The key-note speaker for the event is highly respected South African economist Dr Iraj Abedian. The topic of his talk will be: “The role of the asset management industry in stimulating investor confidence in South Africa”

Iraj Abedian is founder and Chief Executive of Pan-African Investment and Research Services (Pty) Ltd and Pan-African Capital Holdings (Pty) Ltd. He was professor of economics at the University of Cape Town before joining Standard Bank Group of SA as the Group Chief Economist and EXCO member (2000-2004). He obtained his BA (Honours) and MA in Economics from University of Cape Town, and his PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada in 1993. His involvement in policy development in South Africa includes: The Transformation of the Development Bank of SA (1995), the RDP White Paper (1995), Growth, Employment and Redistribution (GEAR 1996), Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (1997/98), and the Presidential Review Commission (1997/98). He was a member of the Presidential Economic Advisors during the Presidency of President Mbeki (2005-2008) and President Motlanthe (2008-2009).” Dr Abedian is a prolific researcher and has written numerous articles and co-authored books such as Economic Growth in South Africa (Oxford University Press, 1992), Transformation in Action: Budgeting for Health Service Delivery (UCT Press, 1998), Economic Globalization and Fiscal Policy (Oxford University Press, 1998) and Seeking the Ethical Foundations of New South Africa (A MISTRA Publication, 2018). In addition to the directorship of the Pan-African Capital investee companies, he is the Chairman of Board of Fortress REIT and a Member of the Advisory Committee of the Auditor General Office.