LeapFrog Investments: Grant Karolus

Grant Karolus has been the Financial Director of LeapFrog Investments since September 2016.

Grant Karolus is a professionally qualified Chartered Accountant (SA) with more than 20 years of experience in accounting and risk management. Prior to joining LeapFrog, Grant was the Chief Financial Officer at Bowmans, a pan-African legal services group, where he was also a board member and a member of the Africa steering committee. In this role, Grant led financial due diligence for the group’s successful expansion across Africa. Prior to this, Grant was a Senior Financial Advisor at Peregrine, an alternative asset management investment firm. Here, he designed the group’s share-based scheme and asset valuation model which was used to assess the group’s foreign intangible assets for impairment. Grant previously held finance and risk roles at the International Bank of Southern Africa, Brait, Investec Bank and PwC.

Grant holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Johannesburg and a Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. Grant also holds a Diploma in Auditing from UJ. He is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Work
2016 – Present    Financial Director, LeapFrog Investments
2011 – 2016         Chief Financial Officer, Bowman Gilfillan 
2008 – 2009         Senior Financial Advisor, Peregrine Holdings Ltd
2004 – 2007         Group Finance Manager, Brait
2002 – 2004         Group ALCO, Investec
2000 – 2002         Treasury Accountant, International Bank Of Southern Africa

Education
2002                       CA(SA), SAICA
1992 – 1994         B.Com, Accounting, UJ
                                Diploma in Auditing, UJ
                                B.AccSc, UNISA
1991                       Matric, East Rand Secondary High

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