Abdul Latif Alhassan

Head of Minor Dissertation (DEFIC) | Associate Professor
Ph.D. (UCT) | MPhil. | BSc. (Ghana)
Development and Insurance Finance; Banking and Finance in Emerging Markets; Applied Econometrics

Abdul Latif Alhassan (Ph.D.) is an Associate Professor in Development and Insurance Finance at the Development Finance Centre (DEFIC), University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, Cape Town. He teaches Research Methodology and Banking and Finance in Emerging Markets courses on the Master of Commerce and Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance degrees respectively. He is responsible for the academic administration of the dissertation component of the Master of Commerce in Development Finance degree as the Head of Minor Dissertation for students during the research year of the programme. Within the GSB, he chairs the Postgraduate Committee (PGC) which is responsible for the academic administration of the research component of the MBA and EMBA programmes and represents the GSB on the Faculty Higher Degrees Committee (HDC). Within the university, he is a member of the University Panel on Responsible Investments (UPRI) which is developing the implementation plan for UCT’s responsible investment strategy and the Board for Graduate Studies (BfGS). 

Assoc./Prof. Latif Alhassan has published 29 peer reviewed journal articles (end of 2020) on the industrial organisation of the financial services industry covering on firm behaviour (performance, efficiency, competition, and stability), operational and regulatory environment in South Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and Mauritius and efficiency and financial sustainability of farmer cooperatives in Eswatini in international journals ranked by the Chartered Association of Business Schools (CABS) journal quality guide and indexed in the Social Science Citation index (ISI). He also acts as an ad hoc referee for several international journals and external examiner for masters and Ph.D. theses in and outside South Africa.

Assoc./Prof. Latif Alhassan has in the past managed a capacity building programme on farmer-based organizations selected African countries for the Alliance for a Green Revolution (AGRA) as well as consulting experience in studies on informal cross-border trade and the enabling youth employment index in Africa for the Afreximbank and the African Development bank.