RESEARCH AND WORK EXPERIENCE

2012 - Present

ASSOCIATE ECONOMIST, IEJ (UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND)

Write policy inputs for legislative consideration by government, business, and labour in South Africa on issues of minimum wages, taxes, inward and outward capital controls and FDI flows, public debt management, and other policy issues. Non-confidential outputs:

  • 2018. Foreign Direct Investment into Africa by South African Firms: Trends, Motivations, and Economic Impact. For the Minister of Economic Development. DRAFT. December 2018.

  • Coordinating Committee and macroeconomic modeller. 2015-2017. National Minimum Wage Research Initiative.

 August 2019 - February 2020

CHIEF MACROECONOMIC CONSULTANT, AUC-ILO

Write a macroeconomic policy guide for Africa's finance ministers to advance employment and structural transformation of industry. Covering exchange rates, monetary policy, fiscal policy, labour markets, and industrial policy. Manage external researchers at the IEJ. Written for the African Union Commission (AUC) and International Labour Organisation (ILO). Output:

  • To be uploaded

December 2014 - July 2018

EXPERT CONSULTANT, UNCTAD (WORLD INVESTMENT REPORT)

I helped write and edit the Africa Trends section of the World Investment Report, and contributed to the Global Investment Monitor. Covering outward and inward FDI, FDI and M&A stock and flow data, familiarity with new and old industries, global investors, free trade agreements, and investment & trade policy. Outputs:

June 2014 - Present

CONTRIBUTING RESEARCHER, CCSI (COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY)

I helped plan the 2014 Columbia Centre on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) conference on international investment incentives at Columbia University, including managerial and research work. Subsequently, I serve as an occasional peer reviewer and contributor to their annual International Investment Yearbook (Oxford University Press), and other academic policy briefs. Outputs:

July 2013 - July 2014

RESEARCH ECONOMIST, AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (AFDB)

Second in command in managing the team which wrote the African Development Report. Manage internal and external consultants; conceptualise the report's key arguments; edit and use chapters and consulting inputs; write key chapters on trade, regional integration, global value chains, and foreign direct investment. Outputs:

January 2012 - December 2012

FACULTY MEMBER, UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND (SOUTH AFRICA)

Lecture econometrics to honours student in development economics. Write policy inputs for government and for European Union funded project on the financial sector called FESSUD. Manage researchers.

ECONOMIST, VARIOUS

Economic research produced for:

Brooklyn, New York

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