2IP Team

The founding members of 2IP Independent Investment Partners are the core asset management and senior executive team who previously all worked together servicing the IFA market for the last 8 years.

In 2014 the decision was made to constitute 2IP based on the business principles of independence, integrity and a clearly communicated vision.

A cornerstone of the founders’ obstinate belief is that our business conduct should reflect our investment philosophy.  As such honest, open and robust discussion, longer-term thinking and ethical conduct are prerequisites within a scalable business model.

Marius Kilian LLB


Marius is a director and co-founder of 2IP Independent Investment Partners which was founded in 2014. Prior to this Marius worked in the investment industry for 25 years within a variety of investment banking, investment management and financial advisory related roles. He began his career as a legal advisor at Old Mutual in 1996. In 1999 Marius joined Citadel Investment Services as a portfolio planner focusing on the structuring and implementation of investment solutions for private clients. Marius joined TriAlpha Asset Management in 2001, where he headed up their South African operations. In 2003 Marius was recruited by RMB Private Bank, where he spent eight years, originally a divisional manager before being promoted to the executive committee of RMB Private Bank where he was tasked to create a team and capability that focused on the needs and requirements of the ultra-high net worth segment within the group. Marius joined Novare in March 2011 as CEO of Novare Investments. Marius too has a keen passion for advice frameworks. Marius is a qualified attorney, he holds a B.Iuris and LLB Degree as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning.

Ronnie Retief


Ronnie is a director and co-founder of 2IP Independent Investment Partners which was founded in 2014. Prior to this Ronnie has worked within the investments industry for the last 25 years within a variety of investment banking, investment management and fund due diligence related roles. He began his career at BOE Bank (now Nedbank) in 1996 as a fixed income and derivatives trader before joining PSG Investment Bank in 1999 in a similar role. In 2003 Ronnie joined Symmetry Multi-Manager where he was responsible for the manager research and due diligence, primarily focusing on fixed income managers. In 2006 he joined SMMI where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager of both retail and institutional funds. In 2011 he joined Novare Investments as the Head of Multi Management where he also served on the Exco. Ronnie holds a B.Tech Business Administration as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning. He also completed the Certificate in Mathematical Modelling of Derivatives through UNISA.

Francois Cilliers CFA CAIA


Francois is a director and co-founder of 2IP Independent Investment Partners which was founded in 2014.  Prior to this Francois has worked within the investments industry both locally and abroad for the last 23 years within a variety of investment management and fund due diligence related roles, both in the hedge fund and long-only segments of the market. He began his career at Equinox Fund Management in 1999 as a hedge fund analyst and in 2002 joined Pioneer Alternative Investments in London doing fund due diligence and portfolio management on their fund of hedge fund portfolios. In 2005 Francois joined Barclays Capital in the UK where he was responsible for the risk management and due diligence of Barclays Capital’s global fund of hedge funds’ portfolios within their fund-linked derivatives division. In 2008 he joined Novare as Portfolio Manager within both the long-only and alternatives product ranges and in 2011 he was appointed as Chief Investments Officer of Novare Investments. Francois is a CFA charterholder, CAIA charterholder and completed his Masters at the School of Management, University of Bath (UK) in the field of Responsibility in Business Practice.

Eric van Wyk CFP®

Senior Analyst

Eric joined the 2IP team in January 2015 after having completed his B.Com in Investment Management at the Stellenbosch University.

Eric’s areas of responsibility include both a daily involvement and oversight of the manager research, operational due diligence and model portfolio management aspects of the business, as well as spearheading and coordinating most of the firm’s platform interactions and online tool development.

Eric’s general entrepreneurial flair, combined with his proven aptitude and enthusiasm for investments, has meant that he has become a highly respected and invaluable member of the 2IP team.  Eric has also completed his PGD Fin Plan studies via Stellenbosch University in 2017 and obtained his CFP designation in 2020.

Carmen Rautenbach


Carmen started her career at 2IP in February 2019 after she obtained her B.Com degree in Investment Management from Stellenbosch University the year prior.

She assists with a variety of investment and operational due diligence functions within the firm, including but not limited to manager research, qualitative and quantitative analysis, risk management and client reporting.

Given Carmen’s keen interest in the finance and investment management industry she has also continued her studies and has enrolled as a CFA Level II candidate.

Danielle van Breda

Operations and Compliance

Danielle joined the 2IP team in July 2017 following a background in HR and Labour Law.  A meticulous eye for detail and enthusiasm for investment administration has meant that she quickly became a valuable member of the 2IP team.

Danielle’s areas of focus within the business includes investment reporting, mandate control and the editorial function of most of our client communication, including yet not limited to fund fact sheets and client feedback reporting.  She also plays a pivotal role in ensuring the firm’s compliance and regulatory functions continue to run smoothly.

Danielle is also currently completing her B.Com Honours specializing in Financial Management part-time through UNISA.

Athol Hoets

Actuarial Consultant

Athol has been affiliated with the business since prior to its inception in 2014. Given his rare combination of advanced skills in both the areas of financial modelling and IT, it has been our privilege within 2IP to have access to and frequently draw upon this specialised skill-set.

Athol continues to help us enhance both our set of online IFA tools as well as various data automation processes to help streamline the business on an ongoing basis.

Athol has over 25 years’ experience within the life insurance industry, is an expert VBA developer and has a better than working knowledge of numerous IT languages, inter alia VB.NET, ASP.NET, C#, SQL and JavaScript.

Darren Braga

(In Memoria)

Darren joined the 2IP team in April 2015 (via Distribution on Demand) to create and head up the distribution function within the business.  His extensive financial industry experience and gentlemanly demeanour made him the perfect fit not only for this this particular role, but also as a member within the overall 2IP team.  We honour his valued contribution and he will be dearly missed.