Ali Parry

Ms
Ali Parry
Focus Area: 
International Trade
Designation: 
Director: Trade Matters

Extraordinary research scientist in the TRADE research focus area

Ali Parry is the director of Trade Matters (Pty) Ltd, a company providing research, consulting and writing/editing services, with a special focus on economic development and international trade. Previously, she was an executive director of the International Trade Institute of Southern Africa (ITRISA). Ali has impressive research credentials, and has participated in numerous projects aimed at building the knowledge and expertise of international trade policymakers and practitioners in South Africa.

Ali has had a long association with the North-West University – serving as a developer of courseware for several International trade-related disciplines for the School of Economics, and as an editor of accredited research articles and co-author of various research reports and strategy documents under the TRADE banner. Ali holds a BA degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also an external moderator for the NWU School of Economics and is a full member of the Professional Editors' Guild.

 

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Gary van Vuuren

Prof
Gary van Vuuren
Focus Area: 
Risk management and quantitative econometrics
Designation: 
Extraordinary professor: School of Economics

 

Gary van Vuuren is a visiting professor at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and a senior director at Fitch Ratings in London, UK where he is responsible for quantitative analytics, all aspects of regulatory risk and model construction/validation.

Prof van Vuuren first trained as a scientist. He worked at the Atomic Energy Corporation and obtained a PhD in nuclear physics before converting to finance (obtaining a Master's and PhD in risk management through the NWU). A strong mathematics background coupled with a propensity for complex model construction has resulted in several conference attendances and publications – both local and international – and generated interesting projects for postgraduate research.

Prof van Vuuren supervises Master's and PhD students in topics as diverse as investment management, portfolio optimisation, risk measurement, maritime economics and quantitative econometrics, and he is responsible for postgraduate lectures in risk management.

Lindie Stroebel

Ms
Lindie Stroebel
Focus Area: 
Agriculture, economic intelligence
Designation: 
Extraordinary Research Scientist

Extraordinary research scientist in the TRADE research focus area

Lindie Stroebel is the general manager for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) in southern Africa, having previously worked for the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz). The PMA is a leading trade association representing companies from every segment of the global produce and floral supply chain. One of its core activities is helping its members grow by providing connections that expand business opportunities and increase sales and consumption. Within the PMA, Lindie is responsible for driving these linkages and business expansion efforts.

Lindie completed her tertiary education at the University of the Free State (UFS). In 2005, she was named the best Honours student in Agricultural Economics at the UFS, and in 2006 she obtained her MSc Agric degree with distinction. She also completed a postgraduate diploma in Agricultural Research for Development at the International Centre for Research in Agriculture in Wageningen, the Netherlands, in 2005.

Lindie joined the TRADE team in 2014 as an extraordinary research scientist. She is busy formulating her PhD proposal and intends enrolling on the NWU PhD programme during the course of 2016.

Logan Rangasamy

Dr
Logan Rangasamy
Designation: 
Extraordinary research scientist

 

Logan Rangasamy is an extraordinary research scientist in the TRADE research entity at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and a deputy general manager in the Research Department of the South African Reserve Bank. His previous positions include: economic advisor at the European Commission (1994-2001) and lecturer at the University of Durban-Westville (1989-1994). Dr Rangasamy has also held research positions at the Bank for International Settlements, UNU-Wider, and the Universities of Cambridge, Nottingham and Maastricht.  He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Pretoria, an MSc in Economics from the University of London and an MA in Economics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Rangasamy’s research experience spans many fields, including macro- and microeconomics, development impact analysis, economic policy analysis, applied time series econometrics, international trade, regional integration, marketing, and economic growth and development. Having held senior positions at both the European Commission and South African Reserve Bank, he is particularly well versed in policy analysis.

Dr Rangasamy has a strong publications record, with a number of articles in accredited, peer-reviewed journals as well as chapters in books, to his credit.

Ludo Cuyvers

Prof
Ludo Cuyvers
Focus Area: 
International trade, export promotion, Asian economic development, globalisation.
Designation: 
Extraordinary professor

 

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.

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Marié-Luce Kühn

Dr
Marié-Luce Kühn
Focus Area: 
Competitive intelligence
Designation: 
Extraordinary research scientist

Extraordinary research scientist in the TRADE research focus area

Marié-Luce Kühn is a founder and director of research company, IBIS Business and Information Services. She obtained her BA and BA (Hons) degrees from Stellenbosch University and completed her Master's and PhD at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). In addition to obtaining her Master's cum laude, Dr Kühn was awarded the Absa Bronze Medal for Best Master's Dissertation in the Humanities. Her PhD (International Trade) focused on the information requirements of South African exporters, an area in which she has a keen interest.

Dr Kühn has impressive research experience. She has numerous published articles to her credit, has contributed chapters to books and has presented a number of papers at international conferences. She has also participated in NRF-funded international research projects covering various export-related themes. She is actively involved in developing competitive intelligence capabilities in companies, and also undertakes research assignments under commission from different organisations.

Some of Dr Kühn’s other academic pursuits include acting as an external examiner and a study leader for postgraduate students.

 

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Peet Strydom

Prof
Peet Strydom
Focus Area: 
Strategic research
Designation: 
Extraordinary professor: School of Economics

 

Peet Strydom is an extraordinary professor at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus). He studied at the North-West University in Potchefstroom, the Free University in Amsterdam and the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, with his main focus areas being Economics, Mathematics and Statistics.

Prof Strydom has made a substantial contribution to international trade-related research, examining classical and neo-classical trade theories within a developed and emerging market context.  He has paid particular attention to the role of human capital and outsourcing in trade patterns around the world, while accommodating economic growth in an open economy framework.

Prof Strydom is well known in the private sector, having held the positions of senior economist at Central Merchant Bank and chief economist at Sankorp Limited in Johannesburg.  He has published extensively in esteemed journals on macroeconomics and international economics and co-authored several books. He is an honorary member of the Economic Society of South Africa.

 

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Raymond Parsons

Prof
Raymond Parsons
Focus Area: 
Special policy advice
Designation: 
Professor: NWU School of Business and Governance

Extraordinary professor in the TRADE research focus area

Raymond Parsons is a professor at the North-West University School of Business and Governance.  He studied economics at the Universities of Cape Town, Oxford and Copenhagen, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) where he is also an honorary professor and member of the University Council.

Prof Parsons is a recognised authority on the South African economy and its implications for business, and has played a leading role in organised business for many years.  He is also a key contributor to public and academic debate on a broad spectrum of issues that help shape South Africa's economic and political character. Until recently, Prof Parsons was the deputy CEO of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and remains a special policy advisor to that organisation.  He was also the overall national convenor at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) until 2010, and is a past director-general of the South African Chamber of Business (SACOB).  In 2004, former President Thabo Mbeki appointed Prof Parsons to the board of directors of the SA Reserve Bank and he was reappointed to this position in 2008.

Prof Parsons is the author/editor of five books, including the 2013 release 'Zumanomics Revisited: from Mangaung to 2030', and also a co-developer of the NWU Policy Uncertainty Index (PUI) which is published quarterly. 

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Riaan Rossouw

Prof
Riaan Rossouw
Focus Area: 
Micro-economics
Designation: 
Extraordinary associate professor: School of Economics

Extraordinary associate professor in the School of Economics

Riaan Rossouw is a micro-economist with more than ten years' consulting, research and teaching experience. As an extraordinary associate professor in the School of Economics at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), he has wide-ranging knowledge in most economic sectors, as well as economic development as a whole.  Prof Rossouw is part of the technical and programming team of the TRADE-DSM™ (Decision Support Model) and developed the DSM Dashboard. 

Prof Rossouw’s research interests include social and economic dimensions of inequality and applied/computable general equilibrium modelling, particularly as applied in the African (and South African) context. Special focus areas are regional disparities, labour markets, fiscal reform, tourism, energy policy, decision support systems, development planning and international trade.

Prof Rossouw has carried out consultancy work for various industries (both local and international), from governmental departments, financial institutions and private manufacturing concerns, through to real economy institutions such as mining houses, freight transport companies and utility providers. He has much field experience in southern Africa, and has taught both students and development practitioners.

 

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Zerihun Alemu

Prof
Zerihun Gudeta Alemu
Focus Area: 
Agricultural economics, econometrics, applied time series, economic policy analysis
Designation: 
Extraordinary associate professor

 

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.