Duarte Da Silva


Board Member

Duarte has more than 25 years of experience in the investment industry, having concurrently been the Regional Head of Macquarie’s (Macquarie is a Global investment Bank, originating out of Australia) African Operations and Chief Executive Officer of a joint venture Macquarie First South (a financial services company he founded in 2002) until 2016. Whilst at the helm of Macquarie, the business generated in excess of US$100 million of income, focusing on investment banking, Equity trading, Equity Capital markets, and infrastructure asset management. He also was instrumental in building the Financial Mail’s number one Rated Research Team for Macquarie First South.

Prior to joining Macquarie, Duarte was Deputy Chairman of McCarthy Bank (chaired by Cyril Ramaphosa). He was also an executive director Merrill Lynch South Africa, where he was a top Rated Technology/Electronics and Industrial Holdings Analyst.

Duarte holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Engineering (PhD) from the University of the Witwatersrand, which he obtained at the age of 25. Currently Duarte serves as the Chairman of listed Huge Group, and is on the Board of Kela Securities, Element Investment Managers and CDL.