Dr Adrian Saville - EconomistA disciple of contrarian, deep-value investing, Dr Adrian Saville – Economist, Chief Strategist, Citadel & CIO Cannon Asset Managers, has been in the investment industry since the mid-1990s. He knows that opportunities always look bigger going than coming, and sees fortune where others see emotional turmoil.


In 1994, while completing his doctorate in economics, Adrian formed an investment vehicle which became the forerunner to Cannon Asset Managers. With a professorship in economics, Adrian could combine the two complementary activities of academia and investment management. As he says: “these disciplines feed and fuel each other richly and powerfully”.  In 2013 Peregrine Holdings acquired a majority stake in Cannon Asset Managers.

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Dr Adrian Saville – Economist

Adrian matriculated from Westville Boys High School in 1986.  His tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (cum laude) degree and M.Com (cum laude) from the University of Natal.  He completed his PhD (Economics) at the University of Natal in 1997, for which he was awarded the Economics Society of South Africa’s Founders Medal.  He is a UNESCO laureate and a matriculant of Linacre College (Oxford). He has completed programmes in value investing and competitive strategy at New York’s Columbia University and Harvard Business School in Boston.


Adrian’s investment philosophy is unwavering in his pursuit of value, especially where it means buying investments when they are unpopular or working far from the madding crowd. This skill equips Adrian to find hope where there is despair; to find success in the midst of failure; and to see opportunity when others see disaster.  Adrian has experience in managing all of the major asset classes and has successfully combined teaching and business, having lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Pretoria and the Estonian Business School.  He also has taught in Brazil, Chile, England, Estonia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, the United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Currently, he holds a Visiting Professorship of Economics and Finance at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), where he teaches macroeconomics, investment finance and competitive strategy.


Adrian has received the Excellence in Teaching Award at GIBS every year since 2007.  In 2012 he was nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Professor of the Year Award. In 2014 he received the Central and East European Management Development Association award in teaching excellence and in 2015 received a case writing award from the same institution.

Dr Adrian Saville – Economist


Adrian’s successful career has encompassed consulting widely to government and the corporate world.  He has published  broadly  in  peer-reviewed journals and books, and is a member of the Investment Analysts   Society  and  Economics  Society  of  South Africa.   An   area   of   focus   in   his   work   is    the competitiveness of companies, industries and countries which leads to an enquiry into what enables businesses, investors and the societies in which they live to prosper and thrive in an increasingly dynamic – and oftentimes harsh – global environment.


Adrian is the author of the Visa Africa Integration Index which explores the nature and extent of cross-border economic relationships in sub-Saharan Africa and the Investec-GIBS Savings Index which examines South Africa’s savings patterns and behaviour. Follow Conference Speakers on Twitter


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