POSITION: MCOM Director
QUALIFICATIONS: PhD in International Finance (Queens, UK), MSc in Applied Statistics and Operational Research (London), CStat and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (UK), CSci of the Science Council of UK
AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Development Finance, Econometrics, Statistics and Financial Economics
Professor Nicholas Biekpe is currently Professor of Development Finance & Econometrics & Program Director: MCom in Development Finance at the GSB. Nicholas is also President of Africagrowth Institute, Managing Director of African Investment Climate Research and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Queen’s University Belfast (UK).
He has an MSc Applied Statistics and Operational Research (London) and PhD in International Finance (Queens, UK). Professor Biekpe is a Chartered Statistician & Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society of Great Britain and a Chartered Scientist of the Science Council of the United Kingdom. He is the Executive Editor of the African Finance Journal, Executive Editor of Review of Development Finance and the Africagrowth Agenda Magazine.
Nicholas is a member of Financial Management Association, African Finance Association, the Southern African Finance Association and member of Economic Society of South Africa. He is also a member of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) Technical Advisory Panel and Network on National Statistics. Nicholas is a Board Member of the South African Savings Institute and a member of Council of the Africa Institute of South Africa. He is also a member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa.
Professor Biekpe has consulted extensively in the area of development finance for a number of African and international organisations including the UNDP, UNEP, UNECA, DFID, the World Bank, DBSA, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, South African Government, other African Governments and other private sector institutions. He has published widely in accredited academic journals and is a six-times recipient of the University of Stellenbosch Business School’s Award for Research Excellence and two-times recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence. Professor Biekpe supervises a number of doctoral and masters students in the broad area of development finance. Over the last eleven years Nicholas raised several millions rand for projects at the University of Stellenbosch and Africagrowth Institute.