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 – Ten years on - a review of the trends driving Africa's allureby Simon Freemantle Thu Oct 22 08:47:28 SAST 2020
Trend 2: Africa’s transformative urban swell In this report we continue our review of the five trends that we initially outlined almost a decade ago to be behind
Africa Macro – Ten years on - a review of the trends driving Africa's allureby Simon Freemantle Mon Sep 14 12:57:51 SAST 2020
Trend 1: A larger, younger and more affluent population A decade ago, amidst profound general optimism around Africa’s ‘rise’, we published a series of reports detailing what we believed
Africa Macro – The geopolitical context of the 10th BRICS Summitby Simon Freemantle Mon Jul 23 11:34:30 SAST 2018
Leadership in the times of Trump This week, from 25 to 27 July, the BRICS heads of state will gather for the 10th Summit of the grouping since
Insight and Strategy – BRICS 2017 - poised for new relevanceby Simon Freemantle Tue Aug 29 19:02:41 SAST 2017
After two years of sliding fortunes, the BRICS have an opportunity to assume a bolder global leadership role Next week (3 – 5 September) leaders of the five BRICS
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