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
Join us as we attempt to answer the
- 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
- 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.
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
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.