Maurice Oduor Senior Investment Manager - Public Markets

“Without Hard work, nothing grows but weeds” - Gordon B. Hinckley

As the Investment Manager, it is my work to ensure that there is continuous evaluation of investment opportunities, investment of clients’ funds and ensuring that we take advantage of opportunities that the company can utilize to give clients attractive returns. This largely requires that a person is able to work well with people, pay keen attention to details, and also have the capability to guide those working with you.

I am a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance Option) graduate from Maseno University and CFA Level III candidate with CFA Institute in the US. I am passionate about Investment Analysis, Portfolio Management and training people on the same. Working with talented fresh university graduates who are looking up to me to help up shape up their careers has made me realize that I can be a teacher. Seeing those that I mentor establish their career in investment and take some of the tasks off my shoulder gives meaning to my work.

I have been privileged to work for the top fund management companies in Kenya. I started my career at Gen Africa Asset Managers Ltd (Formerly Genesis Kenya Investment Management Ltd) as an investments dealer for both local and offshore investments. Later I served as an Investment Analyst with specialization in Fixed Income Asset Class, Performance Measurement and Attribution Analysis and Portfolio Management. I, later on, joined Britam Asset Managers Ltd as an Investment Associate in charge of Sub-Saharan Africa Financials Services, Telcos and Fixed Income coverage with a key role in Portfolio management for both Unit Trust Funds, Pension Funds, and Private Wealth Management. I was later promoted to Assistant Portfolio Manager in charge of Public Market segment of Fund Management Division with a key role of portfolio strategy formulation, execution and Evaluation, Portfolio Management and Clients Relationship Management. I have gained experience in analysis of the public markets, both Fixed Income, Equities, offshore markets, Portfolio Management and Performance Measurement and Attribution Analysis.

How I joined Cytonn? I knew the founding team having worked with them at Britam Asset Managers Ltd. The rest as they say is history. It feels like I just changed offices, everything else is pretty much the same to me.

I find true meaning in my job whenever I see people working under me grow in their careers and take up more responsibilities. This confirms to me that I have been able to transfer my experience to my team members, and more so when they actually say that they have grown. Secondly, when I make a right investment call that results in attractive investment returns to my clients and finally when clients confirm that they are actually happy with our services and returns.

I would encourage anyone looking to venture into business, join Cytonn or aspiring to get into the investment field by reminding them that, we are all created equally and we can do whatever we choose to and be whoever we want to be - but without hard work and discipline, it is difficult to be a top professional. We were all created for a reason: get to know your reason and pursue it.

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