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The Board of Directors

Rowland Brown

ROWLAND BROWN – CHAIRPERSON

Rowland Brown was born and raised in Namibia, before studying in Scotland, where he received a Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Aberdeen. Upon completion of his studies, he returned to Namibia and subsequently worked in the National Planning Commission, Capricorn Investment Holdings, the Bank of Namibia and IJG Securities. In early 2017 he co-founded Cirrus Capital, an economic and financial services company.

He is a fellow of the Institute for Public Policy Research, a consulting technical expert to the International Monetary Fund on financial stability and stress testing, serves on various boards and is a graduate of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Programme to the United States.

ERIC VAN ZYL – VICE CHAIRPERSON

Eric completed his BComm degree at the University of Stellenbosch in 2010. He joined IJG Securities as a research analyst after returning to Namibia in 2014. Eric is currently pursuing the CFA designation while heading up the research team at IJG Securities. Eric is a Namibian with a passion for the outdoors and aims to make a positive contribution to the socio-economic well-being of the nation.

Dylan van Wyk

DYLAN VAN WYK – TREASURER

Dylan van Wyk is a Senior Analyst at Cirrus Capital where he provides macroeconomic and company specific research, specialising in the financial sector. Dylan subscribes to the Austrian School of economics and is passionate about liberalism and laissez-faire economic policy. Dylan holds an Honours degree in Financial Analysis from the University of Stellenbosch and is a CFA charterholder.

LOISE KATANGA  – SECRETARY

Loise works as a Technical Advisor for the Promotion of Business Advisory and Transformation Services (ProBATS) program implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. She is responsible for supporting relevant stakeholders such as Ministry of Finance to implement the Namibia Financial Sector Strategy (NFSS), specifically coordinating activities that enable businesses to access finance. In addition, she is responsible for conducting research on financial inclusion with a strong focus on digitalizing social transfers. She obtained a Bachelor of Technology in Economics in 2016 from the Namibia University of Science and Technology NUST and is currently studying towards a Post Graduate Diploma in Risk Management through the University of South Africa.

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JAN-BAREND SCHEEPERS – ASSOCIATE MEMBER

Jan-Barend Scheepers is the Project Manager for InnoSun Energy since 2015. With a B.Eng Honors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Stellenbosch, he has spent the formative years of his career in conceptualizing, developing, designing and constructing various projects in Namibia. These projects were for both the public and private sectors across Namibia and include Sanitation, Water Reticulation, Residential Development, Roads and Intensive Soil-less Horticulture. His 2017 energy project portfolio, both in construction and operation, include over 30MW of Generation capacity, spread over several of Namibia’s first utility scale wind and solar parks.

John Mendelsohn

JOHN MENDELSOHN – ASSOCIATE MEMBER

John Mendelsohn has lived all his life in Africa, and has been resident in Namibia over the past 30 years. A passion for research has driven much of his work in zoology, education, livelihoods, geography and river systems. He was awarded a PhD in 1982. Results have been published in over 70 scientific papers and 30 books. Most of his recent research has been in Namibia, but he now also works extensively in Angola.

Over the past 15 years, John has developed a keen interest in the economies of rural areas, seeking to document and understand relationships between natural resources, land uses, land rights, incomes, savings, capital, opportunities and constraints in different areas. Rivers in the Kalahari Basin are another special interest, particularly the Cunene, Cuvelai, Okavango and Cuando river systems.

 Lauren Davidson (2)

LAUREN DAVIDSON – ASSOCIATE MEMBER

Lauren Davidson is an economist at the Chamber of Mines of Namibia where she is currently serving her fourth year. She is responsible for the compilation of statistics and information pertaining to the Namibian mining sector and the effective communication thereof among a diverse group of stakeholders. In addition, she has also provided input to various policy related matters affecting the sector. Lauren obtained her Bachelors of Commerce in 2009 at Rhodes University after which she successfully completed her Honours in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism at the same institution. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Development Management through the University of Birmingham.

NAUFIKU HAMUNIME – ASSOCIATE MEMBER

Naufiku is an economist at Standard Bank Namibia where she works to provide economic and market research data to the various business units across the Bank. She holds a Master’s degree in African Development from the London School of Economics, and graduated cum laude from Rhodes University with a BSc. Honors degree in Economics & Geography.

Naufiku has worked at the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia and served as an external consultant for VSO International in London.  She is a fellow of the LSE Programme for African Leadership (PfAL), and is passionate about Industrial Policy and Development Planning.

 

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