Pennsylvania State University; Economic Research South Africa and Wits Business School, South Africa
South African Reserve Bank
Christopher Loewald is the Head of Economic Policy Development and Research at the South African Reserve Bank, responsible for forecasting, global economic analysis and monetary policy strategy.
He is a member of the Bank's Financial Stability Committee and participant in the Monetary Policy Committee. Prior to joining the Bank in 2011, he spent 13 years in the South African National Treasury in several policy roles. He lead the development of South Africa's inflation targeting and exchange rate policy framework, and the macroeconomic framework for successive national budgets. As Head of International Economics, he developed South Africa's international economic policy for engagement with the G20 and other international bodies, and in 2005 and 2006, as Acting Head of the Budget Office, he ran the national budget. From 2006 to 2011 he was the Deputy Director General for Economic Policy and worked extensively on economic growth and governance, including contributions to the Growth Commission of the World Bank and to the Committee on IMF Governance Reform (2009).
Loewald studied political science, history and economics at Middlebury College (BA), the London School of Economics, and Johns Hopkins SAIS (MA and PhD) in Bologna and the United States. He has published in the areas of economic growth policy, macroeconomic policy, and international economics.
JOHANNES W. FEDDERKE
Dr. Johannes Wolfgang Fedderke is Director of Economic Research South Africa, Professor at Pennsylvania State University and the Wits Business School. His research interests center on the determinants of economic growth, with special interest in the role of institutions in long-run economic development. His published work includes empirical and theoretical contributions, and has provided cross-country, panel and country specific time series evidence on the interaction of growth and institutions.
Author of more than 70 peer-reviewed publications, he has also contributed a number of policy research reports to the World Bank, the African Union, the League of Arab States, the South African Reserve Bank, the South African National Treasury, the Departments of Trade & Industry and Arts, Science & Technology, and the South African Parliament.