Ludo Cuyvers is an extraordinary professor at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and emeritus professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals on international trade, export promotion, Asian economic development and the social impact of globalisation.
Prof Cuyvers has authored several books and seminal papers on international economics and export promotion. He developed the Decision Support Model (DSM), which he originally applied to Belgium's and Thailand’s export situation. Together with Prof Wilma Viviers, he has been involved in comparative research on competitive intelligence and on the identification of South African export opportunities using the DSM.
Prof Cuyvers is a member of the Board of Directors of Flanders Investment and Trade, the Flemish export promotion agency in Belgium. He is also chairman of the European Institute for Asian Studies, a Brussels-based think tank, and member of the Council of Fellows, East Asian Economic Association. He has received several prizes and awards in Belgium and abroad for his contribution to the fields of international economics and trade.
Zerihun Gudeta Alemu, who holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of the Free State, is an extraordinary associate professor at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and a Chief Country Economist at the African Development Bank, a position he has held since February 2014. His previous positions were senior researcher at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, affiliate associate professor (2008-2012) and senior lecturer (2002-2007) at the University of the Free State, and lecturer at Haramaya University, Ethiopia (1992-2001).
Prof Alemu’s research interests lie in the fields of economic policy analysis, marketing, applied time series econometrics, regional integration, and international trade. He has published widely in local and international peer-reviewed academic journals, co-authored and contributed to books, presented papers at various conferences, and advised many national institutions on economic development issues.
Adelia Jansen van Rensburg is a Postdoctoral research fellow in the TRADE research focus area. She served as a diplomat for the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Secretariat in Windhoek, Namibia from 2010 to 2016 where she held the position of Trade Negotiations Coordinator. Her main responsibilities were helping to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of SACU's existing trade agreements and contributing to the negotiation of new arrangements. A key focus area in her work was the formulation of SACU’s economic and trade policy positions and mandates. She has written various papers in support of effective trade policy development and implementation in SACU and her research findings have been presented at a local, regional and international level.
Dr Jansen van Rensburg has a great deal of knowledge about the rules and technical aspects of trade, and regional economic integration experiences in different parts of the world. Her particular research interests include the fast-changing global trade environment, how trade policies can be optimised to suit different countries’ and regions’ circumstances, and the ideological tension between the multilateral trade policy approach advocated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the bilateral, regional and continental trade policy approaches evidenced in preferential trading arrangements.
She obtained her PhD in International Trade at the North-West University in 2009 and is a PhD scholarship holder. Since embarking on her Postdoctoral studies at the university, she has also been a part-time member of the School of Economics’ academic and research team and has facilitated and lectured various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
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