Russell Jude

Team Leader

Russell Jude is the head of the program. Russell qualified as a CA(SA) in 1996 and obtained his CFA®charter in 1999. Russell lectures across all three levels of the program. He completed his accounting articles at Arthur Andersen in 1998, after which he spent almost 10 years in private equity with Kagiso Ventures, a leading empowerment private equity fund. Russell is part of the Edge lecture team and focuses on Investments and CFA classes.

Mohamed Ismail

Advanced Mathematics of Finance and Actuarial Science, CFA, FRM

Mohamed Ismail lectures fixed income across all the CFA levels. He is a fixed income portoflio manager for Momemtum Investments, and has over eight years of experience working in the interest rate market in both buy side and sell side roles. Prior to joining Momentum he was head of fixed income at Sanlam Capital Markets. He holds degrees in Advanced Mathematics of Finance and Actuarial Science, and is a CFA® charterholder and certified FRM. He is currently completing a Master’s Degree in Finance through INSEAD.

Cobus Cilliers

CFA, CA(SA), CAIA, CIPM, Masters in Finance (London Business School)

Cobus Cilliers lectures equities and alternative investments for Level I and Level II. He completed his CA (SA) training program at Standard Bank, and started working in the investment management industry (as analyst and portfolio manager) after qualifying as a chartered cccountant at the beginning of 2012. Cobus holds a Master in Finance qualification from London Business School, which he completed in 2016. He is also a CFA®charterholder, CAIA charterholder and a Certified Financial Planner.

Paul Birkett


Paul Birkett lectures corporate finance for Level I and II of the program as well as performance evaluation for Level III. Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA from Southeastern Louisiana University, Louisiana, United States. Paul is qualified as a CPA (NY) and is a CFA®charterholder. He is currently studying towards a MFIN at INSEAD. Prior to joining Africa Special Opportunities Capital (ASO), a distressed debt private equity fund focused on South Africa, he worked within corporate finance at Investec Bank Limited and PwC, in Johannesburg and New York City respectively.

Jaco Eagar

CAIA, BSc Economics

Jaco gained the bulk of his experience in Asset Management, Stockbroking, and Wealth Management. Thereafter, he focused on Private Equity and Project Finance. Positions he has held include COO, CIO, Senior Associate, and Head of Trading. He is currently involved in two start-up financial services companies, specialising in corporate Finance, and Stockbroking and Financial Advisory Services for the retail market.

Kyle Vinokur


Kyle Vinokur holds a Bachelor of Business Science degree with honours in finance from the University of Cape Town. He began his career at RidgeCape Capital, a multi-asset derivatives boutique brokerage. He was responsible for pricing, trade idea generation and trade execution of fixed income, currency and equity derivatives. He is a Level III candidate in the CFA® program and assists students with tutorial and exam preparation. He is helpful and excellent at presenting information in a way that is clear and easy to grasp.

Lunki Jude

Graphic Design and Marketing

Lunki received a BA through UNISA, majoring in English & Criminology, before studying graphic design through Design Alive, as well as receiving diplomas from Shaw Academy in Graphics, Photography & Digital Marketing. She is a talented designer, who aims for 100% client satisfaction & gives her all to every project. Lunki is part of the EdgeFIT Design and Marketing team, and is always learning more & trying to improve her skills.

Sinalo James

Office Admin Assistant

A vibrant, friendly and confident individual with a good attitude and experience is supporting fellow co-workers. She is determined and well organized and assists with office admin and support.