A Roundtable Discussion - SA Budget 2021

Date: 25 February 2021
Time: 17:30 - 18:30 (SAST)
Venue: Online via Zoom


We invite you to join us online on 25 February at 5:30pm (SAST) for a Roundtable discussion with Assoc. Prof Sean Gossel, Assoc. Prof Richard Calland and Simi Siwisa as the moderator. 

With the Covid pandemic having ravaged the socio-economic foundations of our young democracy for over a year now, SA is finally running out of road. The question now is, will this budget be a U-turn on fiscal consolidation, a cul-de-sac of impossible political promises, a detour into disastrous populism, or a steady drive to economic reform?

This session is open to all, so please invite anyone you think would be interested in these issues—and, especially, anyone you think would be a good fit for programmes at the GSB!

Associate Professor Sean Gossel
Associate Professor Sean Gossel

Associate Professor Sean Gossel’s expertise at the GSB lies in the areas of financial economics and financial globalization. Thus, he lectures Public Sector Finance, on the MCom (Development Finance) program and the Emerging Markets Economic Development elective on the MBA program. Sean’s lectures seek to position finance and macroeconomics in a historical, emerging market, and financial globalization context. This focus carries over into his research and supervision.

In addition to teaching, research, and supervision, Sean is also the Assistant Deputy Director and Research Director of the GSB. Before joining academia, Sean acquired over a decade of local and international management consulting experience in the areas of financial and econometric analysis, economic forecasting, financial modelling, and valuations.

Simi Siwisa
Simi Siwisa

Currently, Ms Siwisa is the Head: Group Public Policy at ABSA Bank covering more than twelve countries. In this role, Ms Siwisa is responsible for ABSA’s Public Policy strategy development, execution and oversight. This Prior to this, Ms Siwisa was an executive director of Stratvest, a research and advisory firm focusing on sovereign debt advisory, economic policy development, research, strategy and investment services. She consulted to multinationals and development agencies on emerging market issues, with a special focus on Africa. Projects included regulatory risk projects for Ab Inbev, technical capacity building for Aecom funded project and the SADC Wide Sovereign Debt project in partnership with SADC Parliamentary Forum and other multilateral donors. 

Simi was nominated as member of the 2020/1 WEF Global Future Council on reslient financial systems. She is member of the WEF Task force on Sustainable Finance and a Senior Delegate to the WEF Banking and Finance Deputies Forum. She has advised on economic and digital policy across emerging markets.

Ms Siwisa has an MBA from the University of Cape Town and an MA (international economic management) from the University of Birmingham.

Associate Professor Richard Calland
Associate Professor Richard Calland

Richard Calland has for the past twenty five years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. Based at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he is Associate Professor in Public Law, he established and then led its Democratic Governance & Rights Unit from 2007-2016, focusing on judicial appointments, training and governance. Calland specialises in freedom of information law and serves as a member of the Independent Access to Information Appeals Board of the World Bank (since 2012). In the past, he has advised the governments of Mali, Peru, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Jamaica on transparency law reform and policy, and the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) on matters of governance and multi-stakeholder process. 

In early 2019 he was appointed by Minister for International Relations, Lindiwe Sisulu, to chair a Task Team to advise her on the establishment of a new Diplomatic Academy. Before moving to South Africa in 1994 to work on its founding democratic election as an advisor to the ANC in the Western Cape, Calland practised law for seven years at the London Bar (called in 1987 to Lincoln's Inn). From 1995-2011, he headed the Political Information & Monitoring Service and then the Economic Governance programme at Idasa – which was at that time Africa's leading democracy Institute. 

He is a founding member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC).  With others, Richard founded the Parliamentary Monitoring Group (PMG) as well as the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), a law centre that supported the implementation of freedom of information law and advised whistleblowers for almost two decades and for which he served as its first Executive Director from 2001-2010.