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.