I have consulted for, and worked with, the African Development Bank (AfDB), the African Union (AU), Columbia University, the ILO, Johns Hopkins University, UNCTAD, and UNECA. I have experience managing teams and producing high-level policy reports, including the World Investment Report (UNCTAD), and the African Development Report (AfDB).


I currently teach macroeconomics at the Jones Graduate Business School, Rice University (online MBA). I hold a PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research and an MSc in international economics from SOAS (University of London).

I am a regular research contributor to policy inputs for government, business, labour, and academia in South Africa, through the IEJ (University of the Witwatersrand).


I am published in leading journals and serve as an occasional peer reviewer for several. In another life, I worked in non-profits in South Africa.

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I am an international macroeconomist with 7 years experience in high-level academic and policy research. Strong analytical skills in international macroeconomics and development, financial economics, statistics, and econometrics. Expertise in developing policy implications from economic modeling, case studies, and theory. Intellectually curious, open, creative, and rigorous.

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Secular stagnation among advanced economy firms and developing economy investment rates (with Jangho Yang of Oxford Martin School, Oxford University).

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