Mr Isaah Mhlanga, Chief Economist, Alexander Forbes

Topic – A model for sustainable socioeconomic equality and prosperity for all.

Isaah is the Chief Economist of Alexander Forbes. In this position, he’s responsible for formulating the

macroeconomic strategy for the business, which entails identifying systemic economic risks and opportunities

that benefit the business and its clients. He contributes to Alexander Forbes investment process through generating the macro backdrop for asset allocation and the investment committee.

He has 11 years’ experience spanning both public sector and private sector. He started his professional career as an economist at the local office of the International Monetary Fund where he was involved in econometric modelling and monitoring of South African macroeconomic and financial indicators. He also worked at the National Treasury, Absa Capital and Rand Merchant Bank. Isaah has also lectured undergraduate economics and econometrics at the University of Johannesburg.

Isaah is a Fellow of the Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) and a Business Day columnist.

Isaah was named Economist of the year 2019 by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals (ABSIP).