Politics Masterclass: Everything Business Needs to Understand 2019

The political landscape has a profound effect on business confidence and investment. Years of political instability and poor policy frameworks along with corruption have contributed significantly to SA's economic stagnation and lack of investor confidence.

Globally, long-established institutions are being challenged, and a prevailing sense of dissatisfaction has led to many countries becoming inward looking and protectionist. This has a knock-on effect, especially for emerging markets which are directly impacted by policy and trade decisions taken, over which they have no control.

So, what does all this mean for your business? Will the currency tank? Should you hold off on investment decisions? Are policy changes in the offing?   

This class will provide an analytical framework to help you navigate through the complexity and make better, more informed business decisions. 


  • SA Election Watch 2019 – everything you need to know;
  • Domestic politics - noise vs. news, rhetoric vs. reality, facts vs. fiction;
  • Understanding country risk – what is it and why should we care?;  
  • Techniques and tools for analysing political risk;
  • How does a changing global geopolitical landscape affect SA?; and
  • "So what" – why should my business care?

Who should attend?

Treasurers, CFOs, operations managers, financial market analysts, investment officers, executives, economists and credit officers amongst others.

Masterclass Facilitator:

Ronak Gopaldas is currently a director at Signal Risk, an exclusively African risk advisory firm. His work focuses on the intersection of politics, economics and business on the continent.

He was previously the head of Country Risk at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) for a number of years, where he managed a team of analysts who provided the firm with in-depth analysis of economic, political, security and operational dynamics across sub-Saharan Africa. During his time at RMB, he also served on the Africa and International Management board and a number of exco positions.

A prominent voice in print, radio and television in both the local and international media, Ronak has made frequent appearances on the likes of CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and CNBC Africa, and also publishes regular opinion and analysis pieces. He has spoken at a number of the world's top universities (including Harvard and Oxford) and at leading Africa focused policy and business conferences as a moderator, panelist and keynote speaker.

In 2016, he delivered a powerful TEDx talk entitled "Embracing Africa: beyond the binaries" and in November 2015, he participated in the Asian Forum on Global Governance in New Delhi with a number of young leaders from around the world. He is a fellow of the young African Leadership Initiative (YALI). 

Ronak holds a BCom degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) with Business French as well as a BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He also holds an MSc in Finance (Economic Policy) through the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.  

Guest Speakers: 

  • Isaah Mhlanga, executive chief economist, Alexander Forbes;
  • Sam Mkokeli, Africa Correspondent for Bloomberg News;
  • Nerina Visser, President CFA South Africa and
  • Dr. Sithembile Mbete, University of Pretoria, Political analyst 

Group discounts of 20% for 5 or more attendees.

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