2023 has shown a great reshuffling in the socio-economic and geopolitical world order. While the war in Ukraine rages and inflation remains stubbornly high, economic headwinds and adjusting partnerships have changed, among other things, the rate of globalisation in the world economy, investment and appetites for emerging markets, and economic alliances. Join us on 13 March as we hear from Pat Thaker, Regional Editorial Director, MEA of The Economist Intelligence Unit, as they deliver key insights on the global economy for 2023, what to watch, and when to plan for the next upswing.
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Regional Editorial Director, MEA of The Economist Intelligence Unit
Pat Thaker provides the intellectual leadership necessary to ensure that the Economist Intelligence Unit’s analysis and forecasts for the Middle Eastern and African markets are the most insightful available to international decision-makers. Her deep knowledge and regional experience means she frequently chairs and speaks at conferences in the MEA region on subjects such as the business case for Africa, the impact of low oil prices for the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), global food security, urban sustainability and corporate social responsibility. She leads the EIU’s Middle East and Africa team, ensuring that its regional forecasts are integrated with its global macroeconomic outlook, and developing the regional expertise required to diagnose problems and devise viable solutions for EIU clients.
Country CEO: South Africa & Market Head of Barclays
Amol has accountability for all Barclays’ businesses across Private, Investment and Corporate Banking in Africa and specifically heads the Private Bank Africa business.
Amol has been with Barclays for nearly 20 years, in a variety of roles across both Private and Investment Banking, focused on Emerging and Frontier Markets, while being based in Dubai, Hong Kong, London and presently Johannesburg.
Amol serves as an Ambassador for Barclays Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Prior to Barclays, Amol qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters. He holds a Masters in Law and International Finance from the University of Cambridge, with first class honours. A passionate rugby player and cricketer, Amol has played to varsity level.
Lunga joined Telkom SA SOC Limited on the 1st of May 2018. He has experience in Financial Analysis, Digital Transformation, e-Commerce, Sales and Marketing. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise rooted in working with Blue Chip companies such as MTN, BP, Santam and Standard Bank where he held several senior and executive positions. Lunga has a track record of creating, executing and scaling digital channels and businesses.
Director, Sub-Saharan Africa of The Economist Intelligence Corporate Network
Sam is a trained economist specialising in understanding the complexities of the South African economy. Prior to joining the EICN, Sam spent time in both the public and private sector, first as an economist within the Economic Policy division of the National Treasury, and then as a consulting economist at Econometrix, and Deloitte. During his time in private sector, Sam specialised in analysing events and government policies to dilute these into constructing business strategies. Sam also spent time in Switzerland as an economist for airline industry body IATA. Sam holds a masters degree in economics from Stellenbosch University, and has studied further at the Insitute for Social Studies in The Hague, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the Levy Economics Insitute of Bard College in New York State.
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