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-Khalil Hassen is public policy analyst with over 20 years of experience. He has worked as an independent analyst since 2007. His client have included universities, non-governmental organisations and science councils. As an entrepreneur, he has build several online applications focused on making markets work for small businesses. This includes ZApreneur, which focuses on South African small businesses. More recently he has created a lead service for researchers and analysts called Think Workers.
He previously served as head of the secretariat for the People’s Budget Campaign. He serves on the board of the South African Labour Bulletin. He holds a Masters in Management from University of the Witwatersrand. His current research areas include public expenditure and inequality, and small business development.
Professor Jahed holds a PhD in Economics and has obtained experience and expertise in public economics and finance, macroeconomic policy and management in the public sector. He has gained extensive experience in Academia.
He has served as senior economic planning specialist at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) 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. Prof Jahed 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. Prof. Jahed has been Professor at the University of Witwatersrand in the Graduate School of Public and Development Management (2005-2010). He was subsequently appointed Divisional Executive: Policy and Integration at the DBSA. Prof Jahed was appointed as the Director of the Parliamentary Budget Office from 2013-2018. In January 2019, Prof Jahed was appointed as Professor in the School of Public Management, Governance and Public Policy, College of Business and Economics.
Prof Jahed currently serves on the NEPAD Business Foundation Board.
Dikgang is an Economist and is currently a Senior Lecture at Wits School of Governance, 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 US Business School, where he lectures on economics and is also the programme head for the School’s postgraduate programmes in Futures Studies. He also teaches on various executive education programmes in South Africa and, from time to time, in Australia, Belgium, China, Mauritius, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ghana and Nigeria. He is a guest lecturer on post-graduate programmes at the School of Public Management (Stell) and the Post-graduate diploma in Managing HIV and AIDS in the work-place. André holds a PhD in Economics and is responsible for more than 150 popular publications; 1 book (12th edition); 3 chapters in scientific books; 9 publications in scientific journals; 20 papers presented at domestic and international conferences. He is a regular guest on radio and television programmes. He has supervised 6 PhD theses and more than a 100 postgraduate students.
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.
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.
Conrad van Greunen
Conrad van Greunen holds a PhD in Commerce and is currently the Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at Educor – the largest private education supplier in Southern Africa. He started his career as a lecturer at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and has since lectured at various other private higher education institutions at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Conrad has also developed and facilitated various training programmes, focusing on financial management and economics, with organisations such as Eskom, African Bank (ABIL), Ashanti, Mercedes Financial Services and the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC). In 2017 he joined the Advtech Group (Central Academic Team at the Independent Institute of Education) where he held the position of Senior Head of Programme and where he was mainly responsible for managing a portfolio of economics modules. Besides education management and facilitation, Conrad actively participates in research. He is a reviewer for selected journals and has also published several articles that make a valuable contribution to knowledge-intensive organisations. Being an academic at heart, he is currently pursuing his second PhD, which is testimony of his unwavering focus and dedication to add value to knowledge-intensive organisations in today’s competitive knowledge-driven economy.
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 Deputy Director-General of Public Finance at the National Treasury, dealing with public finance management. Her role is to develop frameworks on fiscal and financial monitoring in the evaluation of policy proposals, review of expenditure plans and service delivery trends of National Departments and State Owned Enterprises, aimed at strengthening and achieving optimal budgetary spending through a transparent financial oversight and accountability process.
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 in 2013. 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 added 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, Chief Director of Strategy and Risk Management and she is now a Deputy Director-General of Public Finance.
Nontsikelelo Mbono is an Advisor: Maritime Services at the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. She joined the department from the Department of Public Enterprises where she worked for 5 years as the Deputy Director General responsible for Economic Impact and Policy Alignment Unit.
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 who has worked for various organisations in the financial sector.
Thabi was recently appointed by the President to the PIC Commission of Inquiry. In 2018, she was appointed to the VAT Panel by the Minister of Finance. Thabi sits on various boards including the SA Express board and Stats Council.
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 where she was responsible for 11 Emerging Markets. Thabi was the Head of Economic Research, SA at Standard Bank and the Chief Economist for SA at Renaissance Capital.
Thabi was named the Economist of The Year 2017 by ABSIP. She 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 is a council member of the Economic Society of South Africa and sits on a number of organised business committees. He is the author of many articles for in-house and external publications. Dennis has won three Economist of the Year awards, two from Reuters and one from Sake24.
His qualifications include an honours degree from Bath University and a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics.
Johann is responsible for all areas of macro-economic research. This includes analysis of the global economy – specifically those economies that impact most on South Africa, namely the USA, Europe and China. He is also tasked with detailed research of all South African economic variables. Specific focus areas include the rand, inflation, interest rates and fiscal matters. Johann provides economic input into the investment processes of the various investment boutiques within Old Mutual Investment Group. In addition, he serves as economist for the broader Old Mutual. Economic research is done with one thing in mind: What is the impact on the different asset classes and thus investment decisions?
After graduating at the University of Stellenbosch, where he studied courtesy of a South African Reserve Bank (SARB) bursary, Johann joined the SARB’s. Following a period as an economics lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch, he joined Trust Bank (one of the constituent banks of today’s ABSA Bank) as an economist. Johann joined Old Mutual as an economist in 1991.
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 has recently retired from Old mutual Investment Group after a 38-year career as an Economist. Rian was for the last 17 years of his career the Group Chief Economist of Old Mutual. During his career he was responsible for broad-based macro-economic research and was also member of the Investment Group’s Asset Allocation team. 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 until 2016. As an Economist, she was responsible for economic research, macro-economic 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 is currently on a career break.
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.
Trudi Makhaya is a writer, economist and entrepreneur. In April 2018, she was appointed as full time economic advisor to His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa. In this role, she provides technical support to the President on economic policy. This includes regular input on key issues and initiatives, interfacing with relevant advisory councils and engaging with economic policy stakeholders.
Before taking up this role, Trudi was CEO of Makhaya Advisory, a boutique consulting firm with a focus on helping business navigate economic policy, including competition policy, that she founded in 2015. Trudi has also served as an advisor and angel investor in young companies. She has held non-executive directorships at Vumelana Advisory Fund and MTN South Africa.
An active public commentator, Trudi was a columnist for various publications, including Daily Maverick, Business Day and Acumen. She has also published academic journal articles on competition economics and policy. Trudi holds an MBA and an MSc in Development Economics from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. From the University of Witwatersrand, she holds an MCom in Economics, an honours degree in economics and a BCom in Law and Economics.
Trudi was an economist and later a member of the executive committee at the Competition Commission of South Africa from 2010 to 2014. Trudi represented the Commission at various international fora including the OECD, BRICS, International Competition Network and the African Competition Forum. Prior to joining the Competition Commission in 2010, Trudi held various management consulting and corporate roles at Deloitte South Africa, Genesis Analytics and AngloGold Ashanti.
In her spare time, Trudi writes fiction. Her recent work has been published in New Contrast and the Sol Plaatje European Union Poetry Anthology Vol IV.