'Financialisation in South Africa: Toward a Research Agenda'

  • Date: Tuesday, 13 March 2012
  • Venue: TIPS Offices, 826 Government Avenue, Corner of Percy, Pretoria
  • Main Speakers: Hamid Rashid
  • Organisation: United Nations Department of Economic Affairs

Hamid Rashid is Senior Adviser for Macroeconomic Policy in Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations. He leads a new UN initiative to provide alternative and credible policy advice to the Member States on fiscal, monetary and exchange rate related issues. The macroeconomic policy advice of the United Nations covers both short-term economic fluctuations and shocks and long-term national development strategies for sustainable and equitable growth. Dr. Rashid brings to DESA over twenty years of experience, working for the Government of Bangladesh and also for UNDP, the World Bank and UNICEF in Dhaka, Washington D.C. and New York.

Dr. Rashid earned his Ph.D. in Finance and Economics from Columbia University in New York, working under his advisor and mentor, Professor Joseph Stiglitz - the winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics. With Professor Stiglitz, he co-authored a monologue, “Travesty of Free Trade” in 2006, which was translated in over eight languages and published in over 200 newspapers worldwide. He obtained his MPA from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas. His research interest includes international finance, macro-economic policies, financial market liberalization and their impact on economic growth and development. Dr. Rashid has taught graduate level courses in economics and public policy at the Columbia University, University of Manchester and the London Business School. He has widely traveled in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Europe.