John Legat

CEO and Lead Fund Manager

Imara Asset Management

Biography

John Legat established Imara Asset Management (previously Fleming Asset Management) in 1998, initially to manage pension fund portfolios in Zimbabwe.  Grew the business into one of Africa’s leading Asset Management groups managing assets for a range of mostly institutions in Africa, Europe and the USA.  Launched the Imara African Opportunities Fund in 2005 and diversified the product range to now offer a number of Pan African and thematic funds as well as bespoke segregated accounts, managed by an investment team based in Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

Extensive emerging market experience gained from thirteen years at GT Asset Management (which became LGT Asset Management) where after trading European equities joined the Global Emerging Markets team. In 1995 launched and managed the GT Africa Fund, one of the first mutual funds of it’s kind.