Head of Country Risk at Rand Merchant Bank
Ronak is currently the Head of Country Risk at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) in Johannesburg, where he manages a team of analysts who provide the firm with in-depth analysis of economic, political, security and operational dynamics across sub-Saharan Africa. He has travelled extensively across Africa to identify key country themes and trends, which in addition to a network of contacts and resources, help inform the qualitative and quantitative research the team produces with the aim of guiding RMB’s strategic investment decisions.
A prominent voice and trusted thought leader across print, radio, television and social media on Africa related matters, Ronak has made frequent appearances on the likes of CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and CNBC Africa, and also publishes regular op-ed pieces. He has spoken at a number of the world’s top universities and at leading Africa focussed policy and business conferences as a moderator, panellist and keynote speaker.
In 2016, he delivered a powerful Tedx talk entitled “Embracing Africa: beyond the binaries” and in November 2015, he participated in the Asian Forum on Global Governance in New Delhi with a number of young leaders from around the world. He is a fellow of the young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) and was selected as one of South Africa’s “Brightest Young Minds” in 2011.
Ronak holds a BCom degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) with Business French as well as a BCom (Hons) in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He is currently completing an MSc in Finance (Economic Policy) through the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.