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  via Livestream   28 January 2021

Insights from the new book co-edited by Prof Charles Adjasi

We will inaugurate a new year under the theme of A New Horizon: The Year of Recovery and Opportunity. In 2021 we will face challenges both familiar and unexpected, but we will also see transformation as the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Join Prof Charles Adjasi, Galileo Open Air Cinema director Huenu Solsona and event facilitator Dr Nthabiseng Moleko as they forecast the year ahead in terms of the economic and entrepreneurial outlook for our country and beyond.

Date:               Thursday, 28 January 2021

Time:              08:00 – 10:00

Enquiries:        Paula Arends | [email protected]

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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

Prof Charles Adjasi
Professor of Development Finance and Economics at USB

Charles KD Adjasi is Professor of Development Finance and Economics at USB, and an Adjunct Professor at Department of Economics Econometrics and Finance at University of Groningen. He was previously a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana.

He has been a Visiting Scholar at the IMF, consulted for World Bank, UNCTAD, AU, and Copenhagen Consensus. He was a Resource Person on an AERC Collaborative Project on Financial Sector Development and Financial Inclusion in Africa 2017-2019. He is an AFREXIM Bank Research Fellow.

His research focus is in the areas of capital flow, financial markets, MSME productivity and household welfare. He also works on issues around the development impact of macroeconomic policy interventions and international trade policy. He has published widely in journals of international repute. In addition to coediting Contemporary Issues in Development Finance, he has authored 4 monographs and 5 book chapters.

Huenu SolsonaHuenu Solsona
Director: The Galileo Open Air Cinema

Huenu Solsona is an Argentinean-born citizen of the world. She came to South Africa with her family when she was 12 years old, left after Matric and spent six years in Europe (between England and France) and four in Canada before returning to Cape Town in 2005.

Before her suitcase was unpacked, she started working on her first South African entrepreneurial endeavour, an outdoor fitness company called Adventure Boot Camp (ABC). A year down the road she had opened a few branches in Cape Town and two years down, she opened her first franchise. She had her biggest growth spell in 2009 with franchises mushrooming in Gauteng and other parts of the country and by the time she sold it in 2014, it was a well-established fitness brand nationwide with 40 franchises and about 100 staff and trainers working under its belt.

In 2012, while still running Adventure Boot camp, she decided to open another company in the form of an outdoor cinema, called The Galileo Open Air Cinema. The Galileo was a success from the get-go as it not only offered movies outdoors, but also combined it with a festive outdoor market, music, lawn games and a great vibe in general. The first venue was Kirstenbosch Gardens (where she also held ABC classes) and it was so popular that soon the V&A Waterfront offered her to do shows there too. By the second summer, Kirstenbosch, the V&A and Hillcrest Quarry (Durbanville) were on the line-up and every summer the company expanded to include more venues, including some of the most gorgeous and well-known wine estates in the Cape Winelands.

The Galileo has since become synonymous with Cape Town summer and it’s enjoyed huge success catering for locals and tourists, young and old, men and women.

By March 2020 when Covid hit, Huenu and The Galileo team spent the rest of the year coming up with creative and unique ideas to survive the pandemic.The company not only survived but thrived! It has now became a year-round company as opposed to a summer-only company and it’s diversified to ensure its survival even as regulations change, as each division is affected differently by the lockdown regulations.

 

FACILITATOR

Dr Nthabiseng Moleko
Senior Lecturer in Managerial Economics and Statistics at USB

Nthabiseng Moleko is a faculty member at USB where she teaches Economics and Statistics. She is passionate about development economics and development finance, and her mission is to alleviate poverty and bring about positive social and economic change. She has also been appointed as a Commissioner for the Commission of Gender Equality (CGE) enabling her to advance the economic empowerment of women in society, with a focal point on rural and marginalised youth.

For Ms Moleko education is critical and is an important means for serving society, a vocation that saw her accept a 2014 Ministerial Council appointment at Ikhala TVET College where she served as Deputy Chairperson and member of EXCO. She has also served as a non-executive director of JoGEDA, interim chairperson of the Hamburg Artists’ Retreat and member of WSU Industry Advisory Board.

Through her roles as a former CEO at the Joe Gqabi Economic Development Agency (JoGEDA) and as project manager and researcher at the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC), she has worked extensively in the economic development landscape. At ECSECC she worked with regulators, policy makers, national and regional government, contributing to the design of economic development policies. ECSECC’s transition from a policy research think tank to a development agency enabled her to be involved in several regional projects in South Africa.

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