Mr O'Brien has over 20 years senior management experience within the financial sector, particularly relating to the African commodity space. He is currently Chief Executive Officer ('CEO') of Barak Fund Management, an African commodity focused investment fund which provides bespoke trade finance and working capital solutions to businesses. Prior to this, he was Global Head of Business Development at Skybound Capital, a fund management business focused on Africa and China. Other previous responsibilities include CEO of Royal Eagle Investments (Pty) Ltd, an independent management consultancy business, and Head of sales at BNP Paribas Cadiz Securities, a South African-based specialist equity derivatives broking and research company. In his role as Chief Commercial Officer / Head of Sales at Global Trader, a South African based online trading platform, Mr O'Brien was instrumental in the sale of the company. He holds a Diploma in Financial Management, is a JSE Registered Securities Trader and holds a certificate from the South African Institute of Financial Markets' in the Registered Persons Examinations (RPE).