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Our global forex team

Our forex division boasts industry experts with over 20 years of experience. We specialise in private and corporate forex solutions. Our efficient and friendly team process over 100,000 transactions each year for over 40,000 clients worldwide.

Andrew Rissik

BEconomics

Managing Director of Forex and International Projects

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Andrew grew up in South Africa, where he was educated at Michaelhouse and Stellenbosch University. He served as an officer in the South African Navy before completing his management training with McCarthy Group and relocating to their UK operation in 1994. After this, he was involved in start-up businesses and business turnarounds before returning to South Africa in 2004. He established a company that facilitated the investment of UK client money into the emerging South African property market, successfully selling his interests before being appointed to head up Sable International's forex division. Here, he focuses on forex transfers out of South Africa.

Outside of work, Andrew is a keen sailor who has competed internationally and spends many weekends away, either sailing or enjoying the outdoors with his wife and two children.

Andrew’s motto: "Nothing so conclusively proves a man's ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself."


 

Jason Chown

BA, MBA, DFS

Director

 

Born in Queensland, Jason first started working at Sable International over 10 years ago, after moving to the UK for a working holiday. Since joining the Sable International team, Jason has worked in a variety of roles within our London, Cape Town and now Melbourne offices.  Jason currently oversees our Australian and New Zealand foreign exchange operations. He holds an MBA from Deakin University and is a member of the teaching team at Swinburne Online, where he specialises in postgraduate Economics.

Outside work, Jason enjoys mountain biking in the local national parks and searching for Melbourne’s best coffee.

Jason's motto: “Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind.”-  Dr. Seuss


 

Gemma Cloete

Forex Manager - Client Relations and Business Development

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Gemma was raised and schooled in sunny Cape Town, South Africa. After school she spent two years living and working in the UK, where she was able to indulge her passion for travel. After returning to South Africa, she studied business management and computing before quickly being snapped up by Sable International.

Several years and three promotions later, Gemma holds the position of co-manager of the Cape Town forex department, where she is responsible for client relations, marketing and new business development. She brings an outstanding enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge of the company to the role.

Outside of work, Gemma enjoys exploring Cape Town (the old and the new), wining and dining in Stellenbosch’s wine estates and spending weekends away with friends and family.

Gemma’s Motto: "If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door." – Milton Berle

 

Calvin Matsaure

BTech (Business Management)

Forex Manager - Operations

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Calvin joined Sable International’s forex division in 2014 after working as a business development consultant for Emerging Stars, an investment lending company based in Cape Town. Within three years Calvin has risen to co-manager and is responsible for operational and treasury functions, as well as overseeing the brokerage team. He uses his experience and determination to spur his team forward.

After enrolling for Electrical Engineering for one semester at the University of Zimbabwe, he decided to pursue something in line with his passion for business. He went on to graduate cum laude from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a B(Tech) degree in Business Management. He is concurrently completing his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and FRM (Financial Risk Manager) qualifications.

While his childhood dream of being a professional footballer might not have worked out, in his spare time Calvin still likes to train. He also makes the most of living near the sea, enjoying beach runs and splendid sunsets.

Calvin’s motto: “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble.” - Warren Buffet

 

Tim Smith

National Development Manager 

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Tim spent the best part of two decades in global markets at one of Australia's major banks, assisting individuals, businesses and organisations with risk management strategies across interest rates, commodities and foreign exchange.

We discovered Tim facilitating information sessions for local councils, educating importers and exporters about how the foreign exchange market works and "all the dirty tricks” used against them.

"I'm tired of people, businesses and charities getting ripped off by the big banks in their foreign exchange" was the reason he gave when we asked why he was running the sessions. We knew we had to hire him, his morals and beliefs matching Sable International's perfectly.

Tim doesn't cold call (unlike most in the forex industry), but you will meet him out and about at various events making new connections and gaining new clients. As a networker and connector, Tim is able to introduce his clients to a variety of specialists that can assist their businesses growth both domestically and internationally while also helping them save money on their international money transfers.

Outside of work, Tim and his family are avid computer gamers. Fiction writing is another passion and he is working eagerly towards seeing his first book on a store shelf.

Tim's motto: "We're all unique and different. Those that positively accept the differences of others lead happier and more enriched lives, whilst those that choose to focus negatively on the differences of others will only attract negativity and unhappiness to theirs."

 

Sebastian Steyn

BComm (Hons)

Forex Risk and Hedging Specialist

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Sebastian grew up in Stellenbosch where he went to school at Paul Roos Gymnasium he then completed his BComm (Hons) degree in Financial Risk Management at Stellenbosch University. He has had a keen interest in trading since university, which led him to Sable International after obtaining his degree.

Sebastian has a keen interest in risk management as well as environmental economics. He has completed his FRM Level 1 examination, and he is in the process of completing Level 2. After this he plans to focus on obtaining the Energy Risk Professional designation – which focuses on the financial risk aspects of energy production.

Outside of work Sebastian is passionate about hiking and exploring the mountainous areas of the Western Cape. He does enjoy surfing and often goes for a morning session before coming into the office.

“The more credit you give away, the more will come back to you. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.” - Brian Tracy

South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120

Durban

201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom

London

Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514

Croydon

5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

Australia

Melbourne

9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 7070528) registered in England and Wales. Sable International is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Board in South Africa (FSP no. 41900) and holds an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (AFS License number 335 126).

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