Chief Executive Officer
Jean has more than 18 years of experience in building and managing commodity trading businesses at leading South African financial institutions. His commodities business was one of the first active participants in the South African Commodity Futures Exchange and Jean served on the South African Futures Exchange advisory panel for many years.
Prior to founding Barak, Jean built and led a new team at Standard Bank that covered structured commodity finance, physical and derivative trading as well as agricultural and bio-fuel project finance. Previously, Jean worked for Rand Merchant Bank (part of the First Rand Group) heading up a team that completed the first successful USD 1 billion grain securitization in the world. This same team also set up the third largest crop insurance company in Africa to mitigate weather risk on farmer production loans for the First Rand Retail Bank. Jean holds an accounting degree from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.