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SuperReturn Africa
3-5 December 2024
The Westin, Cape Town

Leslie Ndawana
Principal Executive Officer at National Fund for Municipal Workers (NFMW)


Mr Ndawana is the Chief Executive Officer and Principal Executive Officer of the National Fund for Municipal Workers(NFMW), a retirement fund with approximately 55,000 members and R27 billion of assets under management. He has been in the South African retirement funds industry for about 15 years, mainly in advisory and fiduciary capacities. Mr Ndawana currently serves the retirement funds industry as a Director of Batseta Council of Retirement Funds. He is also a member, representing Batseta, of the Financial Sector Transformation Council's Reporting Working Committee. He has presented and participated at various leadership & industry conferences , seminars and masterclasses on topical matters affecting financial services, investments and pensions industries.

Mr Ndawana is a professional member of Batseta, with a Chartered Principal Executive Officer (CPEO) qualification and designation. In addition, he holds a Post Graduate Diploma in financial planning and an Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Investments, both obtained from University of the Free State. He also has a Master of Business Administration degree (passed with merit) from Henley Business School, which is the Business School of University of Reading in the United Kingdom. He is currently studying for a Master's degree in Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch in 2023.

Mr Ndawana is passionate about development finance, impacting lives, impact investments, leadership development, organisational behaviour, assisting retirement fund members to achieve desirable life & desirable retirement outcomes and being part of the architecture in resolving the current socio-economic challenges in Africa.

In his executive role at NFMW, Mr Ndawana is charged with the responsibility of driving strategy and direction of the Fund, providing leadership and engaging stakeholders.

Agenda Sessions

  • Pension funds and GPs unite

  • The grey list: investor reactions