T Hokonya holds a BSc degree in Mathematical Sciences (with specialization in mathematics and statistics), a BSc (Hons) degree in Mathematical Statistics and an NQF level 8 certificate with distinction in Computational Intelligence for Industry (Data Science) from the University of Johannesburg. He is also a member of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRSMA).

Before joining Risk Insights: Futuristic Risk Management, Delegate has worked for Qrent SA as a computer technician assistant and was employed for 4 years by the University of Johannesburg as an Academic Tutor for mathematics and statistics courses. Delegate is a  Data Scientist in the data lab at Risk Insights

                 Miss Onthatile Mathekga – Data Scientist

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Onthatile has BSc Mathematical Science Degree Majored in Mathematical and Applied Mathematics from the University of Johannesburg, also a Certificate from Gordon Institute of Business Science (University of Pretoria) for YOUTH DEVELOPMENT GRADUATE PROGRAMME.Onthatile is a  Data Scientist in the data lab at Risk Insights

                 Miss Fezile Khanyi – Receptionist

 

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Fezile studied Public Management at Central Technical College, After she left college she worked for a number of corporate companies such as Liberty Life and Statistics SA as a receptionist , she has gained very sound communication and other management skills which enable’s her to handle our front office with great integrity. Fezile is a strong social blogger and is responsible for social media for Risk Insights and its associated companies.

                 Miss Mmamiya Phungo – Executive Assistant

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Mmamiya has gained very strong peoples skills working and coordinating front office for Sorbet which forms part of the investment holding group long for life.

Risk Insights team is proficient in several languages
  • Russian

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Mandarin

  • Tshivenda

  • IsisZulu

  • Shona

  • Setswana

  • Afrikaans