About

Iraj Abedian,  is a graduate of University of Cape Town(UCT), and holds a PhD in economics from Simon Fraser University, Canada. He taught at UCT for over 18 years and was professor of economics at UCT before joining Standard Bank as Group Chief Economist in 2000. He was extensively involved in economic and financial policy as well as institutional restructuring of South Africa’s public finance policy after 1994. Alongside active involvement in private equity investments in Africa, Iraj maintains a keen interest in public policy issues and is proactively engaged in professional discourses related to the evolving socio-economic system worldwide.

Articles

Iraj frequently appears in numerous financial journals and magazines. He writes a monthly  column in the African Business Times Magazine entitled “ Frank Talk”. He is regularly interviewed concerning financial and economic news as well as other matters of public policy facing South Africa at large. Visit the Articles page regularly to keep abreast with all his latest published interviews and articles.

Media

The blog page will be updated weekly with articles written by Iraj. Topics discussed will stretch far beyond the economy and financial matters. As a student of social sciences, Iraj enjoys research and reflection on  many socio-economic challenges that face South Africa and Africa as a whole and these are what will form the basis for his articles. He welcomes you to comment on any of the articles as he would love to exchange views and considered perspectives   on various matters.

 

Recent Posts

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Pravin Gordhan’s Clarion Call

SA Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, hardly a full two months in the job, stood at the...

Global Mega Trends and Africa

One of the critical challenges of strategic policy making is to strike a balance between...

The World’s Emerging Political Economy Risks

As the world economy is recovering from the prolonged recessionary consequences of the...

Social Capital: The Critical Factor for Developmental Success

Developmental success of nations, broadly speaking, depends on two forms of capital. One...

South Africa’s Evolving Democracy: Beyond Elections May 2014

SA national elections on May 7th 2014 marked the 20th anniversary of the country’s...

Dr. Iraj Abedian Appears on the “First Name Basis” Talk Show

To view the full episode and interview with Dr. Abedian on the economics based internet...

Intergenerational Equity and the Political Economy of South Africa

To watch the full keynote address video by Dr. Abedian go to the following...

Today’s Global Uncertainties, Tomorrow’s New World Order

Honourable and distinguished guests, honoured members of the National Spiritual Assembly...

Africa Within a World in Transition

The world is indeed in the throes of one of the most profound transitions in history....

Modernizing Food Security in Africa

One of the glaring ironies of Africa remains food insecurity and hunger in the midst of...

Marikana Massacre: A Lesson for Africa

A year after the tragic Marikana Massacre, where over 46 people were killed, the soul of...

SA Quagmire Plunges the Rand

On May 30th, soon after President Zuma addressed a hastily arranged press conference to...

University of Pretoria Public Lecture on the Bahá’í Faith

On 14 March 2012, Iraj Abedian delivered a public lecture at the University of Pretoria...

Modern Societies and Ethical Values

Nowadays, the world over, a tangible and troubling rift has emerged between the...

Africa’s Triple Challenges

Nowadays Africa is the darling of the global investment community. Report after report...