In recent years, rapid developments in technology combined with the economic environment have pushed asset management to the forefront of social and economic change. The need for increased and sustainable long-term investment returns at lower costs is an important part of this change and has propelled a new breed of asset manager to centre stage.


We create index – based investment products and systems and/or technology solutions for institutional and retail clients. Our products and solutions are enhanced by shedding all the unnecessary, invisible and unfair fees that investors are often charged.

Index Solutions is a black majority owned asset manager. It was established in 2012 in response to South Africa’s need for low cost investment products and solutions. It is also a subsidiary of Itransact, a leading investment and administration platform.



Dr Iraj Abedian (Chairman)

Iraj holds a PhD in economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada. Iraj was extensively involved in economic and financial policy as well as institutional restructuring of South Africa’s public policy after 1994 and currently holds board positions at some of South Africa’s most important companies and institutions. Iraj is a prolific researcher and has written numerous articles and co-authored a number of books. He is an honorary Professor of Economics at Graduate School of Business, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth.


Justin Solms (Portfolio Manager)

Justin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (Bsc.Eng) and a Master’s Degree in Electronic Engineering (M.Eng) from Stellenbosch University. Justin started his career life in the aerospace industry before moving to the asset management industry. Justin is a leader in the quantitative index investment industry and also an academic of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Justin is the founding member of Index Solutions.

 pic_solms_lance Lance Solms (Director)

Lance’s corporate responsibilities include that of executive director and head of retail business development and customer relations at Itransact, a leading South African investment platform. Lance began his career in financial services industry in 1992 and worked for companies such as Protea Life, Templeton Asset Management and Cadiz Wealth. Lance holds qualifications in advertising and marketing and is a certified director and member of the Institute of Directors (SA).

Mark Baisley (Acting CEO)

Mark has a Bachelor of Accounting and was appointed to the Index Solutions board in 2017. Marks current role is of Managing Director of Automated Outsourcing Services Propriety Limited (AOS) who is also the major shareholder of Index Solutions. Mark joined AOS in 1999  holding various positions such as Operations and Finance Director prior to becoming its Managing Director in 2011. Mark also serves on the board AOS’s Nominee Company and its Mauritian subsidiary Nabla and is a Key Individual of AOS.

Waheed Swales (Portfolio Manager Under Supervision)

Waheed arrives with a background in Econometrics, Economics, Mathematics, Quantitative Finance, Actuarial Science and Statistics. He holds an MSc in Mathematical Statistics, with a research specialisation in Financial Mathematics and Financial Economics, along with a BCom (Hons) in Econometrics. Having spent the first few years of his career in the retirement benefits sector; he transitioned to asset management with a background in investment operations, and exposure to wide array of asset classes, LISP and multi-managed platform experience.