CFI.co Meets Dzika Danha
While born in Zimbabwe, Dzika was raised in Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire, and spent the formative years of his education in Dorset, southwest England. Here he attended the Sherborne School for Boys.
After his studies Mr Danha moved to back to Zimbabwe to join his family. It is here that his career began. Dzika Danha now boasts over 10 years of experience working in Zimbabwe’s capital markets. His focus has been on equity markets.
His career started in 2003 when he joined Barnfords Securities (formerly the HSBC franchise in Zimbabwe) as a trainee sell-side equity analyst. This gave him the initial grounding in equity market analysis. Mr Danha subsequently worked at two local asset managing firms: Tetrad and GP2 Asset Management.
After leaving GP2 Asset Management in 2005, he set up his own research boutique: 3IA Advisory. This company was not limited to market research but also became involved with advisory services to high net worth individuals and their investments on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.
“Within 3 years he had risen to Director in charge of the Equity Product Group for East and Southern Africa.”
In 2007, Mr Danha was hired by Renaissance Capital, a Moscow based bank specialising in emerging and frontier markets which was undertaking an expansion into Africa opening offices in Harare, Lagos, Nairobi, Lusaka and Accra.
Mr Danha was initially hired as an associate analyst with focus on Zimbabwean equities. Within three years he had risen to director in charge of the Equity Product Group for East and Southern Africa with a special focus on the Zimbabwean, Kenyan, and Zambian equity markets.
This role involved the build out of research capabilities in these markets as well as the creation and maintenance of key client relationships. He was part of the Renaissance Capital team that was voted the best research team in Africa by African Investor – sponsored by Thompson Reuters in association with NYSE Euronext in 2008.
In 2010, Mr Danha left Renaissance Capital to become a founding partner of the IH Group, which consists of a brokerage company (IH Securities, a Member of the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange) and a corporate advisory firm (licensed by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Zimbabwe). At IH Group his role is primarily focused on equities research and sales for the brokerage as well as business development.
Mr Danha holds a degree in Banking and Finance from London School of Economics, University of London.