Simon Freemantle ( Email )
Senior Political Economist
Simon Freemantle is a Senior Political Economist in Standard Bank’s global research team. Having joined Standard Bank in 2008, Simon first spent two years working from the bank’s Nairobi office as East African Economist. In his current role, Simon is the bank’s dedicated South Africa political economist, primarily serving both the local and international corporate and institutional investor communities. For the past six years (2015 - 2020) Simon has been ranked 1st in South Africa in the Political Analysis category of the Financial Mail’s annual Ranking the Analysts Awards; while in 2007 Simon also led a team which was ranked 1st in the Other African Economies and Markets category. Simon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law as well as Honours in International Studies (cum laude), and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Amsterdam.
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Africa Macro – Climate change in Africa - setting the sceneby Simon Freemantle Fri May 07 11:43:03 SAST 2021
The planet’s greatest threat poses particularly acute risks for Africa, forcing a rethink of its developmental model Global leaders – and the societies that they represent – are increasingly
Africa Macro – Ten years on - reviewing the trends driving Africa's allureby Simon Freemantle Thu Apr 08 11:37:21 SAST 2021
Trend 5: peace and stability; democracy; and the rule of law Thus far in this review series, we have focused on revisiting and updating our views on four of
Africa Macro – Ten years on - reviewing the trends driving Africa's allureby Simon Freemantle Wed Feb 17 10:17:34 SAST 2021
Trend 4: Deepening financial inclusion In this report we continue our review of the five structural trends that we initially outlined, almost a decade ago, to be behind
Africa Macro – Ten years on - reviewing the trends driving Africa's allureby Simon Freemantle Fri Nov 27 11:37:58 SAST 2020
Trend 3: Leapfrogging through technology In this report we continue our review of the five structural trends that we outlined, almost a decade ago, to be behind Africa’s
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