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AIFMRM held a summer school for PhD and Master’s students registered at South African universities, studying Economics, Finance, or closely related fields. The summer school ran from 16 to 22 December 2016 at the University of Cape Town.
Professor Golub (Harvard University) taught a two-day course on “Interconnectedness”, covering the basics of network analysis in economics.
Professor Katharina Pistor (Columbia University) taught a two-day course on “Law and Finance”, introducing students to the field.
Dr Co-Pierre Georg (University of Cape Town) gave a one-day short course on “Introduction to Empirical Banking in Emerging Markets”, introducing the most relevant literature and methods, as well as available data sources in South Africa.
A well-functioning financial system is key for emerging markets to unlock their growth potential. However, the financial systems of many emerging markets remain in their infancy. AIFMRM and Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) jointly hosted a conference from 8 to 10 December with Imperial Business School and the Review of Finance addressing challenges faced by financial intermediaries in emerging markets.
AIFMRM hosted a panel discussion with experts in education and finance on whether we should have free tertiary education and how this could be financed.
Michael Sachs (DDG: Budget Office, National Treasury)
Professor Nico Cloete (Centre for Higher Education Transformation and University of the Western Cape)
Professor Servaas van der Berg (University of Stellenbosch)
Dr Co-Pierre Georg (AIFMRM, University of Cape Town)
Koketso Sachane (Heart 104.9FM)
The African Institute for Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) and the UCT Careers Service held their second annual Panel Discussion and Industry Q & A on Risk Management career options. UCT students interested in risk management as a career choice attended the event.
The proceedings started with a sequence of 10-minute presentations from three senior Risk Managers in South African financial services, followed by a brief information talk about AIFMRM’s MCom in Risk Management of Financial Markets offered through the Faculty of Commerce. After that, a 45-minute panel discussion allowed students to quiz the financial services professionals and AIFMRM academics about career paths. Afterwards, students interacted over drinks and snacks with Risk Management recruiters and practitioners from Barclays Africa, Rand Merchant Bank, FirstRand, Liberty, First National Bank, MMI, Thomson-Reuters, Sungard-FIS, Sanlam, Deloitte, Standard Bank, EY, Old Mutual and KPMG.
AIFMRM held a Policy Forum with leading international experts on the role of household debt levels in the financial system.
AIFMRM hosted the Financial Consumer Protection Organisation (FinCoNet) international seminar at UCT with local and global experts, which looked at regulatory changes in South Africa and the complexity in retail financial markets.
AIFMRM held a free screening of BOOM BUST BOOM, a documentary presented by Terry Jones, which offers a new perspective on global economics.
One of the world’s leading financial figures, Professor Franklin Allen, was joined by distinguished local speakers to debate the question “Does financial regulation thwart moral hazard?”
The forum was hosted by Rand Merchant Bank in Johannesburg on 1 September 2014 and included academics, corporate and regulatory participants. The talks produced some lively debate that continued during a discussion session that was chaired by Iraj Abedian – CEO of Pan-African Capital Holdings.
AIFMRM and the DEDT hosted a forum where leaders in industry and at regulatory bodies discussed how companies will be positioning themselves for growth in South Africa, Africa and other emerging markets while adjusting to new global and local regulations in a changing economic environment.
Guest speaker, Aaron Brown is the Chief Risk Manager at AQR Capital Management. Aaron was GARP’s Risk Manager of the year in 2002 and is a globally followed author.