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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Raymond Parsons is a professor at the North-West University School of Business and Governance and an extraordinary professor in the TRADE research focus area. 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.
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.
Gary van Vuuren is a visiting professor at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and a consultant to European financial institutions. He was a senior director at Fitch Ratings in London for nine years where he was a quantitative analyst and head of model validation. He transferred to Aviva Investors in London where he headed up the model validation department and then began private contracting in early 2017 - his first role as a consultant to the European Central Bank.
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.
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.
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.
Dr Clive Coetzee is an extraordinary research scientist in the TRADE research focus area at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) and the Chief Director Infrastructure Management and Economic Services at Provincial Treasury in KwaZulu Natal. He completed his Master's degree in Economics at the Faculty of Military Science of the University of Stellenbosch in 2000 and his PhD in Economics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2012 on the topic: 'A Research approach to keeping informed of and monitoring local economic conditions: a Kwazulu-Natal case study'.
Clive has over 15 years of experience in economic consultancy, having run his own business, Clive Coetzee Financial Services, from 2001 to 2017. He has also been involved in teaching Economics at university level since 1999, having lectured at the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Cape Town and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
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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