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Senior Lecturer, UCT GSB
Assoc. Prof. Sean Gossel's expertise at the GSB lies in the areas of financial economics, and financial globalization. He lectures Public Sector Finance, and Corporate Finance and Investment on the MCom (Development Finance) program, the Capital Flows and Emerging Markets elective on the MBA program, and Macroeconomics on the EMBA. 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.
Sean's research focuses on the effects of financial globalization and democratization on African economies. On the basis of his publications, Sean is an editorial member of the Journal of African Business, and a reviewer for numerous international journals. He is also a research collaborator at UCT's Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy, and the GSB's Development Finance Centre. In addition to his academic contribution, Sean regularly writes opinion pieces for the popular press and for radio and TV interviews for various media houses.
Before joining academia, Sean acquired over ten years of local and international management consulting experience in the areas of financial and econometric analysis, forecasting, financial modelling, and valuations.
Researcher, Institute for Security studies
Judith February is a lawyer, governance specialist and columnist. She is based at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) as a Senior Research Associate and is a Visiting Fellow at the WITS School of Governance. Prior to that she was executive director of the HSRC's Democracy and Governance unit and also head of the Idasa's South African Governance programme for 9 years. She studied at the University of Cape Town where she obtained her BA degree (majoring in Law and Latin) and her LlB degree in 1991 and 1993 respectively. She was then admitted as an attorney in 1996 and practised law in Cape Town until 2000. In 2000 she obtained her LlM in Commercial Law also from the University of Cape Town.
Judith has worked extensively on issues of good governance, transparency and accountability within the South African context. She is particularly interested in law as a tool for advocacy and the intersection between law and politics. Her areas of focus include corruption and its impact on governance, Parliamentary oversight and institutional design. Judith is also a regular commentator in the media on politics in SA and served on an ad hoc panel to evaluate the effectiveness of South Africa’s Parliament, chaired by Pregs Govender in 2009. In 2009 she was awarded a summer fellowship at the Freeman Spogli Institute for Democracy Development and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, California. Her column, 'Between the Lines' appeared in the Cape Times newspaper fortnightly until 2014.
Judith is a regular columnist for Media24 and also an occasional columnist for the Daily Maverick and other publications. She is the co-editor with Neeta Misra-Dexter of 'Testing democracy: which way is South Africa going?', March 2010, Idasa. Judith has taught a course on Contemporary South African politics within the Politics Department at the University of Cape Town and is an independent, nonexecutive director of Coronation Fund Managers. In 2012, she was awarded a Spring Reagan-Fascell Fellowship at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC where she was based until August 2012. Judith is also the Chair of the Springfield Convent School Board of Governors, where she matriculated. Judith is also a CONFLICT DYNAMICS accredited commercial mediator. Her new book is 'Turning and turning: exploring the complexities of South Africa’s democracy' published by Pan MacMillan.
Managing Partner, Cartesian Capital
Anthea Gardner is founder and managing partner of Cartesian Capital, a Johannesburg based asset management business; www.cartesian.co.za. Cartesian manages local equity and fixed income portfolios for investors' pension and discretionary investments.
She started her finance career at HSBC, Johannesburg, as an equity sales trader whilst completing her MBA at Wits Business School; with her research thesis in 'Option Pricing Models and their relevance in the South African market'. In 2004 she joined Rand Merchant Bank on the derivatives sales trading desk where she was instrumental in offering Single Stock Futures to clients and starting the institutional CFD product. Her move to Morgan Stanley, London, in 2007, was to cover the European and US Equity Derivatives client base focusing on emerging markets in Eastern Europe and Africa. After Morgan Stanley, she joined the investment team at the African Development Bank in Tunisia, as a Fixed Income portfolio manager. This was an interesting and tumultuous time which included being stuck in Tunis during the Tunisian revolution which was the catalyst for the Arab Spring.
She is a regular market commentator on Cliff Central, CNBC Africa, Classic fm, Kaya fm and SAfm. She is also a judge for the Forbes All Africa Business Leader Awards.
Anthea has been on the board of the Early Care Foundation since 2015 and got appointed as chairperson in 2019 (www.earlycarefoundation.org). In 2019 she also joined the board of her alma mater, Springfield Convent School in Cape Town.
In June 2019 Anthea released her book; Make Your Money Work for You, which became an instant best seller. The book was written to help the ‘man in the street’ gain insight into the world of finance and stock markets, and to get them comfortable with saving and investing. In her spare time she is a keen sportsperson, and counts completing the inaugural Kalmar, Sweden Ironman in 2012 as one of the best things she’s ever done. She is also a qualified wine taster, keen snowboarder, skier and kite-surfer.