Ronak Gopaldas
RONAK GOPALDAS is a director at Signal Risk, an exclusively African risk advisory firm. He was previously the head of country risk at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) for a number of years, where he managed a team who provided the firm with in-depth analysis of economic, political, security and operational dynamics across sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a BCom degree in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) and a BCom (Hons) from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He also has an MSc in finance (economic policy) through the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.[
Africa and vaccine economics

Africa and vaccine economics

  Africa’s fortunes in a post-COVID world will depend on how it navigates the critical questions of vaccine economics – vaccine diplomacy and regional integration. As the continent slowly recovers from the pandemic, it now needs to navigate a trifecta of new...

Profit and power

Profit and power

Despite the benefits, gambling on a Russian-led nuclear future for Africa will end up the equivalent of a game of Russian roulette

Filling the void

Filling the void

Africa: higher education Private higher education institutions are mushrooming around the continent, but are they effective? By Ronak Gopaldas The number of private universities operating in Africa is growing, and the sector is generating a groundswell of interest...

Money goes online

Money goes online

Africa: banking innovation While only 11% of Africans have bank accounts, some 80% have mobile phones: a huge new mobile banking market beckons across the continent By Ronak Gopaldas By the year 2030, two billion people will use their cell phones to save, lend and...

Africa’s industrialisation

Africa’s industrialisation

Why manufacturing is key to creating jobs and building diversified economies   Can the continent make it? By Ronak Gopaldas   Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana produce 53% of the world’s cocoa. But the supermarket shelves in Abidjan and Accra, their respective...

Utopian fantasy or attainable reality?

Utopian fantasy or attainable reality?

SDGs and global growth Changing political and economic dynamics are set to make achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 a great deal more difficult By Ronak Gopaldas On the 25 September 2015, 193 countries adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at...

Is Africa really open for business?

Is Africa really open for business?

Governments vs business: the trust deficit By Ronak Gopaldas Africa is experiencing a surge in economic nationalism, with populist and anti-business rhetoric and sentiment on the rise in a number of countries. The two most obvious exhibits of this are the emergence of...

Diaspora diaries and football politics

Diaspora diaries and football politics

As with football, Africa risks losing its best and brightest to more advanced and  monied nations Football and politics have always enjoyed a fascinating relationship. During this year’s World Cup the political subtext was especially elevated, given the geo-political...

Balancing the future with the present

Balancing the future with the present

Africa’s demographic advantages are well documented. Yet, of late, rapid changes and technological advances have divided opinions about these prospects. For many sceptics, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) poses a massive threat to the continent’s youth. Machine...

Ronak Gopaldas
RONAK GOPALDAS is a director at Signal Risk, an exclusively African risk advisory firm. He was previously the head of country risk at Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) for a number of years, where he managed a team who provided the firm with in-depth analysis of economic, political, security and operational dynamics across sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a BCom degree in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) and a BCom (Hons) from the University of Cape Town (UCT). He also has an MSc in finance (economic policy) through the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London.[
Africa and vaccine economics

Africa and vaccine economics

  Africa’s fortunes in a post-COVID world will depend on how it navigates the critical questions of vaccine economics – vaccine diplomacy and regional integration. As the continent slowly recovers from the pandemic, it now needs to navigate a trifecta of new...

Filling the void

Filling the void

Africa: higher education Private higher education institutions are mushrooming around the continent, but are they effective? By Ronak Gopaldas The number of private universities operating in Africa is growing, and the sector is generating a groundswell of interest...

Money goes online

Money goes online

Africa: banking innovation While only 11% of Africans have bank accounts, some 80% have mobile phones: a huge new mobile banking market beckons across the continent By Ronak Gopaldas By the year 2030, two billion people will use their cell phones to save, lend and...

Africa’s industrialisation

Africa’s industrialisation

Why manufacturing is key to creating jobs and building diversified economies   Can the continent make it? By Ronak Gopaldas   Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana produce 53% of the world’s cocoa. But the supermarket shelves in Abidjan and Accra, their respective...

Diaspora diaries and football politics

Diaspora diaries and football politics

As with football, Africa risks losing its best and brightest to more advanced and  monied nations Football and politics have always enjoyed a fascinating relationship. During this year’s World Cup the political subtext was especially elevated, given the geo-political...

Balancing the future with the present

Balancing the future with the present

Africa’s demographic advantages are well documented. Yet, of late, rapid changes and technological advances have divided opinions about these prospects. For many sceptics, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) poses a massive threat to the continent’s youth. Machine...