The Politics / Risks Masterclass

Event Information
Belinda Boxall: +27 11 771 4318

Amid the dysfunction and polarisation of today's global politics, where disillusioned electorates are desperately searching for alternatives to the status quo, unconventional and new political realities are emerging. 

The convergence of politics, media and technology has given rise to a number of new themes, complicating an already ambiguous and volatile landscape.

This session will look at the emerging global, African and South African political trends that will impact the business and economic landscape. Is your business prepared for these changing realities?

Join us as we attempt to answer the following questions:

  • What is the impact of the US-China strategic rivalry on Africa and South Africa?;
  • Why populism is back in fashion?;
  • From digital democracy to digital dictatorship – should we be scared?;
  • How political celebrities are hacking the leadership ladder?;
  • What happens to Africa if China implodes?; and
  • AfCFTA – beyond rhetoric or reality?

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

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.  

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