Upcoming Events

Past Events

AIFMRM Policy Forum: Fintech and Cryptocurrency Regulation – Which Way Forward?


AIFMRM held a policy forum for crypto enthusiasts and those interested in fintech, cryptocurrencies, and finance of the future.

Keynote speaker:

Professor Andrei Kirilenko - Director of the Centre for Global Finance and Technology at Imperial College London, former chief economist of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and a world-leading fintech expert.

Panel discussion and Q&A:

  • Keynote speaker
  • Arif Ismail - Divisional Head: Oversight National Payment System Department (NPSD), South African Reserve Bank
  • Angela Itzikowitz - Executive: Banking and Finance, ENSafrica and Professor in Banking and Financial Markets Law, University of the Witwatersrand,
  • Dr Co-Pierre Georg - Senior Lecturer, AIFMRM and Director, UCT Financial Innovation Lab
  • AIFMRM Policy Forum: What is the role of the state in the economy?


    AIFMRM held a policy forum on the timely and important question of what the role of the state is in the economy.

    Keynote speaker:

    Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh - Social activist, rapper, and PhD student at Oxford University. He presented a chapter from his newly released book Democracy and Delusion)

    Panel discussion and Q&A:

  • Keynote speaker
  • Michael Sachs (Deputy Director General - Budget Office, National Treasury)
  • Tinyiko Ngwenya (Economist - Old Mutual)
  • UCT student event: Careers in Quantitative Finance and Financial Risk Management


    AIFMRM and the UCT Careers Service hosted an event for UCT students interested in career options in Quantitative Finance and Financial Risk Management. Industry practitioners attended the event to give students insights into careers paths in these areas.


  • Careers in Financial Risk Management
  • Careers in Quantitative Finance
  • Master’s degree programmes - MPhil specialising in Mathematical Finance, MCom in Risk Management of Financial Markets and new MPhil in Data Science of Finance Technology
  • Panel discussion and Industry Q&A
  • UCT student event: Women in Finance


    The African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) held an event for female students where business women shared insights into their exciting and varied careers in Finance. The purpose of the event was to encourage students to consider careers in finance and to address misconceptions regarding limited opportunities for women in this field.


  • Industry speakers
  • Panel discussion and Q&A
  • Networking and refreshments
  • AIFMRM Economics Postgraduate Student Summer School 2016


    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.
  • Financial Intermediation in Emerging Markets Conference


    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 Panel Discussion: Should we finance free higher education in SA?


    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)
  • Panel Chair:

  • Koketso Sachane (Heart 104.9FM)
  • UCT student event: Careers in Risk Management of Financial Markets


    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 and Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT): African Financial Services Forum – Growth and Regulation Dynamics


    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.