Meet the Judges
Rudi has been involved in the competition for many years. He is currently a Deputy Director General at the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and prior to that he was the Executive Director of the National Labour Economic and Development Institute (NALEDI) the research arm of COSATU. He has a Postgraduate diploma in Economic Principles from the London School of Economics.
Yumna holds a masters degree in economics, and is a practicing economist in the private sector. She works as an independent consultant, and also lectures economics part-time at public and private institutions. She has experience in economic analysis and has also worked on a variety of consulting projects to various organisations. Yumna has been involved with the Competition since 2009, when she won the prize for first runner-up and since then she has assisted as a virtual tutor, and a Filter Panellist.
Omano was with the Centre for Policy Studies as a Senior Researcher where he also coordinated the Centre’s research programme. A political economist by training, Omano’s research interests are broadly in the area of International Political Economy, with a focus on Globalisation and the State in developing countries, and on issues of governance, democratisation, civil society and development in Africa in the context of globalisation, as well as state-society relations in developing countries. Omano also researches on South African political economy, including Black Economic Empowerment.
He is in the editorial board of the journal, GLOBALIZATIONS. He is a regular commentor on South African radio, television and newspapers. Omano is currently based in Abuja and he commutes between SA and Nigeria. He works for Zeezi Oasis Leadership Inspiration Limited.
Ebrahim is the founder of Zapreneur, that builds online tools for small business in South Africa. He previously served as head of the secretariat for the People’s Budget Campaign. His current research areas are in the areas of small business and asset building. He serves on the boards of the South African Labour Bulletin and the Community Agency for Social Enquiry.
Professor Jahed holds a PhD in Economics and has obtained experience and expertise in macroeconomics, economic development economics, economic policy and public finance and development management.
He has served as senior economic planning specialist at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. He was appointed Deputy Director General: Office of the Premier Limpopo Province, responsible for economic growth and development, economic policy, economic planning, transformation and provincial administration. Mohamed joined the South African business sector representative group, the National Business Initiative, as Director of Economics. From 2003 to 2005, he was seconded by the South African Presidency as Chief Economist and Head of Policy, Strategy and Research of the NEPAD Secretariat. He has been Professor at the University of Witwatersrand in the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (2005-2010) and taught macroeconomic policy, trade and industrial economics, public economics and public finance. He continues to serve as Visiting Professor at WITS School of Governance and supervises Master’s and Doctoral candidates. In May 2010, Prof. Jahed was employed at the Development Bank of Southern Africa as Divisional Executive: Policy and Integration. Prof Jahed was appointed Director: Parliamentary Budget Office in 2013. In addition to having been appointed to the National Presidential BBBEE Advisory Council Broad Based Black, Prof. Jahed and has served on various Boards.
Dikgang is an Economist and is currently a Senior Lecture at the Wits School of Public & Development Management, focusing on macro-economic policy, development, and public finance. Before joining academia, he worked as a Senior Economist at the NEAPAD Secretariat in the office of Prof. Nkuhlu, the Economic Advisor to President T. M. Mbeki and Chairman of the NEPAD Steering Committee; Programme Manager/Economist at the Business Trust, managing the community investment programme focusing on the Presidential Nodal Economic Development Programme; and a financial market economist at the South African Reserve Bank. He has gained experience in the field of financial markets and development economics.
Dikgang obtained a Masters in Development Finance with the University of Stellenbosch Business School, and both a BCom and BCom (Hons) in Economics from the University of Cape Town.
André Roux was the Director of the Institute for Futures Research (IFR) at the University of Stellenbosch from 1996 to August 2015. André is now in the full-time employ of the USB where he lectures on economics and futures thinking on numerous programmes at MBA level and on executive education programmes in South Africa and, from time to time, in Australia, Belgium, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria. He is a guest lecturer on post-graduate programmes at the Dept of Industrial Psychology (Stell), School of Public Management (Stell) and Post-graduate diploma in Managing HIV and AIDS in the work-place. He is also the initiator and still programme head of two postgraduate programmes in Futures Studies. André holds a PhD in Economics (Stell).
Elmine was employed for 9 years in the Department of Education at Vista University, later Central University of Technology in Welkom, Free State where she obtained an M.Ed as well as 2 PhDs – one in Economic Literacy and one in Accounting Methodology.
At CUT she joined the Business Management Department where she lectured third year Accounting Methodology and was also involved in Post Graduate Supervision in Honours, Masters and PhD level.
In 2011 Elmine took up a post at the University of Fort Hare (Alice, Eastern Cape) in the Department of Business Management where she was responsible for lecturing Marketing Research to final year B Comm students. In the 3 years being employed at UFH, she was the sole supervisor of 28 Honours students and 10 Masters students in various aspects of Business Management and Marketing.
She also co-authored 11 articles published in international academic journals during that period. One article was read by 17 publishers and was requested to appear in book format.
Samantha obtained a Masters degree in Economics at Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 2000, with the thesis focussing on the South African Reserve Bank’s then new Repo system of monetary control.
Samantha commenced her career at the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) in 1998, and later joined Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank in 2001 as a Fixed Income Economist. In 2004, Samantha returned to the SARB, to join the Financial Markets Department and was responsible for the Department’s input to the Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Stability Committee. In May 2011, she was appointed as an Executive Assistant in the office of the Deputy Governor: Markets. In February 2014, Samantha joined the International Economic Relations and Policy Department at the SARB, where she deals with G20 and BRICS related matters. Samantha is a member of the Reserves Management Committee of the SARB.
Professor Johannes Andries Dockel: B.Sc (Agric) University of Stellenbosch; Ph.D Iowa State University (Major: Economics, Minor: Statistics).
Most of Professor Dockel’s professional life was associated with the University of South Africa in the Department of Economics. He was appointed Professor of Economics, later head of the Department and subsequently became Dean of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences and eventually Vice Principal with the portfolio of Research Development. His fields of specialisation are Public Economics and Resource Economics and he has published extensively particularly in these disciplines.
He retired in 2000 held a position of Professor Extraordinarus in the Department of Business Economics at Unisa until 2003. Since then he has been engaged in research projects and as a consultant as well as external examiner for the Department of Economics at The University of Stellenbosch. He has also contributed to the sound management of the Hessequa Municipality as chairman of the Audit Committee.
Phomolo is an equity analyst at Perpetua Investment Managers. He has 4 year’s direct investment experience. The majority of this investment experience has been gained at Perpetua, which he joined in April 2013. Phomolo holds a B Com and M Com (thesis with distinction) from Rhodes University and is a CFA Charterholder.
Dr Mampho Modise is a Chief Director of Strategy and Risk Management at the National Treasury, dealing with policy issues. Her role is to (not limited to) develop and implement a Strategy and Risk Management Framework to monitor public sector liability portfolios, develop a comprehensive financial risk profile of current and future fiscal obligations, develop and integrate risk profiles to maintain a consistent funding strategy for government, co-ordinate activities in the management of debt and contingent liabilities to mitigate sovereign rating risks, monitor external vulnerability and implement contingency plans related to the debt portfolio, design a credit risk model to analyse and monitor credit risk exposure, monitor counter-party risk limits, as well as develop strategies for monitoring and reporting of market risks (interest rates, currencies, liquidity and inflation) impacting on Government’s debt portfolio.
Dr Mampho Modise completed her tertiary training at the University of Pretoria, obtaining her Bcom Economics, BCom Honours Econometrics, Mcom Econometrics (cum laude) and a PhD in Economics. Her PhD thesis is titled “Essays on Determinants, Spillovers and Predictability of the South African Stock Returns”, where she managed to use her familiarity with the economy and add valuable literature to the limited financial markets’ research.
She started working for the South African Reserve Bank in 2004, where she was an intern and progressed to be an Economist. She left the Bank in 2009 to work for National Treasury where she started as a Senior Economic in the Economic policy Unit. She was soon promoted to Director of Fiscal Policy, then to Chief Director of Strategy and Risk Management. She has recently been appointed as Deputy Director-General for the Public Finance Division.
Nontsikelelo Mbono is currently a Deputy Director General responsible for Economic Impact and Policy Alignment Unit at the Department of Public Enterprises.
Prior to this she worked for 8 years at BHP Billiton where she joined as the Energy Regulatory Economist and later appointed as the Marketing Manager: Energy Coal, trading in coal exports and coal supplies to Eskom Power Stations. Prior to that she worked for ICASA as a Senior Manager responsible for Telecommunications Policy Analysis and Development. Prior to joining ICASA she worked for the National Electricity Regulator (predecessor of NERSA) initially as a Pricing and Tariffs Analyst and later as a Senior Analyst.
She holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of Cape Town.
Thabi Leoka is an Economist at Argon Asset Management and works within the Fixed Income and the Multi-Asset teams. Thabi started her career as an Economist at Investec Asset Management in South Africa and London. She has also worked as an Emerging Markets Economist at Barclays in London and Head of Economic Research, SA at Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking and the Chief Economist for SA at Renaissance Capital. Thabi has a PhD in Economics from the University of London, MSc in Economics and Economic History from the London School of Economics and MA (Distinction) from the University of the Witwatersrand.
Thabi writes for various publication both in South Africa and internationally.
Busi is an economist with the Nedbank Group Economic Unit.
She started out her career with economics consultancy at Genesis analytics, before stints as an economics reporter with a business news channel, a short period with the South African Competition Commission’s policy and research unit and as assistant economist with Renaissance Capital (formerly Barnard Jacobs Mellet).
She holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of Johannesburg and an honours degree from the University of Stellenbosch. Her interests include monetary and development economics.
Dennis is the Nedbank Group’s Chief Economist, a position he has held since May 1994. He serves on a number of organised business committees. He is a former director of SACCI (the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry) and participates on the Nedlac Public Finance and Monetary Policy Chamber. He is the author of many articles for in-house and external publications. In 2012 Dennis won both the Reuters and the Sake24 Economist of the Year awards. He was also the winner of the 2003 Reuters award.
His qualifications include an honours degree from Bath University and a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
Johann has been an economist with Old Mutual since 1991. As an economist within the MacroSolutions business within Old Mutual Investment Group he is tasked with researching the Global and Local economies with the specific aim of sketching the broad macro environment and identifying key investment themes as building blocks of the investment process.
Johann has a masters degree in economics from the University of Stellenbosch and previously also worked at the Reserve Bank and Trust Bank as an economist and as an economics lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch.
Patrick is a portfolio manager at Perpetua Investment Managers. He has spent the last 18 years in the investments industry as investment analyst, portfolio manager, private equity executive and head of research equities at Syfrets, Old Mutual Asset Managers, Mntungwa Investments, Vunani Fund Managers and currently Perpetua Investment Managers. On behalf of clients, he has also managed pension funds, policyholder funds, unit trusts, medical aid funds, charity funds and various savings assets. Other professional roles include numerous directorships at companies in South Africa.
He is a golfer and hiker.
Rian le Roux
Rian has a B Econ (Hons) and is Head of Old Mutual Investment Group South Africa (OMIGSA) : Macrosolutions and Economic Research unit. He is responsible for macro economic research undertaken by OMIGSA. After graduating, Rian was with the SA Reserve Bank before joining Old Mutual’s Economic Research Unit.
Mandla is the Chief Economist in the Treasury at Eskom where he was worked since 1999. He also heads the Forex desk and Portfolio Management divisions in the Treasury. Prior that he was the Director of Municipal Finance Policy at National Treasury and before that he was an Economist with RMB Asset Management. He also spent just under three years with the IDC. He has M.Econ from the University of the Western Cape.
Maureen holds a Bachelor of commerce degree from University of Limpopo with Economics and Mathematical statistics as major courses. Postgraduate studies include an Honours degree in Economics and a Masters degree in Econometrics, both obtained at the University of Pretoria. She joined Public Investment Corporation (PIC) in 2006. As an Economist, she was responsible for economic research, macro forecasts as well as the investment strategy. The previous position held was at the South African Reserve Bank as an Economist in the Macro models division.
She joined the adjudicator’s panel of Nedbank and Old Mutual Budget Speech competition in 2009. She enjoys marking the essays as it makes her tap into the versatile thinking of current students. Maureen is currently private.