Dr Roelof Botha

Economist and Political Speaker - Johannesburg
Dr Roelof Botha Financial Speaker


About Dr Roelof Botha

Roelof Botha received his early schooling in Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, Christiana in the North West Province, as well as in Cape Town and Pretoria.

For a provocative keynote that provides a balanced and authoritative perspective on South Africa’s economic and political outlook, mingled with a delightful and always welcome sense of humour, Dr. Roelof Botha (son of the late, former Foreign Minister ‘Pik’) will add an insightful and thought-provoking element to any corporate gathering.

Dr Roelof Botha is a previous winner of the prestigious Finmedia Economist of the Year award, and has shared a platform with two Nobel Peace Prize winners. Professional experience (spanning more than 40 years) includes the following: economic policy advisor at National Treasury; financial editor of a daily newspaper; senior lecturer in economics at various Universities (including GIBS) and chief economist of the SA Federated Chamber of Industries.

He has published more than 2,000 articles and research reports and more than 1,000 organisations (companies, employer organisations and public sector institutions) have utilised his experience in analysing key macroeconomic and socio-political trends in the Southern African region. He is currently the economic advisor to the Optimum Investment Group and is author of five different columns in national and regional publications, including Beeld, Die Burger, Media24 and The Bright Side, published by Currencies Direct.

Recent accurate predictions include the GDP growth rate for 2021, the recovery of the rand exchange rate (also in 2002 & 2016) and the Springboks’ World Cup Victory in 2019! He has participated in various competitive sports and is a member of the Gideons.

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