Stuart Thomson


Stuart has worked extensively with blue chip companies in the finance sector over the past 11 years, including South Africa’s four largest banks, the major development finance institutions, long and short-term insurance houses, asset managers and high net worth service providers.

Stuart specialises in themes affecting corporate finance, specifically those which support group and business strategy through organic and inorganic growth planning, as well as post-merger integration and optimisation. His projects focus deeply on the development of agile, robust and comprehensive enterprise risk management frameworks, including developing proactive regulatory amenability for large entities.

Stuart obtained his Commerce (PPE) and LLB degrees from the University of Cape Town and studied Advanced Corporate Finance at the London School of Economics.

Qi Sun, FRM

Qi is an associate at Aspect Advisory. She has experience in financial modelling, statistical analysis, business intelligence and data reporting.
Qi holds a BCom (Hons) degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town and is a SAS 9 Certified Advanced Programmer.
She has written and passed the level 1 exam of the CFA Programme and is a Financial Risk Manager — Certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

Callan Leong

Callan is an associate at Aspect Advisory. Her experience includes commodities trading and business marketing. She holds a BCom (Hons) degree in Corporate Finance and Investments from the University of the Witwatersrand and is currently a level 3 candidate in the CFA Programme.

Dr Christian Schmaltz

Christian has worked with finance and risk divisions in banks across Europe and in South Africa. His broad experience ranges from instrument pricing, limit setting systems for market risk, instrument cash flow analysis and liquidity stress testing, to dynamic capital allocation concepts.
Christian is a professor of finance at the Aarhus University in Denmark and a visiting researcher at Deutsche Bundesbank. He lectures frequently at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management for Bank Controlling and Liquidity Risk Management, and provides training on all aspects of banking regulation, covering all risk types. His research is centred around practical challenges in implementing regulation reflected in publications on Basel III – compliance, liquidity risk management and risk reporting.
Apart from participating in research conferences, Christian is also a regular speaker at practitioner conferences.

Evan Jackson

Evan is an associate at Aspect Advisory. His skillset comprises of stochastic analysis and numerical methods in finance with experience covering the design and development of end-to-end, cloud-based data analytics applications. He also has a keen interest in machine learning, blockchain technologies and fintech.

Evan holds a BSc(Eng.) in Civil Engineering and a MPhil. specialising in Mathematical Finance from the University of Cape Town.

Gavin Leo-Smith, CFA

Gavin is a senior associate at Aspect Advisory. He has extensive experience in portfolio management and equity analysis, with a specific focus on banks and other financial services companies. He is also proficient in the development of various technology applications. 
Gavin holds a BCom (Hons) degree in Investment Management from the University of Johannesburg and is a CFA charterholder.

The Team