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DBA Degree

Visiting Faculty Professor Iraj Abedian

Founder and CEO of Pan-African Capital Holdings (PTY) LTD


BA Honours in Economics, University of Cape Town; MA in Economics, University of Cape Town; and PhD, Simon Fraser University


Professor Iraj Abedian is the founder and CEO of Pan-African Capital Holdings. He obtained his BA Honours and MA in Economics from University of Cape Town (UCT) and received his PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University in Canada.

He has served as a consultant on economic policy issues to public and private sector organisations in South Africa, as well as internationally. His involvement in the development of South Africa includes: The Transformation of the Development Bank of Southern Africa; The RDP White Paper; Growth, Employment and Redistribution, Medium Term Expenditure Framework; the Presidential Review Commission; membership of the President’s Economic Advisory Panel and Economic Advisor to Minister of Mineral Resources (South African Government).

Professor Abedian was awarded, in 2003, the title of Top Economist of the Year by the Association of Black Securities and Investment Professionals. He further serves the following organisations and companies:
Chairman of the Board: Bigen Africa (Pty) Ltd (April 2009 to date)
Member of the Board of Directors of Munich Re of Africa (2005 to date)
Member of Board of Capital Fund Ltd (May 2011 to date)
Member of the Advisory Board of the Auditor General of the SA Government (2006 to date)