Prieur du Plessis
Chief Investment Officer
Location: Based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Prieur has more than 15 years of experience in the commodities trading and financial services arena, and founding member of Barak. His career includes stints as head of structured trade and commodity finance at Absa Bank, a subsidiary of Barclays Bank Plc.
He also headed up the soft commodities origination team for Standard Bank. Prieur managed the treasury operations of Rand Merchant Bank’s commodities trading desk, before moving into a structured commodity finance deal-making role at the bank. During his tenure at Rand Merchant Bank, he was a key member of the team that completed the first successful grain securitization in the world and led the team that established the third largest crop insurance company in Africa.
He was part of the Standard Bank team responsible for the launch of a three-year Jatropha production finance product, the first bio-fuel finance product of its kind. Prieur is a qualified chartered accountant and completed his public training with PricewaterhouseCoopers.