Head of Country Risk Rand Merchant Bank |
Ronak is 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. He is a regular guest speaker at conferences, provides market analysis and commentary in the local and international media, and writes opinion and analysis pieces for various publications. In 2015, he was appointed to RMB’s Africa and International Management Board (MANBO).
In 2011, Ronak was selected as one of South Africa’s “Brightest Young Minds” and is currently a fellow of the second youth class of the African Leadership Initiative (YALI). 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.
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.