Academic Committee

Shakill Hassan

Shakill Hassan is at the Research Department of the South African Reserve Bank, where he leads the capital markets research project; is an Associate Professor at the School of Economics,  University of Cape Town; guest Professor at the Department of Economics and Econometrics, University of Pretoria; Deputy Director at Economics Research Southern Africa; and Associate at UCT-based RUBEN – Research Unit in Behavioural Economics and Neuroeconomics. His research and publications span macro- (international finance and monetary economics) and micro-economics (strategic behaviour and industrial organization), and finance (financial markets and asset pricing), and include theoretic and empiric work. He co-designed and convened an inter-departmental masters programme in Mathematical Finance at UCT, where he has taught post-graduate courses in finance and economics since 2001; and has served in a research and capacity-building (technical assistance) project to the Ministry of Planning and Development of Mozambique, led by the University of Copenhagen. Shakill is a graduate of the University of Cape Town, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Cambridge – none of which could match the almost cinematic experiences from Escola Primária A Luta Continua in Maputo, in the early 1980s, where the sub-tropical sun had the shape of a five-pointed star.

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Philippe Burger
Convenor - Public Economics Work Group

Philippe Burger is professor of economics and head of department at the University of the Free State. Since September 2012 he is also the President of the Economic Society of South Africa. In addition to being one of the three associate editors of the South African Journal of Economics, he is also coordinator of the Public Economics Working Group of ERSA and an NRF-rated researcher. He is furthermore a member of the OECD Advisory Panel on Budgeting and Public Expenditure. His publications include three books and numerous academic articles on fiscal rules and fiscal sustainability, public private partnerships and macroeconomic policy. In 2007, 2010 and 2012 he was seconded to the OECD in Paris to work on public private partnerships and capital budgeting, while in October 2011 he joined an OECD mission to Indonesia to conduct a regulatory review of Indonesia. In 2009 the IMF also invited him to spend a month at the IMF as a visiting scholar.

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Paul Alagidede

Paul Alagidede is a Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of the Witwatersrand. He holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Finance and PhD in Economics from Loughborough University, UK.  He has held a number of academic positions, among which are, Associate Professor in Economics at Rhodes University, lecturer at the Universities of Greenwich and Stirling. He was a visiting scholar at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki in 2009.

In addition to being the founding editor-in-chief of the African Review of Economics and Finance (AREF) journal, he is also the executive director of the research think tank, African Centre for Economics and Finance (AFRICEF), and an NRF-rated researcher. His publications include two books and a host of peer reviewed articles on calendar anomalies, terms of trade shocks and stock market efficiency.

Paul enjoys a number of extra-curricular activities, including, but not limited to travelling, swimming and exploring the frontiers of human consciousness.

Paul.Alagidede [at]
Nicola Viegi
Deputy Director

Nicola Viegi is the South African Reserve Bank Chair in Monetary Economics at the University of Pretoria. A graduate from the Scottish Doctoral Programme in Economics, he has held positions at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and at the University of Cape Town. His main areas of research are economic policy theory, macroeconomic modeling and regional macroeconomic integration. Current research includes inflation targeting under uncertainty, monetary policy and assets prices, macroeconomic integration in Southern Africa.


Lawrence Edwards
Convenor: Trade and IO Work Group

Lawrence Edwards is a Professor in the School of Economics, University of Cape Town, and a Research Associate at the South African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) and Policy Research on International Services and Manufacturing (PRISM). Lawrence is a graduate from the University of Cape Town where he completed his PhD, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Rhodes University.

Lawrence's research interests focus on the effects of international trade on labour, the determinants of trade flows and trade policy. He has published in these areas in various international and local journals and has recently published (with R.Z. Lawrence) Rising Tide: Is Growth in Emerging Economies Good for the United States (Peterson Institute for International Economics).  He has consulted widely on trade policy issues for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the International Growth Centre, the OECD and the Southern African Development Community Secretariat and various governments in Africa, including South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia. He has served as an associate editor of the South African Journal of Economics and the South African Journal of Economics and Management Studies. Currently, he is the Trade and Industrial Organization convenor for Economic Research Southern Africa.

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John Luiz

John Luiz is a Professor at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town, specialising in International Business Strategy; Business, Society, and Government, and the Economics of Emerging Markets. Previously he was a Professor at the Wits Business School and served in various capacities including as their Director of International Programmes and as Academic Director. He has also been Executive Dean in the Faculty of Management at the University of Johannesburg.

He was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1999, 2006 and 2011, and a Research Affiliate at Columbia University in 2006. Besides the Ph.D. in Economics, John has completed various other programmes including the Cambridge Advanced Programme on Development Economics at Cambridge University, the Wharton Global Faculty Development Programme, and Strategic Management at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of various professional bodies including the National Councils of the Economic Society of South Africa (currently Vice President) and the Economic History Society of South Africa. He is on the Editorial Board of the South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences, the South African Journal of Business Management, Emerald Emerging Markets Case Studies, and Economic History of Developing Regions, and a referee at several journals.

Besides winning various teaching awards, John has published in excess of 60 articles in leading journals including: International Business Review, Applied Economics, World Development, Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Development Studies, The International Review of Law and Economics, , Journal of Applied Business Research, International Journal of Social Economics, the Journal of International Development, International Business and Economics Research Journal and the Cambridge Journal of Economics. He is the co-author and/or editor of several books published by Macmillan, Pearson and Oxford University Press, and the co-author of an award-winning case study on sustainable development. He is a NRF rated researcher.

John works as a consultant and has undertaken research for the African Development Bank in Tunisia, Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Industrial Development Corporation, the Department of Trade and Industry, the United States Agency for International Development, the Johannesburg Development Agency, and the Centre for Development and Enterprise amongst others. He is active in management training and executive education at several leading multinational and South African corporations and public entities. He has lectured at various universities and programmes including the INSEAD My Globe Programme, the Grow Your Business programme and the Management Development Programme with Duke University. He has been a member of the Euromed Marseilles International Scientific Committee in France since 2004 and on the Academic Board of a leading economics think-tank – Economic Research Southern Africa since 2005 (chairing it from 2009).


Johannes Fedderke

Johannes Wolfgang Fedderke is Director of Economic Research South Africa and Professor at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests center on the determinants of economic growth, with special interest in the role of institutions in long run economic development. His published work includes empirical and theoretical contributions, and has provided cross-country, panel and country specific time series evidence on the interaction of growth and institutions. Author of more than 70 peer reviewed publications, he has also contributed a number of policy research reports to the African Union, the League of Arab States, the South African National Treasury and Departments of Trade & Industry, Arts, Science & Technology, the World Bank, and the South African Parliament.

Johan Fourie
Convenor: Economic History Work Group

Johan Fourie is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University. He specialises in African economic history, and has published several papers in leading international journals, including the Economic History Review, Cliometrica and the European Review of Economic History. Johan also writes a blog about economics, development and economic history which can be read here:

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James Fairburn

Jim Fairburn is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics and Finance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has been in Durban since 2003, prior to which he spent eleven years at the University of Sussex. He did his postgraduate work and started his lecturing career at the University of Southampton, and before that worked for three years at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London. Since working at IFS he has had an interest in industrial organization, particularly in the field of competition policy. His main research interest is in the field of incentive contracts and what is variously known as organizational economics or personnel economics. Working at Sussex and UKZN has also encouraged an interest in aspects of trade theory and development economics.

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Asrat Tsegaye

Asrat Tsegaye is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fort Hare (UFH). He completed a BA in Economics and Sociology at Addis Ababa University in 1973, followed by an MA (Economics) in 1979 and a PhD (Economics) in 1987, at the University of Kent, Canterbury. He lectured at the University of Zimbabwe between 1988 and 1992 and at the University of Botswana between 1988 and 1992. He has also participated in the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) MA (Eonomics) programme, Joint Facility for Electives in Nairobi, where he taught International Economics during the 1994 Summer session. He was appointed Senior Lecturer and Lecturer-In-Charge of Economics at Rhodes University, East London Campus in 1998. He held this position until the incorporation of the East London Campus into UFH and his reappointment as Head of the Department of Economics in 2005. His research interests are in international trade problems and policies (especially export intstability, export diversificaion, and growth), public finance and development and macroeconomic issues and policies. His published papers have appeared in the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Development Studies and Canadian Journal of Political Science.

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Andrea Saayman

Andrea Saayman is a professor of Economics at the North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa. She obtained her PhD in Economics in 2002, and is a rated researcher according to the NRF rating system. She is also a guest professor for the Masters in Tourism Economics and Management at the University of Bologna, Italy.  Her research interests are in the fields of international movement of people and money.  This includes topics such as Tourism Economics, Financial and Exchange rate economics.  Her list of publications is extensive, with more than 50 peer-reviewed articles published in national and international research journals.  She is also the author of 8 macroeconomics chapters of a first-year textbook in Economics, as well as two chapters to Tourism textbooks.  She is an executive member of the International Association for Tourism Economists and serves on the editorial boards of two international journals, Tourism Economics and International Advances in Economic Research.  During 2011 she received an award from the Minister of Trade and Industry as a distinguished young woman in Social research in South Africa.

Andrea.Saayman [at]