Professor Nicholas Biekpe is currently Professor of Development Finance & Econometrics & Programmes Director: Development Finance Programmes at the Development Finance Centre, UCT Graduate School of Business. Nicholas is also President of Africagrowth Institute and Executive Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Development Finance.
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 Managing Editor Africagrowth Agenda Journal and Managing Editor of the Development Finance 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 technical working group the Africa Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). Nicholas is a Board Member of the South African Savings Institute. Professor Biekpe is a member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa (ASSAf) and Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts of Arts (FRSA) in UK
Professor Biekpe has consulted extensively in the area of development finance for a number of African governments and international organisations including the UNDP, UNEP, UNECA, DFID, the World Bank, DBSA, Ford Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, Gates Foundation, South African Government, other African Governments and other private sector institutions.
He has published extensively 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 economics and finance. Over a number of years, Nicholas raised significant funds for a number of development project in Africa.