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AIFMRM held a policy forum for crypto enthusiasts and those interested in fintech, cryptocurrencies, and finance of the future.
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:
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 held a policy forum on the timely and important question of what the role of the state is in the economy.
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:
Michael Sachs (Deputy Director General - Budget Office, National Treasury)
Tinyiko Ngwenya (Economist - Old Mutual)
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
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.
Panel discussion and Q&A
Networking and refreshments
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.