Ghanaian Professor appointed as Academic Director at the University of Witwatersrand Business School

Professor Paul Alagidede who had his second circle  education at the Navrongo Secondary School and was the Boys Senior Prefect in the 1996 year group has been  appointed as  the first Black African Academic Director at the University of Witwatersrand Business School in South Africa.

Paul Alagidede is a Professor of Finance at the Graduate School of Business Administration, University of the Witwatersrand. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics and History (first class honours) from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

He holds a master’s degree in Economics and Finance (with distinction), and a PhD in Economics from Loughborough University, UK. Paul has a rich background in economics and finance and has held a number of visiting and permanent positions in academia over the past twelve years. Among these are visiting professorships at the University of Greenwich, UK; the University of Cape Town, South Africa; and the African Economic Research Consortium, Kenya.

He has also been a visiting Scholar at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Finland. In addition to these visiting positions, he has worked as a full time academic in the following places: Lecturer in Economics at the University of Stirling, UK, and Associate Professor in Economics at Rhodes University, South Africa. In terms of research, Paul’s focus has been on capital market development in emerging market economies, particularly, on the time series behaviour of asset returns: efficiency, volatility, and market microstructure.

He has published widely on these themes in leading peer reviewed journals, including but not limited to the Review of Financial Economics, the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, International Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Emerging Markets Finance and International Review of Financial Analysis. In addition to being the founding Editor-in-Chief of the accredited African Review of Economics and Finance (AREF) journal, he is also the Executive Director of the think tank, the African Finance and Economics Consult (AFEC), and an NRF-rated young researcher