Kobus is the Founder and Group Managing Director of The Beijing Axis, a China-focused advisory firm operating in four principal areas: Commodities, Capital, Procurement and Strategy. Clients include global multinationals with a ‘China agenda’; and Chinese multinational firms with a ‘go-global agenda’. The firm is a leader in China-Africa investment and trade facilitation, having worked on a number of high profile projects in this sphere.
Born and raised in South Africa, Kobus has been working in Asia for over 17 years and is based in Beijing and Singapore. Before founding The Beijing Axis, he was Head of Investment Strategy and Global Market Research for Asia Pacific for Standard Chartered Bank Plc and, prior to that, he was a Senior Strategy Consultant with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Asia. In his early career, he was an Emerging Market Investment Strategist in London; a Treasury Economist with Standard Merchant Bank in Johannesburg; and an Economist with the South African Reserve Bank in Pretoria.