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Geoff Noble

FinTech Professional


Currently resides in: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Born in Durban South Africa

Hi, my name is Geoff Noble. I run my own consultancy firm, Noble Brothers Consult (NBC). NBC is a private company based in Durban, South Africa. NBC provides various professional services but specialises in technology solutions for financial services companies.

Currently, NBC’s main project is the design and implementation of a Simulation Tool (SST) at Grindrod Asset Management. The SST is a Monte Carlo multivariate autoregressive time series simulation of a number of investment asset classes (a mouthful, I know!). The SST assists users to choose a suitable investment portfolio.

I am a Chartered Accountant and CFA Charterholder with over 10 years experience. My professional experience includes corporate finance, financial modelling, due diligence, corporate advisory, valuations, investment analysis and portfolio management. I also develop and implement financial models to assist with decision making. Models range from discounted cash flow models, annual/monthly budgeting, capital projects, Monte Carlo simulation amongst others.

I enjoy getting involved in the local Finance community. I lecture Portfolio Management to Finance Honours students at the University of KwaZulu/Natal. I am also a regular volunteer to the CFA Society South Africa. I represent the society at events in KwaZulu/Natal and mentor university students in the Annual CFA Institute Research Challenge.

My computer skills include Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Visual Basic for Applications. I am currently learning Python and C#. I enjoy the problem-solving aspects of computer programming. I have also completed courses in Psychology and Introduction to Machine Learning and recently completed a Data Analyst Nanodegree through the online education company, Udacity.

My favourite hobbies are reading and writing. I have published one book, Forget the Noise (available on Amazon). Forget the Noise details my investment philosophy for the layman. I also write on my blog (www.forgetthenoise.co.za).


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Durban, Durban, South Africa


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Forget the Noise Book

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Current Position(s)

Director | Noble Brothers Consult
Durban, South Africa | 2016 - present

Accounting, Banking and Finance


Part-time Lecturer | University of KwaZulu-Natal
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa | 2016 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Lecture Portfolio Management to Finance Honours students.


Previous Position(s)

Non-Executive Director | Choice Meats Distribution
Durban, South Africa | 2013 - 2013

Accounting, Banking and Finance

Choice Meats Distribution (Moore Noble Meats (Pty) Ltd) delivers top quality free range (grass-fed) meat to our customers sourced from East Griqualand. Quality and affordability are key tenets of our products.

We aim to do a delivery once a week to the greater Durban area.

See www.choicemeats.co.za for more information.


Portfolio Manager | Grindrod Asset Management
Durban, South Africa | 2010 - 2016

Accounting, Banking and Finance

I co-managed various investment portfolios with the Chief Investment Officer focusing on our "payers and growers" investment strategy.


Consulting | Self Employed
2009 - 2010

Accounting, Banking and Finance

After returning to South Africa, provided consulting services on a contract basis including:
• Financial Modelling and Business Analyst to a digital media agency
o Budgeting and forecasting future financial performance
o Scenario analysis
o Cash flow management
• Provided Excel and Financial Modelling training to RSM Betty and Dickson (Durban)
o Introduction to excel
o Advanced excel
o Best practice spreadsheet design
o Financial modelling case study
• Provided Excel and Financial Modelling training to Consolidated Financial Planning (Durban)
o Introduction to excel
o Advanced excel
o Best practice spreadsheet design
o Financial Modelling case study
• Financial model for Consolidated Financial Planning
o Used for business planning purposes


Senior Analyst, Corporate Finance | Deloitte Australia
2006 - 2009

Consulting and Project Management

Joined Deloitte as a Graduate in February 2006 and completed the Graduate Rotation Programme gaining experience in financial modelling, due diligence, valuations and corporate advisory. Promoted to senior analyst in the specialist financial modelling team. Managed a number of financial model build and testing engagements since promotion. The role included mentoring and managing junior staff. Left Deloitte on own accord to return home to South Africa.

Educational history

Secondary

Westville Boys' High School, Durban, South Africa (2001)

Tertiary

UDACITY

Mountain View, United States of America | April 2016 - August 2016

Nanodegree - Data Science

A Nanodegree program is an innovative curriculum path that is outcome-based and career-oriented. Every program has a clear end-goal, and the ideal path to get you there. Courses are built with industry leaders like Google, AT&T, and Facebook, and are taught by leading subject matter experts. Students benefit from personalized mentoring and project-review throughout, and have regular access to instructors and course managers through moderated forums.

San Jose State University

2013 - 2013

Introduction to Psychology

CFA Institute

Durban, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

CFA Programme - Finance

Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

2009 - present

Chartered Accountant

Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia

Sydney, Australia | 2007 - 2008

GradDipCA - Financial Accounting, Tax, Auditing, Management Analysis

University of Sydney

2006 - 2006

Acccounting Conversion Course - Corporations Law, Taxation

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 2002 - 2005

BBusSc - Finance Honours, Accounting

Westville Boys High School

1997 - 2001

Matric Exemption - A Aggregate - Maths, English, Afrikaans, Accounting, History, Physics

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CFA Institute

CFA Charterholder, 2012 - present

Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Member, 2009 - present

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