Our team

Markus Bachmann

Markus Bachmann

Markus Bachmann co-founded Craton Capital in 2003. He is the advisor of the Craton Capital Precious Metal Fund and the Global Resources Fund.

Markus holds a Master (MA) in Business and Economics (cum laude) from the University of Berne, Switzerland.

Markus started his career in the corporate finance department of the Credit Suisse Group, before joining SBC Brinson Asset Management Emerging Markets team in 1997. There he was assigned responsibility for the analysis and portfolio management for the equity markets of Greece, Portugal, the Middle East (including Israel) and Africa.

In 2000 he joined Coronation Fund Managers in Cape Town, South Africa, as a senior portfolio manager and global resources specialist, becoming the responsible fund manager for various retail products and institutional mandates. In 2001, he received the S&P Award for the best performing large cap equity unit trust in South Africa.

Markus has been the responsible advisor for the Craton Capital Precious Metal Fund since its inception in 2003, a fund enjoying recognition as one of the world’s top performers in its sector. He is also the advisor of the Craton Capital Global Resources Fund.


Douglas Orsmond

Douglas Orsmond

Douglas Orsmond is an analyst and deputy advisor for the Precious Metals Fund.

Douglas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst Charter in 2002.

He began his career as a metallurgist at Western Areas Gold mine in 1994 before moving to London, where he consulted to organisations like the BBC and Woolworths, doing financial modelling for a variety of clients, before returning to South Africa in 1999.

At Alexander Forbes Asset Consultants he advised institutional clients on their investment strategy and asset manager selection, and managed the transition of client portfolios between fund managers.

From 2003 he worked at JP Morgan as a research analyst, in gold and later platinum. He joined Craton Capital in 2006.


Mauricio Radovan

Mauricio Radovan

Mauricio Radovan is an analyst for quantitative research and research automation tools.

He has over 15 years of experience in professional software engineering, spanning a number of platforms, programming languages and fields of industry - with special expertise in the design and implementation of database and tailor-made business software systems.

Mauricio joined Craton Capital in 2005. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of South Africa.


Doug Ellish

Doug Ellish

A co-founder of Craton Capital, Doug Ellish’s responsibilities include general management, marketing and client services.

Doug’s career in financial markets spans over 25 years and covers account management, equity research sales and equity research. He previously held positions as head of the Emerging European equity sales desk of Credit Suisse (for five years) and head of South African equity sales for Merrill Lynch for four years – both in London. Prior to taking up the Merrill Lynch appointment, Doug was a rated analyst and partner in a Johannesburg based stock broking firm with responsibility for equity research. This business was subsequently sold to one of the top banks in the country.

Doug holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and a B.Com (Hons).