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Overview

MillaSA brings you this exciting and essential conference which reviews the year’s economic activity as well as national, regional and global and projections for the next 12 to 18 months. It features respected keynote speakers, robust panel sessions as well as insightful presentations specific to our local and the regional economy. Speakers will share projections on interest rates, labour markets and GDP growth expectations following the technical recession that South Africa experienced recently and review progress from some measures that were introduced to kindle economic activity, restore investor confidence and support employment. The 2019 Economic Outlook Conference will focus on the projected economy of South Africa, the SADC region and other pressing issues affecting economic growth, opportunity and prosperity.

Venue: Durban, South Africa • Dates: 17 – 18 July 2019


Neville Matjie
Chief Executive Officer
Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN)
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    Neville Matjie is the chief executive officer of Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN). Matjie’s strategic role is to attract investments, increase export trade, lead the economic activity of KwaZulu-Natal and to position KwaZulu-Natal globally as the premier investment destination with a conducive climate to operate a business. Neville holds an MSc Investment Promotion degree from Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland), a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (UKZN), and a BA Comm (UniWest) amongst other academic skills acquired from several institutions during his working life. He joined the organisation in 2003 and served in a number of senior leadership positions with his last responsibility being the company’s Executive responsible for Strategy and Operations. During his tenure at TIKZN, he was responsible for driving the corporate strategy, policy advocacy, stakeholder management and the TIKZN Gauteng Branch Office. He also headed the Export unit, assisting and leading KZN businesses in expanding their product reach into a number of African countries. He established TIKZN’s Business Retention and Expansion unit and headed Investment Promotion focusing on the Manufacturing sector. Prior to joining TIKZN, Neville was employed by the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry within the International Trade and Research division, having held a number of senior management portfolios. He is very passionate about seeing true empowerment of youth, women and the creation of jobs.

Jacob Twala
Economic Advisor
KZN Provincial Treasury
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    Mr Twala holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). He is currently employed as an Economic Advisor at KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial Treasury (KZN PT) and is also responsible for writing speeches for the KZN MEC for Finance. Before joining KZN PT, Jacob was an Economic Analyst at the Eastern Cape Provincial Treasury. Mr Twala has lectured at the DUT for many years and also worked as a Credit Analyst at FNB. Jacob had been an Independent Non-Executive Director of South African Supplier Diversity Council (SASDC) for more than six years while serving as the chairperson of SASDC’s Audit Committee.

Montfort Mlachila
Snr Resident Representative: RSA
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
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    Montfort Mlachila is the Senior Resident Representative of the International Monetary Fund in South Africa. Until 2016, he was an Advisor in the African Department and mission chief for Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. Prior to that, he was Deputy Chief of the Regional Studies Division, where he was responsible for overseeing the preparation of the department’s flagship publication, the Regional Economic Outlook for Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining the African Department, he served in the Strategy, Policy and Review, and the Western Hemisphere Departments. Overall, he has been at the IMF for over 20 years. Before he joined the IMF, he was an economist at the Reserve Bank of Malawi. Mr. Mlachila has worked on a wide range of countries in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Asia, and he has published numerous articles in the areas of public finance, growth, migration, monetary policy, international trade, and financial development. He holds a PhD in economics from CERDI, University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, and he is an honorary research fellow at the University of Kwazulu Natal, W estville.


Nokuthemba Lembethe
Director Economic Analysis
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury
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    Nokuthemba Lembethe is a Director in economic analysis at the KwaZulu-Natal Treasury in Pietermaritzburg. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Economics from Spelman College in Atlanta GA, USA, and went further to do her postgraduate (MA) from Howard University in Washington D.C. She spent 10 years in academia as a Lecturer at various institutions including Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban University of Technology as well as the University of Johannesburg. Her interests include reading, travelling, learning new innovations in technology and development as well as community engagement.

Martin Cameron
Managing Director
Trade Research Advisory
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    Martin is the Managing Director of Trade Research Advisory (Pty) Ltd. He is a quantitative economist specialising in the field of Quantitative Executive Decision Support modelling, Economic Impact Analysis and Engineering Management Decision Support, in which he has extensive experience, especially related to International Trade and Energy Economics. He authored various papers on the topic of power (electrical) network reliability and international trade. He has been conducting economic impact assessments and other related South African macro-economic, sectoral, provincial and industrial impact studies and policy related analysis since 1994 on domestic politics and electoral trends. In his capacity as quantitative economist he has been part of the developments of most of the major industrial and policy developments in South Africa, including more recently the King Shaka/Dube Trade Port business case development, Bombella Gautrain bid, various studies for Eskom on potential alternative generation build options, electricity price increase implications for the Department of Public Enterprise and other related energy economic impact studies in the liquid fuels and energy transportation fields (Department of Energy and Transnet, Transnet Pipelines and Sasol). Martin holds a master’s degree (Cum Laude) in Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) modeling and development economics and is busy with his Phd in International Trade at the NWU.

Francois Fouche
Advisor
Trade Research Advisory
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    Francois started his professional career as an economist at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA) Inc, a USA-based commercial think tank founded by Nobel Prizewinner Dr Lawrence Klein. At Wharton, his responsibilities included macro-economic modelling and econometric analysis of selected Sub-Sahara African countries. He recently acted as a financial economics advisor to the Reserve Bank of South Africa (SARB). Focus was directed within the Financial Markets Department and at the modernisation of South Africa’s FX reserves management as well as the implementation of international asset management best practice. Subsequently he advised the Department of Energy’s, Independent Power Producers (IPP) on the financial funding challenges facing a sustainable IPP Program, with particular focus on renewable energy financing. He is a graduate from the North West University where he majored in Mathematics and Statistics. He recently joined the North-West University in their spin-out company Trade Research Advisory, as an advisor.


Hendrik Malan
Africa Operations Partner
Frost & Sullivan
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    An expert in Africa corporate growth, Hendrik has honed his abilities to identify, qualify, strategise and operationalise expansion opportunities over many years of practical experience. By supporting dozens of companies on the continent and beyond reaching their corporate growth objectives, Hendrik has developed an in depth understanding of how to take your organisation to the next level despite the challenges of this exciting region. With a true passion for Africa and its people, Hendrik loves leading companies and teams to grow and expand commercially by taking advantage of the wealth of regional and global opportunities.

Tshegang Chipeya
Program Lead
The Durban EDGE
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    Tshegang Chipeya is the Programme Lead for EThekwini Municipality’s economic intelligence platform; The Durban EDGE. In her tenure at EThekwini Municipality, Chipeya has overseen the production of regular quarterly economic publications on topical issues in the economy, including an annual State of the Economy release, which she presents at various local and national forums. She also oversees the hosting of quarterly topical economic conferences; featuring key local and international thought leaders. She served at Urban-Econ Development Economists for numerous years, as a Development Economist, and produced extensive sector strategies, in depth feasibility and market research studies and economic assessments throughout KZN Province. Driven by a compassion for people and their socio economic development, Chipeya specialises in guiding and influencing strategic economic decision making. Chipeya is a Rhodes University graduate, having undertaken her post graduate studies in Economics, under an Allan Gray scholarship. She is currently undertaking her Masters in Development Finance at t he Stellenbosch University School of Business.

Lesley Wentworth
Managing Director
Tutwa Consulting Group
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    Lesley was appointed Managing Director of Tutwa in 2018. She has managed complex multi- national programmes between regional governments, multilateral institutions and the private sector. She headed NEPAD Business Foundation’s SADC Southern Africa Business Forum, working with the SADC private sector and public sector on economic projects, and on trade facilitation in SADC. She earlier worked for the World Bank’s MIGA on investment and PPP capacity development programmes. Lesley guest lectures on FDI for the Extended Learning Unit at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. She holds an MBA (University of Wales).


Thea Fourie
Sub-Sahara Africa Senior Economist
IHS Markit
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    Thea Fourie is a Senior Economist: Sub-Saharan Africa at IHS Markit, based in the company’s South African office. She is responsible for analysing and forecasting economic developments in South Africa, Angola, Zambia, Mozambique, Namibia, Comoros, Madagascar and Reunion. She is also responsible for country and sovereign risk analysis and the day-to-day economic coverage of these economies. She covers major development on the continent through special report writing and presentations to clients. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Fourie was a financial economist at ING Barings, BOE NatWest Securities, and ABSA Bank, specializing in macro and financial economic analysis of the South African economy. Her expertise also includes macro-econometric modeling and macro-economic analysis. Fourie holds a B.Econ (Hons.) degree from the University of Pretoria and is fluent in both Afrikaans and English. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial and consulting industry, she is an expert in analysing strategically important economies in the sub-Saharan region.