Meet the Research Team
Afriforesight has a multi-disciplinary research team whose expertise represents all the links in the commodity value chain, from extraction to market.
Our professional competence ranges from engineering, geology, chemistry, processing, to financial accounting and international economics.
Charles has recently completed his Masters degree in Economics at UCT, for which he presented a paper investigating the impact of asteroid mining on long-term platinum supply. In addition to serving as Afriforesight’s CEO, he is the Chief Economist, with a special interest in energy markets. Charles leads his team in delivering forecasts that are often ahead-of-market trends. His unique training as both a Chartered Accountant and an economist allows him to understand commodity industries through the analysis of company financial performance from a macro-economic context. He was the technical designer of the Mining Phakisa forecasting model.
Chief Commodity Economist
Nathan holds a BSc in Mathematics and a BCom Hons degree in Economics from UCT, specialising in General Macroeconomic theory. At Afriforesight, Nathan forecasts the outlook for hydrocarbons and particularly the development of gas infrastructure in Africa. He also researches manganese and the following input costs: ammonia, explosives, rubber, tyres, fuel and bitumen. He is an expert in survey data analysis and incorporating the findings into complex mathematical models. Nathan played an active role in building and fine tuning the Mining Phakisa forecasting model.
Business Development Executive
Sebastian holds Bcom and Bcom Honours Economics degrees from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal. He has several years experience in the import/export and wholesale trade, working primarily with the textiles and semi-durable goods sectors, where he's had the opportunity to travel extensively overseas. Since then, he has joined Afriforesight as a Strategy Economist, specializing in business model analysis and advising clients on economic and market developments.
Janelle holds a Bachelor of Science in Financial Management from De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. Coming from a Chinese family, she has more than 10 years experience in various entrepreneurial ventures, which allows her to do general research on supply chain commodities. Janelle is also responsible for executive corporate affairs and manages the special mining and commodity research projects at Afriforesight.
Chief Energy Economist
Vinesh holds a BCom (Honours) in Economics from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, specialising in applied microeconomics and financial markets.
At Afriforesight, his research is focused on the electricity markets, where he incorporates the markets for coal, oil, natural gas, uranium and renewables. He also assists with the analysis of transport and shipping markets.
Project Costs Executive
Eduan holds BCom (Law) and LLB degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, and a BCom Hons (Economics) from Unisa. His passion for Economics led him to join Afriforesight in 2014. Eduan leads the research on the international copper and aluminium markets as well as the analysis on the South African economy and domestic markets for labour, cement and timber. Eduan is also Afriforesight’s Research Manager.
Client and Projects Executive
Siyamthanda holds a Bcom (Economics & Marketing) degree from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and a Diploma in Road Transport Management from the University of Johannesburg. She previously served as a consultant in the passenger transportation industry where she worked in and managed passenger transport monitoring and research projects commissioned by various provincial and national government departments . At Afriforesight her focus is on Client Services and Project Management. Siyamthanda also periodically does research on the transportation costs that form part of the cost forecasting report.
Head: Battery Metals & Processing Chemicals
Pearson holds a BSc with Honours in Chemistry from the University of Witwatersrand. During his Honours year, he conducted two material science projects with potential application in hybrid cars.
At Afriforesight, he applies his in depth understanding of the chemistry behind mining processes and the industrial application of mined commodities to his research on fuel cells and green methods of producing hydrogen gas focusing on gasification of fossil fuels and biomass. Pearson also mentors our trainee chemical engineers & chemists.
Head: Precious Metals & Related Commodities
Jason holds a BCom in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from UCT, and an MCom in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch. At Afriforesight, he has rapidly developed to become lead analyst for precious metals & its related commodities. He has a keen interest in global political and economic systems, and his research has a special focus on the dynamics of the Chinese and US economies. Jason is a talented econometrician, and incorporates mathematics & statistical techniques to analyse data in forecasting commodities and materials.
Eugene van den Heever
Head of African Projects and Chief Geologist
Eugene is a geologist with an Honours degree in Earth Sciences & a Masters degree in Geotechnical engineering from the University of Stellenbosch. Prior to joining Afriforesight, Eugene worked as a project geologist and consultant for various mineral exploration companies and has gained a wealth of experience in the mineral exploration & extraction industries. His current research responsibilities include compiling a dynamic database of all mining and late stage exploration projects in Africa. He also does a thorough analysis of key commodities, with special attention given to Chrome, Ferrochrome, Zinc and Lead.
Technical Research Executive
Keenan holds a BSc degree in Geology and Botany with Honours in Botany from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. His Honours projects included research into Phytomining and Phytoremediation and their industrial applications. At Afriforesight he conducts research on global supply and demand for mined commodities, such as bauxite, and industrial costs, like forklifts.
Keketso holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Witwatersrand, and will graduate with a BSc in Chemical Engineering in Mar 2020. She has successfully completed projects on the synthesis of methanol from natural gas.
Keketso served as a Pyrometallurgy Research Assistant at Mintek in 2017 where she worked on a project on the oxidation of iron. At Afriforesight, her research focuses on supply & demand of petrochemicals and various reagents used in precious & base metals recovery.
A dedicated researcher & forecaster, Jacques is esteemed for his wide knowledge of global trends and the world of commodities. An economist by training, he obtained his BCom (Hons) in Economics from the University of Johannesburg, before joining Trust Bank (now ABSA) and then the Bureau for Economic Research (BER).
His innovative approach to forecasting and business makes Jacques a much wanted strategic adviser and he has consequently facilitated and delivered on numerous ad hoc projects for top organisations in South Africa.
Jacques founded Afriforesight in 1996 with the vision of establishing a world class commodity and input costs forecasting institute in Africa. His ultimate goal is to leverage Afriforesight's intellectual capital in working towards a better SA economy and make a difference in the development of Africa’s people.
Senior Consulting International Economist
Pieter leads the technical side of Afriforesight macroeconomic research as a permanent consultant, with a focus on the South African and the large developed economies. He also provides consulting services to the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), and the Western Cape Government (WCG).
Pieter began his career as an economist in 1992 when he joined the Bureau for Economic Research (BER), University of Stellenbosch and took on the role of Chief Economist in 2005. He was at the helm of the BER forecasting team that won the coveted Reuters Economist of the Year award in 2001 and 2007.
Pieter obtained his M Comm (cum laude) in 1995 from the University of Stellenbosch; he also obtained a Certificate in Actuarial Techniques in 1989 from the London Institute of Actuaries.
Executive: Processing & Sustainability
Tapiwa has a BSc and MSc in Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Cape Town. Before joining Afriforesight as a commodity and materials researcher, she worked for the Centre for Minerals Research, focusing her research on optimising metal recovery in nickel processing and acid mine drainage mitigation. Tapiwa’s skills are directed at research on PGM markets and on chemicals used in mineral processing, manufacturing and industry. Tapiwa is also undertaking research towards a PhD on beneficiation opportunities and sustainability in the PGM industry.
Environmental & Commodities Economist
Joshua holds a BA in Politics & Economics and an MA in Political and International Studies from Rhodes University as well as a PGDip in Environmental Management from Stellenbosch University. His thesis was on integrating environmental sustainability at Rhodes University. At Afriforesight he is part of the research team with a special focus on commodities with a strong sustainability emphasis.