Economic Outlook 2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Brace yourself for a tough year. GIBS will once again host our annual thought leadership conference - Economic Outlook 2016 on 3 February 2016, discussing the challenges, prospects and road map for business survival. A follow-up will take place ​on 5 July 2016 for an update and mid-year review.​

​This highly anticipated event is an ideal opportunity for you to gain exclusive insights from business leaders, economists, analysts, experts and investors on the major developing trends and influences in the economy as well as impact on businesses in South Africa. 

Book early to secure your seat. ​

Please contact for registration queries

Speakers include


  • Prof Adrian Saville, Chief Strategist, Citadel Asset Management, Cannon Asset Managers & GIBS Faculty
  • Prof Nick Binedell, Founding Dean & Professor of Strategy and Leadership, GIBS
  • Abdullah Verachia, Chief Executive Officer, The Strategist & GIBS Faculty​​
  • Tony Manning, Strategist & GIBS Faculty
  • Ettienne le Roux, Chief Economist, RMB
  • Kuseni Dlamini, Chairman, Massmart & Walmart
  • Alan Mukoki, Chief Executive Officer, South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI)
  • Lumkile Mondi, Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand
  • Trudi Makhaya, Chief Executive Officer, Makhaya Advisory​
  • Dr Miriam Altman, Head of Strategy, Telkom Group & Commissioner, National Planning Commission
  • Jason Muscat, Senior Industry Analyst, FNB
  • Catriona Purfield, Programme Leader & Lead Economist, World Bank
  • Zunaid Bulbulia, former Group Chief Operations Executive, MTN Group

Agenda includes 


  • ​Through the economist lens - Overview on global and SA macro economy: current conditions and outlook for 2016
  • Strategic leadership in turbulent times
  • Africa and dynamic markets - trends that will play a role on company strategy in 2016​​
  • What you really need to know about strategy for these uncertain times
  • Policy dilemmas and potentials in the current SA economic climate
  • Tackling developmental changes admist SA's economic woes
  • SMEs – risks and business sustainability in tough times
  • Fractured and fragile: South Africa needs a New Deal
  • Strategic dialogue - ​Shifting priorities and weathering the economic storm​
  • Prospects for SA recovery
  • How and where to from here



Two dates to diarise

3 February 2016 


​ 5 July 2016

More information
  • Professor Adrian Saville
    Adrian Saville’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (cum laude), M.Com (cum laude) and PhD (Economics), which he completed at the University of Natal in 1997 and for which he was awarded the Economics Society of South Africa’s Founders Medal.  He is a UNESCO laureate and a matriculant of Linacre College (Oxford).  He has completed programmes in value investing and competitive strategy at New York’s Columbia University and Harvard Business School in Boston.

    In 1994, while completing his doctorate in economics, Adrian formed an investment vehicle which became the forerunner to Cannon Asset Managers which he founded in 1998.  In 2017 Bidvest Financial Services acquired Cannon Asset Managers. Today Adrian serves as Chief Executive at Cannon Asset Managers.

    Adrian has experience in managing all the major asset classes and has successfully combined teaching and business, having lectured at the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the University of Pretoria, London School of Business, Kelley School of Business, Rotterdam School of Management and the Estonian Business School.  He has held a Professorship of Economics, Finance & Strategy at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) since 2003, where he teaches in the fields of macroeconomics, investment finance and strategy.  Adrian has received the Excellence in Teaching Award at GIBS one ten occasions since 2007.  In 2012 he was nominated for the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Business Professor of the Year Award and in 2014 he received the Central and East European Management Development Association award in teaching excellence.  Adrian’s successful career has encompassed consulting widely to government and the corporate world, including serving as an economic consultant to Visa South Africa. He has presented to global audiences in many destinations, including Botswana, Brazil, Chile, Estonia, France, India, Japan, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, Netherlands, Nigeria, Singapore, United Kington, United States, Zambia and Zimbabwe

  • Tony Manning

    Independent strategy consultant since 1987, working across industries and companies. Extensive experience with public sector. Previously a top executive in two major global firms, Chairman of the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. Twenty years of experience in advertising, marketing, and journalism. Professional photographer. Writes a strategy blog.

  • Professor Nick Binedell


    Nick Binedell is the Founding Director and Sasol Chair of Strategic Management of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, a Business School situated in Illovo, Johannesburg and established in January 2000, by the University of Pretoria.

    After an initial career in the industry in the Mining and Manufacturing sectors in sales and general management in the Barlow Rand Group, Nick has focused his career for the past 20 years in the area of business education.

    In 1998 he was invited to establish a new business school focused on meeting the individual and corporate needs of business in South Africa.

    The school has rapidly established itself as a leading business school in South Africa with a strong focus on partnering with leading South African corporates and providing a high level of local and international business education. It was recently ranked as one of the top 40 global executive education providers by the London Financial Times.

    Nick is a determined traveler and explorer. His earlier roots included extensive travel and by the time he was ten he had lived in Zimbabwe, Germany, Yemen, Kenya, South Africa and Britain. He has spent five years in the United States and in the past three years has traveled to Sydney, Shanghai, Dubai, Prague, Budapest, Lagos as well as European and American cities.

    His area of expertise is in the field of business strategy formulation and his academic and consulting work, although dominantly in South Africa, includes work in the United States, Europe and Australia.
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