Ronak Gopaldas is 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. We discuss the biggest economic challenges currently facing the African continent, how we’ll get to the predicted Mega Cities in Africa if the African Continental Free Trade Agreement will survive the pandemic, how Africa has managed the pandemic relative to other regions of the world, where Africa features in post-pandemic geopolitics and practical strategies Africa can implement to thrive in the post-pandemic world.
Biggest economic challenges currently facing the African continent
Mega Cities predicted for Africa by 2100, how do we get there?
Will the African Continental Free Trade Agreement survive the pandemic?
How has Africa managed the pandemic relative to other regions of the world?
Post-pandemic geopolitics: Where does Africa feature?
Practical strategies Africa can implement to thrive in the post-pandemic world
About Ronak Gopaldas
Ronak 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 exco positions.
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 and at leading Africa focussed 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) and was selected as one of South Africa’s “Brightest Young Minds” in 2011.
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 recently completed an MSc in Finance (Economic Policy) through the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London
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