The Bank of Singapore’s Chief Investment Officer was in the Bay this week to collect an Alumni Achievers Award from his alma mater, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
Having spent 15 years’ abroad, living in Jersey, England and now Singapore, Johan Jooste, 45, was thrilled to return to the city where he attended school and university, and where he married his wife, Mada, also 45, who was raised in Namibia.
Jooste still calls South Africa “home”, particularly Cape Town, the city of his childhood holidays, where his mother and brother still live – and where he hopes one day to retire.
He said his award from NMMU was an opportunity to “renew the links” with his alma mater. “I’m proud to be attached to this university … It has the potential to make a big impact nationally and globally.”
His “overseas adventure”, as he calls his thriving career abroad, happened “half by luck” with the right opportunities coming up at the right times. His successful corporate climb through several leading financial institutions, culminated in his latest position in Singapore earlier this year.
“Singapore is a very easy place to settle, make friends and feel at home. It’s so efficient and organised – it’s a