Advisers & Project Managers

 

PROJECT MANAGERS & ADVISERS

 

PROF DAVID KAPLAN
Dr Kaplan is currently Professor of Business Government Relations and Professor of Economics, UCT. He has worked extensively on industrial policy. From 200 – 2003 he was chief economist of the Department of Trade and Industry; From 2004 -2011 he worked part time as chief economist for the Department of Economic Development and Tourism, in the Western Cape Provincial Government. Recently he has undertaken work for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa as well as the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation; Business Leadership South Africa. He has also recently co- published a book on commodities and industrialisation in Africa.
PETER DRAPER
Peter Draper is a senior consultant to the think tank consortium at the CDE. He is an international trade expert and serves as a consultant to a number of organisations. He is the chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Trade, and is a non-resident fellow at the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. He is a visiting professor at the Business School of the University of the Witwatersrand. He holds degrees from the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
DR SANDY JOHNSTON
Alexander (Sandy) Johnston was senior associate at CDE from 2003-2008. Prior to that he was a professor of political science and head of the school of undergraduate studies in the faculty of human sciences at the University of Natal, Durban (now UKZN). He holds MA and M Ed degrees from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, and a PhD from the University of Natal. He is the author of Inventing the Nation: South Africa, published by Bloomsbury Academic Press (London, 2014). He is an honorary professor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

 

PROF STEFAN SCHIRMER
Stefan Schirmer is an associate professor of economics at the University of the Witwatersrand. He teaches economics and economic history and has published articles on land reform, the history of agriculture and economic development. He has been a visiting scholar at the London School of Economics and at Oxford University. Schirmer was a member of the CDE team that uncovered the phenomenon of private schooling for the poor in South Africa. These findings are central to the education debate and have highlighted the value of market forces in addressing the education crisis.
ANTONY ALTBEKER

Between 1994 and 2001, Mr Antony Altbeker worked in government, focusing mainly on issues relating to crime and policing, holding senior policy positions first at the Ministry for Safety and Security and then at the National Treasury. Since 2001, Antony has worked as an independent consultant, as lecturer in public policy and as a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation and the Institute for Security Studies. Between 2010 and 2014, he led CDE’s research team. He continues to consult to the CDE having moved to Cape Town at the end of 2014.

He has authored and co-authored a large number of articles and book chapters in academic and non-academic publications, as well as a number of CDE’s reports. He is also the author of three best-selling books, The Dirty Work of Democracy: A Year on the Streets with the SAPS (2005), A Country at War with Itself: South Africa’s Crisis of Crime (2007) and Fruit of a Poisoned Tree: A True Story of Murder and the Miscarriage of Justice (2010). Antony has an Honours degree in Politics, a Masters in Economics and a Masters in Creative Writing

NICOLI NATTRASS
Professor Nicoli Nattrass has been in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town since 1991. During this time she has also held visiting appointments at Yale and Oxford.

She has won the UCT distinguished teachers award (in 2001) and her book ‘The Moral Economy of AIDS in South Africa’ won the UCT book award (in 2005) and the Venter Award (2008).She has published widely in the areas of economic policy and the political-economy of AIDS. She has an undergraduate degree from Stellenbosch, honours and masters degrees from the University of Natal, and a masters in development economics and a doctorate (on Wages, Profits and Apartheid) from Oxford.
She is the author of 55 journal articles and 5 books.

PROF CHARLES SIMKINS
Charles Simkins is a distinguished economist. He was Vice President and Professor of Economics at St Augustine College and formerly held the Helen Suzman Chair of Political Economy at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a former Rhodes Scholar and is a recipient of the Helen Suzman Chevening Fellowship, a UK Foreign Office award.
PROF PETER DELIUS
Prof Peter Delius joined the University of Witwatersrand History Department in 1981, and has several books to his name, including: The Land Belongs to Us, The Conversion, Putting a Plough to the Ground 1850-1930, History from South Africa, Apartheid’s Genesis 1939-1961, A Lion Amongst the Cattle, Democracy X: Marking the Present: Re-presenting the Past, Mpumalanga: History and Heritage, and Mpumalanga: An Illustrated History. He completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University in 1986 and has previoulsy worked as a Research Officer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
MICHAEL SPICER

Michael Spicer is a Director of companies.

He was CEO of Business Leadership South Africa from 2005 – 2011 and then Vice President from 2011 – 2014. Previously Michael rose in a 20-year career to be an Executive Vice President at Anglo American plc and non executive Director of Anglo American South Africa. In his early career, he worked at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) and the South African Institute of International Affairs (Jan Smuts House) where he was Deputy Director. He served on the Board of Anglo American South Africa from 1998 and was non-executive Chairman 2012 – 2015, He was a Board member of Rothschild South Africa from 2006 – 2015, and non-executive Chairman of BDFM (a partnership between Pearson and Avusa) from March 2011 – June 2013 when the company was acquired by Times Media Group. In August 2013 he was appointed as an independent non-executive Director at Adcorp Holdings Limited and in August 2014 he was appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Western Cape Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Wesgro). He also serves as a Board member of Accelerate Cape Town and the Brenthurst Foundation.

Mr Spicer has a wide involvement in business and public life. He was appointed in 2006 as an inaugural member of the Presidential International Advisory Board of Mozambique and subsequently chaired that body. He is also a past Chairman of the Council at St. John’s College, from where he matriculated before completing his BA and MA degrees in History at Rhodes University with distinction. He joined the Board of Governors of Rhodes University in November 2009 and was appointed Chairman in May 2012. In July 2012 he was invited by President Joyce Banda of Malawi to be a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council and served until Malawi’s general election in May 2014. He is a Trustee of the Birdlife National Trust. As an avid cyclist, he is President of Team Africa Rising, the successor body to Team Rwanda Cycling.

Michael has a wide involvement in business and public life. He is a Vice President of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and was appointed in 2006 as an inaugural member of the Presidential International Advisory Board of Mozambique and now Chairs that body. He is also immediate past Chairman of the Council at St. John’s College, from where he matriculated before completing his BA and MA degrees in history at Rhodes University with distinction. He joined the Board of Governors of Rhodes University in November 2009 and was appointed Chairman in May 2012.

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