Mundia Kabinga

Senior Research Fellow | Lecturer
BA, Zambia | MA, York | PhD, Cape Town
International Economics and Finance, Strategy, Business in Africa, Institutional Reform Analysis,Business Model Innovation, Emerging Markets

Dr. Mundia Kabinga is a development economist and management scholar with expertise in resource- and knowledge-based perspectives of the firm and markets in resource constrained environments. His empirical interests are in: utilities; electricity access and reliability of supply; firm and industry competiveness; technology and finance; and business model innovation and market development in sub-Saharan Africa and frontier markets. Dr Kabinga’s most recent work focusses on: assessing sector interlinkages in nascent industries and how these contribute to structural economic transformation and diversification in Africa; examining how the fourth industrial revolution is transforming development finance institutions in frontier economies; evaluating the impacts of facility-level electricity access on maternal and child health outcomes in developing countries; and understanding the role of information and communications technologies in enhancing municipal revenues in sub-Saharan Africa. His research has been supported by grants from the London School of Economics and University of Oxford’s International Growth Centre (IGC), International Centre for Tax and Development (ICTD), UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and Swiss and South African Governments.

Dr. Kabinga currently serves as a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer in Finance and Strategy in the UCT GSB’s Development Finance Centre (DEFIC), and a Consultant to the World Bank’s Development Research Group. He is passionate about leadership and serves as a Board Member of the UCT's Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa (ICDPPA), and Commerce Faculty Board; Deputy Chairman of the GSB’s Transformation Committee; Member of the UCT Transformation Forum, GSB Post-Graduate Examinations Committee (PGC), MBA Admissions Board, and PhD and MPHIL in Inclusive Innovation Research Proposal Review Panels; and Ad-hoc Member of the Commerce Faculty Academic Policy and Practice (APPC), and Faculty Examinations Committees (FEC) and GSB’s Research Ethics Commitee. Prior to his current appointments, Dr. Kabinga served as Technical Advisor to the Zambian Ministry of Finance’s Macroeconomic Modelling Technical Working Group; and Vice President for Africa of Toronto-based boutique economics advisory firm, Pareto Economics Consulting. He has also previously consulted for a broad spectrum of organizations including the Infrastructure and Cities for Economic Development (ICED)-Price Waterhouse Cooper (PwC) United Kingdom, Old Mutual South Africa, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He is a regular reviewer of papers in energy policy, development economics, and international finance for the Utilities Policy Journal and South African Journal of Economic and Management Sciences (SAJEMS), and has published various peer-reviewed articles on state-owned enterprise reform management in South Africa in the Harvard University Centre for International Development’s Working Paper Series, European Business Review, and Utilities Policy Journal. Dr Kabinga has also been invited to present papers at the highly prestigious Academy of Management (AOM) Annual Meetings.

He holds a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Cape Town for research that develops a capabilities-based perspective on why performance problems persist in South Africa’s national electric utility, Eskom. He also possess a BA and MA degree in Economics from the Universities of Zambia and York, respectively. He is a member of the Academy of Management (AOM) American Economic Association (AEA), Economics Association of Zambia (EAZ), Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) and Institute of Directors Southern Africa (IoDSA), and a regular contributor to business newspapers and magazines in emerging markets on issues of business, economic, and infrastructure sector reform.