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Dr Ismail Lagardien, the new Executive Dean of Business and Economic Sciences at Nelson Mandela University, is delivering a public lecture in George on July 14.

His talk, titled “Business and Economics, Sciences for tomorrow”, will take place in the Lecture Theatre on George Campus.

Dr Lagardien said the world was facing “magnificent global systemic changes”, which are changing the rules for business and economics, on a regional, national and international scale.

“These changes present significant challenges to the way we organise economies, how we do business, to our marketing strategies, to industrial relations in society, to how we teach, what we teach and the production of new knowledge. If we have learned anything from the current crisis in the world, it would be that the expectations of populations have never been higher; many people are seeking better answers to the questions and the difficulties that beset their lives.”

Dr Lagardien, who took up his appointment as Dean in April, has two decades of experience in an academic and policy environment, and 15 years’ experience as a journalist.

He studied political economy at the London School of Economics, and has a doctorate in International Political Economy from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (2008). His doctoral dissertation was on global inequality, and the place of neo-classical economics in global public policy making.

From 2011 until last year, he worked in the Secretariat of the National Planning Commission under the leadership of former Minister Trevor Manuel. Before joining the NPC he held several academic positions; he taught International Political Economy at Elon University in North Carolina, United States, and was a visiting scholar on African Political Economy at the University of South Carolina.

He spent 15 years, in the 1980s and 90s, working as a journalist. Dr Lagardien left journalism to become the director of communications for the Department of Trade and Industry. He later worked as a speech writer and strategist in the office of the World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President for Development Economics, Nobel Laureate Dr Joseph Stiglitz.


Dr Ismail Lagardien, the new Executive Dean of Business and Economic Sciences at Nelson Mandela University

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